Summer is here and that means escaping the heat with some tasty summer treats for your dog (and for you, if you want…we won’t judge). You can save money and make healthier treats for your dog using all natural ingredients. Try these delicious recipes from the grill, the freezer, and your kitchen to make your dog love you even more.
The Frozen Treat:
Homemade Frosty Paw Treats
If you’ve ever bought Frosty Paws from the store and seen the look of pure ecstasy on your dog’s face, this recipe is for you. Stop wasting your money on something you can make easily at home and with your own variations! For instance, this recipe from Dogspired has bananas in it, but my dog is a weirdo and doesn’t like bananas so I eat that part and replace it with carrots because he loves those.
- 1 ripe banana or carrots
- 32 ounces plain yogurt
- 2 T honey
- 2 T all natural peanut butter
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
- Empty the blended contents into 3 oz. paper cups or an ice cube tray.
- Freeze for a few hours until frozen and enjoy!
Recipe Source: DogSpired.com
The Grilled Treat:
It’s grilling season, so why not grill something for Fido to show your love? These grilled turkey sliders from CesarsWay will have your dog salivating in no time.
- ½ pound ground turkey
- 1 egg
- ½ cup chopped parsley
- 1 T extra virgin olive oil
- Mix the ground turkey, the egg, and parsley together.
- Make small ½ inch thick patties.
- Heat up the grill to medium heat and brush oil on the grill grate.
- Grill the patties for about ten minutes, flipping the patties once.
- Let the patties cool before serving to your pup!
Recipe Source: Ceasrsway.com
The Organic Treat
Zucchini Carrot & Spinach Organic Biscuits
Like I said, the love my dog has for carrots makes this treat a go-to in my house. The recipe from damndelicious.net makes me crave it as much as my dog. No, I’m not kidding. I need my vegetables too. These organic dog treats are that good.
- 1-cup organic pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup organic peanut butter
- 2 large cage-free eggs
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- 3 cups whole-wheat flour (more as needed)
- 1 organic carrot, peeled and shredded
- 1 organic zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup organic baby spinach, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Use parchment paper and line a baking sheet. Set aside.
- Mix pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs in an electric mixer on medium-high until blended (1-2 minutes).
- Gradually add the oats and the whole-wheat flour at a low speed until fully mixed.
- Add more flour as needed until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Add the carrot, zucchini, and spinach and beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Knead the dough until it comes together.
- Take a rolling pin and roll the dough to about 1/4 –inch thickness. You can use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place onto the baking sheet.
- Put into the oven and bake until the edges become golden brown (about 20-25 minutes). Let them cool before serving.
Recipe Source: Damndelicious.net
The Lazy Treat
Beef Broth Icicles
This recipe from tablespoon.com (that I’ve modified) not only cools your dog, but it is also simple and easy to make. The summer heat can make a dog pant pretty quickly.
To help cool my dog off, this frozen treat combines his favorite things: treats, ice cubes, and his toys. The best treats for dogs this summer are the ones that you can feel good about giving him or her, and this recipe does just that. Watch your dog enjoy licking this tasty treat until it melts and reveals his toys.
- Dog toys
- 1-cup beef broth
- ½ cup dog treats
- 3 cups water
- ¼ peanut butter
- Mix the water and beef brother in a bowl to make a very light broth. You can use just water, but trust me…your dog will be more enthusiastic about a beef-flavored icicle.
- Find a strong four-cup freezer-safe dish and add your dog’s favorite treats to it. Plastic tubs work or Tuperware containers work great.
- Fill the bowl with the broth/water mixture.
- Put the mix in the freezer until frozen (about 30 minutes).
- Spread a layer of peanut butter on top of the ice and put it back into the freezer for another 30 minutes.
- Keep adding layers of either treats or broth until you get four cups.
- Put your dog’s toys in the mix anywhere you would like. Avoid using cracker treats because they will get mushy.
- Freeze the block for at least two hours.
- Take it out and let it thaw a little on your counter for 5-10 minutes until it can pop easily out of the container.
- Put the ice block in a large, tall bowl so that your dog can easily reach it but it can’t leak all over the floor.
Recipe Source: Tablespoon.com
Tip: If your dog doesn’t smell the goodies inside the ice block or just isn’t exciting, put some peanut butter on it for him to lick and get him started.
Want even more summer treats? Try one of these video recipes.
VIDEO Recipe #1:
Frozen Broth Pupcicles
Does your dog love to chew ice cubes? For an even tastier treat your dog will love, try these doggie “pupcicles” made from beef bouillon. Then just freeze them in your ice cube trays. This will help him beat the heat w/out adding lots of unnecessary grain/carbs to his diet.
Dog treats made with love! Learn how to make Frozen dog Popsicles made from Beef, Chicken or Veggie broth
VIDEO Recipe #2:
Doggy Ice Cream Swirl Summer Treat
Looking for a fancier treat to spoil your pup or serve at a Doggie Birthday Party? Try these ice cream swirl treats suggested made with Plain Yogurt, Carob Chips and Peanut Butter.
For the full recipe and ingredients list, please visit:
Questions & Answers
Q: Ah are you sure icecream are safe for dogs? (Roblox Productions)
A: If your dog has upset stomach after eating yogurt then do not give it. Toby is fine with Yogurt. It is a good source of calcium and helps in digestion. Pick one that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. The active bacteria may act as probiotics. Frozen yogurt is a nice summer treat for dogs. (snorable)