It’s almost the Fourth of July for our American furfriends, so we’re sharing an easy summer dog treat recipe for our American readers. These simple ice pops are a fun little summer time treat for your canine companions, whether you’re celebrating a special event, like Independence Day, or just for some fruity frozen goodness. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to making frozen dog treats in many other dog-friendly flavours (and colours), so get creative and have fun!
Ice Cream Weather
Soak up some sunshine for us, northern furfriends! It’s not pupsicle weather here at the moment (brrr….winter!), but the blog dogs are always creating and taste testing ahead of schedule out of sequence with the real calendar. On the subject of being out of sequence, if things look a little different than your bookmark or pin, the original 2015 photos in this post were updated when our blog moved to a new system in 2020, but the recipe is still the same. And yay for extra treats. Woofs!
Homemade Pupsicle Dog Treats
Drool for Cool
Our boys love frozen treats, especially in the summertime. Of course, every dog is different. Just like people, some dogs don’t like cold treats. If you dog doesn’t enjoy frozen goodies there are plenty of other yummy options. Other dogs love them a little too much. Highly aggressive chewers or dogs with dental issues may be better with softer options to avoid damaging their teeth.
Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats
Frozen and chilled dog treats are some of the easiest homemade dog treats to make. Nothing needs to bake, set, rise, or gel. The cold does all the work, making it super simple to customise your own recipe. Check out our introduction to making frozen dog treats for tips, ideas, and more.
Fruity Fourth of July (or Anytime) Frozen Yogurt Dog Treat Recipe
Fruit and Yogurt Colours
These treats use blueberries and strawberries for natural colour; however, the treats will be more pink, white, and purple than red while and blue unless you use added tints to boost the fruity colours. I’ve done a little with both methods so you can see the difference, however, the dogs don’t care about looks, just taste. If you want to keep things natural, blue is tricky. Blueberries with yogurt, however, are doggone delicious in any colour. You can read more about tinting treats in our post on using natural food colourings for dog treats.
Fruity Frozen Yogurt Pupsicle Dog Treats
Ingredients can be easily scaled to suit your own mould (see tips and tricks below) and you can adjust the mixture measurements in any way you’d like to suit your pet and personal preferences. Measurements are indicative only for the treats as pictured. Frozen treats are so easy that way!
- Strawberries (fresh or thawed from frozen)
- Blueberries (fresh of thawed from frozen)
- Plain dog-safe yogurt or keffir
- Tints (optional) for added colour
If you are using a thick-style yogurt, you may find it helpful to water the mixture down for easier mixing. You can also do this if you’d like the treats to be a little lighter.
🥄 Making the Treats:
- Prepare the fruity yougurt mixtures in individual bowls or containers:
- White – Plain yogurt
- Red – Puree or mash the strawberries, add yogurt, and mix to combine.
- Blue – Puree or mash blueberries, add yogurt and a dash of blue colouring/tint (optional for bluer stars), and mix to combine.
- Pour or spoon into a silicon mould or suitable substitute.
- Freeze thoroughly before removing from the moulds. Transfer the completed treats to a suitable container and return to the freezer for frozen storage until use.
Pupsicle Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- See our comprehensive post on making and storing frozen dog treats for additional information on frozen and chilled homemade treats.
- Flexible silicone moulds or ice-cube trays work great for making fun little shaped treats. If you want a precise measure of a specific mould’s capacity, you can do a test pour from a measuring cup of water to measure the volume required to fill your tray. Volumes are very easily scaled, and you can customise the type and amount of flavour add-ins to suit your pet.
- Store and serve straight from the freezer. Frozen treats will melt quickly, especially in warm temperatures and can be messy while your pup is licking merrily, so these are best enjoyed from a bowl or outside.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- Go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt for your dogs. Xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
- Not keen on dairy? Coconut milk, pureed dog-friendly fruit or veggies, or anything pet-safe, including simple water, can be used to create your own custom combo. Get creative! It’s fun!
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! 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 or dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies or intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.