Summertime is a great time to take a break from the demands of life and enjoy some family time. We like to incorporate making easy dog treat recipes with friends and family into our lazy summer days. We hear dogs really like this idea too, so here are 4 easy dog treat recipes to try for your dog this summer. The first one is perfect for the upcoming holiday!
Sparkling Star Pup'sicles
Our first recipe calls for blueberries, watermelon chunks, and unsweetened nonfat Greek yogurt. To make, blend each fruit and yogurt in separate batches to preserve the red and blue color. Pour each separate mixture into silicone star-shaped molds and freeze for 4-6 hours. Share with your pup(s) in moderation.
If you're hosting a pet-friendly party at home, make sure you have plenty of these on hand to share with your four and two-legged guests. They are a tasty, healthy treat for the whole family.
Doggie Sweet Potato Fries
We love this recipe from Beagles & Bargains because it can be made along with sweet potato fries for humans. The ingredients vary slightly but the gist is pretty much the same. You'll need peeled sweet potatoes cut into thin strips as you would for any homemade French fries.
The recipe calls for coconut oil, turmeric, and cinnamon, which coats the fries for extra delicious flavor and a superfood boost. Baked in the oven, these delicious snacks are a great way to celebrate the summer with your spoiled canine by your side, because they aren't going anywhere!
Frozen Yogurt Apple Slices
Did your mouth water reading that?! Ours too! What a simple yet delicious way to incorporate apples into our summer treat menu. We're glad Irresistible Pets shared this recipe because it sounds affordable, delicious, and versatile.
For this brilliant recipe, you'll only need cored apples, Greek nonfat plain yogurt, and water. You'll also need a powerful blender to blend the ingredients together before pouring them into a silicon ice tray. Add a light sprinkling of cinnamon before freezing... and, chef's kiss!
Peanutty Banana Biscuits
One of our favorite healthy snacks is a peanut butter and banana smoothie. Peanutty banana biscuits are the canine equivalent. For this recipe from Canine Enrichment Maria, Bohdi, and Sonny, you'll need rolled oats, peanut butter, and a banana. You can either use water or goat milk to add a boost of nutrients. Baked and easy to store in the freezer, these treats are a great way to use ripe bananas and finish up that jar of peanut butter before it expires.
1 cup of rolled oats
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup of goat milk (or water)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Powder the oats in the blender
Add remaining ingredients & blitz
Spread on the pan and bake in the oven for 25 minutes (or until they are slightly crispy)
Store in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for longer!
DIY Dog Treats
When making DIY dog treats, please purchase the highest quality ingredients you can afford. Avoid artificial sweeteners, sugars, seed oils, and, most importantly, the toxic ingredient, Xylitol. Knowing that your pet is getting fresh-made treats with quality, safe ingredients is the best way to make your dog's day.
At Hearts at Home, we have a heart for spoiling dogs. Homemade dog treats, professional in-home pet care, and detailed attention to dogs' needs ensure that they live their lives to the fullest. To learn how our team of professional pet sitting and dog walking services can enhance your dog's life and yours, contact us by email at Hello@HeartsAtHomePetSitting.com or by phone at 757-745-9868.
We offer premier cat and dog care in the Tabb, Grafton, and Seaford areas of Yorktown as well as Poquoson, Virginia.