Wednesday, 3 May 2017
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Our Go-To DIY Dog Treat Recipes: Puppuccinos

DIY puppuccino and carob hot chocolate for dogs in small bowls on a table with ingredients

Make it in May!  Today's easy homemade favourite started as an occasional indulgence on chilly weekend mornings - puppuccinos! Pavlov's Oli quickly developed a love for the sound of the coffee maker, and those puppy dog eyes are just so doggone hard to resist.  Whether it is a simple fluffy, a carob "hot dogolate", or something a tad fancier, whipping up a puppuccino-style treat has become a frequent part of our family coffee ritual. 

DIY puppuccino and carob hot chocolate for dogs in small bowls on a table with seasonings

Cafe puppachinos are often whipped cream and, while my dogs would definitely be happy lapping that up, we simply froth a trim (low-fat) milk for a healthier alternative.  Our dogs are not lactose sensitive, but we buy trim lactose-free milk for their morning puppuccinos all the same just to be on the safer side. 

For a puppuccino style dog-friendly hot chocolate (aka "hot dogolate"), we mix milk, water, and carob powder together and top it with a dollop of froth.  For a light and simple dog-friendly fluffy, we just froth up the milk and serve it with a tasty sprinkle of cinnamon and/or carob powder. The boys usually get a simple fluffy from me so that hubby can have the special role of hot dogolate hero, although I occasionally make something extra special on wet and wild or extra chilly mornings. I also serve them in much bigger bowls than the bevvies staged for these blog pics to contain the mess as Humphrey is a particularly splashy slurper.

No...I don't grate my own cinnamon (haha!) and those sticks are purely photo props. Ready-to-use all the way! If you're using cinnamon for dogs, Ceylon (real) cinnamon is the recommended variety. Cinnamon in moderation has some good purported health benefits for dogs (and humans!), but like many things it is not suitable for all people/pets as it may conflict with health conditions or medications. Always check before trying new foods. Of particular note, cinnamon is not recommended for pregnant/lactating dogs. 

Dalmatian dog drinking a homemade puppuccino

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

DIY puppuccino and carob hot chocolate for dogs in small bowls on a table with seasonings

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