DIY Food for Dogs

4 Fun & Refreshing Frozen Dog Treat Recipes They’ll Beg For!

There’s no better way for your dog to beat the summer heat than with a cool, refreshing treat – especially one that’s been handmade with love by their very best friend… you!

frozen dog treats

These 4 cool and refreshing treat recipes are easy to make, easy to serve, and can be customized for even the most discerning of dogs. Best of all, since you pick the ingredients, you’ll know exactly what your four-legged friends are eating and enjoying.

Peanut Butter & Banana Pupsicles

You’ll need:
32oz plain yogurt
1 banana
2 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
1 tbsp honey

Instructions:
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until well blended and an even consistency. Pour or spoon mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.

Feel free to get creative with this easy, inexpensive recipe! Add a burst of flavor by dropping a few fresh blueberries into each cube before freezing, or make these frozen treats extra drool-worthy by folding in crumbled bacon. Experiment with different sizes and shapes – like a bone shaped ice cube tray – to create a treat that’s perfectly sized for your unique pooch.

frozen dog treats

Chicken & Pumpkin Pops

You’ll need:
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (If you don’t have time to cook, canned chicken or tuna is an excellent, easy alternative!)
¾ cup plain yogurt
½ cup canned pumpkin (make sure you’re using 100% pure pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling which could contain dangerous ingredients)
3 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until well blended and an even consistency. Pour or spoon mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.

For parents of little dogs (or even cats!) pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe out mini droplet treats onto a parchment lined cookie sheet before freezing. These tiny treats will make excellent summertime training treats your dog will beg for!

frozen dog treats

Apple & Honey Pupsicles

You’ll need:
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
2 tbsp honey
½ cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until well blended and an even consistency. Pour or spoon mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. As an alternative, this recipe can be made into popsicles, too! Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and allow to partially freeze. Once the mixture is frozen to a semi-solid state, insert carrot sticks, bully sticks, or your dog’s favorite long, thin treat as the popsicle stick and then freeze completely.

Bonus! Dogs with pollen allergies can benefit from the use of locally made honey in this recipe as small amounts of honey, made by local bees using the very local pollens your dog may be sensitive to, can help the body build a natural tolerance.

frozen dog treats

Beggin’ Beef or Chicken Pops

You’ll need:
4 cups beef or chicken broth (low-sodium, without onions)
½ cup fresh or frozen veggies or fruit, chopped (optional)

Instructions:

Pour dog-safe beef or chicken broth into ice cube trays, freeze, and serve as a deliciously cool summer treat. If desired, add chopped fresh or frozen veggies, like carrots, green beans, broccoli, or Fido-friendly fruits, like apples, blueberries, or mango for an added burst of flavor. Have fun with this one and your dog will, too!

These meaty popsicles are great as a treat alone, or can be dropped in your dog’s bowl at mealtimes to add fun and flavor to boring kibble on a warm summer day.

What are your favorite ways to treat your dog to something cool and refreshing when the weather heats up? Please, share your ideas in a comment below!

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