Now that summer is approaching, many families are looking for frozen dog treats to give their pups and dogs after being outside.
There are many options for frozen dog treats, including some that you can purchase or make yourself. Here are some of our favorite options!
One of the easiest frozen treats you can give your dog is fresh fruit or frozen fruit. Dogs love many different fruits, including bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, and peaches. And, many of these fruits can be frozen, or bought frozen.
All you have to do to treat your dog to these fruits is freeze them (or buy them pre-frozen) and add them to a fillable toy (like this one!).
If your dog doesn’t have any dairy intolerances or allergies, another great frozen treat option is frozen yogurt treats. These are super simple to make at home, and only require a few ingredients; yogurt (greek yogurt is best!), mashed fruit, and honey (optional).
In order to make the treats, all you need to do is add the ingredients together in a bowl, mix them up, and add to silicone molds or popsicle molds. You can customize the size of these treats based on the size of your pet, or you can just freeze the ingredients in a bowl and scoop it out like ice cream.
If you’ve ever browsed online, you’ve most likely come across “nice cream”. Basically, it’s blended bananas, usually mixed with delicious treats like chocolate chips, pretzels, other fruit, or even candy.
Luckily, your dog can enjoy this delicious and nutritious frozen treat too. All you need is a few ripe bananas. These will need to be frozen for at least a few hours, Then, you’ll throw them in your food processor (or blender) and process them until they have a ice cream texture. Once that is all complete, you can add any dog-friendly toppings that you want and serve to your pup.
Here are a few topping ideas to try:
No matter what, nice cream is a great treat for anyone looking to cool down after being outside, and that includes your pup.
As you can see, you can use bananas for a lot of different frozen dog treats. Another great option for dogs who love to chew is the yogurt or carob covered banana.
All you need to do is cut the banana in half width wise (in other words, each half of the banana will have the tip). Then, dip the banana into greek yogurt or melted carob, and serve. You can also roll the banana in some of the topping options above if you want to create a super special treat.
Does your pup enjoy eating or playing with ice cubes? Bring up the flavor and make them this treat. All you’ll need is an ice cube tray, and some broth or stock (many dogs love beef or chicken). You can even add items like peanut butter or small pieces of meat to the ice cubes before freezing.
Once frozen, you can pop out as many treats as you want and feed them to your pup. If feeding them more than one ice cube treat at a time, avoid the mess by putting the treats in their bowl.
Did you know that there is a pre-made ice cream out there just for dogs? Well, there is! Pooch Creamery crafted dog-friendly ice cream, and is one of the best frozen dog treats that you can purchase for your pet if you don’t want to make treats.
So how does Pooch Creamery do it? Well, the ice cream actually comes as a mix (in a cute little ice cream container). Then, you prep it when you want to give it to your dog. The ice cream is grain free and made with all natural ingredients, so you can feel good about feeding it to your pup.
While you can get a multipack of all of their flavors, you can also buy the treats individually to try them out. Their flavors include:
Another perk to this pre-made treat? Depending on the size of your dog, you’ll be able to get multiple servings from each container. Make sure to follow the directions and feeding information on the back of the package.
These adorable Purina ice cream cups are another great option for frozen dog treats. The best part about these treats is that you can find them at just about every major retailer, including Target and Walmart. These treats are not sold online, due to the fact that they are already pre-frozen and will melt during shipping.
These treats are also high in protein, have vitamins and minerals (including Vitamin C), and have no added sugar. They’re also free of artificial flavors and colors, so you’ll feel good about feeding them to your dog.
The biggest con about these treats is that they only come in two flavors; original and peanut butter. So if your pup doesn’t really like peanut butter or chicken flavored treats, these may not be the best option for you.
While this site is dedicated to dogs and their treats, the Boss Nation Brands Frozen Yogurt pet treats is a wonderful option for owners who have both dogs and cats that they want to treat. These treats are available at many pet retailers, including PetSmart. As with the Purina treats, you can not order these online, due to the treats possibly melting during shipping.
These frozen yogurt treats are made with human grade ingredients and come in the flavors Peanut Butter & Banana, Cheddar & Bacon, and Pumpkin & Cinnamon. They work great as a daily treat in the summer. The treats are made with greek yogurt and other non-GMO ingredients. They include protein and probiotics (great for dogs with sensitive tummies!). They’re also lactose, wheat, soy, and gluten free.
No, they don’t. But, these treats are a great option to help your pet cool down after playing outside, hiking, or any other hot weather activity. Many of these treats also include limited ingredients, so you can feel safe knowing that your pet isn’t digesting ingredients that don’t work well for their bodies.
They sure are! Of course, as with all treats, these frozen dog treats should be given to your pet in moderation. And please, don’t ever replace their regular food with these treats, as none of them provide enough protein, fat, and vitamins and minerals that your dog needs to thrive. However, these treats can be enjoyed daily, especially in the summer.
These frozen dog treats are some of the best on the market, and there are many that you can make right in the comfort of your own home (although your little taste tester may try to steal them).
Looking for other options to give your pup, like homemade and healthy dog treats? I took everything I learned while operating my own dog business and created my course Diva Dog Bakery™.
I wanted to teach people how to start and grow a thriving dog treat business, including recipes that my customers loved. But, you can also grab the course if you’re just wanting to make some treats for your favorite pup.
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