Summer Delights: 10 Easy Homemade Treats for Dogs

Get ready to make this summer the most refreshing and delightful time for your beloved pet! Elevate their summer game by indulging in healthy snacks for dogs. These simple recipes not only offer a delightful taste but also ensure a refreshing experience for your pet. Preparing these dog treats is super easy. All you need is a few readily available ingredients. Check out below these DIY recipes for your pooch: 

1. Coconut Water Popsicles

What can be more refreshing than Coconut Water? Simply pour unsweetened coconut water into a popsicle mould. Top it with finely chopped strawberries, blueberries, apples, or any other favourite fruit of your dog. Freeze until solid for a hydrating and refreshing summer treat.

Health Benefits - Coconut Water is a natural hydrating agent that provides nutrients, electrolytes and antioxidant. It improves skin, coat, digestion, energy levels and more. 

2. Peanut Butter Popsicles

Mix plain yogurt with xylitol-free peanut butter and pour the mixture into popsicle moulds. Freeze the Peanut Butter Popsicle and serve it to your pooch. The creamy texture will surely delight their taste buds and leave them refreshed.

Health Benefits - Peanut butter contains magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and other nutrients that aid energy production and metabolize proteins and carbohydrates. 

3. One-Ingredient Recipe 

Frozen green beans, carrots, chunks of banana, strawberries, and peaches can be given as quick-frozen treats. They not only best refreshments for dogs, but also is good for teething puppies. This healthy go-to snack for your pet is a must try!

Health Benefits - Fruits and Vegetables are enriched with several vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Just make sure that the fruit/vegetable you choose are safe for dogs. 

4. Frozen Kog Toys

To prepare this dog treat, fill a Kong toy with mashed banana or canned pumpkin puree and freeze until solid. Watch as your dog enjoys the challenge of licking out the frozen treat. It will keep them cool and entertained for a while.

Health Benefits - Kong Toys are a great source of sensory stimulation. Adding healthy munchies to it perfectly boosts the internal health of dogs. 

5. Fruity Ice Cream 

Blend ripe bananas with unsweetened coconut milk or yogurt to form a smooth paste. You can add a spoonful of peanut butter or other dog-friendly fruits for extra flavor. Now freeze the mixture in a bowl and scoop out like an ice cream once frozen.

Health Benefits - Fruits are enriched with antioxidants, fibers and are low in calories. They are good for your dog's physical and mental wellness.

6. Frozen Fruit Cubes

Chop a few dog-friendly fruits like watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, or bananas. Place them in an ice tray with water/yogurt/low-sodium chicken broth. Treat your pet with these frozen fruit cubes and help them rejuvenate on a hot sunny day.

Health Benefits - Frozen Fruit Cubes naturally boost the nutrition game of your pet. Each fruit offers its own benefit, thus aiding in different body functions. 

7. Fish/Chicken Chunks 

Mix water with low-sodium chicken broth or tuna water from canned tuna packed in water. Freeze the mixture in ice cube trays and serve directly to your dog. This homemade dog snack keeps your pooch hydrated and cool.

Health Benefits - Fish/Chicken Broth is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. It promotes the health of joints and gut and provides hydration. 

8. The Blended Coconut 

Use a blender or food processor to puree watermelon, ripe banana, or sweet potato. Add coconut milk to the paste and freeze in an ice cube tray or silicone mold. Serve it directly to your pet and see them drooling over this delight. 

Health Benefits - Coconut milk strengthens the immune system, freshens the breath, and adds shine to the coat. 

9. Yogurt Drops 

This one-ingredient recipe requires nothing but yogurt. Place coin-sized yogurt onto a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Prefer using Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost. These Yogurt Drops are a simple and refreshing treat option for dogs. 

Health Benefits - Yogurt is high in probiotics, calcium and protein content. It aids digestion, eases upset stomach, boosts immunity, and improves skin health. 

10.  Fresh Vegetable Juice

Extract fresh juice of dog-friendly vegetables like beetroots, carrots, or spinach. Avoid store-bought juices with added salt or sugar. It not only hydrates your dog but also balances out the nutrient loss during the hot summer months.

Health Benefits - Juices of vegetables boost your dog’s vitamin intake, deliver plenty of nutrients and taste great to your furry friend.

Remember, you should only use dog-friendly ingredients and avoid adding sweeteners, especially those containing xylitol. Moderation is key to maintaining a balanced diet for your furry friend. Hope you enjoy making these tasty treats for your pup!