Summer is just around the corner and that means much more outdoor playtime! Fun in the sun is great, but it is important to stay cool and hydrated. Water is always a necessity, but who says you can’t mix it up and surprise your furry guests with some DIY summer treats too? So we gathered a few of our favourite recipes to share with you! These easy, healthy, and homemade dog treats, sure to be a hit with pups, will keep them cool and comfortable in that summer sun.
1) 3 INGREDIENT FROZEN DOG TREATS
Dogs are loving these frozen goodies made with chicken stock, peanut better and chopped parsley. Try out the popular popsicle treats and let us know how it goes! Full recipe with images from Damn Delicious
Image Source: Damn Delicious
What you will need:
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Step 1: In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and parsley; set aside.
Step 2: Divide chicken broth evenly into a silicone ice cube tray, filling the tray halfway. Place in freezer and freeze until set, about 1 hour.
Step 3: Spoon peanut butter mixture into the tray until it is full. Place into freezer and freeze until hard, at least 4 hours.
2) 5 FRUITY FROZEN DOG TREATS
All you need for these fun and tasty treats are fruit and ice cubes. If you want to go the extra mile and make them into fun, doggy-themed shapes, there are adorable ice cube tray molds that you can buy. After all, puppy paw prints make it that much more special. The full recipe and images can be found at Sugar the Golden Retriever
Image Source: Sugar the Golden Retriever
What you will need:
1 1/2 Banana
Handful of Blueberries
3 cubes of watermelon
Step 1: Combine 1/4 banana with 1 ice cube in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a mold. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
Step 2: Combine 1/8 banana, watermelon and 1 ice cube in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a mold. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 process to make the strawberry, blueberry, and mango.
3) ICE POPS FOR YOUR PUP
Cool, creamy milkshakes on hot summer days don’t have to be just for people! These dog-friendly ice pops let your pup enjoy a cool summer classic together. But chances are your pooch won’t want to share, so be sure to make a milkshake for yourself. See the full recipe with pictures from Heather Baird
Image Source: Heather Baird
What you will need:
1 large banana, frozen
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, without salt or sugar added
2 tablespoons honey
17.6 ounce container plain Greek nonfat yogurt
Plastic dog bones or sturdy edible dog chews
Step 1: Cut the frozen banana into pieces and place it in a blender. Add the peanut butter and honey. Blend on high speed for three minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
Step 2: Add the yogurt and blend for three minutes more or until the mixture is thick and smooth like a milkshake.
Step 3: Have a quality control expert nearby to taste-test the goods.
Step 4: Pour the mixture into ice pop molds or small disposable cups. You can also use an ice cube tray to make single servings.
Step 5: If desired, use nylon dog bones or sturdy dog chews as ice pop sticks.
Step 6: Place the dog bones upright into the middle of the mixture in the disposable cups. It should be thick enough for the bones to stand upright without help, but if the bones lean, crumple aluminum foil around the top so they are anchored in place. Transfer the cups to a baking sheet and place in the freezer until solid, about two hours.
Step 7: To un-mold the pops, dip the bottoms of the cups into a bowl of hot water for 2-4 seconds.
Step 8: Twist the bottoms of the cups and pull to release.
Step 9: Serve immediately. Store leftovers covered in the freezer.
*Note: Pet owners with dogs sensitive to lactose or with food allergies should consult their veterinarians before serving any treats to their pets. These recipes are meant to be used as occasional treats and should not be used as meal replacements. Of course, make sure you check with your guests’ pet parents before sharing any of these yummy treats with them!
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