I love making frozen dog treats for Rocket.
It's fun to get creative in the kitchen and try different combinations of ingredients. Frozen dog treats are great because they are simple to make, and your pup has to eat them at a slower pace. I get so emotionally hurt when I spend hours baking treats, and in a blink of an eye, Rocket has devoured them!
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Step 1: Choose Your Base
Around 60% of the dog treat should be made up of the base. When choosing ingredients, try and get organic if possible. Keep in mind that some dogs may have trouble digesting yogurt. The American Kennel Club has an in-depth article on yogurt.
Step 2: Choose Your Main Mix-In
The main mix-in should account for 30% of the treat. You can either dice the ingredients by hand or use a food processor. If using quinoa, be sure to rinse it first to remove the majority of saponin. Saponin is produced by the quinoa plant to protect itself from insects. Some believe this may irritate your dog's digestive tract.
When buying peanut butter, always check the label to make sure it doesn't contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in products like gum, toothpaste and baked goods. I like to make peanut butter from scratch because it doesn't contain added sugars and reduces the sodium.
Step 3: Choose Your Mini Mix-In
Use these ingredients in small quantities. These ingredients should be around 10% of the treat. Talk to your vet about how much is ok to feed your dog.
While honey is safe for most dogs, do not feed raw honey to puppies or dogs with compromised immune systems.
Step 4: Mix and Freeze
Once you have all three ingredients picked out, mix and pour into molds or ice cube trays. I love these cute dog bone silicone molds. Place in the freezer for at least an hour. “Bone” appetit! 🙂
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Let me know what kind of treats you love making for your dog in the comments below. Be sure to pin the above image to Pinterest to save for later!
*These ingredients are based off a healthy dog. As always, consult your veterinarian for proper portions and specific dietary requirements your dog may have.