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Do you treat your dog a lot while training, or does your dog have a low food drive or a sensitive digestive system? With these healthy, cheap dog treats that are homemade with only one ingredient, you will have your dog eagerly working for positive rewards in no time.

Please enjoy some of the Dog Ranch’s favourite healthy cost-effective homemade dog treats recipes that you can make in the oven or food dehydrator.

Dehydrated Healthy and Cheap Dog Treats

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

These treats are very easy to make, they will last a long time, and your dog will love them! Once your dog’s yummy treats are dehydrated, you can store them in a bag in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months!

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 Dog Chews

  1. Scrub sweet potatoes or yams.
  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

  1. Buy your liver in any animal you like.
  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 Dog Ranch favourite.

  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.

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 month, or freeze for up to three months.

Karen Munro

AvatarKaren founded and built the Dog Ranch in 2007, and now as managing director she is responsible for overseeing the general Ranch operations and all canine and human satisfaction. She can jump into almost any role, and works tirelessly to ensure the Dog Ranch delivers the highest quality, totally dog-centered, force-free training and boarding services in Greater Vancouver and on Bowen Island.

Published by Karen Munro

Karen founded and built the Dog Ranch in 2007, and now as managing director she is responsible for overseeing the general Ranch operations and all canine and human satisfaction. She can jump into almost any role, and works tirelessly to ensure the Dog Ranch delivers the highest quality, totally dog-centered, force-free training and boarding services in Greater Vancouver and on Bowen Island.

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