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Fun Summer Treats For Dogs In The Heat!

By Kayla Fratt

As the heat of the summer really rolls in, many of us are retreating indoors and seeking ways to stay cool. We’ve already covered plenty of ways to help your dog exercise and stay entertained when it’s hot out. But as my dogs and I sweated it out in the shadeless prairie this week, I found all of us craving cool snacks.

While I can just grab some yogurt or ice cream, there aren’t many ready-made cold treats for your dog. If you want to avoid the expense and sugar of cream for your dogs, here are some great ideas for summer treats:

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Pumpkin Berry Pupsicle

Mix canned pumpkin with berries (blueberries are a household favorite here), then spread into an ice cream tray and freeze. This treat is great for digestion and can pack lots of nutrients if you pick the right berries. Feed on a mat, in a crate, or outdoors so that your dog’s melting pupsicle doesn’t ruin your floors. You can also spread this mix on a Licki Mat or stuff it into your pup’s favorite puzzle toy!

For picky dogs, consider mixing your canned pumpkin with cream cheese or canned dog food to add a savory twist.

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This treat is great for digestion and can pack lots of nutrients if you pick the right berries.

Bouillon Breeze

This is a favorite at the shelter I used to work for. Simply mix a bit of bouillon (bone broth works as well) with water, then freeze onto a Licki Mat or into an ice cube tray. Pop out and serve!

K9 Dreamsicle

Chop up some apples and baby carrots, then steam briefly to soften them up. Mix with yogurt and shredded turkey, then stuff into a puzzle toy and freeze. Mix it up with different fruits or meats!

Marrow Bones

While these are a bit spendier, simply buying marrow bones and serving them frozen is an easy and super healthy option for your dogs. Make sure you feed in a way that’s safe (they are raw meat, after all). Unlike most of the other treats on this list, marrow bones also help clean your dog’s teeth and are super healthy!

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Unlike most of the other treats on this list, marrow bones also help clean your dog’s teeth and are super healthy!

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Frozen Banana-Nut

Puree banana and mix with peanut butter. Spread onto a Licki Mat or stuff into a Kong, freeze and serve. It’s tasty and healthy – you might even want some! Consider trying applesauce instead of bananas to switch it up. Add some chunks of chicken for a canine delicacy (but make sure not to sample that batch).

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Leftover Special

One of my favorite tricks is to just mix up whatever leftovers I have into a frozen puzzle toy stuffing. Last week my dogs enjoyed mac n’cheese, hot dogs and kibble stuffed into a Kong. They’ve also enjoyed mashed potatoes, peas and turkey as a Thanksgiving leftover treat; black beans and mango and chicken after taco night; and much more. As long as foods aren’t too salty or toxic to dogs, leftovers can be a great frozen treat in many cases.

What are your favorite recipes for frozen dog treats? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

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As long as foods aren’t too salty or toxic to dogs, leftovers can be a great frozen treat in many cases.


Kayla Fratt is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and the owner of Journey Dog Training. She’s passionate about helping owners prevent and treat behavior problems in their pets. She also works as a conservation detection dog trainer with her border collies in Missoula, Montana. She’s an avid runner, cross-country skier and a budding agility competitor.

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