Today, we are going to do something a little fun and teach you how to make your own dog treats! It is still prime time summer, and your dog may be looking for a cool, savory treat that they can enjoy on a hot day. Us humans aren’t the only ones that need a cold treat every once in a while. So, instead of feeding your dog ice cream or other foods that are designed for humans, why not make them their own homemade dog treats? It is actually quite easy to do, and you can make a variety of different types to satisfy each of your pup’s taste buds.
The Best Frozen Treats for Dogs
There are so many things that you can freeze for your dog to eat. Making them treats is really not rocket science. Take a look at some of the snacks that they enjoy. For instance, some dogs may like plain veggies and fruits as a snack, and if you cut them into bite size pieces, you can freeze them for a refreshing cool treat they are sure to love. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
Aside from fruits and veggies, you can also freeze both beef and chicken broth. Just remember, broth can contain high amounts of sodium that is unnecessary, or even unhealthy for your dog. It is best to choose low sodium broth. Another great liquid that can be frozen for a treat is fresh fruit juice, but make sure that they don’t contain any added sugar. Plain, low fat yogurts, organic baby foods and other creamy foods are also another cool snack that can be frozen easily.
The Best Way to Freeze
While there are undoubtedly many ways that you can go about freezing your pup’s treats, there are a few tips and techniques that will help to make it easier, and less messy for you!
First of all, you will want to start by getting a few ice cube trays. This is by far one of the easiest ways for you to freeze liquids, yogurts, and other soft foods for your pet. If you are going to be using ice trays, make sure that you get a different color for your dog, so that you don’t end up with doggy treat flavored ice cubes.
Another great way to freeze without the mess is by using muffin pan liners, aka cupcake liners. The paper liners are really easy for you to fill, and they can be frozen easily as well. This is best for treats that may be too sizable for the ice cube trays. Once the treats are frozen, you can then tear off the paper and the treat is ready to serve.
Two Fun Recipes Your Pup is Sure to Love
Icy Tuna Pops
First, let’s try Icy Tuna Pops. Here is what you will need:
- 5 ounces / 140 grams of tuna (in water)
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
To get started, you will first put the undrained tuna in a medium sized bowl. Break it up into small pieces, and add in the yogurt and parsley. Stir it all together, then use a spoon and fill ice cube trays with the mixture. Freeze it until they are solid, and store them for single serve treats.
Next, we have Pup Cream, which is a tasty ‘ice cream’ treat for dogs. Here is what you will need:
- 32 ounces / 900 grams of plain yogurt
- 1 cup of peanut butter (natural is preferred)
- 1/2 cup of carob chips
To get started, divide your yogurt into 6 muffin liners. Place the peanut butter in a small bowl, and then melt the carob chips slowly in a small microwavable bowl, stirring every 15-20 seconds. Once it is melted, pour it into the peanut butter and mix it together. Spoon the mixture on top of the yogurt in the muffin liners. Use a toothpick or knife to swirl the mixture on top of the yogurt for a visual effect, then freeze until it is solid.
The next time you come in from a long walk on a hot day, you will be able to just simply open your freezer and take out a nice, cold treat for them to enjoy so that they can cool off and relax!
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