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Healthy, easy to make home made dog treat recipes that anyone can make in minutes.

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

When training a new puppy we go through dozens and dozens of treats. Home-made treats don't break the bank and they are easy to digest for dogs with sensitive stomaches. Homemade treats are the answer for dog with food allergies. You control the ingredients.


You are welcome to use any of the #CareyTrainsMe treat recipes below. These home made dog treat recipes can be made in the oven or a food dehydrator.


Grey and white puppy sitting, taking treats from her dog trainer, Carey Bolduc.
Mexican rescue Harper enjoys her training treats.

Dehydrated Healthy and Cheap Dog Treats

Dehydrating your own dog treats are the most cost effective for you and a healthy option for your dog.


Once the homemade dog treats are dehydrated, you can store them in a bag in the fridge for a up to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Although your dog will not want to wait that long to eat them up!


If you do not have a dehydrator you can use the racks in your oven at 140 degrees Celsius. Be sure to flip or turn them when they’re dehydrating.


Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Dog Chews.

  1. Scrub sweet potatoes, yams or pumpkin.

  2. Slice into 1/8″ to 3/8″ pieces.

  3. Lay out on your dehydrator trays and dry for 3 – 12 hours. Thicker slices will take longer.

  4. They will be done when you can twist and flex them without the chew breaking apart. If your dog prefers a crunchier chew, make them from thinner slices and when the chew is crisp and breaks, then they’re done.

Liver Dog Treats. * High value treats*

  1. Buy your liver in any animal, beef or pork if your dog is allergic to chicken.

  2. Slice into 1/8″ to 3/8″ pieces.

  3. Lay out on your dehydrator trays or oven tray and dry for 3 – 12 hours.

  4. When they are done the middle should be dry and moisture free, with the same colour throughout.

Banana Treats.

  1. Use firm bananas.

  2. Slice into 1/8″ to 3/8″ pieces.

  3. Lay out on your dehydrator trays or oven tray and dry for 3 – 12 hours.

  4. You can also toss the banana pieces in melted peanut butter or coconut oil before drying.

Dried Green Bean Cruncher Dog Treats.

  1. Cut or snap ends of beans.

  2. Lay out on dehydrator trays or oven tray and dry for 3 – 6 hours.

  3. Beans are done when they are crisp snap apart.


Homemade “Pupperoni” a #CareyTrainsMe favourite for high value

  1. Buy plain, spice free low-fat sausage.

  2. Lay out the sausage on your dehydrator trays or oven tray and dry for 6 – 12 hours until they are flexible, and the same colour all the way through with no moisture in the centre.

Smaller Bite-sized Treats

  1. Slice sausages into 1/4″ rounds instead of leaving them whole. (Tip: cut them frozen and they will be easier to make uniformed sizes.)

  2. Lay out on your dehydrator trays or oven tray and dry for 3 – 6 hours.

  3. Once dried, use scissors to cut the pieces in half to last longer.

Cheese please! * High value treats*

Did you know you can dehydrate cheese? It has a fantastic crunch your dog will go crazy for and and it doesn't clump together once dehydrated and will keep your treat pouch cleaner.

  1. Slice a cheddar cheese into 1/4″ squared pieces. instead of leaving them whole. (Lay out on your dehydrator trays or oven tray and dry for 3 – 6 hours, flipping the cheese pieces over half way through.

  2. Once dried treat away!

Canned Dog Food Training Treats

For dogs with allergies or diet restrictions, finding healthy and cheap dog treats can be difficult. Taking your dog’s favourite canned food and dehydrating it makes for an easy treat. Spoon 1/4 tsp amounts onto your dehydrator trays or oven tray, or use a piping bag and squeeze out small equal size treats for 6 – 8 hours.

Tuna or Whitefish Chunk Dog Treats

  1. Break bone-free canned fish into chunks with your fingers and lay onto your dehydrator trays or oven tray.

  2. Dehydrate for 6 – 10 hours until it’s dried all the way through for a great high value smelly treat!

Chicken and Beef Jerky Treats

  1. Use boneless chicken breasts or beef slices.

  2. Slice 1/4″ thick slices from top to bottom.

  3. Lay out on dehydrator trays or oven tray and dry for 3 – 6 hours.

  4. Tip:Once dehydrated you can use scissors to cut the liver into smaller pieces.

Once you have finished cooking your dog’s new favourite treats you can store them in an airtight bag or container in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze for up to three months.





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