The Best Ever DIY Frozen Dog Treats (Because Spondee is Spoiled & Overheated)

It's too hot not to try these dog treat recipes (& take photos of the adorable results, 'natch).
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It's too hot not to try these dog treat recipes (& take photos of the adorable results, 'natch).
Ready your (pets') tummies and say "AH" for frozen chewy goodness. 

Ready your (pets') tummies and say "AH" for frozen chewy goodness. 

Thank you for all your great avoid-a-cooped-up-passive-aggressive-dog tips, guys! Per your advice, I tried slathering Spondee's Kong with a variety of tasty treats.

He was not having any of it. 

He does not like the Kong. He does like transporting the Kong to the couch and then leaving it to melt on the cushions. He also likes watching me clean up peanut butter puddles. 

It's been a contentious week. 

Spondee with his treat of choice. Please note: a) it is not a Kong & b) he is giving me such a look

Spondee with his treat of choice. Please note: a) it is not a Kong & b) he is giving me such a look

It's also been Dante's Inferno circle style hot out. Not the ninth circle (honestly, I could totally go for a frozen wooly satan vacation right now), but the lesser, hotter, furnace-y ones. It's been hot and Spondee won't gnaw on his Kong and if I shut him in the air conditioned bedroom, he whines at the door and hate-pees on our bed. 

To keep my corgi from heat-stroking out and from ruining our floors with spiteful urine, I scoured Pinterest for some solutions and actually tested them out. The results are a much cooler pup, a cleaner apartment, and an overall sense of accomplishment and wellbeing that I cannot guarantee will occur in your life if you try the following recipes out. 

Spondee + paws = maximum treat consumption. 

Spondee + paws = maximum treat consumption. 

What I can guarantee is a quick and easy kitchen experience, a delighted dog, and zero Kong puddle clean up -- which is a vile phrase I won't ever use again. Without further ado, check out these DIY frozen dog treat projects and accompanying corgi cuteness. Alternatively, skip this article entirely and share pictures of your panting/swimming/sandy/seasonally appropriately attired (yes, that means puppy bikinis) pets in the comments. 

 Banana, Peanut Butter, & Tuna Ice Drops

Cut these bad boys out of their cups and feed to chop-smacking pet. 

Cut these bad boys out of their cups and feed to chop-smacking pet. 

There is a wealth of treats you can make with paper mouthwash cups and an approved list of dog friendly mashable ingredients. 

This is disgusting to look at. I know. I am sorry. 

This is disgusting to look at. I know. I am sorry. 

Rover.com was my main source of inspiration and their frozen treat how-to list -- with dog friendly ingredients is comprehensive. 

Ignore our range of random books and look how much he loves his tuna ice drop! 

Ignore our range of random books and look how much he loves his tuna ice drop! 

For this truly gag-worthy frozen treat, I combined peanut butter, bananas, and canned tuna in a tiny paper cup and left it to freeze for a few hours near my ice cream. 

Yum. 

Yum. 

Fun Fact: Peanut butter and bananas dilute the smell of dog food. If you're prepping a particularly vile snack for your pup, add a little peanut butter and banana mash. It smells amaze-balls.  

Frozen Jerky Bacon Bowls 

Spondee awaiting his frozen jerky bacon bowl.

Spondee awaiting his frozen jerky bacon bowl.

I have a suspicion that part of the reason Spondee doesn't like his Kong is because he can't get to a ton of the filling at once (because he is lazy and spoiled and Machiavellian). 

I used BPA free baby food containers and filled them with chicken broth, Zuke's Genuine Jerky, and low sodium turkey bacon. 

I really should have thought harder about the "art" for this story. Looking at these pictures is kind of making me nauseous. 

I really should have thought harder about the "art" for this story. Looking at these pictures is kind of making me nauseous. 

These little bowls last about an hour each -- because of the mixed texture and because of the gnawing-tearing-pulling-out-of jerky and bacon bits.

Spondee is deeply enamored with these because there's little to no work. (I'm so often so disappointed in him.)

Spondee is deeply enamored with these because there's little to no work. (I'm so often so disappointed in him.)

Chicken Broth Ice Pops

There is a wealth of treats you can make with paper mouthwash cups and an approved list of dog friendly mashable ingredients. Rover.com was my main source of inspiration and their frozen treat how-to list -- with dog friendly ingredients is comprehensive.

Least offensive corgi frozen treat, yay! 

Least offensive corgi frozen treat, yay! 

I made these pops using Rover's three step frozen recipe: liquid base + textured filler + mold of your choice. For the chicken broth pops, this translated to:

Chicken Broth (obvs.) + Zuke's Mini Naturals + $1 popsicle molds from the corner store. 

(Note: Another really nice chicken pop recipe by Doggy Dessert Chef calls for actual chicken shredded, diluted with water, and poured into molds, but I do not have enough money to buy animal protein for myself and my dog and I made grilled chicken lettuce wraps for myself last night so...)

Would you make any of these frozen treats for your pet? Are you are grossed out as I am by how prickly and vile they look? 

Let the gif/pet photo party commence.