Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Dog TreatsI was in Petco just before Christmas looking for treats for my Siberian Husky, she loves treats!  I was shocked at how expensive dog treats have gotten.  I found a small bag of “all natural” sweet potato treats priced at $12.99, my dog loves sweet potatoes, but I wasn’t ready to fork over 13 bucks for a few pieces of dehydrated sweet potato when I could buy a whole bag of sweet potato for about $5.  I decided I could make my own dog chews so I got a bag of sweet potato from Walmart and headed home to make some.

 

 

It’s super easy to make.  The bag contained 6 fairly large sweet potatoes so I got a lot of chews for $5, I already had the other ingredients in my pantry.  I made enough chews to give out to our friends who own dogs.

You can freeze these treats, they last about 3-4 months.  My dog, Cannoli, loves them even frozen!

Ingredients:

6 large sweet potatoes

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Dog treats

Directions:

1.  Scrub and dry sweet potatoes.

2.  Slice into 1/2 thick slices.  This is the hardest part!  I find cutting off a slice from one side then placing the cut side down makes slicing the potatoes easier.

3.  Place slices on parchment covered baking sheet.

4.  Mix cinnamon in olive oil.

5.  Brush both sides of potato slices with oil.

6.  Bake in 275 degree oven for 2-3 hours.

7.  Remove from oven and cool.

8.  Store in air tight containers in the fridge.  For longer storage freeze in freezer safe bags for up to 4 months.

Sweet Potato Dog Chews
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Easy and inexpensive dog treats!
Servings Prep Time
75 Pieces 20 Minutes
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2-3 Hours 2-3 Hours
Servings Prep Time
75 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2-3 Hours 2-3 Hours
Sweet Potato Dog Chews
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Easy and inexpensive dog treats!
Servings Prep Time
75 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2-3 Hours 2-3 Hours
Servings Prep Time
75 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2-3 Hours 2-3 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Pieces
Instructions
  1. Scrub and dry sweet potatoes.
  2. Slice into 1/2 thick slices.
  3. Place slices on parchment covered baking sheet.
  4. Mix cinnamon in olive oil.
  5. Brush both sides of potato slices with oil.
  6. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. Store in air tight containers in the fridge. For longer storage freeze in freezer safe bags for up to 4 months.
Recipe Notes

Raw sweet potatoes are pretty hard and can be difficult to slice.  I find cutting off a slice from one side then placing the cut side down makes slicing the potatoes easier.

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Cranberry Pupcicles

Cranberry Pupcicles

PupciclesI know most of us have been busy with Thanksgiving preparations, but don’t forget your furry friends!  They need some special treats too!

My Siberian Husky, Cannoli, loves her treats and since we’ve been trying to put some weight on her I’ve been making her plenty.  Frozen treats are her favorites, and no wonder a Husky living in Hawaii loves anything cold!

While I was shopping for holiday fixings I picked up some extra fresh cranberries.  I made them into Cannoli’s favorite frozen treat, “Pupcicles”.  I figured why not incorporate some holiday food to her favorites.  It’s so easy to make, took me just 10 minutes and she loves them.

These pupcicles are healthy too!  Cranberries are good for your pet’s urinary tract and yogurt is a good source for calcium.  If you’re watching your pup’s weight use lowfat yogurt instead of full fat.
This recipes only has 2 ingredients!  Whip some up today, it’s a great way to use those extra cranberries you didn’t use for your cranberry sauce this year.

Ingredients:

24 oz. container plain Greek yogurt
1 cup  fresh cranberries – rinsed

Directions:

Dump clean cranberries into yogurt and mix until well distributed.

Scoop into freezer shape molds.  I use paper or styrofoam cups as molds.  It makes storing and unmolding simple.  I just peel off the cup before I give it to Cannoli.  You can also use ice cube trays, I like the silicone ones they are easier to unmold!

Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Remove from mold when ready to give your pet.

Cranberry Pupcicles
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Great holiday treat for your furry friend using only 2 ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
8 Pupcicles 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 Minutes 6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Pupcicles 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 Minutes 6 Hours
Cranberry Pupcicles
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Great holiday treat for your furry friend using only 2 ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
8 Pupcicles 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 Minutes 6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Pupcicles 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 Minutes 6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Pupcicles
Instructions
  1. Dump clean cranberries into yogurt and mix until well distributed.
  2. Scoop into freezer shape molds.
  3. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  4. Remove from mold when ready to give your pet.
Recipe Notes

I use paper or styrofoam cups as molds.  It makes storing and unmolding simple.  I just peel off the cup before I give it to Cannoli.  You can also use ice cube trays, I like the silicone ones they are easier to unmold!

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DIY Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

DIY Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

A recent routine visit to the vet resulted in finding out that our year old Siberian Husky, Cannoli, is 2-3 pounds underweight.  I was surprised!  The vet assured me that it wasn’t a big deal and that a daily dose of vitamins should make her pick up some weight; that and perhaps getting her to eat a little more dog food or even switching brands.

I feed all my pets grain free dry Merrick pet food, I’ve been told it’s very good.  I also make pets healthy homemade treats and give them safe fruits and veggies.  I’ve never had an underweight pet.

Before our recent pet exam I’d been concerned that Cannoli looked a little thin whenever I bathed her. It’s hard to tell what’s under all that fur unless she’s wet.  I decided she needed to gain a bit of weight and kept her on puppy food for a while longer, puppy chow is higher in calories than adult food.  I also added a bit more food to her bowl every feeding.  She didn’t really eat the extra dog food, but did love her treats.

I called her breeder who advised me to add a third feeding and consider adding some wet dog food to the dry.  He also suggested more yogurt, that’s what he gives his pooches when he wants to add weight before they show.

I wasn’t to crazy about adding wet food to the dry, but I did start adding low sodium chicken and beef broth to make it more appetizing.  She loves it!  As for the yogurt, it’s still been pretty hot here so I thought I’d make the yogurt into frozen treats, she does love her treats.

I came up with these super easy frozen treats containing her two most favorite ingredients, yogurt and coconut water.  These treats will not only add some weight, hopefully, but also keep her hydrated, specially after our daily 3 mile walks.  Hydration for a Husky in warm climates has always been one of my concerns.  She just loves these treats!

Here’s what you need to make them:

1 large container Plain Greek Yogurt
Pure Coconut water
Freezer Molds – I use styrofoam cups, I find it easy to store them in the cups and peel them away when I’m going to give them to her.  But you can use ice cube trays, popsicle molds, and other freezer safe containers.

1.  Scoop the desired amount of yogurt into the mold.

2.  Pour coconut water on top of the yogurt to cover it.

3.  Freeze at least 6 hours.

DIY Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats
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Instructions
  1. Scoop the desired amount of yogurt into the mold.
  2. Pour coconut water on top of the yogurt to cover it.
  3. Freeze at least 6 hours.
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Frozen Dog Treats

Frozen Dog Treats

Frozen Dog Treat

I know the weather is cooling off in most places but for us in Hawaii it’s still pretty hot, and it’s also raining, a lot.  As a result of the rain our yard has gotten very muddy, and there’s nothing our Siberian Husky likes more than to roll in the mud!

In an effort to keep Cannoli hydrated and busy I made her these frozen dog treats, they combine the coconut water that’s very good for keeping her hydrated with her favorite chicken jerky that keeps her busy and out of the mud for a little while.

I make them in styrofoam cups for easy storage and unmolding.  But you can freeze them in whatever container you prefer and also make them in any size.  You use paper cups or plastic molds if you prefer.  Or if you really want to be eco-friendly you can use silicone molds.  These molds come in many shapes and sizes.  They are easy to unmold and clean up quickly.

Store unmolded treats in freezer shape ziplock bags to avoid freezer burn.  These treats will keep in the freezer for about 6 months.

They are so easy to make and really great for your furry friends.

Ingredients: (makes 8 treats)

3-4 jerky treats
4 cups pure coconut water

Directions:

1.  Tear up jerky treats and distribute them in your molds.

2.  Poor coconut water into molds to desired level.

3.  Freeze for at least 6 hours.

4.  Unmold and toss them to your pooch.

Frozen Dog Treat to Keep Dogs Cool and Busy
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Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 5 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 5 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Frozen Dog Treat to Keep Dogs Cool and Busy
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Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 5 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 5 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Cups
Instructions
  1. Tear up jerky treats and distribute them in your molds.
  2. Poor coconut water into molds to desired level.
  3. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  4. Unmold and toss them to your pooch.
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Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats

Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats

Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats

I had made a variety of popsicles for my grandsons’ visit this summer, they loved them but weren’t able to finish them all.  Now that summer is over and my grandsons have gone home I’m left with some of those popsicles.

It’s still unusually hot here, I’ve been told that this summer has unseasonably hot even in Hawaii.  To keep my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, cool and happy this summer I’ve been making her frozen doggie treats.  So I looked at the left over popsicles and wondered if I could give some to Cannoli.  The popsicles for the boys of course had wooden sticks, I knew that couldn’t be good for the dog, she’d chew them up, but what about the popsicle itself.

I decided to see if dogs could have coconut water, the main ingredient in my Fruit Filled Ice Pops.  I know that coconut water is beneficial to us humans, but what about our pets.   I did what most of us do when we have a question, I googled it!  Low and behold, not only could Cannoli have coconut water, it’s actually good for her!  Coconut water is filled with electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals.  It’s great for hydration and when you take a Husky out for a walk in 90 degree weather you need to be sure she is well hydrated.  So I dug out the wooden stick and tossed one of the pops to Cannoli.  She loved it so much that I decided to make some just for her, the same pops sans wooden stick.

I made them in the popsicle molds this time, probably not the smartest idea, popsicles without sticks aren’t easy to remove from the molds.  I had to run water on all sides before it slipped out.  Next time I’m making it in styrofoam coffee cups I usually use for frozen dog treats.  But still it’s really simple to make and your fur ball will love it too.

Ingredients:

Coconut water
Fresh Berries (optional)

Directions:

Cut berries to fit into molds (if you’re putting in berries)

Fill molds with coconut water (fruit will float)

Freeze for at least 6 hours

Remove from mold and toss them to your pups on a hot day or after a long walk.  Your furry friend will appreciate it!

Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats
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8 Pops 10 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Pops 10 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 Pops 10 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Pops 10 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Cut berries to fit into molds (if you're putting in berries)
  2. Fill molds with coconut water (fruit will float)
  3. Freeze for at least 6 hours
  4. Remove from mold and toss them to your pups on a hot day or after a long walk. Your furry friend will appreciate it!
Recipe Notes

I decided to see if dogs could have coconut water, the main ingredient in my Fruit Filled Ice Pops.  I know that coconut water is beneficial to us humans, but what about our pets.

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Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

Saturday is baking day in our house.  I usually try to bake treats of our Siberian Husky, Cannoli; as befitting her Italian namesake confection she loves treats.  She particularly likes biscuits.

I try different ingredients to give her a variety, and I try to make healthier treats than that you can get at the pet store.  This week I made some blueberry yogurt treats.  This treat is not crumbly like the other treats I’ve made, they’re a bit on the chewy side and she loves them.  They do however have to be refrigerated and should keep for about 2 weeks, I’m sure they’ll be gone sooner.

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

Ingredients:

12 oz. frozen blueberries – thawed
12 oz. plain yogurt
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups organic flour

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  I use my hands and break up some of the blueberries.  Be sure it’s well mixed, dough should be loose resembling drop cookie dough.

Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of batter on to a parchment covered baking sheet.   You can adjust the size of the treat by adjusting the amount of dough you drop on the sheet.  I made 30 treats each about 1 1/2″ in diameter.  I break them up when I give them to her.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Cool and store in the fridge in airtight containers.

Try my crunchy 4 ingredient treats for recipe click here!

For my 2 ingredient treats click here!

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats
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Servings Prep Time
36 Treats 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 Treats 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats
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Servings Prep Time
36 Treats 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 Treats 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Treats
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. I use my hands and break up some of the blueberries. Be sure it's well mixed, dough should be loose resembling drop cookie dough.
  2. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of batter on to a parchment covered baking sheet. You can adjust the size of the treat by adjusting the amount of dough you drop on the sheet. I made 30 treats each about 1 1/2" in diameter. I break them up when I give them to her.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Cool and store in the fridge in airtight containers.
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