Agent Ruger LOVES LOVES LOVES his hot dog treats!! He will basically do just about anything!!

Do you ever have leftover hot dogs? Maybe you threw some on the grill and there’s 2 left in the package. Or you made them for lunch and one is still floating in the pan?

Or maybe you don’t eat hot dogs because you don’t want to think about what they’re actually made of and would just like a tasty treat for your dogs?

No matter what, here’s a tasty puppy pleasing use for hot dogs (or turkey dogs)

This recipe was given to me by a friend who teaches dog training classes locally at Dogsmartz Unleashed in Poland, Ohio (check them out if you are looking for any type of dog classes - www.dogsmartzunleashed.com). These are excellent for training and make the perfect tiny rewards.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Hot dogs - quality does not matter, super cheap ones work, beef ones will make your dog super happy, and like I said before, I love turkey dogs too.
  • A sharp knife
  • Paper towels

Start by slicing the hot dogs into 1/4-inch slices (this does not have to be exact). Then I slice the slices in half, then line a plate with 2 or 3 paper towels. Spread the hot dog slices out in an even layer on the plate and cover with another paper towel.


You are now going to microwave these poor hot dogs to death. Because microwaves vary, I can’t give you an exact time, mine takes about 4 minutes. Zap them in 2-minute increments and check in between. If you’ve chopped them into smaller pieces the cook time will be much shorter. Your kitchen will start to smell like some kind of scary diner… light a candle and open a window.

Here’s what they look like when they’re finished. They are basically dehydrated, and kind of feel like chip. Remove them from the microwave with care, the plate will be super-hot!


Let them cool completely and store in an air tight container. Feed them to your good doggies!

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