PDTE member Kirsty Grant has been testing out her new dehydrator and has created some canine Christmas ideas (it’s never too early right?!). Dehydrators are a great way to save money on treats and ensure what you're giving to your dog is healthy and free from preservatives.
Check out this autumn inspired dehydrated chew:
What you’ll need
Undyed hemp cord or rope (mine pick the treats off but if your dog is likely to swallow the whole thing use an edible alternative like tendon or untreated hide)
Dried pig ear strips (optional)
Dried thick sliced lung or heart (optional)
Putting it all together
Cut the outer skin away from the pineapple. Slice and cut a hole through the centre of all the fruit and vegetables using a corer or small cookie cutter. The thinner the slice the quicker the drying time, especially for the pineapple which has a high water content.
Dry in a dehydrator or very low oven until completely hard.
Thread onto the cord and then tie into a circle using a secure knot.
My dogs were very pleased with the final results! They lasted about 10 minutes and were able to use their paws and brains to work out how to get the treats off. These could also be tied to a post or suspended with a length of the cord to make a more challenging puzzle.