Try this recipe for homemade dog popsicles (AKA “pupsicles”) the next time you want to give your dog something to help him cool down.
By now you know that we really have a lot of fun making different healthy treats for our dog Chuckers every now and then. Well, I saw this idea for dog popsicles in an issue of Country Living recently and I knew I had to try them out! I switched the recipe up a bit to use things that I had already in the house and things that I know have worked really well for Chuckers in the past. We’ve been having some really hot days lately so I definitely wanted something that I knew he would eat. If we get to enjoy a cool treat to help us cool down on a hot day, there’ s no reason why he can’t too! 🙂
OK, if I’m being honest, I think I would actually make this recipe for myself in the future too (minus the dog biscuits). It’s made with all healthy, human-food ingredients and it smelled so good when I was mixing it up that I had to try a little bit. It was definitely human-grade delicious. 🙂 I included some dog biscuits as the sticks for Chuckers and I think he really enjoyed the different textures that this treat offered.
How to Make Frozen Dog Popsicles
This one was definitely a winner!
One note I should mention: The dog biscuit “popsicle sticks” were a bit heavy for the popsicle mix so they were sinking down a bit. I ended just leaning them back in the popsicle mold a bit so they’d stay in place. Dogs won’t actually be holding on to them anyway, right? 🙂
Here’s the full printable recipe for the frozen dog popsicles.
- 1 banana mashed
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- dog biscuits (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into homemade popsicle molds and top them with a dog biscuit "popsicle stick" if using. I had to cut one end off of each of my dog biscuits to make them fit.
Freeze for 6 hours or overnight. To release the pupsicles, just run the popsicle mold under warm water for a few seconds until the pupsicle slides out easily.
Have you ever tried making a special summertime treat for your dogs? What do you do to help them cool down when the days are extra hot?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.