Dogs of all ages love to chew on things, whether you have a teething puppy or just a dog that likes to get his gnashes around something, then a great way to keep them happy is with a dog chew. It’s can also be a great way to instil some dental hygiene too.
Nowadays dog chews come in various guises, from rubber toys like the Kong, to pig’s ears, but there are some that you can make yourself, so you can monitor exactly what your dog is chewing and give them a healthier alternative too.
Here are a few Homemade dog chews that are safe and will get your dog’s taste buds tingling as well as being a great alternative to rawhide chews which we DO NOT recommend!
Sweet Potato Chews
These healthy homemade dog treats are sweet and nutritious packed with Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Iron.
Simply cut a sweet potato lengthways into 1cm thick slices, laying them flat onto a lined baking sheet. Bake them in the oven for 3 hours at 120°C, turning them halfway through cooking. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack and store in the fridge for up to three weeks or freeze for up to four months.
Chicken Jerky Chews
Your dog will love these meaty chews and they’re easy to make at home plus you can choose your own dog-friendly seasoning too if you like.
Use boneless chicken breasts with all the fat removed and slice into 1cm strips along the grain to make them extra chewy. Coat the strips with some vegetable oil and a choice of fresh and finely chopped parsley, rosemary or sage and lay flat on a lined baking sheet. Cook in the oven for about 2 hours at 95°C until completely dry. Cool completely on a wire rack and cut into bite-size pieces for your pooch. You can also use other meats for this, just stick to cooking it low and slow.
Give your dog a safe and tasty treat with a beef bone. Visit the butcher for a raw beef bone in a size suitable for your dog. Clean off as much meat as possible and boil it in water for at least an hour. This will make the bone hard, but perfectly safe for chewing with a nice meaty flavour.
These are all simple recipes to do for your dogs, so they can chew away happily and leave your shoes and furniture well alone as they’ll have their very own healthy and tasty alternatives.
Why not also read our article on homemade Christmas dog treats