With several more weeks of summer and the hot weather not letting up anytime soon, having ways for your dog to beat the heat is a good idea and frozen dog treats are always a favorite. While there are plenty of treats you can purchase - including specially made dog ice cream and popsicles - frozen treats are also extremely easy to make at home.
Frozen treats can be healthy, tasty, and cooling. These are some great treat ideas to get you and your dog started, but it is also possible to replicate nearly all of your dog's favorite treats with a frozen version.
Depending on what is in your freezer, you can often make a quick dog treat out of what you already have. With a little prep and enough time for freezing, you can also make your own dog treats. Ideas for your dog include:
Another benefit of many frozen treats is their high water content, particularly with broth cubes and frozen melon, that will help keep your dog hydrated when temperatures get high.
Because frozen treats can be hard, you should always wait a few minutes after taking a treat out of the freezer before you give it to your dog to avoid any dental damage. Likewise, aim for softer frozen treats like ice cream or frozen peanut butter for older dogs with sensitive teeth. As with any treat, you should always limit the number of treats you provide to avoid upsetting your dog's stomach.
You can also get creative by tailoring treats to your dog’s tastes. Taste testing different fruits and vegetables, sweet and savory treats, and different textures, can be a fun way for you and your dog to cool off this summer.