Here’s Everything You Probably Don’t Know About Poodles

Most of us think of poodles as high-maintenance homebodies who spend more time at the beauty parlor than in the great outdoors. But nothing could be further from the truth!

History of the Poodle

This classic European dog breed has its origins in 15th century hunting parties, when they specialized in water bird retrieving.

The exact starting point of the poodle breed is up for debate, divided between a French origin (related to the Barbet) and a German origin (from which the name Pudelhund— “splashing dog” comes).

The Poodle Breed Standard

The modern poodle standard includes 3 size categories. The standard poodle is the closest to the classic, and is a member of the sporting group in the AKC. The miniature and toy poodles were bred down from the standard to be family companions, and are members of the companion and toy groups respectively.

The standard poodle was originally bred for a life splashing through rivers and lakes. Webbed paws and a dense waterproof coat make for a strong swimmer. The poodle is also eminently trainable, thanks to a high IQ and an eager-to-please personality.

Although breeders since the 19th century have aimed for a companion temperament over a working temperament, some poodle fanciers have chosen to specialize in reawakening the hunting instinct in their dogs, and have gone on to win titles at field trials. Some poodles even give Labradors a run for their money.

The standard poodle was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1887 and the miniature and toy types followed quickly behind.

Poodle Grooming Needs

Poodles possess a bountiful, curly coat of hair (not fur). It needs regular grooming, plus trimming, every six weeks or so.

Though many stylish and fanciful show cuts are available, a do-it-yourselfer with a nice pair of clippers can keep a poodle tidy with practice. The poodle show clip is inspired by their water dog history, with puffs of hair to keep joints warm, and shaved areas for a faster drying time.

Corded coats are allowed in the show ring, but take a lot of time and effort to maintain.

Fun Fact: Poodle Coats Can Be Corded

In recent times, the poodle’s coat is best known for it’s ‘hypoallergenic‘ properties. Because poodles lack a fluffy undercoat and are tightly curled, their dander is less likely to spread all over your home.

Regular bathing removes dander buildup, which means less allergens for those who are prone to dog allergies.

Poodle Skills

Circus Poodle

Poodles are second only to border collies in intelligence. That, plus their working heritage, leads to high energy levels and a capacity for any kind of activity or training you can imagine. From hunting trials to agility, flyball, or dock dog, the world is your oyster with a poodle by your side. Heck, you can even run away and join the circus!

As service dogs, poodles excel, though their friendly and inviting appearance means people don’t always take them seriously. Strangers can find it hard to resist petting or touching a poodle even in a working vest.

The Doodle Phenomenon

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The doodle craze is alive and well. Crossing poodles with other breeds to create less-allergenic hybrids started in Australia in 1988 with the Labradoodle (Labrador retriever cross).

This mixed breed was inspired by the idea of creating a hypoallergenic seeing-eye dog. Since then, goldendoodles (golden retriever cross), Bernerdoodles, and every-other-breed-crossed-doodle have taken the world by storm.

Poodle Health Issues

If you are looking to add a poodle to your family, make sure the parents are tested for the most common genetic issues with poodles, including Addison’s disease, and gastric dilatation volvulus (torsion).

Hyper- and hypo-thyroidism and tracheal collapse can appear in some breeding lines, as well as some more common issues in large breed dogs such as cancer and hip dysplasia.


Featured image: Amy’s Poodles


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SureFlap Reveals A Smarter Way To Connect With Your Pets

Pet lifestyle specialist SureFlap has revealed the first-ever app-controlled pet door -  the Microchip Pet Door Connect.  Combined with their Sure Petcare app it allows pet owners to control the pet door remotely from a smartphone or tablet, as well as monitor their pets’ activity and habits from anywhere in the world. 

The Pet Door Connect is designed for cats and small dogs and works via a Hub device, which connects the pet door to the internet. The Hub can be used to link more Connect products from SureFlap as they expand their range in the future.

The pet door utilises microchip-reading technology meaning it only responds to your pets microchip or RFID-collar tag ensuring unwanted animals are kept out, similar to their existing products such as the Microchip Pet Feeder and Microchip Cat Flap.

Dr Nick Hill, founder and CEO of SureFlap said: “Our aim is to develop great products that are useful, easy to use and make life easier for pet owners and their pets.”                    

Jon Bowen, Royal Veterinary College vet and animal behaviourist said:  “For me, the real value lies in the data and ability to log and track a pet’s habits – something we’ve not been able to do until now.  Over time, this information can provide an accurate insight into your pet’s wellbeing and help you determine what is “normal” behaviour for your pet and what is not."

The Microchip Pet Door Connect, including the Hub is available to purchase online at, as well as from leading pet retailers for an RRP of £159.99. 

It will be available in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium later in the year.

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How to Introduce Your Rescue Dog to New People

My rescue dog Radar has always been a bit cautions with new people. Once he gets to know you, he loves you, especially if you let him crawl into your lap. But he can be fearful around new people, so we have to be careful with introductions.

Introducing rescue dogs to new people is challenging when you don’t know anything about their past experiences with humans. Of course, every dog’s personality is different. But the rules of safe dog introductions apply to all types of dogs.

Whether you have an anxious pup like Radar, or a super-social mutt, these tips for how to introduce your rescue dog to new people will help ensure good socialization all around.

Listen to your dog (and tell the humans what to do)

In general, dogs prefer calm, quiet introductions.You should never let somebody approach, speak to, or touch your dog unless it’s very clear your dog wants the attention.

Sometimes, introducing your rescue dog to new people is as much about handling the people as the dog! Here are some general tips for introducing your rescue pup to new people:

  • Read your dog’s body language. Their ears, eyes, and tails will communicate how they feel.
  • Ask the person to ignore your dog at first. Too much enthusiastic attention can be overwhelming for shy dogs. Let your dog choose if and when they want to greet somebody.
  • Remind new people to pet your dog’s side, not her head.
  • Have treats on hand, and give some to the new person! Nothing smooths the waters of first introductions (and rewards good behavior) like a tasty treat.

Rescue dog introductions at home

If you’re introducing your rescue dog to a guest at home, lay the ground rules in advance. Before you guest arrives, give them some instructions. They should:

  • Dress comfortably in clothes they don’t mind getting dirty (just in case your rescue dog hasn’t learned not to jump up yet)
  • Say hello to you first before paying attention to the dog
  • Stay calm and relaxed, and let the dog sniff them before attempting any pets
  • Use any verbal cues you use with your dog, such as “sit” or “off”

Depending on your rescue dog’s reactions to new sounds and smells, you may also ask guests to text you when they arrive and meet you outdoors, or to enter through the door without ringing the bell.

With Radar, outdoor introductions work best to let him get used to new people.

After the humans have said hello, let your dog sniff the guest’s shoes. You can step on the leash to gently prevent jumping. Hopefully, after some initial sniffs, your dog will feel comfortable and everyone can settle in for a visit!

If your rescue dog is nervous with guests, make introductions more gradual. Consider using a baby gate to separate them so they can get used to the sights and sounds of guests before saying an up-close hello.

Rescue dog introductions on walks

As a Rover reader, you probably know to ask permission before you greet another person’s dog. But not everybody has dog experience. When you’re the one holding the leash, you set the tone.

If a stranger approaches your rescue dog, speak up and tell them how to introduce themselves. Here are some phrases you can say to signal how to approach (or not approach) your dog:

  • “You can say hi!”
  • “Please let him sniff your shoes first.”
  • “She doesn’t like to be hugged, but you can scratch behind her ears!”
  • “He’s not friendly, I’m sorry.” (Even if your dog is very friendly, this is a good one to practice for times you just don’t want to do an on-leash introduction)

If your rescue dog is in the mood for an introductions, follow the basic rules listed at the top of this post. But if your rescue dog is nervous around strangers, don’t feel bad about avoiding introductions on walks.

I often cross the street with Radar to avoid other people. Sometimes not doing an introduction is easier!

Introductions = socialization

If your rescue dog is anxious or shy, though, you don’t have to hide from introductions. Instead, gradually help them build confidence with safe, controlled introductions. You can even turn to Rover for help socializing and entertaining your rescue dog with walks or daycare visits. Of course, you shouldn’t push it—remember, listen to your dog! But introducing your rescue dog to new people will help them learn to trust humans and be comfortable in the world.

As for Radar, he’s still iffy with new people on-leash, but lately he’s met several new people in the yard at home.

With time, practice, and patience, I learned what makes introductions work for my rescue dog. You’ll do the same with yours.


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5 Must-Teach Basic Commands that Every Dog Should Know

Basic commands are a cornerstone or properly training your dog. These commands extend beyond just getting your dog to be more well behaved. A thorough grasp of basic commands can help you keep your dog and yourself safe, as well. With these commands, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be able to keep your dog mostly out of harm’s way and keep him from inadvertently harming others. Let’s check them out and learn why they are so important!

Basic Commands Every Dog Should Know

Part of responsible dog ownership is properly training and socializing our pets. A well-socialized dog is a dog who is less likely to get into fights or be fearful. A properly trained do is a dog who is easier to remove from potentially dangerous situations and who is easy to stop from accidentally hurting another dog or person. The following are basic commands that every dog should have a through grasp of.


This is one of the basics that every dog should know. Sit is a cornerstone command that can be used in conjunction with other commands. When you teach your dog sit, you’re not only helping him to be more well behaved, you’re teaching him the beginning step in chain commands like sit and stay which is an important chain for safety.


It’s important to teach both sit and stay to your dog, as these basic commands work best together. When you teach your dog to sit, you’re really just teaching him to put his butt on the ground. When you add in stay, that’s when you get to the money. The sit/stay combo is perfect for keeping your pet out of harm’s way or in helping to calm him down if he’s getting to be a bit much for the room.


Heel is one of the most important basic commands to teach your dog. When walking your dog, you want him to stay by your side unless you specifically allow him more leeway. Teaching heel to your dog is important for safety. It ensures that your dog will stay by your side instead of darting after a squirrel and into a dangerous situation like oncoming traffic or other hazards.

Leave It

Leave it is another of the must-teach basic commands. When a dog knows leave it, you can reliably stop him from getting into things that he shouldn’t such as trash, dead animals, and other hazards. It’s an incredibly useful command for every owner.


This one is just plain fun. Don’t ask me why, but dogs really seem to love running back and forth with a ball in their mouths. One of the most fun ways to spend time with our dogs is with a good game of fetch. Not only do they love the activity, but that extra exercise is good for them. Now, if only we could have that much fun running…

Nail These Basic Commands for More Safety and Fun

These basic commands are important for every owner and their dog to have down pat. With these basic commands, owners can help keep their dogs safe in almost every situation. And hey, fetch is just fun!

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Happy Fourth Gotcha Day to Our Dog Baxter!

The beginning of July is Baxter’s “Gotcha Day.”

This year is the fourth anniversary since Baxter came to live with us. Inspired by Tracey at Love lives on, I have a tradition of writing a letter to Baxter on the anniversary of his gotcha day. You can see the letters from year 1 , year 2 and Baxter’s adoption story on my blog. Since I started writing for, I’ve been sharing the letters with all of you, starting with last year’s third anniversary letter.

Dear Baxter,

Can you believe it’s been four years? I imagine you’re probably saying, “Four years? What? I’m all about now.” I like how dogs live in the moment, and it’s something I try to practice often when we’re together.

A sunbeam, a hike, a good neck scratch, a soft bed. It doesn’t take much to make you happy. I’m grateful that you make it so easy for us. We knew from the start that you were a pretty mellow dude, and that has not changed.

I’ve probably changed more than you over the past four years—early wake-ups so that we can go for a walk before work, driving to weekend hikes, extra money on vacuums to deal with all of your fur. I don’t begrudge any of these things and love what you’ve brought to our life.

I’ve seen a few changes from you over the past year. You’re a bit slower now, and I can see your hip is stiff some days. You’re a little more grouchy and opinionated sometimes. But usually your easy-going nature wins out.

I love how people ask how old you are when we’re hiking. You’re so wiggly and excited to meet everyone that you seem like a puppy. But the rest of the time, you’re an old man. Your commitment to snuggling and sleeping is fun to watch.

I’ve enjoyed spending more time with you this year and doing some different things now that my work schedule has changed. There are going to be some more changes coming, and I hope that we get to have even more time together. We certainly have a lot of fun.

Happy fourth gotcha day.


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Check Out These Early Prime Day Deals for Dog Lovers

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Attention dog lovers! Enjoy up to 20% off selected dog foods and treats in a pre-prime day celebration of deliciousness. Amazon is getting the party started a little early this year with tasty bargains your dogs will love. Check out some of our favorites.

Savory grain free jerky style snacks in  4 tempting flavors.  $6.99 4 oz

Boost your dog’s diet with this convenient freeze dried meal topper. Meal mixers are grain free and raw— a great way to  increase your dog’s protein intake without changing her diet completely.  Choose from Turkey, Seafood, Chicken, or Beef  $35.99 18 oz

This hearty kibble comes in a flavor and size for every dog. Lifesource bits provide bonus anti-oxidants and minerals.  $14.99-$47.99

Crunchy baked treats in a variety of flavors and sizes for every dog.  $4.99 20 oz

Perfect for dogs with food allergies. This limited ingredient kibble boasts no grain, potatoes, or chicken, and comes in three protein varieties: Beef, Turkey, and Lamb. Size and prices vary. $19.99-$62

Soft and delicious grain free treats, perfect for training. 5 tasty flavors to choose from. $5.55-$7.48  6 oz

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Easy Tips for Training Your Dog to Come When Called

Here are a few quick tips for recall training for use with both young puppies as well as older, more routine established dogs.

  1. Pick a recall command (not your dog’s name) and only use it when the dog is either running towards you, or can be enticed towards you because you are worth running to (what reward are you offering?).
  2. Start all training in a low distraction environment such as your house and/or garden.
  3.  Only call your dog to you when you are sure she will come back, or you can bring her back or go to get her. Don’t waste your recall command, no point in calling if she’s ignoring you.
  4. Always make it worth your dog’s while to come back to you, at first using food or her favourite toy. Surprise her with the reward, sometimes use his boring food kibble, sometimes using real chicken, liver, hot dog, cheese. Always keep her guessing & deliver the reward in a fun way. Don’t just push it into her mouth. Toss it, drop it or roll the food/toy.
  5. When first training recall on a long line expect your dog’s full attention. This means that even if she’s only on the long line for 2 minutes, during this time you are playing with her. This way, she’s really paying attention to you and enjoying her time as the most fun she has on a walk. If you cannot watch your dog, she should be on a short leash.
  6. Invent games to keep your dog thinking “it’s always worthwhile to check in with mum/dad”. Any voluntary engagement by the dog should be rewarded. Use tasty treats or take out her favorite toy and play for a short period when she’s not expecting it. Drop some food then quickly run away calling her recall command. When your dog catches up, drop some more food and run away again.
  7. Teach your dog a range in which to stay while walking off leash. When she’s reaching the end of her long line, give a command such as ‘this way’, then stand briefly on the line before immediately changing direction. This teaches your dog to watch you, as you’re unpredictable & she may loose you if she doesn’t keep an eye on where you are going. When you’ve done this a few times, begin to change direction without saying anything, always rewarding your dog when she catches up.
  8. The quickest way to teach a dog not to come when called, is by allowing her to run up to & play with every dog he sees. This is confirming in her mind that you are less fun than other dogs who are always worth investigating. This is also the quickest way to get your dog beaten up by other dogs. When you see another dog, always teach her to sit & not leave you until you release her. Just because your dog is friendly, does not mean the other dog is.
  9. Teach your dog that the quicker she comes back, the quicker she’ll get to resume what it was she was doing before you called her. This improves speed of response & enthusiasm & means you don’t always need to use a food or toy reward.

*Remember, if your dog does not reliably respond to her recall command she should never be off leash in non-gated areas. However, if she has mastered that command, running free is just about the best gift you can give her.

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10 Impressive Dog Tricks That’ll Leave You Amazed

We’ve seen dogs do some pretty awesome things, but these 10 impressive dog tricks left us totally amazed! All dogs should know basic commands. Sit, stay, and leave it are the most common commands that all every puppy really needs to learn. While some dog owners stick to the basics, others go above and beyond to teach their dogs some awesome tricks. If you thought fetch and roll over were advanced, wait until you see these dog tricks. They are sure to blow your mind!

10 Most Impressive Dog Tricks

1. The most dramatic play dead you’ve ever seen! The Academy Award goes to…

2. And another cute “shot you dead” trick. Who doesn’t love corgis?!

3. This pup will give hugs for treats! Love this trick? Check out how to teach your own dog to give a hug!

4. This pup is an acrobat in training! I bet he’d rock the agility course!

5. Most dogs only perform this trick when they want your food!

6. This dog is so patient! Even we can’t wait with food so close.

7. Practice makes perfect.

8. Check out those twirls!

9. This dog cleans up his home better than we do.

10. We love this trick!

Teaching your dog advanced tricks like these definitely requires a lot of patience! Just remember, you can’t get to the advanced stuff without teaching them the basics first. Think of it this way: you can’t do advanced calculus without at least know addition and subtraction! Once they have those down, then the fun can really begin!

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How to Keep Dogs Cool in Summer

how to keep dogs cool in summerWith the temperatures rising in the summer months it is important to take extra care of your dog. Prolonged heat can affect a dog’s health. Overheating can lead to heatstroke, which is very dangerous if left untreated.

Take good care of your dog in the heat by watching for signs of overheating and taking action to cool your dog down.

Signs of Overheating in Dogs

There are a few signs you can look out for that can indicate your dog is getting too hot. Make sure you check on your dog regularly in the heat. If you are feeling it then your dog most likely is as well.

Excessive panting

Dog’s cool off by panting. If your dog’s panting seems more excessive than usual this could be a sign that they are having trouble cooling down.

Excessive drooling

Overheating can manifest as excessive saliva in your dog’s mouth. If they seem to be drooling more than usual it could be a sign you need to help your dog cool down.

Dry nose and or mouth

A dry nose or mouth can indicate dehydration in your dog, which is often caused by overheating.

Problems breathing

A rapid increase in breathing or shortness of breath can be a sign of your dog getting too hot.

Increased heart rate

An increase in your dog’s heart rate is also an indicator of overheating.


Look for signs of your dog slowing down, particularly during regular exercise. If your dog seems visibly tired or unsteady on his feet it can be a sign of dizziness as a result of heatstroke.

Loss of appetite

Look for any change in your dog’s eating habits as well. A lack of interest in food can indicate overheating.

Dark urine

Any change in the color of your dog’s urine can indicate health issues. Darker urine can be a result of dehydration.


Agitation or irritability in your dog can indicate that they are feeling the effects of hotter temperatures.

How to Keep Dogs Cool in Summer

If you notice any of these warning signs in your dog you should immediately take steps to cool your dog down. If left unchecked, your dog can develop heatstroke which can lead to serious health issues. If your dog’s symptoms don’t subside you should take him to the vet for immediate treatment.


Keep your dog well hydrated. Make sure your dog has a constant supply of fresh and clean water and make sure they are drinking it. Water left in a bowl in the sun all day will heat up and your dog will be less likely to drink from it. Take a good supply of water for your dog when you leave the house as well. Get a portable dog water container with bowl to keep your dog hydrated while out and about.

Make cool treats

You can make up some DIY frozen dog treats to keep your dog cool and prevent dehydration. There are plenty of recipes you can find to make some ice block treats for your dog.


Reduce the amount of strenuous exercise you give your dog during the hotter parts of the day. Take plenty of breaks in any play or training sessions. Walk your dog in the cooler parts of the day nearer to dawn and dusk.

Adequate Shelter

If your dog is outside, make sure you give them a place to shelter from the sun’s rays and cool down. This could be some shelter on a deck or patio or under some trees. If you don’t have anything already, you can set up an umbrella or canopy shelter to make some shade. Get them a cooling mat and lay it down in the shade or stick a dog pool or a sprinkler under the tree. You can also soak a towel in cold water and let your dog lie on it, or freeze a plastic bottle filled with water and wrap it in a towel for them to cuddle.

Recommended Reading: Best Cooling Pad for Dogs – Why You Need One and How to Choose

Never Leave Your Dog in the Car

Don’t ever leave your dog unattended in a vehicle. On a hot day, the temperature inside a car far exceeds the outside temperature. Even if you leave the windows down your dog will still overheat. You might think it is okay if you are only leaving them for a minute or two, but the temperature will rise rapidly. If your dog can’t go with you wherever you are going then leave him at home.


Grooming your dog regularly is a great preventative measure to keep them cool in hot weather. Keeping your dog free of mats and tangles can help to keep your dog cool.

Recommended Reading: How to Detangle Matted Dog Hair

Avoid Hot Surfaces

Prevent your dog getting burnt pads by avoiding hot surfaces, paths, and roads when walking your dog. If you can’t hold your hand there for 30 seconds your dog shouldn’t walk on it. When walking always try to walk your dog on grass if possible. If you can’t avoid hot surfaces where you walk then get your dog some booties to protect his paws.

Leave Your Dog at Home

If you are planning to be out in the sun all day with little chance of shade or a way to cool them down, then think about leaving your dog at home.

Bring Your Dog Inside

Don’t leave your dog outside the house if it is too hot and there is no shelter or nowhere cool for him to be. Bring him inside and put him in front of the fan or air conditioner to cool down.

Dog Cooling Products

Try some of these products to cool your dog down in summer.

Dog cooling vest – We think the best cooling vest for dogs is the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler. But this lightweight one by LotFancy will also get the job done.

Dog cooling bandana – This All for Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana will help to keep your dog cool in the heat.

Dog cooling collar – Or try a K9 Chill Dog Cooling Collar to keep your pup cool.

Dog cooling towel – This Way 2 Cool Pet Microfiber Cooling Towel works well for instant cooling on the go. Throw it over your dog or let them lay down on it. 

Dog cooling chew toy – Buy a Dog Cooling Chew Toy for your dog to chomp on to help him cool down.

Dog cooling pad – Take a look at our recent article on the best dog cooling pad so your dog can beat the summer heat.

Additional Tips for Summer with your Dog

Sunscreen protection is a good idea if your dog is going to be outside in the sun for a few hours. It will protect your dog from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Get your dog some sunscreen and apply it regularly when outside.

Check your dog regularly for ticks and fleas, which are more prevalent in the hotter months. You can use a collar, a treatment, or a spray as preventative measures against these pests.

You can also use a dog-friendly bug spray if your dog is outside a lot.

Once you know what to look for there is plenty of things you can do to make sure you are keeping your dog cool in the summer heat.

Recommended Reading: Fun Outdoor Dog Activities To Do With Your Dog This Summer

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Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats to Keep Your Dog Cool

frozen treats for dogsOne of the easiest ways to cool your dog down in summer is by giving them homemade frozen dog treats to eat. They are a great way to keep your dog cool in the heat and provide healthy nourishment and hydration at the same time.

We have discovered a ton of great recipes for dog treats over the years, so here are a few of our favorites for the summer.

When making any of these dog treats make sure you are using good quality products that are the healthiest for your dog.

What You Need to Make Your Own Frozen Dog Treats

There are a few items you might need to make some of these frozen treats for your dog. You will need something to put your frozen dog treats into so you can put them in the freezer. This can be some ice cube trays you may already have around the house, or you can buy some of these cute dog inspired ones.

Ice cube trays These cute doggy ice molds make great shaped frozen treats for your pup.

Popsicle molds Ready made popsicle molds make a great container for your frozen treats.

Cake tins also come in handy if your dog loves larger icy treats. A bundt cake tin is a good type to use.

Cupcake liners like these are also another option to put your frozen treats into.

Blender or food processor is a quick and easy way to mix everything together. The Kitchen Aid blender is a good one for larger recipes, or the Nutribullet is great for smaller batches.

You can really make your own frozen dog treats any way you like and most of the recipes we have found follow a few simple rules. Here’s all you really need to create your own frozen treats for dogs.

The base:

Yogurt. Use natural or Greek yogurt with no added sugar.

Water. Filtered water is best.

Broth. Chicken, beef, or vegetable broth make a wonderful base for frozen treats. Choose a low sodium broth, or make your own.

Fruit juices. Make your own fresh juice, or buy juice without any added sugar.

The filling:

This can really be any food your dog loves. Get creative and come up with your own tasty concoctions or use the recipes below as a guide.

Fruits like berries, bananas, and apples.

Vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, and beans.

Tasty foods like peanut butter and honey

Superfoods like kale, oily fish, and broccoli.

Rawhide sticks make a great addition to popsicles or cupcake style treats.

Yogurt Dog Treats

When making dog treats with yogurt, try to buy the best quality yogurt you can. Natural or Greek yogurt with no added sugar is best. Do not use a particular food if you know your dog doesn’t like it or is allergic to it. With many of these recipes, you can substitute in foods your dog likes and leave out ones they don’t.

Banana Pup Pops

BitznGiggles Frozen Banana Pup Pops

BitznGiggles have a great recipe for frozen banana pup pops that look so cute and tasty for your dog. Yogurt, banana and peanut butter make up this easy frozen treat for your dog.

Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

Petguide frozen yogurt dog treats recipe

This simple frozen yogurt treat recipe from Petguide is easy to make and you can adjust the recipe to your dog’s taste. The basic recipe has yogurt, peanut butter, honey, and banana. But you can add in berries or any other fruits or veggies that your dog loves.

DIY Frozen Apple Dog Treats

Irresistablepets frozen apple dog treat recipe

Irresistible Pets have a great recipe for DIY frozen dog treats using yogurt, apple, and water. Apples are a great healthy treat for your dog, packed with vitamins and fiber.

Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treats

Dogvills Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treat

Dogvills has a fantastic recipe for frozen pumpkin dog treats. Yogurt, pumpkin puree, honey, and banana is all you need to make this bright healthy dog treat.

Frozen Strawberry Banana Dog Treat

CottageMarket Frozen Strawberry Banana Smoothie Dog Treat

These frozen strawberry and banana smoothie dog treats by the Cottage Market look so tasty. With yogurt, strawberries, banana, skim milk, and honey, your dog is sure to love these bright looking treats.

Water Based Frozen Dog Treats

If your dog doesn’t like yogurt or doesn’t do well with dairy, there are plenty of other types of frozen treats you can make. These are simple water based ones that are easy to make.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Frozen Ring

DoggyDessertChef PB and Fruit

Doggy Dessert Chef has a recipe for a frozen ring of fruit that can be tasty and fun for your dog. For this one, you need a bundt or cake pan, peanut butter, fruit, and flax seeds. It makes a much larger treat than the ice cube tray treats and will last your dog a lot longer.

Peanut Butter Popsicles

HumaneSociety Peanut Butter Dog Popsicles

These peanut butter popsicles from the Humane Society are so easy to make. Just peanut butter, banana, and water will make a tasty frozen treat for your dog to enjoy in the heat.

Peanut Butter Jam Freezies

PawshMagazine PB Jam Freezies

Pawsh Magazine has another peanut butter frozen treat for dogs. This one is made with just strawberries and water with a dollop of peanut butter on the top.

Broth-Based Frozen Dog Treats

Bone or veggie broth is great for the health of your dog. It is good for their joints and gut and provides plenty of nourishment.

Apple Broth Pup Pops

FrugalCouponLiving Pup Pops

These pup pops from Frugal Coupon Living are so cute and a great healthy and tasty treat for your dog to cool off in the heat. They are made with just broth, apple, and water. You will even find easy instructions for making your own chicken broth.

Peanut Butter and Parsley Frozen Dog Treat

DamnDelicious Broth PB Frozen Dog Treats

Damn Delicious has a great recipe with only 3 ingredients, broth, peanut butter, and parsley. So easy to make and the parsley is great for bad dog breath as well.

Recommended Reading: What is Causing Your Dog’s Bad Breath and How to Fix It

Dog Friendly Popsicle

OhLardy Bone Broth Dog Popsicle

This recipe from Oh Lardy is a nourishing frozen popsicle treat with loads of tasty flavors for your dog to enjoy. With bone broth, coconut oil, blueberries, grass fed meat, and an edible stick, your dog will find plenty to love about this cool treat.

Beef Crunch Dog Treat

LolathePitty Beef Crunch Dog Treats

Lola the Pitty have a very simple recipe with beef broth and ready made dog biscuits. So quick and easy to make if you already have these two ingredients on hand.

Other Frozen Dog Treats

Frozen Coconut Oil and Blueberry Dog Treats

HelloNature Coconut Oil and Blueberry Dog Treats

Coconut oil is great for your dog’s health, especially their coat and skin. These frozen coconut oil and blueberry dog treats by Hello Nature are a great way to reward your dog with something tasty and good for them.

Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil Dog Treats

Live Laugh Rowe have another great coconut oil recipe. These frozen treats are so easy to make and use peanut butter for flavor.

Fresh Breath Dog Treats

DIYDogMom Fresh Breath Dog Treats

While not frozen, these fresh breath treats from DIY Dog Mom are cold. With coconut oil and parsley or mint, these cold treats will help to keep your dog’s breath fresh as well as helping to cool him down in the heat.

Always use a good quality coconut oil for dogs in your recipes.

If your dog has a Kong toy you can also stuff this with your pup’s favorite food and put it in the freezer. This adds a bit more of a challenge for your dog to get to the treat, which is great for mental stimulation.

Recommended Reading: How to Tell if Your Dog Needs More Mental Stimulation

You really can just turn any food into a frozen treat for your pup. Plain yogurt, mashed pumpkin, leftover veggies, tuna, broth, or whatever else your dog loves.

Make sure you give your dog somewhere to enjoy his treat that is easy to clean, like ofrozen dog treatsutside on the grass or patio. They do tend to make a bit of a mess.

Make your dog some of these fantastic, healthy dog treats this summer and your dog will love you for it.

Recommended Reading: Best Cooling Pad for Dogs – Why You Need One and How to Choose

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