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The Best Himalayan Dog Chew Recipe

Baking treats or even chews for your dog is not only a great way to cherish your pooch, it’s also a way to spend some time with your little helper in the kitchen.

Okay, maybe the little helper is more like an impatient child wanting to stuff the cookie dough into his mouth.

Bright side: At the very least you’ll get to see your dog drool while trying to transfer the cheese we’re going to make from your pot into his mouth through sheer mental power.

Plus, you can actually make this 3-ingredient chew recipe pretty cheaply and quickly once you’ve got the details down.

Let’s dive into what makes homemade Himalaya chews so great.

Are Homemade Himalayan Chews Good for Dogs?

I’m actually going so far as to say that making Himalaya chews at home for your dog is one of the best chews out there.

Why?

Well, maybe you’ve heard about the chemicals that come with other chewy treats like rawhide. While rawhide is the go-to treat for many dog owners around the world, it can actually be toxic.

Depending on the origin of the rawhide, there may be no regulations in terms of food safety and to survive the long transport, they often contain unnatural chemicals.

Did you know rawhide also poses a choking hazard?

Important notice: There is something I want to show you that will change the way you interact with your dog. Check it out here.

Apart from these two facts, the rawhide itself is a byproduct of the leather industry, not the meat industry.

So we’ll delete rawhide from our shopping list, but what’s the alternative?

Deer antlers? Puppies, smaller dogs, senior dogs, and even healthy large-breed adults can chip their teeth when chewing on these things.

Chews from major pet store chains? More stuff that just isn’t made for dogs to provide a cheap low-quality product.

Chicken feet? Many things that are dried and from actual animals (without additives) might be a great fit for your dog.

But what makes Himalaya dog chews better?

Here are all the benefits:

  • You control how hard your dog’s chew is
  • You control the chew’s size, shape, and quantity
  • You know exactly what goes into your dog’s body

Even though there might be a little learning curve in the beginning, once you’ve got this recipe down, it’s pretty quick and fun.

How much it’ll cost compared to stuff from your local shop depends heavily on how the ingredients are priced in your area.

How to Make Himalayan Dog Chews Safe

That’s the great thing about these Himalaya chews, they’re safe if done right.

When shopping for the ingredients, look for ethical-sourced products and try buying stuff with recycled packaging to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible.

So apart from having a healthy dog chew, we just have to make sure that it’s the right texture for your dog.

If your have a small-breed dog, a puppy, senior, you’ll probably want to go with a softer version of this chew.

If you have an aggressive chewer, provide them with a treat that they can chew on for some time (but make sure it’s the right size to avoid them gulping it down).

After you’ve extracted the cheese (that’s right, we’re essentially making cheese), you have to squeeze it inside a cheesecloth or towel to get out the remaining moisture.

The harder your squeeze the cheesecloth or towel, the harder your chew will be after drying.

When it comes to the ingredients, it’s important that you’re using skim milk and not just regular milk because the recipe might not work.

If you don’t have lime juice available, you can just squeeze two big lemons.

To get the best possible result, you should make sure to stir and pause correctly in order for the cheese crusts to form.

In my first attempt, it was actually quite hard to get the cheese to form and definitely took longer than intended.

However, you can check out my Himalaya dog chews below.

Himalayan dog chews
Himalayan dog chews before baking

No worries, your chews might not turn out in the perfect color or shape either and that’s okay. Your dog won’t complain as long as it tastes awesome.

Make sure to supervise your dog the first time you’re giving him these chews.

If everything goes well, these chews are perfect to keep your dog occupied when guests are around, to reward him after a good training session, or to provide him with something to do when you’re gone which can actually prevent stuff like separation anxiety.

In any case, you can sleep soundly knowing that you’re fully controlling your dog’s diet and banning any of the toxic chemicals that go into some dog treats and chews out there.

himalayan dog chews

Himalayan Dog Chews

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes

Super chewy Himalayan dog treats that will be savoured by your dog.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon skim milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Himalaya salt

Instructions

    1. Start by pouring the skim milk into a large pot on low to medium heat.
    2. Bring to a boil while stirring continuously.
    3. Turn off the heat and add the lime juice as well as the Himalayan salt.
    4. Stir gently for about 1-2 minutes or until the whey begins to separate from the curd.
    5. Let the milk sit for 10-15 minutes without stirring.
    6. Drape a cheesecloth or clean dish towel over a large bowl and drain the liquid out of the cheese leaving on the curds.
    7. Twist the cheesecloth in your hand and squeeze to remove all the remaining moisture (the more you squeeze, the harder the treats will be).
    8. Place the cheese with the cheesecloth between books or other weights that will continue applying pressure for at least 4-6 hours.
    9. Remove the cheesecloth and cut it into desired-sized pieces.
    10. Preheat the oven at 150°F and bake for 40 minutes.
    11. Spread them out on a cooling rack and let them dry for at least 24 hours.

Notes

Lime juice: Instead of lime juice you can also use the juice of 2 large lemons.

Drying: If you have a dehydrator, you can speed up the drying process by placing the chews into the dehydrator at 150°F for 12-18 hours, turning them halfway through.

Storage: Store the chews in airtight containers in a cool, dry, dark place.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 7g

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About Danielle
I am the founder of PawLeaks where I share weekly tips on dog training and behavior. Sharing a passion for dogs and helping owners to solve problems through understanding canine behavior and modification is my number one goal.

Erika

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Hi,

This is the first time I've come across this recipe that called for 1 tbsp of salt instead of 1 tsp. Does adding more salt give you more curds? I actually just made them yesterday for the first time, using a recipe that only called for 1 tsp, and I barely got any curds.....enough to get 4, but definitely not what you showed in your picture. I wish, considering I have 4 dogs! :) Also, when I squeezed mine out before trying to reshape them into a flat rectangle, some of it started to crumble and not stick together. Any suggestions?

Thanks ahead of time for answering my questions! :)

Danielle

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Hi Erika, I was experimenting around a bit and found this to be the best try. That being said, every time I'm making them they do come out differently. I'd suggest you try it again and make sure it's the right heat and go looking for curds from there :). Usually it doesn't crumble, have you used the milk as described? Maybe heated too long?

Cheers, Danielle

Trace

Saturday 11th of September 2021

Some Dogs are lactose intolerant. I was wondering if skim milk is lactose free if now after you Boil and add lime & salt. Does this remove lactose and alter the Nutrients as per the Carton it comes in or is it the same value

Danielle

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Hi Tracey, no the lactose is not entirely removed during boiling. If your dog is lactose-intolerant, you may have to look out for alternatives not sure if this recipe would still work.

Mat

Sunday 5th of September 2021

Thanks for the recipe. A few quick questions; How big should each chew be to yield 20 pieces from 1 gallon milk? The amount of sodium seems quite high. Can I make it less salt?

Danielle

Sunday 5th of September 2021

Hi Mat,

the way I cut them in the picture, it yielded around 20 pieces. You can cut them any way you want but I prefer long and slim chews for optimal chewing time. Every time I make them, the amount of cheese is slightly different anyway and you just need to roll with what you have :).

In regards to salt; it's only 1 tablespoon, not sure how you want to lower that even more.

And sodium, you need to adjust it to your dog's size and health, it may not be the ideal choice to give all of them at once to a smaller dog, that's for sure. That being said, if you buy anything with cheese commercially, chances are it'll be the same amount of sodium + additives you don't want.

Hope that helps, Danielle

Amanda

Thursday 26th of August 2021

I have been buying a very expensive cheese shew from pet store and it has a "smoky smell" to it. I am wondering if I could add a tad of liquid smoke? What are your thoughts?

Danielle

Friday 27th of August 2021

Hey Amanda, that depends on the liquid smoke's ingredients. Personally, I would stick to the natural ingredients and just try and see whether or not your dog still eats it :).

Cheers, Danielle

Aimee

Sunday 1st of August 2021

Mine are in the dehydrator now. I only managed to get two out of the whole 1 gallon of milk I used, just wondering if did I do something wrong ? I feel like for how much milk I used I should of had a lot more curdle.

Danielle

Sunday 1st of August 2021

Hi Aimee, if you used 1 gallon as mentioned in the post, the amount I had should be your reference point. If you have two extremely long chews, then that sounds correct but if it's just two short ones, you probably have to get more curds to build next time. Maybe temperature, amount of lime juice, drying, etc. were the problem?

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