DIY Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

DIY Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

A recent routine visit to the vet resulted in finding out that our year old Siberian Husky, Cannoli, is 2-3 pounds underweight.  I was surprised!  The vet assured me that it wasn’t a big deal and that a daily dose of vitamins should make her pick up some weight; that and perhaps getting her to eat a little more dog food or even switching brands.

I feed all my pets grain free dry Merrick pet food, I’ve been told it’s very good.  I also make pets healthy homemade treats and give them safe fruits and veggies.  I’ve never had an underweight pet.

Before our recent pet exam I’d been concerned that Cannoli looked a little thin whenever I bathed her. It’s hard to tell what’s under all that fur unless she’s wet.  I decided she needed to gain a bit of weight and kept her on puppy food for a while longer, puppy chow is higher in calories than adult food.  I also added a bit more food to her bowl every feeding.  She didn’t really eat the extra dog food, but did love her treats.

I called her breeder who advised me to add a third feeding and consider adding some wet dog food to the dry.  He also suggested more yogurt, that’s what he gives his pooches when he wants to add weight before they show.

I wasn’t to crazy about adding wet food to the dry, but I did start adding low sodium chicken and beef broth to make it more appetizing.  She loves it!  As for the yogurt, it’s still been pretty hot here so I thought I’d make the yogurt into frozen treats, she does love her treats.

I came up with these super easy frozen treats containing her two most favorite ingredients, yogurt and coconut water.  These treats will not only add some weight, hopefully, but also keep her hydrated, specially after our daily 3 mile walks.  Hydration for a Husky in warm climates has always been one of my concerns.  She just loves these treats!

Here’s what you need to make them:

1 large container Plain Greek Yogurt
Pure Coconut water
Freezer Molds – I use styrofoam cups, I find it easy to store them in the cups and peel them away when I’m going to give them to her.  But you can use ice cube trays, popsicle molds, and other freezer safe containers.

1.  Scoop the desired amount of yogurt into the mold.

2.  Pour coconut water on top of the yogurt to cover it.

3.  Freeze at least 6 hours.

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  1. Scoop the desired amount of yogurt into the mold.
  2. Pour coconut water on top of the yogurt to cover it.
  3. Freeze at least 6 hours.
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Frozen Dog Treats

Frozen Dog Treats

Frozen Dog Treat

I know the weather is cooling off in most places but for us in Hawaii it’s still pretty hot, and it’s also raining, a lot.  As a result of the rain our yard has gotten very muddy, and there’s nothing our Siberian Husky likes more than to roll in the mud!

In an effort to keep Cannoli hydrated and busy I made her these frozen dog treats, they combine the coconut water that’s very good for keeping her hydrated with her favorite chicken jerky that keeps her busy and out of the mud for a little while.

I make them in styrofoam cups for easy storage and unmolding.  But you can freeze them in whatever container you prefer and also make them in any size.  You use paper cups or plastic molds if you prefer.  Or if you really want to be eco-friendly you can use silicone molds.  These molds come in many shapes and sizes.  They are easy to unmold and clean up quickly.

Store unmolded treats in freezer shape ziplock bags to avoid freezer burn.  These treats will keep in the freezer for about 6 months.

They are so easy to make and really great for your furry friends.

Ingredients: (makes 8 treats)

3-4 jerky treats
4 cups pure coconut water

Directions:

1.  Tear up jerky treats and distribute them in your molds.

2.  Poor coconut water into molds to desired level.

3.  Freeze for at least 6 hours.

4.  Unmold and toss them to your pooch.

Frozen Dog Treat to Keep Dogs Cool and Busy
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8 Cups 5 Minutes
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6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 5 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Frozen Dog Treat to Keep Dogs Cool and Busy
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Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 5 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 5 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Cups
Instructions
  1. Tear up jerky treats and distribute them in your molds.
  2. Poor coconut water into molds to desired level.
  3. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  4. Unmold and toss them to your pooch.
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Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats

Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats

Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats

I had made a variety of popsicles for my grandsons’ visit this summer, they loved them but weren’t able to finish them all.  Now that summer is over and my grandsons have gone home I’m left with some of those popsicles.

It’s still unusually hot here, I’ve been told that this summer has unseasonably hot even in Hawaii.  To keep my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, cool and happy this summer I’ve been making her frozen doggie treats.  So I looked at the left over popsicles and wondered if I could give some to Cannoli.  The popsicles for the boys of course had wooden sticks, I knew that couldn’t be good for the dog, she’d chew them up, but what about the popsicle itself.

I decided to see if dogs could have coconut water, the main ingredient in my Fruit Filled Ice Pops.  I know that coconut water is beneficial to us humans, but what about our pets.   I did what most of us do when we have a question, I googled it!  Low and behold, not only could Cannoli have coconut water, it’s actually good for her!  Coconut water is filled with electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals.  It’s great for hydration and when you take a Husky out for a walk in 90 degree weather you need to be sure she is well hydrated.  So I dug out the wooden stick and tossed one of the pops to Cannoli.  She loved it so much that I decided to make some just for her, the same pops sans wooden stick.

I made them in the popsicle molds this time, probably not the smartest idea, popsicles without sticks aren’t easy to remove from the molds.  I had to run water on all sides before it slipped out.  Next time I’m making it in styrofoam coffee cups I usually use for frozen dog treats.  But still it’s really simple to make and your fur ball will love it too.

Ingredients:

Coconut water
Fresh Berries (optional)

Directions:

Cut berries to fit into molds (if you’re putting in berries)

Fill molds with coconut water (fruit will float)

Freeze for at least 6 hours

Remove from mold and toss them to your pups on a hot day or after a long walk.  Your furry friend will appreciate it!

Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats
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8 Pops 10 Minutes
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Servings Prep Time
8 Pops 10 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 Pops 10 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Pops 10 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Cut berries to fit into molds (if you're putting in berries)
  2. Fill molds with coconut water (fruit will float)
  3. Freeze for at least 6 hours
  4. Remove from mold and toss them to your pups on a hot day or after a long walk. Your furry friend will appreciate it!
Recipe Notes

I decided to see if dogs could have coconut water, the main ingredient in my Fruit Filled Ice Pops.  I know that coconut water is beneficial to us humans, but what about our pets.

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Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

Saturday is baking day in our house.  I usually try to bake treats of our Siberian Husky, Cannoli; as befitting her Italian namesake confection she loves treats.  She particularly likes biscuits.

I try different ingredients to give her a variety, and I try to make healthier treats than that you can get at the pet store.  This week I made some blueberry yogurt treats.  This treat is not crumbly like the other treats I’ve made, they’re a bit on the chewy side and she loves them.  They do however have to be refrigerated and should keep for about 2 weeks, I’m sure they’ll be gone sooner.

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

Ingredients:

12 oz. frozen blueberries – thawed
12 oz. plain yogurt
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups organic flour

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  I use my hands and break up some of the blueberries.  Be sure it’s well mixed, dough should be loose resembling drop cookie dough.

Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of batter on to a parchment covered baking sheet.   You can adjust the size of the treat by adjusting the amount of dough you drop on the sheet.  I made 30 treats each about 1 1/2″ in diameter.  I break them up when I give them to her.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Cool and store in the fridge in airtight containers.

Try my crunchy 4 ingredient treats for recipe click here!

For my 2 ingredient treats click here!

Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats
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36 Treats 15 Minutes
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30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 Treats 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Healthy Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats
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Servings Prep Time
36 Treats 15 Minutes
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30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 Treats 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Treats
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. I use my hands and break up some of the blueberries. Be sure it's well mixed, dough should be loose resembling drop cookie dough.
  2. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of batter on to a parchment covered baking sheet. You can adjust the size of the treat by adjusting the amount of dough you drop on the sheet. I made 30 treats each about 1 1/2" in diameter. I break them up when I give them to her.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Cool and store in the fridge in airtight containers.
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DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat

DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat

DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat

Summer has been pretty hot this year, specially for Cannoli, our year old Siberian Husky.  I’m sure she gets quite hot under all that fur.

To keep her cool and comfy we’ve been making her frozen doggie treats.  She just loves them!

The treats are so easy to make the kids can make them.  Last week my 7 year old grandson Devon mixed up a batch for her.  It took him about half an hour to mix them, but that’s because he kept eating the ingredients!  That’s the great part about these doggie treats, they’re made with fresh ingredients that even humans love.

For this batch of frozen dog treats Devon mixed up chunks of green apples, fresh blueberries, and strawberry yogurt, all of them his favorites and Cannoli’s faves too!

We freeze the treats in styrofoam coffee cups.  You can fill up the cups as much or as little as you like to fit your pup’s appetite.  Just peel the cups off the frozen treats when you want to give them to your pet.

Here’s Devon’s recipe, make some for your fur balls today!  The recipe yields 12 half filled cups.

DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat

Ingredients:

2 apples – chopped in to chunks with seeds and cores removed.  When using apples to make dog treats be sure to REMOVE all the seeds they are poisonous for dogs!

4 oz.  fresh blueberries

1 large container of Strawberry Yogurt – we used Yoplait because I found it on sale at the grocery store, but you can use any brand.

12 styrofoam coffee cups

Directions:

1.  Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

2.  Spoon into coffee cups.

3.  Freeze for at least 6 hours.

4.  Peel off the cup and let your fur balls enjoy their icy treat.

DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat

Cannoli likes to lick her treats in the shade.  It keeps her busy for about a half an hour.

DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat
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12 Pops 15 Munites
Passive Time
6 Hours
DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat
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Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Munites
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Munites
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
  • 2 pc. apples chopped in to chunks with seeds and cores removed. When using apples to make dog treats be sure to REMOVE all the seeds they are poisonous for dogs!
  • 4 oz. fresh blueberries
  • 1 large container Strawberry Yogurt we used Yoplait because I found it on sale at the grocery store, but you can use any brand.
  • 12 styrofoam coffee cups
Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Spoon into coffee cups.
  3. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  4. Peel off the cup and let your fur balls enjoy their icy treat.
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Simple Crunchy Chicken & Carrot Dog Biscuits

Simple Crunchy Chicken & Carrot Dog Biscuits

Crunchy Chicken & Carrot Dog Biscuits

We’re always looking for new treats for Cannoli, our Siberian Husky.  She loves treats and most of the time the only way she’ll obey commands is when she knows there’s a treat in store for her.

We go thru plenty of treats!  Store bought treats can not only get pricey some of them aren’t very healthy for your pet.  We usually make our own doggie treats, it’s not only economical it’s healthier for her too.

Last week my 13 year old grandson, Dion, made these crunchy chicken & carrot biscuits for her.  It was so easy to make, it uses only four ingredients, and he really enjoyed cutting out the bone shaped biscuits.  Here’s Dion’s recipe!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup organic flour

1/2 cup organic rolled oats

1 jar organic strained carrot baby food

1 jar chicken baby food

Directions:

1.  Mix all ingredients in large bowl and knead until you have a firm dough ball.  You may have to add flour a little bit at a time until you reach the right consistency.

2.  Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/2″ thick.

Crunchy Chicken & Carrot Dog Biscuits

3.  Cut dough into any shape with a cookie cutter or into squares using a pizza cutter.

Crunchy Chicken & Carrot Dog Biscuits

4.  Place dough on parchment covered baking sheet.

Crunchy Chicken & Carrot Dog Biscuits

5.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

6.  Let cool and store in airtight containers to keep them crunchy.

Simple Crunchy Chicken & Carrot Dog Biscuits
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36 Biscuits 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 Biscuits 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Simple Crunchy Chicken & Carrot Dog Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
36 Biscuits 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 Biscuits 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Biscuits
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in large bowl and knead until you have a firm dough ball. You may have to add flour a little bit at a time until you reach the right consistency.
  2. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/2" thick.
  3. Cut dough into any shape with a cookie cutter or into squares using a pizza cutter.
  4. Place dough on parchment covered baking sheet.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool and store in airtight containers to keep them crunchy.
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