Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipe

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat RecipeAll of our homemade treat recipes are human-tested, dog approved! As you’ve probably read in my other posts, we believe whole-heartedly in homemade organic dog treats. And the dogs love them too! Zoey, Jem, and Laci can hardly keep their composure when they see me making dough and smell it baking in the oven. They know it’s treat-time and can’t believe their fortune!

There’s nothing better than knowing the quality and source of the ingredients in your dog’s treats. They love the freshness and you can sleep well at night knowing there are no preservatives or toxic ingredients in your pup’s belly. The icing on the pupcake? They’re so much cheaper than store bought!

Step 1: Find Your Ingredients

Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comWhat you’ll need:

  • Honey
  • Flour (wheat or gluten free)
  • Oats
  • 3.5 oz container of sweet potato baby food
  • 1 egg 
  • Optional: cookie cutters

You may also already know that we purchase all organic ingredients (when they’re available to us), but you certainly don’t have to. Non-organic ingredients will work also. The 3.5 oz jar of baby food is bigger than the ordinary sized jars, so you have to look for it. 

Step 2: Measure & Mix Your Ingredients

Homemade organic sweet potato dog treats from RadioFence.comYour measurements:

  • 3.5 oz sweet potato baby food
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1 tb honey
  • 1/4 C oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the baby food, flour, honey, and oats in a mixing bowl until combined. Crack the egg in a separate dish and beat – this will be brushed on top of the treats before they go in the oven.  The dough will be semi-dry and a little tough to mix together. 

Zoey and Laci Sniffing Out The Homemade Dog Treats from RadioFence.comI hadn’t even mixed the ingredients with a spoon yet when Zoey and Laci sniffed out what I was doing and came running over to give their seal of pre-approval. They were already so excited!

Homemade sweet potato dog treats from RadioFence.comThis is what your dough should look like after you mix the ingredients. At this point I realized that with 3 dogs I wanted to make more, so I doubled the recipe. Without doubling the recipe, you will get about 24 small cookie-cutter sized treats. 

Step 3: Roll Dough & Cut Shapes

RadioFence.com Homemade Sweet Potato Dog TreatsYou’ll want to flour your surface area, roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4″ thick. The thickness of your dough isn’t that important – it’ll just depend on how crunchy or soft your dog like his treats!

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats Recipe from RadioFence.comThe next step is using a cookie cutter to create the shape of your treats. This part was my favorite because I just ordered customized cookie cutters from HomePrint3D on Etsy and got to use them for the first time! 

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comI’m so in love with these cookie cutters! You don’t have to take the time to cut shapes into your dough if you don’t want to. After cutting these shapes, I decided to roll the rest of the dough out and just rip misshapen pieces off of it. After all, your dog isn’t going to appreciate the shape but the taste instead! This is the only semi-time consuming part of this recipe and can easily be avoided in a time-crunch. 

Step 4: Brush With Egg Wash

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comTime to use that beaten egg we set aside that we almost forgot about. Lightly brush the treats with a little bit of egg wash so they’ll get a beautiful golden brown in the oven. 

Step 5: Bake and Enjoy!

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comBake on a cookie sheet (using parchment paper if you’d like) for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You can bake for less time if your dog prefers a softer treat, or longer for a crunchier treat. Twenty minutes will give you a pretty good crunch to this treat. 

Bone Appetit!

Bone Appetit!

It’s munchin’ time!

Jem from RadioFence.com Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats RecipeI love how patient they try to pretend they are. Jem can’t hide her enthusiasm… that tongue always gives it away!

Jem Laci Zoey RadioFence.com homemade dog treats recipeJem says “I’m ready for one – just toss it in my mouth!”

Laci and Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsThe anticipation is killing them!

Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treat recipeZoey got to try her first cookie with her name on it!

Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsAnd she absolutely loved it!

Jem from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsJem was so excited to take her cookie she became a blur!

Laci from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsAlthough Laci was a little left out because her cookie cutter hasn’t come in the mail yet… she was still super excited about this recipe and loved them just the same!

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Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Yields 24
Homemade, preservative-free, inexpensive, and easy to make!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 3.5 oz jar of sweet potato baby food
  2. 3/4 C flour
  3. 1/4 C oats
  4. 1 tb honey
  5. 1 large egg, beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine baby food, flour, oats, and honey and mix until blended together
  3. Crack egg in separate bowl, beat, and set aside for later to be brushed onto treats
  4. Roll dough out to 1/4" thick onto floured surface and create treat shapes with cookie cutter: rip misshapen pieces from the dough if you don't want to use a cookie cutter
  5. Bake for 20 minutes
  1. You can bake these treats for less time if your dog prefers a softer treat. This treat will be crunchy when baked for 20 minutes.
Adapted from The Little Epicurean
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Puddles Are Dangerous For Curious Dogs

Puddles Are Dangerous For DogsWith the rainy season approaching or already upon us in some parts of the country, there are many challenges our dogs face from being scared to go outside during rainfall to the dangers of playing in puddles once the storm passes.

Whenever we go for our walks, Zoey seems to walk out of her way to find the puddles and wade through them. Sometimes she’ll put her snout in the puddles, but most of the time she just likes to dip her paws in and walk through as if to say “I can, so I will.” 

But I’ve always wondered… what hidden dangers are lurking in the puddles? Is a simple stroll through the stagnant water harmless or something to deter dogs from? And most importantly is it dangerous for our pups to drink puddle water?

Experts warn us that as fun as it is to watch our dogs splash in the puddles, we need to be cautious of the health hazards.


Leptospirosis is a bacteria that thrives in wet climates. Wild animals like deer and rodents and some domesticated farm animals like cows, sheep, and pigs can carry leptospirosis. They aren’t affected by the bacteria, and they pass it into the environment through their urine. 

Dogs can contract this bacteria by drinking the water in puddles if the urine from an infected animal is present. Puddles that have formed from rain run off are a common source of this bacteria. Scientists have studied the prevalence of leptospirosis in dogs and found a direct correlation between the amount of rainfall and the number of dogs infected with the bacteria. This means that as the amount of rainfall increases, the cases of leptospirosis in dogs also increases. 

Leptospirosis Symptoms

The most common side effect of leptospirosis is kidney failure. The symptoms of kidney failure include:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite 

The disease also commonly affects the liver and lungs. The vet diagnoses the disease by testing the blood and urine. 


Successful treatment for the disease includes antibiotic medication and fluids. 

Vaccine Prevention

If you live in a rainy area and can’t realistically be with your dog 24/7 while he explores outside, the vaccine is a good precaution for you to take to prevent your dog from becoming infected with the disease. 

Jem, Zoey, and Laci exploring the puddles after a fresh rainfall

Jem, Zoey, and Laci exploring the puddles after a fresh rainfall.


Giardia is a microscopic organism that lives in the intestines of domestic and wild animals that are shed into the environment through their feces and readily contaminate water in the environment. These are the same organisms that require humans to drink filtered water. Experts found in 2012 that dogs that frequent dog parks are more likely to have Giardia. 


The most common symptom of Giardia is diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. 

Diagnosis and Treatment 

Your vet will diagnose Giardia by taking a stool sample for testing. To get rid of Giardia in a dog’s intestinal tract, there are multiple medications that work. The two most common are:

  • Metronidazole 
  • Fenbendazole

If one of your dogs is diagnosed with Giardia, the vet will probably advise that all of the dogs in your household be treated because it is highly contagious between dogs and can be transmitted to other species including cats and people. 

Laci jumping in the puddles.

Laci jumping in the puddles.

Antifreeze in Puddles

It only takes a very tiny amount of Antifreeze to have devastating consequences on your dog. Ethylene glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze and causes irreversible kidney failure. Antifreeze used to have a sweet taste which made it appealing to dogs and children. In 2012 manufacturers were required to add a bitter taste to antifreeze to help prevent ingestion. However, it only takes a small amount of antifreeze to infect your dog, and she may not notice the bitter taste of it when it’s mixed in a large puddle. Antifreeze is commonly found in puddles because it leaks from the undercarriage of cars. 

Symptoms of Kidney Failure From Antifreeze

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Coma
  • Seizures

Diagnosis of Poison From Antifreeze

Your vet will make a diagnosis using your pet’s previous medical history, urine and blood testing, and possibly a kidney biopsy. The horrible reality is that no matter what aggressive therapy the vet tries, most dogs that are poisoned from antifreeze can’t survive. 


Zoey trying to drink from the puddles in our neighborhood.

Advice For You And Your Dog Concerning Puddles

We definitely don’t want you to avoid taking your dog outside after it rains, keep her on a short leash, or keep her inside after reading this article. The best thing you can do after reading this is become aware of the symptoms and be conscious about your dog’s health condition after your dog has been around puddles. The easiest way to help avoid antifreeze poison is to avoid puddles that have formed near parking lots and parked cars. If you follow that general rule, your dog should be just fine! And if you are going for a long walk or hike, bring a portable bowl and some fresh drinking water so your dog doesn’t feel desperate to drink from puddles.

Does your dog like to drink from puddles? And have you ever experienced complications?

Dog “Germs” Could Make People Healthier

Mabel and Kynley - Two Nieces In Our Family

Mabel and Kynley – Two Nieces In Our Family

You haven’t met the two little ones in our title image yet – Mabel is the newest furry addition to our extended family (Mabel is Zoey and Jem’s cousin). And Kynley is the sweetheart that Mabel is giving kisses to that we are happy to call family! 

We’ve probably all heard that having a dog has some great health benefits. Studies have shown that dogs reduce stress, anxiety, and lower blood pressure. Their incredible sense for our wellbeing goes as far as detecting low blood sugar, seizures, and even cancer. But the latest study is testing whether having a dogs in our homes actually boosts our immune systems and makes them stronger than they would be if we didn’t have dogs! 

Zoey loves kisses!

Zoey loves kisses!

Scientists at the University of Arizona are conducting a study to see if the natural bacteria that dogs have encourages the growth of beneficial microorganisms in people. They believe living with dogs could be causing our bodies to create enough microorganisms to reduce sneezing, itching, and hives from allergic reactions. Imagine if our dogs are the natural remedy we’ve been needing for our allergies!

Jem loves getting her "germs" all over our bed!

Jem loves getting her “germs” all over our bed!

I have a friend that has been severely allergic to dogs her whole life. She fell in love with a dog that sheds at the shelter, adopted him, and named him Meeko. She recently told me that she’s still allergic to some other dogs she’s around, but she seems to have built up a “tolerance” to Meeko’s hair and doesn’t have a reaction to him anymore! This has me thinking that our bodies really do create beneficial microorganisms as a result of being around them that fight against our body’s allergic reactions. Amazing!

Jamie and Meeko's first beach day - No allergies!

Jamie and Meeko’s first beach day – No allergies!

The study to test this theory is going to analyze the blood and skin samples of people and their dogs for three months to track health changes. Scientists believe that the deep connection we have with our dogs goes beyond the surface. We don’t just love them for their cute, fluffy, tail-wagging exterior. And they don’t just love us as a food-source and a door-opener to the backyard. The bond between us goes so much deeper than anyone can put into words – and this connection could be one that our health depends on. A doctoral student participating in the study says, “is it just that they’re fuzzy and we like to pet them, or is there something else going on under the skin? The question really is: Has the relationship between dogs and humans gotten under the skin? And we believe it has.” 

Moments like these are worth all the "germs" in the world!

Moments like these are worth all the “germs” in the world!

It’s completely understandable that dogs share their unique bacteria with us in our home over time. Households with pets have more bacterial diversity than homes without pets, which is great news for humans because exposure to a variety of microbes builds a stronger immune system. “We think dogs might work as probiotics to enhance the health of the bacteria that live in our guts. These bacteria, or ‘microbiota,’ are increasingly recognized as playing an essential role in our mental and physical health, especially as we age,” Dr. Charles Raison, professor of psychiatry at the university and the principal investigator for the study, said in the statement.

Buddy the rescue pup hasn't wasted any time sharing his "germs" with our family, and we love it!

Buddy the rescue pup hasn’t wasted any time sharing his “germs” with our family, and we love it!

Just when I thought I couldn’t love dogs any more than I already do… now there’s the possibility that they actually make me healthier! This is great news. I’m excited to see how this study goes and what incredible connections the scientists find between dogs and people. Researchers are still raising funds for the study and finding volunteers between ages 50-80. Looking forward to the results! 

We love Jem "germs" in this family!

We love Jem “germs” in this family!

The more germs the merrier in this family! All of our dogs get an overload of cuddles and kisses in this household. 


Quick & Easy No-Bake Dog Treats

No Bake Dog Treats from RadioFence.comHomemade dog treats are awesome for so many reasons! Our dogs prefer them, they’re cheaper than store-bought, they’re healthier than the mystery-meat treats on the shelves, and you can make most of the recipes in less time than it takes to drive to the store. 

When I found these no-bake treats on “Jo and Sue’s” blog, I was really excited to give them a try because they sounded so easy and simple to make. Not to mention there’s only a  few ingredients in them that we always have on hand, so if I’m ever in a bind and need a quick treat for the pups I can whip these up in no time! 


  • Peanut butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Water
  • Oats

Step 1: Find Your Ingredients

DSC05321As you’ve read in my other posts, we use organic ingredients in our house. You can use regular or organic ingredients in your treats. All you need is peanut butter, cinnamon, water, and oats. But never forget the human foods that are poisonous to dogs.

Step 2: Combine Your Ingredients 

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine and stir the peanut butter, cinnamon, and water until combined.

  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 C water

No Bake Dog Treats From RadioFence.comSlowly add the oats to the mixture until they are thoroughly mixed in.

  • 1  1/4 C oats

No Bake Dog Treats From RadioFence.com

Step 3: Create Ball-Shaped Treats

Once your ingredients are mixed together, scoop the mixture out of the bowl with a spoon and form ball shapes in the palm of your hand. The peanut butter will help the oats stick together once you form the balls.

No Bake Dog Treats from RadioFence.comYou can make any sized balls you want depending on the size of your dog and her appetite. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet or plate to be chilled in the refrigerator. 

No Bake Dog Treats from RadioFence.com

Step 4: Chill In Refrigerator 

Rather than baking these treats, they just need to be placed in the refrigerator before feeding them to your pup. You can even freeze them if you dog likes harder treats to chew on.

No Bake Dog Treats from RadioFence.comYou can chill them for 1-3 hours depending on how anxious your dog is to try the tasty snack! 

No Bake Dog Treats from RadioFence.com

Step 5: Enjoy!

No Bake Dogs Treats from RadioFence.comThe best part of all – devour! Watching your dog enjoy treats that you made yourself is the most rewarding part of the whole process. It’s so worth the little bit of effort it took to make these!

No Bake Dog Treats From RadioFence.comJem and Zoey both LOVED these!

No Bake Dog Treats From RadioFence.comIf I bought treats at the store for my dog, I can’t say that I would eat them with her. But we all tried these homemade treats and loved them just as much as the dogs did! 

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Quick & Easy No-Bake Dog Treats
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Yummy, simple, and healthy dog treats you can make in minutes - no baking required! Your dog is going to flip for these.
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Prep Time
10 min
  1. 3/4 C peanut butter
  2. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/4 C water
  4. 1 1/4 C oats
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine and stir the peanut butter, cinnamon, and water until combined.
  2. Slowly add the oats to the mixture until they are thoroughly mixed
  3. Once your ingredients are mixed together, scoop the mixture out of the bowl with a spoon and create ball shapes. You can make any sized balls you want depending on the size of your dog and her appetite. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet or plate to be chilled in the refrigerator.
  4. Rather than baking these treats, they just need to be chilled in the refrigerator before feeding them to your pup. You can chill them for 1-3 hours depending on how anxious your dog is to try the tasty snack!
  1. We use all organic ingredients in our dog treats - but you can use any brand you like.
Adapted from Jo and Sue
Adapted from Jo and Sue
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How Do I Get My Dog To Stop Eating Poop?

How Do I Get My Dog To Stop Eating Poop?Zoey has always had an infatuation with her own poop… and I can’t for the life of me imagine why. What we humans would consider a form of torture, our dogs seem to think is a tasty treat! Why do they do this? Should we be worried? And how can we get them to stop?

Coprophagia is the technical term for eating and ingesting feces. I was relieved to find out that Zoey’s poop fetish is completely normal. Many animal species enjoy the occasional poo-poo platter. 

A Visit To The Vet Is Necessary

In most cases, coprophagia is NOT a sign that your dog has a disease that you should be worried about, but in other cases it can be a sign of an underlying issue. Step 1 if your dog is eating poop is to take her to the vet for tests to make sure she is healthy. Medical conditions that could be causing your dog to eat poop include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Vitamin deficiency 
  • Increased appetite
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Parasites
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Anemia
  • Neurological disease

Jeez… is that all? That’s a lot of medical issues to worry about all because of one disgusting habit that many of us probably assumed was just “a dog being a dog.” But don’t freak out just yet! Most of the time dogs eat poop for non life-threatening reasons.

Your veterinarian will run medical tests to determine if your dog is suffering from any of the diseases or medical conditions that cause some dogs to eat poop. You will also want to discuss your dog’s diet, appetite, nutrition, and environment with your vet. 

Lack Of Nutrients Causing It?

Some dogs have an interest in eating their poop because they aren’t getting enough nutrients in their diet. Sometimes there are food particles in the poop that didn’t get digested. Dogs smell this and think of it as fresh, uneaten food. They may be unable to digest the nutrients the first go-around and eat the partially-digested particles in the poop to meet their nutritional needs. This is the most common reason that dogs eat poop. It tastes good! Even though we can’t possibly begin to understand how… If you believe your dog is eating her poop because she needs better nutrition, consult with your vet or a pet nutritionalist about what diet is best for your dog. 

The ASPCA suggests making sure you’re feeding your dog quality food. They state that you really can’t find high-quality dog food in supermarkets and sometimes can be mislead by the brands at the big box pet stores. The ASPCA suggests finding a quality pet supply store and looks for premium brands with human-grade ingredients. Always read the labels on the dog food you consider purchasing. Choose a brand that has one or more whole meat sources and no meat-by-products. 

Dogs That Eat Other Animals’ Poop

Some dogs don’t just love to eat their own poop, but they will eat other dogs’ poop as well. Our dog Jem will follow Zoey or other dogs around the yard waiting for them to go potty so she can get her stinky snack at it’s freshest. This is also very common in many dogs, but sometimes more risky than a dog eating his own poop. 

It’s important to make sure your dog never ingests the feces of dogs that are strangers. You don’t know if these other dogs are receiving the vaccinations and preventative care that is required to prevent the spread of diseases. If your dog is exposed to other dogs’ poop that is carrying diseases that puts your dog at risk. 

A Mom’s Natural Instinct 

Moms will also eat the feces of their puppies, so puppies may copy this behavior and keep doing it out of habit and curiosity. Once it has become a habit for your dog, it can be difficult to break. But it is definitely possible with the correct training. 

A Technique To Get Attention

Some dogs will eat poop to get attention if they feel punished or neglected. For dogs, any attention is better than no attention at all. A lot of them prefer to be scolded rather than being ignored altogether. Try spending more time with your dog, go for more walks together, and take car rides to show your dog that she is loved and important. 

Your Dog Is A Neat Freak

Other dogs who like a neat and tidy environment will eat their poop to clean their area. Some dogs think they’re doing a great job of cleaning the back yard when they eat their poop. Pups that have an accident inside may also eat their poop in an effort to clean the space.

How Do I Stop This Behavior?

The surest way to avoid your dog eating poop is the watch your dog when she is outside and clean up after her every time she goes #2. This isn’t always realistic for everyone to find the time and means to clean up after your dog every time. Many people don’t pick up their dog’s poop because they don’t want to dispose of it in the trash can and deal with the nasty smell and contamination. You can get a Doggy Dooley for your yard to make clean up sterile and convenient. The Doggy Dooley gets buried in your yard and chemically breaks down poo so you never have to deal with the smell in your trash can when you scoop the poop from the yard. 

Natural Food Additives To Stop Poo-Eating

Many experts believe that the products on the market that claim to discourage your dog from eating poop don’t actually work. There are liquids and powders to add to your dog’s food that claim to make the poop taste bad to the dog and keep him from eating it. Popular opinion is that these are not healthy to use long-term and don’t actually work. Some people have successfully discouraged their dog from eating poop by adding certain human foods to the dog’s food. Pineapple or foods with sulfur such as brussels sprouts or cabbage will discourage the dog from eating his poop. I’m going to try this in Zoey’s food and see if it works!

Correct The Behavior With A Training Collar

You can also use the aid of a training collar to associate the bad behavior with a correction. Consistency is key with this type of training. You’ll have to give your dog a correction every time he tries to eat the poop consistently for a few weeks until he avoids the poop completely. Your dog may regress and go back to his old ways, so you’ll have to reinforce the training later on down the road if/when this happens. 

What Not To Do:

Most importantly, you should always remember what not to do. We want to correct our dogs’ bad behavior, never punish them in a nonconstructive way. Punishment for an act like eating poop will only make your dog more likely to eat the poop next time as a way of “covering up the evidence” to avoid getting punished again. 

There’s been a belief by many people for years that you should rub your dog’s face in urine and feces when you’re potty training. This should never be used as a form of training, according to the ASPCA. If your dog is eating poop, never resort to rubbing her face in it to get her to stop. It won’t work to put an end to the behavior and can only lead to more problems.

Most importantly, never physically hit or harm your dog as a form of punishment for eating poop or any other behavior that you don’t approve of. Dogs are very loyal being by nature, and they want to please their “masters” if they are given the chance. Communicate with your dog in a way that she will understand the cause and effect of her behavior. Physical punishment is not understood by your dog and will only lead to aggression, fear, and acting out.

Do you have any techniques that worked to get your dog to stop eating his/her poop?