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 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!)
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