Dehydrated Dog Treat Recipes: Easy & Healthy DIY Snacks Your Pup Will Devour!

Dehydrated dog treats are one of my favorite dog foods, by the way. Dehydrators are low-cost and even less expensive to operate, and it’s easy to figure out how to dry treats for your dog! I’ve had a long-term desire for this item for some time, and I finally took the plunge and bought one.

I’m really pleased with this machine. I would highly suggest any dog owner who likes making homemade treats for their dogs purchase one. Jerky-flavored treats are great for me because they’re safe, dry, and suitable to carry around in my purse when I go for walks with my dog. The dogs love the treats! Be sure to ensure that the dehydrator you buy has the capacity to dry meat. Some only dry fruit, as they do not have enough heat to be suitable for meat.

Benefits of Dehydrated Dog Treat

There are many reasons why homemade dog treats made with dehydrated food can be a wonderful treat for your pet.

Healthy & Nutritious

If you prepare dehydrated snacks for your dog, all the ingredients are baked directly into the treats. The only thing you’re losing is water!

If you use raw vegetables or even raw LEAN meat (fatty meats don’t quickly dehydrate), the dog treats you dehydrate are delicious, low-calorie treats for dogs who are trying to trim their fat levels.

If you are using raw meat (beef or even chicken, for instance), you can preserve the nutrients but also eliminate harmful bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella by putting the treats you dehydrate into a standard oven at a temperature of 300 F for 10 to 15 minutes after they’ve finished their dehydrator time.

It is unlikely that dogs will get sick with salmonella or E.coli in the same way that humans do. However, I’d prefer to avoid the risk than be sorry.

Store Easily & Keep for Extended Periods

As they’re non-moisture, they can be stored in your homemade treats for dogs in a sealed, airtight container or Ziploc bag for a few weeks.

If stored in airtight containers, the dehydrated dog treats can be kept at room temperature for two to four weeks. They can also be stored in the fridge for up to two months.

If you own a vacuum sealer, you could use it to dehydrate your treats. Seal the bags in the freezer, and they’ll stay suitable for 9 to 12 months.

Your goodies are not around to last this long! We certainly don’t have them in our home. However, it’s helpful to know in case.


In my research on how to prepare jerky for dogs, I found recipes on the internet that recommend placing the raw chicken or meat in the dehydrator. On other websites, you are advised to cook the meat in advance to kill pathogens. Dogs getting sick due to illnesses like Salmonella is extremely rare since their digestive tracts are extremely compact, meaning that bad bacteria generally will be killed before they can be harmful to dogs.

It is important to note that the highest temperature at which a dehydrator operates typically is around 70c (160f), but this isn’t enough to kill pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli. So, after drying the raw meat, I will always place it in the oven for about 10 minutes at 150 to ensure that all pathogens have been killed.

How to safely make homemade jerky (Dehydrated Dog Treat)

“Jerky is described as “done” and suitable for consumption only if it is sufficiently heated to eliminate any pathogens and dry enough to make it shelf-stable. Shelf-stable means that the Jerky is stored at room temperature, and it is not a source of microbial growth.”

University of Minnesota technique for eliminating pathogens

“Post-drying heating. The process of placing dried meat strips on the cookie sheet inside an oven heated to 257oF (126oC) and then heating them over 10 minutes will effectively kill pathogens. This technique produces the best conventional Jerky.”

When I dry any uncooked meats, I set the Jerky into the oven for about 10 minutes to make sure. The Jerky isn’t altered in any way, and it ensures my assurance. A lot of recipes (mainly meant for human consumption) make use of vinegar or salt soaks to combat the pathogens present in raw meat, but they can both cause stomach issues in dogs. So, I keep my jerky simple and straightforward.


  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before when you get started.
  2. A diet with less fat is more durable as fat can’t dry and cause food to spoil faster. So, if you’re hoping to keep the food items in storage for longer periods, cut any grass off of the meat before you dry it.
  3. Drying times can vary widely. Temperature, food thickness in trays, the quantity of food, and the various machines affect the time. The user’s manual can help, and soon, you’ll determine when you’re done according to texture and style as well as from experience. The dehydrator above is affordable and perfectly fine, and it is the one I have, but if you are looking for the Rolls-Royce of dehydrators, look into Excalibur.
  4. Put dehydrated Jerky into the freezer (no freezing required). However, you can find out more about its storage on this page.
  5. You can cut your meat as thin or as thick as you like; however, the thicker it gets, the longer it will take to dry.
  6. It is a very sharp knife to use that can cut skinny slices.
  7. It’s amazing how food shrinks after being dehydrated. Be aware that it’s concentrated food. Don’t serve excessive amounts—this is an indulgence!