Sweet Potato Dog Chew Toy

Chew ToyA friend of mine found this recipe for me. She knows I look for interesting homemade treats and toys for my dog. She also knows my dog is slightly insane. This Chew Toy was touted as “Indestructible.” However, I can assure you that is not the case! Not by a long shot. It’s super easy to make though, and your dog will love it. At least for a little while.

All you need are a couple of big sweet potatoes and some hemp rope. Wash the sweet potatoes and cut them into 1/4″-1/2″ slices. (See above photo.) Then use a small cookie cutter to cut out the inside. You’ll need a large enough opening to fit the rope through the hole. (I saved the sweet potato insides, we’re going to cook them up this week and have a nice side dish of roasted sweet potatoes!)


Then bake the heck out of the sweet potatoes. You’ll want to put them in for 2 1/2 hours at 250º F. Then flip them over and repeat. Yes, that’s another 2 1/2 hours at 250º F. So that’s 5 hours total. That’s a long time to be baking something!


This is what they will look like after they’ve been baked to death. They should be hard as rocks. Because they are so hard, there are some dogs (Chihuahuas maybe?) that will probably not be able to chew through them. We have a Corgi. She wasted no time ripping these apart. So just beware, they do kind of make a mess. We tried to keep Jenny in the kitchen for an easy cleanup.

Chew Toy

This is what the finished product looks like. I got the rope at Lowe’s for 49 cents per foot. You could get a thinner rope and quadruple it up to make it thicker.


Jenny was pretty hesitant at first when I gave her the toy. She didn’t really know what to make of it.

Chew Toy

But it didn’t take her much time at all to start chewing those sweet potato rings right up!

Chew Toy

I ended up having to take it from her. She probably would have devoured the entire thing in one sitting. Which probably wouldn’t have been good for her digestive system! This entire project cost me around $3. The rope was $1.50 as were the sweet potatoes. It was a fun little project and Jenny loved the outcome.

* * * On a side note, if you were wondering how Jenny has been enjoying the Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats I made for her last week, she LOVES them. As a matter of fact, she might have an addiction problem. She sits in front of the pantry where she knows they are stored and whines. A lot. She’s never done that for before for anything. They must be good!1

3 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Dog Chew Toy

    15 DIY Dog Toys Anyone Can Make - Amazing Dogs Official said:
    September 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    […] Via Cooking with Amanda […]


    Lisa said:
    June 8, 2020 at 12:43 am

    Can the centers be cooked for the dogs also? If so cooked the same way?


    30 Easy DIY Dog Toys in 2021 | Homemade Dog Toys said:
    April 26, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    […] Are you living with your dog having extra-strong scary jaws. Then here is how to keep your dog jaws strong, just make these sweet potato dog chew toys that are quite something quick and easy to make. You need a couple of big sweet potatoes, some hemp rope to make these quick and beautiful dog chew toys. They will provide too much fun to your dog and will there quickly for your dog. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the inside of the round potato slices and thread the rope through a bunch of potato slices to make this dog toy. cookingwithamanda […]


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