How To Make A Refreshing, Icy Treat for Your Dog

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frozen dog treatsThe dog days of summer are upon us, which means that hot, hazy and humid are commonplace in the daily weather forecasts. On some days, it’s just too hot to do much of anything and certainly, our canine pals feel the effects of the oppressive weather just as much as we do. If your dog needs some help beating the heat and keeping occupied, consider making this simple, icy treat for him or her to enjoy on these long, hot summer days.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a freezer-safe bowl or shallow container – you can also use molds, if you want to get fancy
  • bite-sized pieces of your dog’s favorite foods (fruits, veggies, peanut butter, hot dogs, etc.)
  • treats or kibble
  • waterproof toys (Nylabone, Kong, etc.)
  • beef, chicken or vegetable broth (optional)

To prepare:

  1. Place food, treats, kibble and toys in the bowl or container and fill with water and broth (if desired), leaving an inch or two of empty space at the top of the bowl/container.
  2. Place container in freezer and freeze overnight, or until liquid is completely frozen.
  3. To dislodge, run outside of container under warm water for a few seconds until ice loosens and you are able to easily remove it from the container.
  4. Place treat in the grass, on the deck, or in another area where your dog can safely enjoy their icy treat and let them have at it!

dog licking frozen toysAs in the case with any treat, please make sure your pet is supervised while enjoying his/her icy treat to ensure that they’re not chewing off large pieces of ice which could pose a choking hazard.

Doggylooters, we want to know: what’s your dog’s favorite way to beat the summer heat?

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