One of the best things about being in your home is its familiar scent. And when that great and familiar scent mixes with the smell of sweet baking goods, the world is always that much better. There's just something about the aroma of cookies and cakes rising in the warm oven that brings the family together, isn't there? But somehow, even with loved ones gathered in the kitchen to indulge in said sweet treats, there's always a tiny family member missing from the melee — your dog.
You can see your poor pup now, can't you? The enthused sniffing with his or her keen nose, tail wagging in anticipation, only to get bypassed by the humans' yummy baked goods and stuck with boring old kibble. Well, you no longer have to endure those disappointed doggie eyes, because we've got just the thing for your pup: easy and delicious dog treats you can make at home. Let Fido and Fiona in on the sweet, summer family fun with these homemade bites. After all, don't they deserve it for being the good-est dogs ever? Scroll down to find easy, delicious summer dog recipes for your furry pal to enjoy.
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The Reluctant Entertainer
The Reluctant Entertainer's Apple and Carrot Dog Cookies
For a sweet treat to rival the cookies and cakes coming from your oven, try this recipe. It has apples and carrots, two sweet, tasty foods that are healthy for your precious pup. Also, these cookies will probably make your house smell like a mix between apple pie and carrot cake, so everyone wins with this one. Just be sure to remove all apple seeds before you mix the apple in, as they are toxic to dogs.
Two Healthy Kitchen's Chicken & Biscuits Dog Treats
Thinking of something a little more savory for Spike? Shelley from Two Healthy Kitchens has got you covered with this doggie twist on a dinner classic. No more waiting under the table for some to hit the floor — your dog will have a hearty meal all to himself.
Everyone loves a sweet-salty mix, including our furry friends; just think about how quickly they can lick through a jar of peanut butter or gnaw on a piece of meat! Combine their food loves in a soft-baked biscuit with Pinch of Yum's recipe. Your dog may even become a bit of a furry foodie!
We all know our dogs deserve the best — but truth be told, they probably don't want it. (What they would rather is just to spend time with their favorite human.) So throw out all of those complex baking recipes that require those ingredients you can only find in one store halfway across town, and try this one on for size. Your dog will still love these cookies and you won't have to spend two hours in a grocery store, away from your lovable pal.
No time to bake up some special treats for your special Stella? These 15-minute treats from Show Me the Yummy mean less time cooking — but no less love or consideration, because all of the ingredients are organic. And hey, less time in the kitchen probably means more time in the backyard, playing fetch.
Bigger, Bolder Baking's Frozen Yogurt-and-Berries Dog Treats
The summer means boiling-hot temperatures — and our dogs truly get the worst of it, what with the sizzling concrete, their heat-trapping fur, and the explosions of pests all around us. But on top of all of that, dogs don't have any ice cream to keep them cool during times like these. Until now, that is: Cool your pooch (and clear your conscience) with these frozen treats from Gemma at Bigger Bolder Baking.
The Itsy Bitsy Kitchen's Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Just like humans, our fur babies can have sensitive stomachs, too. There is only so much food available to buy for them, and it's all so expensive. Alleviate this issue by baking this recipe from Kelsie at Itsy Bitsy Kitchen. It's gluten-free but just as good as any and all other dog treats.
Health Starts in the Kitchen's Flea Prevention Dog Treats
With all the talk of fleas and ticks, summertime has us stressing about whether or not to even let our dogs play outside. But this recipe is here to save the day: Made with pest-repelling ingredients, these treats will help you feel at ease knowing your dog is not only fed, but protected from critters. Just be sure to ask your vet about whether or not these doggie bites will mesh with certain medications for your pet.