Dog treat and enrichment recipes

A Kong toy getting stuffed with a peanut butter treat

Beat the heat - and boredom - with a dog enrichment treat! Animal Humane Society partnered with Must be Ruff to bring you a tasty and cool way to help your dog thrive through hot summer days. 

Not only are these a sweet and healthy treat for your pup, but this recipe also doubles as an enrichment brain game.

Dog licking kong toy

Frozen KONG Recipe

Prepare this pup treat ahead of a hot summer day for tail-wagging goodness! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (xylitol free)
  • 1 tablespoon plain, unsweetened Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree 
  • 1 teaspoon natural honey
     

Directions

  1. Choose a KONG size appropriate for your dog
  2. Combine the ingredients and mix
  3. Fill the KONG with the mixed ingredients
  4. Freeze for several hours
  5. Serve to your dog for tail-wagging goodness
Want to make your own enrichment recipes? Try any of these dog-safe ingredients in your KONG:
  • Apples or applesauce (no core, stems, or seeds)
  • Low sodium chicken or beef broth (for freezing)
  • Baby food
  • Bananas (no peel)
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe (no seeds or rind)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cereal (Cheerios, Chex, no-sugar types)
  • Cheese
  • Chicken (try canned for easy prep)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cucumber (no seeds)
  • Dog food (moist)
  • Dog treats
  • Eggs
  • Fish (cooked or canned)
  • Flax seeds
  • Green beans
  • Hot dogs
  • Kale
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter (without Xylitol)
  • Peas
  • Pineapple (no skin or core)
  • Pumpkin (canned or cooked)
  • Rice (cooked)
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Sweet potato (cooked)
  • Watermelon (no seeds or rind)
  • Yogurt (plain, low-fat)
  • Zucchini (no seeds)

Looking for more homemade treats and enrichment recipes?

This pumpkin treat recipe is drool-worthy, too! Pumpkin is full of good nutrients that support overall health and can help your dog stay regular and even lose some extra pet pounds.

Celebrate the spirit of the Minnesota State Fair with your dog! Treat your furry best friend to a frozen dog treat on a stick

Check out this holiday cookie recipe. With a calming ingredient, it can help manage your pet's anxiety or stress.

When you need to keep your dog safe from the summer heat, explore these enriching treat-related brain games and help your dog avoid cabin fever. 

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