After my corgi Eve started having GI issues, I switched to giving my dogs only grain free treats. I also try to give them treats that are as natural as possible. Beyond that, I began to give Eve pumpkin and sweet potato to add fiber to her diet, which seems to keep her sensitive digestive system happier. Meanwhile, my corgi Ty can sometimes be a poop eater, and I read that pumpkin and sweetpotato in the diet can discourage that. Awhile back, I found some great dehydrated sweet potato chews that were perfect and that the dogs loved. But they were expensive and lasted only a week. That is when I decided to make my own. The method I used to make dehydrated sweet potato dog treats was super easy and is done in the oven. I have since bought a dehydrator, so if you want more info on making them that way look here: How to Make Dehydrated Dog Treats.
How to Make Dehydrated Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Making your own sweet potato dog treats in your oven is incredibly simple. However, it does take up quite a bit of time. You will need around six to eight hours to bake these. Here is how to make your sweet potato treats:
Large Sweet Potatoes (about one sweet potato per cookie sheet)
Preheat the oven to 200 or to its lowest setting if that is over 200.
Slice the sweet potatoes about 1/4 inch thick. For smaller dogs, slice sweet potato rounds starting from one end and working to the other. For larger dogs, slice lengthwise to make larger slices. Here is a look at my slices. These really shrink a lot when baking, so err on the large size of things.
Lay the slices on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for about 6 hours, turning the slices over after 2-3 hours.
If you bake these for a shorter time period, they will be softer and chewier. Bake them for the full 6 hours or longer, such as 8 hours, they will be crispier. I go for slightly chewy since the dogs eat them slower that way.
Store your sweet potato dog treats in a ziplock bag or Tupperware type container to maintain freshness.
Above are my finished chews. They came out perfect and it cost only a few dollars to make a supply of healthy and all natural dog treats that will last for weeks. Ty and Eve love them!