Updated: Oct 25, 2022
Creative Ways to Cool Down
Once you gather some healthy treat ingredients and clear out space in the freezer, the possibilities are almost endless. Investing in some silicone ice cube trays and ice pop moulds allows you to change the size and design of your frozen treats. Both can be filled with a variety of fruits, yogurt, mashed dog food or peanut butter that you can combine in your blender with a little water. Always ask your veterinarian before trying a new treat recipe. Just remember that a number of human foods are bad for dogs, so always double and triple check before including what seems like a harmless ingredient in a treat Of course it goes without saying that your dog needs access to fresh water at all times and plenty of shade.
Give your pooch a full body, brain, and teeth workout and a cooling treat all rolled into one. Use a Kong and fill with your pooch’s favourite mincemeat, some veggies such as carrots and beans, and you can also add in some delicious and beneficial coconut oil and Coconut Crunch for a gorgeous summer flavour. Freeze overnight then watch them work to lick and bite the food out of the toy!
Blocks of Fun
Fill a large plastic container with water or broth, or a mixture of both, and drop your Pooch’s favourite toys, dehydrated treats, and chews into the water and freeze. Pop the ice block out of the container, set it on the grass or in a bowl in a shady spot and watch your pooch’s delight as their goodies are released as the ice melts!
A favourite on the list of best frozen dog treats for summer is pumpkin delights. A little scoop of this orange vegetable will give your pup some tasty fibre and vitamins.
To make the treats, mix cooked cubed pumpkin about 400g with about a cup of unsweetened plain Greek yogurt, a teaspoon of honey, and one mashed banana. Spoon the mixture into plastic or silicone ice cube moulds and place in the freezer for about an hour. Pumpkin is also packed with moisture, so it serves as a great way to help your dog get enough water during those hot summer months.
Frozen Watermelon Chunks
This one couldn’t be easier! Cut up some large pieces of watermelon, freeze and serve to your pooch on a hot day.
Banana and peanut butter frozen dog treat popsicles.
Ingredients: 32 ounces of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, ⅓ cup of water, 1 large banana, dog biscuits, Dixie cups
Directions: This one's so good that any human may want to try it. Take yogurt, peanut butter, honey, water and the banana (chopped) and place them in a blender or food processor. Purée ingredients together then pour into Dixie cups. Stand dog biscuits in the cups of purée like you would a Popsicle stick and then place them in the freezer. They make the perfect after-walk snack or dessert before bed.
Frozen Tuna Cubes
Ingredients: One six ounce can of tuna fish packed in water, 8 ounces of plain yogurt.
Directions: This one is very simple to make. All you need to do is mix the yogurt and the tuna in a bowl. Whisk until you get a nice fluffy “batter.” Place into an ice tray and freeze.
Some more easy ideas 😊
Some low sodium or salt free chicken, beef or vegetable broth frozen in ice cubes makes a great treat that's fun to chase across the floor. You can even put some of these tasty cubes in water or dry food to encourage your dog to drink more.
Mashed bananas mixed with a little bit of yogurt can become frozen banana snacks when spooned into an ice cube tray. For even more fun, place the banana cube inside a treat holder toy and watch that tail wag away as your pet licks and chews their way to a refreshing snack.
Does your pup have a favourite frozen treat for those hot summer days?