5 Easy Homemade Summer Treats for Your Pup

Posted by Stacey Venzel

Make the best of the sunny season with these easy recipes for dog treats this summer!

Homemade food seems to taste better when fewer steps are involved. Though Spot could really care less how much time you put into making his treats, you'll certainly enjoy dog recipes that take little time, tools, and effort to make.

We brainstormed some healthy ideas for feeding your canine this summer. Whether it's using the sun as an oven, making the most of berry and melon season, saving leftovers from the BBQ picnic, or skipping the ice cream truck for your own concoction, we've thought of it all.

Try these tasty recipes for your dog before summer ends!

 1. Sundried Sweet Potatoes

Take advantage of the summer sunshine! If you don't have a dehydrator handy, the sun is the perfect (and cheapest) tool for drying out vegetables like carrots, broccoli, and the all-time canine favorite--sweet potatoes.

These tasty delights are jam-packed with nutrition. You can buy fresh veggies in bulk, cut them into thin slices and arrange them on a wire tray in the sun to dry, rotating and flipping as needed.

Be sure to keep them out of Fido's reach if you want to save them for later!

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 2. Frozen Blueberries

Blueberries are not only tasty, but they're also a superfood for people and pets. As anti-oxidants, this summer fruit protects the body from cell-damaging free radicals. Keeping them in the freezer offers a nice cool-down treat on a hot day.

If you want to get creative, you can also try blueberry popsicles or blueberry ice cubes. All you need is water and the right container.

 3. Frozen Peanut Butter Kong

Keep your canine occupied and well-fed this summer with a cooling peanut butter toy! Fill a rubber kong toy with peanut butter and stick it in the freezer for longer-lasting and cooling effects.

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 4. BBQ Ice Cubes

Got some leftover hamburger juice or chicken broth from a barbecue? Fill an ice cube tray with the liquid and stick it in the freezer. Drop a few cubes in an empty dog dish on hot day for your furry friend.

 5. Watermelon Balls

Use a melon baller to play fetch with your dog! As a cool-down snack, you can stick the watermelon balls in the freezer before tossing them in the air for your dog.

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These recipes are all inexpensive, easy, and quick to make, so no more excuses! You'll be the neighborhood puppy chef before you know it.

Forget lemonade stands this summer. Set up your own summer dog treat business!

Have you made these treats for your dog? Tell us in the comments below. 

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5 Easy Homemade Summer Treats for Your Pup