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Summer Treats Help Beat the Heat

When the temperatures soar, it can be tough to keep our dogs entertained while keeping them cool. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite homemade treats you can whip up at home to help you do both.


Not only are these recipes easy, but they’re also healthy for your pups AND yourself! So, feel free to sample some yourself.




Ingredients:

1 banana

2 TBSP peanut butter

2 TBSP plain yogurt

Equipment:

Blender or food processor

Directions:

Slice up the banana and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Once the banana slices are frozen, add all the ingredients to the blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and fully combined.

Can be served immediately as a soft serve version or freeze for an additional hour to firm it up even more and scoop it out when you’re ready to enjoy!

Optional toppings for bonus points from your pooch:

· cooked bacon (no sugar added!) crumbles

· crumbled dog biscuits

· extra peanut butter drizzle



FROZEN STRAWBERRY YOGURT TREATS



This treat is quick, easy, and customizable! Swap out the strawberries for any berries you have on hand (fresh or frozen).

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana

1 cup strawberries (or blueberries, canned pumpkin, watermelon)

1.5 cups plain yogurt

Equipment:

Blender or food processor

Silicone molds – dog bone or paw shape would be perfect, but any mold will do. Ice cube trays work well here, too!

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the mold and freeze for at least 2 hours.



FROZEN BROTH BLOCK



Save this treat for a particularly scorching day – it’s guaranteed to keep them occupied while helping them stay cool (and hydrated!)

Ingredients:

1 cups low or no sodium broth (some great options here and here)

3 cups water

Dog treats or dry kibble

Peanut butter

Equipment:

4 cup freezer-safe plastic container (several if small size)

Directions:

Place treats on bottom of container(s) and fill with the water and broth mixture. Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from freezer and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on top and return to freezer for an additional 30 minutes. Continue layering the broth and peanut butter until you have reached 4 cups. Freeze for at least 2 hours. When you’re ready to use, thaw the container on the counter for 10-15 minutes and flip it over to pop it out.

Optional add-ins:

Thinly sliced apples (no apple seeds, please!)

Strawberries

Blueberries

Rubber dog toy for them to discover as the liquid melts


Enjoy!

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