When my dog Chewbacca was a puppy he chewed on everything he could fit in his cute little mouth. In fact he chewed on so many things that his nickname Chewy stopped being cute and started being a little too real. No child’s toy or shoe was safe if Chewy was in the room. I soon came to the realization that he needed more of his own chew toys and we needed to start putting our stuff away. All dogs, not just puppy’s, benefit from chew toys. They help their teeth, relieve stress, and help to occupy their time. Every dog needs a hobby, right? There are a ton of chew toys on the market. Some have questionable ingredients and smell pretty gross. If you want to do something nice for your canine companion you might want to consider making them some chew toys. We all know that home cooking is better than fast food. Well this is kind of the same idea. It is homemade and organic. Dare I say gluten-free? I actually have no clue about that part I just wanted to throw that in because everyone loves that word these days. But I do assure you this is vet recommended and your dog will love it!
You will need a rope. Hemp or jute rope is recommended. These ropes are strong, durable, and less likely to cause digestive issues when compared to synthetic ropes.
Next up you will need yams or sweet potatoes. They provide a nutrient-rich chew toy. Wash them thoroughly then cut them into relatively thick slices. Two full potatoes will be great for a medium-sized toy.
Use a cookie cutter to carve out the middle of your yams.
When you’ve got all the centers cut out, preheat your oven to 250 degrees and place the rings on a cookie sheet.
Bake the sweet potato rings for 2 1/2 hours.
Then flip them over and continue to bake those babies for another 2 1/2 hours. After that they should be fully dried out, but if they’re not, continue to bake them for another 30 minutes. You’ll want to check to see that they’re dry and chewy, but not burned.
While those cool, take a few strands of your rope and begin to knot the ends. (Hint: Make these as tight as possible. Your dogs are experts at destroying things with their teeth!)
The knot will need to be thick enough that your rings don’t slide past it. Once you’ve added the rings, go ahead and make another knot right above those.
Repeat this step until you run out of rings or you reach the end of your rope.
Make sure you have enough excess rope to be able to tie off the other end as well.
And there you have it. Easy right?
Your dog is going to love you!
And you will love them for chewing on this and not your stuff.
The sweet potatoes may soften up a bit, but they are fully edible. They’ll also keep your dog occupied for hours.
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My dog is seriously going to love me when I make these for him this weekend! And I just thought of another plus. If you have any small children in your house and they decide to put the dogs toys in their mouth, they will also get a nutritious treat. That is a win/win! Would you make this for your dog?