Summer is here, puppy parents! As the temperatures soar, get ready to keep your furry buddy cool and safe with homemade frozen dog treats. These icy delights are the perfect way to pamper your pooch during scorching days and prevent health complications due to overheating.
But hey, don’t stop at just chilling them out to avoid heatstrokes.
Summer brings many people outdoors, sometimes participating in loud activities that can make your puppy a little more on edge. So why not include naturally calming ingredients in your frozen treats to melt away those summer jitters?
These easy-to-follow frozen dog treat recipes ensure your pup stays cool, calm, and utterly satisfied even during the hottest days.
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1. Blueberry Calming Treats
Blueberry is one tiny ingredient that packs a punch in the calming department. These little blue powerhouses are rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients, making them a fantastic addition to your homemade frozen dog treats.
And here's a 3-ingredient Blueberry Frozen Dog Treats recipe that's a breeze. Simply blend juicy blueberries, Greek yogurt (preferably low-fat), and a ripe banana for 90 seconds. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze them for around 5 hours. Once solid, pop them out, and voila! Happy (and calmer) puppy, happy life.
2. Spinach Calming Treats
Turn over a new leaf with Popeye's secret weapon. Spinach has a high concentration of anxiety-reducing magnesium and other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
How do you spinach things up and transform your puppy into an extraordinarily calm dog? With this Banana, Apple, and Spinach Smoothie or Frozen Dog Treat recipe, it'll only take you 15 minutes.
Grab a banana, an apple, and a cup each of spinach, parsley, and water. Use your food processor to blend them until you've got a vibrant mixture begging to be frozen. Fill your pup’s favorite Kong and pop it in the freezer overnight.
Why not treat yourself, too? Follow the same steps, but add Greek yogurt and ice cubes for a refreshing smoothie to make you feel pawsitively fantastic.
3. Salmon Calming Treats
Reel in some serious calm with salmon — a delicious source of omega-3 fatty acids and stress-fighting L-tryptophan.
To give your puppy a healthy, happy boost, keep a stash of homemade frozen dog treats using this Fishy Dog Treats recipe.
The ingredients? 14 oz of salmon, 7 oz of tuna, 4 beaten eggs, and 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Preheat your oven to 350°F, mix the ingredients in a bowl, spread it all in a greased baking pan, and bake for 40 minutes. Let it cool before cutting them into your desired shape.
4. Avocado Calming Treats
Let’s guac your dog's world with avocado! This creamy green fruit isn't just for fancy toast or Instagram-worthy bowls. It’s loaded with B vitamins that help with your puppy’s anxiety.
Just whip up this Avocado Frozen Dog Treat recipe by blending ½ ripe avocado, 1 cup water, and 1 tbsp goat’s milk. Pour it into ice cube trays, chill it overnight, and you've got refreshing homemade frozen dog treats that your furry friend will devour.
5. Sweet Potato Calming Treats
Sweet potatoes not only add a pop of color to your pup's plate, but they also bring a truckload of health benefits, including regulating your dog’s blood sugar levels (which can help to regulate their energy levels, too).
Want to treat your puppy to this calming delight? Grab some plain yogurt, sweet potato puree (or canned pumpkin if you prefer), and natural peanut butter. Then blend until smooth. Pour the Sweet Potato Dog Ice Cream mixture into your freezing containers (or your puppy’s lick mat!) and let the magic happen for a few hours.
6. CBD Calming Treats
CBD, short for cannabidiol, can bring your dog a wave of calmness and balance. So, if you're looking to add a little zen to your pet's life, indulge your puppy with a PB Frozen Yogurt Power Cup and let the good vibes flow. It combines The Bear & the Rat's frozen yogurt and Pet Releaf’s CBD-infused peanut butter & banana Edibites. But you can also make your own froyo (with the help of The Dog Chef) and simply sprinkle in the recommended usage amount of Edibites.
Let the frozen fun begin for your puppy! Go ahead, grab those calming ingredients, and unleash your creativity in whipping up homemade frozen dog treats to keep your dog refreshed and relaxed.