How to Make Super Delicious Dog Treats While You Sleep

What you’ll need:

  • A food dehydrator
  • A sharp knife and cutting board
  • A Natural Balance Dog Food roll
  • A good night’s sleep


  1. Cut the roll into ¼” – ½” slices (the thinner the slice, the less time it takes to dehydrate)
  2. Please the slices in the dehydrator with the top vents open.
  3. Turn on the dehydrator and go to bed.
  4. When you get up, turn off the dehydrator and let the slices cool.
  5. Put the cooled slices in Ziploc bags, but don’t seal the bags for at least a day to make sure they are dry.
  6. The slices no longer need to be refrigerated or frozen
  7. When you’re ready for a hike or training, grab a slice or two and break up as needed.


  • Natural Balance 4lb roll at Petco: $11.99
  • Natural Balance treats (the dehydrated food roll!) 6oz for $6
  • Very basic dehydrator at Menards on sale for $29.88 (week of 3/20/11)
  • 4lbs of Natural Balance treats = $64
  • Dehydrator + 4lb Natural Balance Roll = $42
  • Savings: $22!

Of course, you don’t need to dehydrate Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls to use as treats. They are just more convenient when they are dry and shelf stable.

By Jennifer Lueck