Sweet Potato Dog Treats on a Rope – DIY Indestructible Dog Toy
My Boo thinks he’s a Rotty when it comes to his toys. He shreds them and tears them to pieces. You’d have no idea that he was a Schnauzer if all you had to go on were the shreds left over from his dog toys.
When I went out looking for inspiration I found..
These Toys that Would Survive a Rottweiler.
I’m constantly on the search for a toy that will last more than a day or two.
I’ve found a couple of commercial options. But what I really want is something I could make. I want to be able to rotate toys without constantly buying new ones.
And I was looking for something unusual and I wanted something that would keep Boo’s attention.
We all Want Dog Toys That Last As Long As Their Attention
What I found actually uses yams or sweet potatoes in combination with jute, which believe it or not is perfect for a heavy chewer when the sweet potatoes are cooked hard so they dry out.
It really keeps a dogs attention and because the potatoes are cut into thick slices, there are plenty of things for the pup to chew on.
How to Make Sweet Potato Dog Treats on a Rope
- Hemp or jute rope* – Approximately 2 1/2 feet for medium dogs, less for a smaller dog, more for a larger dog)
- Sweet potato or yam** (2 for a medium-sized dog toy, one for a small, 3 or 4 for a large)
- Sheet pan covered with parchment
- Sharp knife
- Round cookie cutter a bit larger than the diameter of your rope
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash sweet potatoes really well (peel if you’d like, but the skins are safe).
- Slice the sweet potato into rounds approximately 1/2″ thick.
- Using the cookie cutter, remove the center of each round.
- Place rounds and centers on a cookie sheet and bake for 2 1/2 hours.***
- Flip and bake for another 2 1/2 hours. They’re finished when dried out and hard – if there are any squishy bits, bake longer and keep checking every 30 minutes or so.
- Once they’re totally dry, allow to cool fully.
- Make a knot at the end of your hemp rope. (If using multiple thinner pieces, braid them together to make stringing the pieces on easier.)
- String on two sweet potato rings and make a knot above them. Add two more rings and knot. Repeat until you reach the end of your rope.
- Give this awesome new toy to your canine companion!
This pattern was posted by shesparticular on Indestructibles.com. You can see the original post HERE.
The Bottom Line on “Indestructible” Dog Toys for Heavy Chewers
I’m not sure there is exactly an “indestructible” dog toy on the market today – either commercial or DIY, but this one does hold up well to an aggressive chewer or a dog with a strong jaw.
It’s made of all natural materials, so anything they ingest should just pass right on through, which is way better than if your pup shreds something plastic.
I hope you enjoy this DIY project!
*The original poster used nine pieces of a thin-ish diameter braided together to make a larger rope. She recommends hemp or jute because of their strength. Plus, since they’re natural fibers, they’re less likely to cause digestive issues if the dog manages to eat some of it.
**Sandy’s note. Sweet potatoes and yams are considered safe for most dogs and are packed with nutrients. But some dogs are allergic to them. If it’s your dog’s first time with them, keep an eye on them for a few hours.
***The centers make great treats on their own!
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