Got a case of hot dog summer? Cool down with our easy-to-make summer dog treats.
Slow summertime smoothie
Let’s talk about slow feeders. They’re a great way to keep dogs entertained and if you pop them in the freezer, they’re ideal for helping your dog keep cool too. All you need to make our slow summertime smoothie is a fillable chew or slow feeder and two ingredients!
- 1 cup berries – ok ‘technically’ not *just* two ingredients. We used a mix of fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. These are dog-friendly and full of antioxidants, vitamins and fibre.
- ½ cup natural yogurt We used a dairy-free oat yogurt but there are lots of varieties that are safe for your four-legged friend. Look for yogurts with natural sweeteners, avoid any artificial sweeteners.
This bit is super simple.
- Chop the berries and combine them with the yogurt using a food processor or stick blender.
- Once the texture is nice and smooth, slowly pour the smoothie into your slow feeder of choice.
- Pop it in the freezer for 3-4 hours.
- Take it out and run warm water over it for a couple of seconds – this will make sure no tongues get stuck!
Bonus: add leftover mixture to ice cube trays. Pop them in the freezer for another hot day.
Dog-friendly fruit cocktail
How about a fruit coc-ker spaniel-tail? (Fruit Cocktail with a spaniel twist – get it!?) This fido-friendly fruit cocktail is an easy picnic treat for your pup.
- 1/3 cup pineapple
- 1/3 cup melon
- 1/3 cup berries – our favourite trio: strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
- Prep the pineapple, remove the skin and dice into small pieces.
- Prep the watermelon, remove the rind and seeds, and dice into small pieces.
- Mix them altogether and you’re done!
We mentioned these were super-simple recipes right!?
Want to mix up your fruity feasts? Check out our guide to ensuring a healthy and delicious dog diet.
If you’re planning a picnic, we’ve a handy guide to picnic petiquette.
Banana and peanut mutter pup pops
A classic combination of two of our dogs’ favourite treats — we present the banana and peanut mutter pup pop.
- 3 tbsps peanut butter (xylitol free) If peanuts are an allergy concern, replace with xylitol - free cashew butter.
- 2 well-ripened bananas
- 2 tbsps coconut oil
- Combine all ingredients and mash the mixture until smooth.
- Pour into your mould tray Pop in the freezer – we left ours in overnight, but the mixture should be firm after 3-4 hours.
Three nice and easy summer snacks your dog will love! Just like humans, dogs need a healthy balanced diet so treats should be enjoyed in moderation.
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