Did you know that our dog training treats are made at home? Not only are they super healthy and cheaper than what’s on the market, but they are also so super EASY to make. The best part is you know exactly what goes into making them. So I’m going to share our favourite dehydrator dog treat recipe. If you want non-dehydrator treats, there are some in the recipe section of our blog.
If you hate reading too much, scroll to the bottom of the page to find a nice recipe card. But following information can be super useful! so read prior if can.
Choosing the perfect dehydrator! A wide range of dehydrators is available, and most are highly affordable. The cheapest one is about AUD50. But these have plastic trays that are not that easy to clean. A dehydrator uses heat to function, and I worry over time, plastic may have harmful effects on health and the environment. So I prefer the stainless steel trays. The dehydrator we have is BioChef Arizona Sol 6 Tray food dehydrator. It distributes heat evenly, is quieter than cheaper ones (still a bit of noise, but you won't notice it much), and is easy to work with stainless steel trays. I also highly recommend the Deviant 6 Trays Food dehydrator; it's similar to the BioChef one but has a stainless steel overall appearance, making it sleeker-looking on the countertop! Of course, there are nicer commercial-grade expensive ones, but that's a bit too much for us. We use the dehydrator once or twice a month, and one run makes enough treats to last a month (or two weeks for two dogs).
Dehydrated Dog Training Treats – Recipe
Ok, the fun part! The Recipe! The following recipe is customisable; you can replace the meat and the other ingredients according to your preference. We love this because the size makes it a perfect treat to carry when we are out and training. Ollie loves it! You will need silicone moulds to make even bite-sized treats. Ours are cubic-shaped, but you can get round cavities or even little hearts if you follow the links.
- 500g lean minced chicken breast
- 1/2 cup bone broth/chicken broth (100% natural, no salt or preservatives added) can replace with water
- 1 tsp Psyllium husk/seaweed powder or other additives of your choice
- 1 tsp Turmeric
You’ll also need – Mixing bowl, Spatula, Silicon moulds, Dehydrator sheets or Baking sheets
- Mix the ingredients in a bowl until even consistency is achieved.
- Using the spatula distribute the silicon mould evenly. Press it in with the spatula to fill it in well.
- Place it in the dehydrator at 70ºC for 6h, After this point, you’ll notice that the top is crunchy and dehydrated but the bottom is still raw
- Remove them from moulds (it should come off easily) and turn them upside down on a dehydrator sheet placed on a dehydrator tray
- Place it back on the dehydrator and dehydrate for another 6h. Time can vary depending on the dehydrator.
- Remove from the dehydrator. Cubes should be crunchy and hard at this point. If you break them they should be dehydrated all the way through. You can put it in the oven for 10 min at 160ºC for extra crunch.
- Leave them for cooling before storing them away in an airtight container.
- If dehydrated well these should be good at room temperature for about a month, but can be stored in the refrigerator to improve shelf life.
Tips : Since dehydrator have 6 trays I fill up the empty space with thinly sliced chicken breast. Keeping chicken breast in the freezer for 1-2 h helps to get thin slices
After dehydrating chicken breast sometimes can attach to the stainless steel dehydrator tray. Give a little push from the back of the tray and it should easily come off.
Comment below and let us know how you like the recipe. Follow us on Instagram and see the process of us making these treats under the “Recipes” highlights tab. Do let us know if you make it we’d love to hear from you!