Ahh, summer in the South, a time when our desire to be outside enjoying events that end with fireworks is only outweighed by our desire to not melt into a puddle on the sizzling hot sidewalk. However, don’t worry fellow southerners, it should start to cool down around Thanksgiving.

In the summer, we humans tend to strip down to as little as possible without getting jailed and we are always looking for ways to beat the heat. Can you imagine what it must be like for our four-legged nuggets of love? They are also walking around in the same heat and humidity that we constantly complain about, but they are doing it with a fur coat and an inability to sweat.

Therefore, to help our furry best friends beat the heat, we’ve put together a list of our favorite frozen dog-friendly treats. They all follow the same instructions, so just pick the ingredients that you like best!

Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Treats

Ingredients:

  •  32oz plain yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter

  • 1 large banana, sliced

  •  1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Frozen Pumpkin Spice Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt

  •  1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin puree

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • Water as needed

Frozen Strawberry Banana Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries (or 16oz bag of frozen strawberries)

  • 1½ cups plain Greek low fat yogurt

  • 1-2 sliced banana

  • ¼ cup of almond/skim/soy milk

  •  3 tablespoons honey (optional)

Frozen Watermelon Treats

Ingredients:

  • ¼-½ seedless watermelon

  • 12 oz coconut milk

 

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a food processor or blender.

  • Blend until creamy.

  • Pour mixture into a silicone mold or an ice cube tray and freeze for 2-4 hours.

  • Pop out of molds and serve to your furry best friend.

Tips:

  • For less mess, place mixture into a plastic bag and cut a small piece off of the corner and then squeeze into silicon mold or ice tray.

  • Place remaining treats in an air-tight container or freezer bag and save for up to two months.


Have some fun with it!:

  • Break bone shaped treats in half and place them in the ice trays before freezing so that your frozen treat will look like a popsicle, or better yet, a “pupsicle”!

  • Use bone and paw shaped silicon molds so that your treats look pup-themed!

King of Pups

For those times that you don’t have time to make homemade frozen treats, you can always pop into King of Pops (and, let’s face it, we’re all looking for an excuse to stop at King of Pops) and grab some of their delicious frozen dog treats.

Another fun way for our furry love nuggets to beat the heat is to place their favorite toys in a silicon mold (such as a bundt pan) and fill it with water. Once it is solidly frozen pop it out and watch as your pup cools down while trying to reach their favorite toy.

The Waggle Company is always more than happy to provide these and any other special treats to our clients during our visits. Just mention it to us when you schedule an appointment and we’re happy to help your pup cool down with one of your homemade frozen treats!