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How to Make 6 Different Frozen Dog Treats

How to Make 6 Different Frozen Dog Treats

There's nothing like an ice-cold treat for cooling off on a hot day, and we’re sure your dog would like one, too (we can tell by those puppy eyes he’s flashing). So before the next heat wave hits, try making some of these frozen dog treats to help keep your dog cool and happy.

1. Strawberry, banana, peanut butter puppy ice pops

When you head to the freezer for an ice pop, grab your pup one of their own!

  1. Blend 4 bananas, 1 cup strawberries and 1 cup xylitol-free peanut butter in a blender until smooth.
  2. Spoon mixture into an ice cube tray.
  3. Vertically insert a long cookie treat into each cube.
  4. Freeze for 4+ hours until treats are frozen through.
  5. Enjoy!

2. Cooling chicken cubes

These small DIY cooling treats are great for dogs on a warm day.

  1. Measure 2 cups of pet-friendly chicken bone broth (buy one specifically made for dogs or choose one that is low in sodium and does NOT contain spices or additives like onion powder).
  2. Mix in some small or diced-up dog-safe fruits or veggies. We like diced carrots, cut green beans, cut and cooked sweet potatoes or blueberries for crunch and flavor.
  3. Pour the broth mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for 5 hours.
  4. Pop them out when frozen and serve to a happy pup.

3. Frozen KONG chicken pot pie

A rubber KONG toy is a great vehicle for providing cool dog treats.

  1. Fill a KONG toy with ½ cup cooked chicken, ½ cup mashed potatoes and ¼ cup frozen peas and carrots.
  2. Freeze KONG for a cool and challenging treat.

4. Big block ice treat

If you have enough room in your freezer, you can make a frozen treat that can help keep your dog entertained for hours on a hot day. This larger treat is also great if you have multiple dogs who are happy to share.

  1. Line the bottom of a 1.5-2 liter freezer-safe container with your dog’s kibble.

  2. Fill halfway with pet-safe bone broth.

  3. Freeze for 1 hour or until broth is frozen.

  4. Layer on small rubber toys (like a KONG) and treats. Fill the remainder of the container with water.

  5. Freeze for 5+ hours until liquid is frozen.

  6. Turn the container over outside, and let your friend pass the time away enjoying a cold treat that's full of fun surprises.


5. DIY blueberry, banana frozen yogurt treats

These treats are good for dogs AND their humans—just don’t share a bowl.

  1. Blend ½ cup plain unsweetened yogurt with ½ a banana in a blender until smooth.
  2. Use a toothpick to dip 1 cup of fresh blueberries into the yogurt mixture.
  3. Place dipped blueberries onto a lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Store treats in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

6. Frozen marrow bones

Giving your dog a frozen marrow bone is another way to satisfy that cold treat craving. After they eat the non-DIY treat, you can add a DIY filling to make the fun last even longer!

You can let your dog go to work on it until it's all gone, or you can treat your pooch for 30 minutes and then refreeze it. This should be good for three to four freezes. After your dog has gotten all the marrow out, you can even re-fill the inside of the bone with a mixture of plain, unsweetened yogurt, xylitol-free peanut butter and treats and re-freeze until solid.

Treat bones like raw meat—wash your hands after touching the bone and disinfect their eating  area once your dog has finished.

Treats to avoid giving to your dog

It may be tempting to share your favorite cooling treats with your friend, but some are off limits. Avoid:

  • Ice cream: A couple licks won't hurt, but a full serving contains more dairy protein and sugar than dogs can comfortably digest. Flavors, including chocolate or featuring certain nuts, can also be toxic for your dog.
  • Lemonade: In addition to all the sugar, which can cause obesity in dogs, the citrus can irritate your dog's digestive system.
  • Cocktails: Your dog may love the strawberry in your daiquiri, but the alcohol and sugar can cause severe illness.
  • Certain produce: When adding fruits or veggies to your dog's frozen snack, avoid grapes, raisins, onions or macadamia nuts as these can make your dog sick.

Follow Petco on social media for more treats your pet can enjoy, and if you don’t feel like DIYing something, visit your local Petco or go to petco.com to find a premade frozen treat for your pet like pooch cream!