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Frozen Kong & Treat Recipes 
Is the South Florida heat getting your dog down?  Well here are some cool recipes for frozen dog treats that are guaranteed to please.  Some of these recipes are tried and true and others have been scouted out on the internet and look tasty. If you are creative, use these recipes as a base and modify them to please even the most discriminating palate.  If you have a recipe you would like to share, please email me at mangomaddy@aol.com.  Enjoy!

FROZEN JERKY POPS: Peanut butter · bouillon · Jerky Strips · Water · appropriate Kong Toy · muffin tin Smear a small amount of peanut butter over small hole in your Kong Toy. Fill with cool water and add a pinch of bouillon. Place a Jerky Stick inside Kong Toy and freeze. This can also be put (once frozen) in a children's size swimming pool for a fun day of fishing for your pet. - by Terry Ryan

(A suggestion to make liquid filled Kong toys less messy is to make sure the small end is well plugged to prevent liquid from running out, turn upside down (small opening down) and seal well with seran wrap until frozen - by Donna Rapello)

CREAMY CARROT COOLERS FROZEN DOG TREAT RECIPE:  32oz. of plain yogurt and 2 Cups of cooked carrots, pureed and cooled.  In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients and mix until well combined and spoon into ice cube trays, dixie bathroom cups (peel the paper away before giving to your dog) or Kong toy. Place in freezer and freeze overnight. - from www.doggystylish.com

PEANUT BUTTER TREATS:  Place 1/3 cup peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for one to two minutes or until melted and thin. Add 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk and 1 cup water and stir until blended. Return it to the microwave for another minute or two. Stir until blended and smooth. Add 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt and mix well. Spray an icecube tray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the mixture into tray and freeze. Treat your dog to one or two ice-cube-sized servings on a hot day for a tasty, high-protein snack. - by ehow.com

COTTAGE CHEESE & CHEDDAR:  Spoon nonfat cottage cheese into ice cube trays or small paper cups. Sink a small square of cheddar cheese in the center of each space and freeze. This snack is high in protein and will satisfy the cheese lover in your dog. Recommended serving is one ice cube for small to medium dogs, two for larger dogs. This treat is not recommended for dogs that are lactose-intolerant. - by ehow.com

YOGURT PUMPKIN FREEZE:  Blend 1 cup of canned  pumpki (not pumpkin pie filling) with 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt. Pour or spoon into an ice cube tray or small paper cups and freeze. This is a very low-fat treat that is great for dogs that are in need of extra fiber in their diet. Most dogs love the taste of pumpkin. - by ehow.com

TIPS AND TECHNIQUES      

  • Ice Cube Trays - When using ice cube trays to freeze treats for your dog, you may want to buy a set just for him. You can make them a different color or style than the trays your family uses. There's nothing worse than putting a chicken broth ice cube in your glass of water!

    Cupcake Liners - You can use paper liners instead of ice cube trays to freeze treats. Once frozen, let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Then simply tear away the paper liner and watch your dog enjoy her treat.

Keep in mind, any time you're warm, your dog most likely is, too. So, when you come back from a long walk, hanging out by the pool or really working up a pant by competing in agility or fly-ball, remember, homemade frozen dog treats are sure to hit the spot. - by www.dogtreatkitchen.com

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