Fresh Dog Treats

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Fresh Dog Treats


Like many of you I like to pamper my pooch.  Part of that pampering is finding good nutritious treats for my dog.  Because I am busy I thought the easiest thing to do was buy treats.  I started with doing online research, checking where the treats were being made, and looking into the ingredients.  Like many processed foods I had no idea what half of the items were in the ingredients. I was not thrilled because of where some of the treats were made because of the lack of regulations in those regions of the world.  The more I researched the more scared I was at how harmful some of those processed treats could be.  I decided I was going to start making my own treats!  Since it's summer I thought I would start with some tasty cool treats. 

The first treat I decided to make was a yogurt, banana, and peanut butter treat.  While yogurt is not toxic to dogs it does contain lactose, so you may want to start off giving your dog a small amount of a yogurt based treat to see how your dog handles the yogurt.  Remember this is a treat and just like human treats you can have too much of a good thing.  What is great about yogurt is that you can add many different foods to it to make many variations of the treat.  You can do bananas and yogurt, blueberries and yogurt, and since fall is around the corner, you can do pumpkin and yogurt.  It is important when you buy your yogurt that you get one that is plain and has no sugars.  Most importantly, make sure your yogurt or peanut butter does not contain any xylitol (artificial sweetener) since this is toxic to dogs.  For the peanut butter, most grocery or whole food stores will have natural peanut butter that will contain nothing that would be harmful to dogs. 

For my treats, I used one cup of greek plain yogurt and mixed it with two tablespoons of peanut butter. I peeled one banana and cut it up in small slices.  I used a fork and mashed the banana well.  I mixed the mashed banana in with the yogurt and peanut butter.  Once the mixture was nice and smooth I used a small scoop to fill silicon trays. (I ordered some really cute silicon molds from Amazon that came in the shape of paws and bones).   I placed the trays in the freezer for two hours.  As you can see below Whiskey loved the final result!  These treats will last for about a month in the freezer.

The second treat I decided to make was more of a savory treat. This one was super easy to make as well.  I has three ingredients, chicken broth, carrots, and blueberries.  This recipe can switched up easily.  You can add apples to the broth and I know it sounds weird, but you can also add peanut butter.  Trust me your dog will love it!   For my treats I chose to add carrots and blueberries to the chicken broth. To get started, I cut up two carrots into small pieces.  I used about about a half cup of chopped carrots.  I also washed half a cup of fresh blueberries and placed to the side.  My treats used about one cup of fresh chicken broth.  I placed a few blueberries and my chopped carrots into each mold then filled the molds with chicken broth so that it covered the blueberries and carrots.  I then placed the molds in the freezer for two hours.  A good tip when making these treats is to place the molds on a baking tray so that nothing spills in your freezer.  Because my trays are silicon, once frozen the treats pop easily out of the molds.  I placed the completed treats into a container and kept them in the freezer.  Again these threats will last up to thirty days. These treats are super easy to make and your dog will love them!  I would love to hear from you and see how your treats turn out or what unique ingredients you choose to add!  Send your pictures and your recipes to share with others!  Please see the recipe card below for the ingredients for the cool dog treats I made.

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 Recipe Card



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