That’s right folks its cheap and easy to make dog treats from simple things you can buy at your local grocery store or farmers market. One of the stores I shop at was selling sweet potatoes for .25 a pound so I stocked up!
Not only are sweet potatoes inexpensive but they are full of good things for both you and your dog. They are high in dietary fiber which is good for your digestion and regulatory systems. They are an excellent source of B6, Vitamin C, and MANGANESE! Manganese, which helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and optimal thyroid function. Sweet potatoes have also been shown to promote immunity and reduce inflammation throughout the body.
I have 2 dogs, 2 cats, a baby and I don’t have a lot of money and last time I bought dog treats I was shocked at how expensive they were. Being the crafty vegan mom that I am I started looking up recipes.
Here is your handy guide:
Preheat your oven.
Wash your sweet potatoes.
Line your pans with parchment paper and spray with a non stick spray.
Cut into small pieces, ideal for taking with you as a training treat out of the house, or you can cut them into long chewy treats if you prefer.
They can take up to 3 hours to bake so wait until you are going to be home for a while and put your favorite tv show on netflix, you need to be nearby to “keep a nose out”, as it were, so you don’t overcook them as I did in the first picture. But my dogs LOVE them despite me over cooking them. I find 2 to 3 hours depending on how big you cut the sweet potatoes.
Dog moms, please be careful not to give them any pieces that feel hard or sharp because it could scratch their throat and cause irritation.
Bringing treats with you is important especially if you and your dog are new to training. It helps keep them motivated to learn your commands with positive reinforcement. I carry them with me at the dog park and on walks. If you decide to try these please let me me know in the comments section. Thanks for reading!