Jessie Belle loves snacks. Hates dog food - loves snacks.
Sweet potato chews are a great dog snack because they are healthy and dogs love them, especially JB. They also take more than two seconds for her to gobble down so I can get away from the begging for a minute or two.
You can buy different styles of sweet potato snacks at PetSmart or Petco or online at Drs. Foster & Smith, but it's so easy (and cheap) to make them yourself. This bag of taters from Trader Joe's cost me $1.69:
Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews
2 lbs sweet potatoes, skin left on
Pam cooking spray
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.
Using a sharp knife, cut the sweet potatoes into disks about 1/4" thick. The thicker they are the better they'll hold up in the oven.
You could get fancy and use a mandolin to cut your sweet potatoes, but not everyone has a mandolin and sometimes it's more trouble than it's worth anyway. Cutting them into rounds also ensures the treats will all be around the same size and therefore easier to store. Plus if you want to make these for gifts (homemade holiday gifts anyone?!?), they'll look better in the packaging.
Spray 2-3 baking sheets/pans with Pam. Lay the disks on the sheets in a single layer.
Bake the sweet potatoes in the 200 degree oven for about 6 hours or until they are done how you want them. Since what you're doing is essentially dehydrating the potato, bake less for chewier snacks; bake longer for crispier snacks. Trust me, your dog will like them either way.
Here's how they look when they come out of the oven:
Cool completely then store in an airtight container.