Homemade Dehydrated Dog Jerky Recipe

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

I love our readers – they are so helpful and have some really awesome ideas. Linda Dwyer passed along an idea for a Homemade Dehydrated Dog Jerky Recipe. She’s got a big dehydrator and she makes up to 60 pounds of jerky at a time – now that’s a lot of jerky. I have a smaller tabletop version that I borrowed from my pal Boots the Boston Terrier’s human, Mark. Linda uses skinless chicken breasts and beef heart, but since I couldn’t get my hands on any beef heart, I settled on chicken. She also doesn’t use any seasonings, but I thought I’d give mine a little spicing up. Just a warning: the Homemade Dehydrated Dog Jerky Recipe takes up 13 hours to finish, depending on how thick you slice the meat. But once I turned it on, I could go about my day and check back in with the how it was going every few hours.

Homemade Dehydrated Dog Jerky Recipe


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (partially frozen)

1 TBS sage

1 TBS rosemary

1 clove garlic, pressed


  1. Cut your partily frozen chicken breast into strips about ¼ in thickness.
  2. Place in a Ziplock bag overnight with the pressed garlic clove to marinate
  3. Turn hydrator on to 140F
  4. In the Ziplock bag, slowly start to add the sage and rosemary. Shake the meat in the bag to ensure the chicken is evenly coated.
  5. Place chicken strips evenly across all the dehydrator trays. Make sure they are placed apart, never touching. This ensures that the air can circulate and flow to dry out the meat.
  6. Strips will take anywhere from 4 to 13 hours to fully dry. You can check on the process by taking a slice out of the tray and cutting it to see if it’s dry. You should see no color inside the strip. The surface of the jerky should be shiny and tough.
  7. Store your dog chicken jerky in air tight containers or Ziplock bags in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life.

Linda warns that these dog jerky treats are so good, your dog won’t want anything else. And we have to agree – Oscar was begging for more! I’m really glad Linda sent in the recipe, due to all the jerky recalls and health related incidents in the news. I feel much better giving my dog something that I made and where I control what goes in them. My first batch looked a little rough, but the next time around, I will make sure my chicken is a bit more frozen before I cut it!

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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