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Your pup is going to love these homemade yogurt dog treats! It has been so hot here in the northeast for the past few weeks. I feel like I am surviving on watermelon and cold brew coffee. But, if you’re looking for a healthy frozen dog treat for your pup, keep reading!
Homemade Yogurt Dog Treats
These homemade yogurt dog treats are so simple to make. And, your dog will definitely enjoy one on a hot summer day. Now, you can use homemade yogurt to make these dog treats. But, it’s OK to use yogurt from the store as long as you carefully check the ingredients. Do not use sweetened yogurt that contains xylitol as it is deadly to dogs. Look for an unsweetened plain Greek yogurt.
Can you give your dog Greek yogurt?
Yes, as I mentioned, yogurt including Greek yogurt is good for dogs. But, please get plain Greek yogurt. Skip the fruit, candy, granola, and sweeteners. Your dog should not eat those things and some can be deadly.
What brand of yogurt can dogs eat?
It’s not so much about the brand of yogurt as what is in the yogurt. I trust Stoneyfield organic Greek yogurt that is plain and unsweetened. The ingredients are safe for both people and dogs. If you’re concerned, you can always make your own homemade yogurt. If your dog is chunky, it is possible to use non-fat plain Greek yogurt. Just check the ingredients carefully.
These frozen dog treats for summer are a great way for your dog to stay cool. Since dogs only sweat through their paw pads, it’s very easy for them to overheat. Here are a few tips for how to keep your dog cool in the summer.
Homemade frozen dog treats recipes
So, if you want a few more frozen treats your dog might enjoy, I’ve included another that you can try. Just remember that treats should be an occasional treat, not something that your dog eats several times a day. Healthy dog food should form the base of their nutrition. Check out these bone-shaped frozen dog treats
Now I have had a couple of people ask me about peanut butter and dogs. Peanut butter is a great healthy ingredient for dogs to have in their treats. But, like the yogurt you use, it’s very important that you look at the listed ingredients. Some kinds of butter contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs. You need to read the ingredients list carefully and choose a peanut butter with no xylitol.
If you’re looking for something with fruit in it, these frozen blueberry dog treats from Bruce Bradley sound pretty amazing. I am sure your dog would enjoy those! Or, if you are looking for something already made, check out these dog yogurt drops you can find on Amazon. I love that they come in a resealable bag. That is so handy!
Frozen dog treats for summer
So, the ingredients for these homemade yogurt dog treats are pretty basic. You will need yogurt, peanut butter, applesauce (unsweetened), and a ripe banana. And, you will also need a bone-shaped dog treat pan so you can freeze them until they are ready. Now, if you don’t have a ripe banana, simply toss one in the freezer overnight. In the morning when you take it out of the freezer and it defrosts, it will be mushy and ready to use.
Because you are freezing these homemade yogurt dog treats and not baking them, you will want to use a silicone bone-shaped dog pan. It is much easier to pop the frozen treats out of a silicone pan than it is a metal pan. And, you don’t want to risk a glass or ceramic pan breaking in the freezer. I’ve included a few links to make shopping easier for you.
Remember that if you want to make these last a long time, it’s important that you keep them frozen in a freezer container with a tight-fitting lid. That will help to prevent freezer burn. If you freeze these, your dog can enjoy them for a week or so when the temperatures are really hot.
Check out the printable recipe for these homemade yogurt dog treats.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt, only choose yogurts that are free of sweeteners and flavors
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, dog safe
- In a blender, add a banana, applesauce, plain yogurt and peanut butter.
- Place the top on and pulse until you have a creamy texture.
- Carefully pour into a zip lock bag and cut a tiny tip off the bottom corner of the bag.
- Fill a silicone or pan mold with the peanut butter mixture and freeze for at least 2 hours. The silicone molds are easier to use, the treats will pop right out.
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