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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?

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 you 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: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon skim milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp 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. If a lot of moisture is left in the chews, store them in the fridge for longer shelf life.

Shelf-life: The shelf-life completely depends on how much moisture is in the treats and they can last anywhere from 2 weeks to several years.

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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.

Lisa E.

Thursday 11th of August 2022

How long do these last for your dog(s)? I have a 5 1/2 month old lab mix and they last 10 minutes. Am I doing something wrong?

Danielle

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Hi Lisa, I assume you mean one piece? If it doesn't last long enough, you can just cut them into longer/thicker pieces or squeeze more moisture out, this way they'll be harder and require more chewing.

The way I make them (cut relatively thin and soft), they last far less than 10 minutes per piece. If I really want her to chew, I'll make them harder but then I'd also adjust the recipe to make a bit less because it's too much product otherwise.

10 minutes is pretty good for chewing though. If my dog chews for 15-20 minutes constantly, she'll start panting afterward, it's a lot of work for the jaw muscles and that's despite her being fed raw meaty bones occasionally.

Hope your Lab mix likes 'em either way! Danielle

Hannah

Friday 29th of July 2022

I'm interested in making my own, $13 for one stick is nuts but I was wondering, what about added flavors? I've seen some chews sold with natural strawberry flv. My dog loves carrots. I was thinking I could steam and puree the carrots into the mixture, but I'm not sure if that should be mixed in after the seperation of curds and whey?

Danielle

Saturday 30th of July 2022

Hey Hannah, most dogs love the plain Himalayan chew, my dog certainly does. However, if acceptance is low or your dog really loves carrots, definitely mix it in after the separation. You can either puree it and work it into the chews or just embed thinly cut pieces. Not sure how it influences the chew's consistency though and if it'll taste the same after going into the oven.

Most (not all) store-bought chews probably have additives and/or artificial flavoring.

Cheers, Danielle

Elsa

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Anyway to flavor these with peanut butter?

Danielle

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Hi Elsa, you can always try to add them in the process but it could change the consistency.

If your dog isn't strongly into choose but peanut butter instead, why not make a peanut butter treat in the first place?

Another option would be spreading peanut butter on the surface to make it even more appealing.

Cheers, Danielle

Mimi

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

I'm currently in the middle of my second time making this recipe and have questions:

1. How long does it normally take to boil? I halve the recipe and it still takes FOREVER (like 30+ minutes) to start boiling if I leave it on medium-low and stir constantly. This time I alternated between stirring and covering the pot, and increased the temperature to medium, which helped, but there were some darker skin pieces in the curds. Do you have any other suggestions?

2. What do you mean by "stir and pause correctly"? What counts as correct and incorrect?

3. After you drain the cheese, do you let it sit for a while before squeezing? Even if you remove the pot from heat, it's still a huge amount of liquid that was boiling just 10-15 minutes ago. It's too hot for me to squeeze.

#1 and #3 are pretty big obstacles that I didn't see mentioned in the article, so I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong.

I got 5 smallish sticks out of the first batch, and this time it looks like I have a slightly higher volume of curds. But they were more easily broken than the kind I've bought in the store, so I felt they weren't safe - maybe I need to play with the intensity of squeezing. Anyway, I microwaved them to make them puffy and just use them as a high-value treat now. This time I'm planning to cut the cheese into small pieces rather than sticks before drying.

My dog is of course delighted but if I can't figure out how to mitigate the above issues, I might just go back to buying them, as expensive as they are. :(

Annie

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

I just bought a food dehydrator and I’m very interested in making these because my dog loves the Himalayan chews that we’ve purchased in the past, but they’re so expensive. My one concern is, the lime juice. I have read that limes and lime juice are highly toxic to dogs. Is it really safe to use lime juice to make these?

Danielle

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hi Annie, it definitely depends on how much is used and how much your dog weighs but as a general guideline, I haven't seen any studies that describe the amounts used in most recipes as seriously dangerous. Would not feed that amount raw and in one sitting for a small dog but for a recipe, it should be fine. If you're unsure, check in with your vet. My dog never had any issues but that doesn't mean others won't.

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