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Dog Popsicles: 13 DIY Recipes You Can Make for Your Pooch!

Treats By Kate Brunotts 10 min read July 12, 2021

DIY dog popsicles

Are you looking for a creative way to cool off your canine after some fun in the sun? Why not whip up some dog popsicles for your pooch? 

Thankfully, these doggie delights are super easy to whip up from home. We’ll share some of our favorite DIY dog popsicle recipes below so that you can spoil Spot this summer. 

Can Dogs Eat Popsicles? Are They Safe? 

DIY dog popsicles

So long as the popsicle in question is made with exclusively dog-safe ingredients, it should be safe for your four-footer.

Just be sure to stick to popsicles crafted specifically for canines, since commercial popsicles can contain dangerous ingredients like grape, chocolate, or xylitol (a toxic artificial sweetener). As long as the ingredients are appropriate, you can even make a set of popsicles for you and your dog to share together!

Also, be sure to serve your dog popsicles relative to his size. Your Great Dane can handle more of these sweet treats than your Chihuahua, so adjust accordingly. 

You’ll also need to monitor your mutt while he’s chowing down on his pupsicle.

Skip the Popsicle Stick for Spot

There’s no need to add popsicle sticks to these pooch-friendly treats.

Sticks can be a choking hazard and your furry friend will have no trouble devouring his popsicle without the insert. He won’t even be able to hold it, anyway!

13 Dog Popsicle Recipes: Frozen Treats for Fido!

Without further ado, here are 13 different recipes to choose from for your furry friend. With a bunch of flavors to choose from, you’ll be able to whip up the perfect treat for your pup’s palette. 

1. Peanut Butter and Banana Popsicles

Peanut butter and banana popsicles
Image from Old Mother Hubbard.

About: These peanut butter and banana popsicles from Old Mother Hubbard are super easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand. You can also swap out the banana for pumpkin puree if your dog isn’t a banana fan. 

Ingredients: 

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into ice cube trays or paper cups and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  3. Remove pupsicles from paper cups and serve! 

2. Strawberry and Banana Popsicles 

Images from Cook It Real Good.

About: If Fido is a fan of fruity flavor, he’s sure to love these strawberry and banana popsicles from Cook It Real Good. If you’re using a popsicle mold for this recipe, use a dog biscuit instead of a traditional popsicle stick since they can be choking hazards for our furry friends. 

Ingredients: 

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries 
  • Plain dog-friendly yogurt 
  • Dog biscuits (optional) 

Directions: 

  1. Freeze cut bananas and strawberries ahead of time. 
  2. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. 
  3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for about 30 minutes. 
  4. Insert dog biscuits into partially frozen popsicles and continue freezing until solid. 
  5. Bone appetit! 

3. Two-Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream 

Two ingredient dog ice cream
Image from Rover.

About: Is your mutt a maniac for melon? You can’t go wrong with this dog (and potentially people) friendly cantaloupe ice cream from Rover. If Fido isn’t a melon fan, you can swap out the cantaloupe for frozen blueberries or strawberries. 

Ingredients: 

  • Ripe cantaloupe 
  • Plain dog-friendly yogurt 

Directions: 

  1. Slice melon in quarters, making sure to remove skin and seeds. Freeze melon chunks for at least two hours.
  2. Place frozen melon and yogurt into a food processor and blend until combined. 
  3. If the mixture is too thick, add a little bit of cold water. 
  4. Freeze mixture until solid and serve.  

4. Watermelon Dog Treats

About: Your pooch is sure to love these refreshing watermelon dog treats from Barefeet in the Kitchen. If your dog is sensitive to dairy, you can skip the yogurt: The treats will still freeze, they’ll just have a thinner consistency than the treats with yogurt. 

Ingredients:

  1. Watermelon
  2. Plain dog-friendly yogurt 

Directions: 

  1. Cut seedless watermelon into chunks. 
  2. Combine melon and yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  3. Pour treats into your mold of choice or an ice cube tray.
  4. Freeze mixture until solid and serve! The watermelon can be swapped out for any other dog-safe fruit. 

5. Peanut Butter Berry Pops 

Peanut butter and berry pupsicles
Images from A Cultivated Nest.

About: These peanut butter berry pops from A Cultivated Nest are super easy to make and have a creamy texture some canines go nuts for. If you don’t have a mold or ice cube tray, pour this mixture into your dog’s KONG for a fun frozen filling

Ingredients: 

  1. Plain dog-friendly yogurt 
  2. Bananas
  3. Dog-safe peanut butter
  4. Frozen blueberries
  5. Milk or water
  6. Honey (optional)

Directions: 

  1. Blend together yogurt, bananas, blueberries and peanut butter. 
  2. Add a splash of milk or water along with the honey. Blend until smooth. 
  3. Pour mixture into a mold, KONG, or ice cube tray. 
  4. Freeze for at least 2 hours or until solid.
  5. Serve treats or store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 4 weeks. 

6. Watermelon Carrot Pupsicles

watermelon and carrot popsicles for dogs
Images from Peel with Zeal.

About: If your pooch prefers a little savory with some sweet, then these watermelon carrot pupsicles from Peel with Zeal are certainly worth considering. The two ingredient dog treats are made without dairy products, so it’s also a great choice for pups with sensitive stomachs. 

Ingredients:

  • Carrots
  • Watermelon

Directions: 

  1. Cut watermelon into chunks. Chop carrots into small pieces. 
  2. Pulse carrots in a blender until they’re broken down into finely chopped pieces. 
  3. Add in watermelon and blend until smooth. 
  4. Pour into molds or ice cube trays. 
  5. Freeze until solid and serve. 

7. Lactose-Tropical Treats

Lactose free dog treats
Image from Rover.

About: If your best buddy is sensitive to lactose, try out these tropical popsicles from Rover. An ice cube tray will work just fine for these treats, but you can pick up a bone-shaped mold for extra points. You might want to steal a bite of these refreshing watermelon and pineapple treats!  

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Small splash of coconut milk or water

Directions: 

  1. Place cut watermelon into a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. 
  2. Add in cut pineapple and blend. 
  3. For a smoother consistency, mix in a little bit of coconut milk. 
  4. Pour mixture into a mold or ice cube tray. 
  5. Freeze until solid and serve. 

8. Fruit and Vegetable Pupsicles 

About: These sweet and savory pupsicles from Tastemade have broth and beef liver that your best buddy will go crazy for. Note that you’ll want to be extra careful while handling raw meat and serve these pooch popsicles outside to avoid getting residue all over your floor. With parsley, meat, and berries all in one treat, your furry friend will adore these gourmet frozen treats. 

Ingredients: 

  • Dog-friendly broth
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Chopped parsley (go easy on the parsley — too much is not good for your pup)
  • Cubed beef liver
  • Baby carrots

Directions: 

  1. Place blueberries, strawberries, parsley, and beef liver into ice cube tray molds.
  2. Pour in broth over the mixture. 
  3. Add in baby carrots so that they create a popsicle “stick”. 
  4. Freeze mold until frozen solid or about 4 hours. 
  5. Serve popsicles outside. 

9. Bone Broth Pupsicles

About: This bone broth pupsicle recipe from Chewy may take a bit more time than some of the others on our list, but it’s totally a labor of love. Plus, the recipe contains nutritious kale and fibrous apple chips to keep your canine feeling his best. 

The gullet sticks can be swapped for bully sticks or another tall treat if you don’t have them on hand. Note that these pupsicles are fairly large, so they’re a good pick for big best buddies. 

Ingredients:

  • Pet-safe bone broth
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Dog-safe freeze-dried apple chips broken into small pieces
  • Chopped green kale 

Directions: 

  1. Fill a popsicle mold halfway with bone broth. 
  2. Add in blueberries, strawberry slices, crushed apple chips, and chopped kale. 
  3. Insert gullet stick into the middle of each popsicle mold to make a stick. 
  4. Freeze until solid and serve. 

10. Hearty Chicken Pupsicles

About: These chicken pupsicles from Gohan the Husky are packed with antioxidant-rich berries and boiled chicken for your furry family member. You’ll need a popsicle mold for these tall treats, but you can use a carrot, piece of celery, or other tall, dog-safe vegetable instead of a popsicle stick. Your pooch will feel pawsitively pampered after enjoying these well-balanced treats. 

Ingredients: 

  • Pet-safe chicken broth
  • Boiled unseasoned chicken cut into small pieces
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Carrot or celery to use as the “stick” 

Directions: 

  1. Place berries and cooked chicken pieces into the bottom of the mold, filling up about half of the mold. 
  2. Fill the popsicle mold with pet-safe broth. 
  3. Place a carrot or celery stick in the center of the popsicle molds. 
  4. Freeze until solid and serve. 

11. Frozen Blueberry Treats

Images from Peel with Zeal.

About: Another recipe from Peel with Zeal, these frozen blueberry pupsicles are perfect for your furry friend and only use three ingredients. The frozen bananas help give these treats a creamier texture that your pooch will love.You can also recreate this recipe with frozen strawberries instead. 

Ingredients:

  • Frozen blueberries
  • Plain dog-friendly yogurt
  • Banana

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. 
  2. Pour into molds or an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. 
  3. Serve to Spot! 

12. Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pupsicles

Pumpkin and peanut butter popsicle for dogs
Images from A Creek Line House.

About: Plain pumpkin is rich in fiber and is a favorite among our furry friends, so this peanut butter pumpkin pupsicle recipe from A Creek Line House is sure to be a home run. These tantalizing treats will keep your canine cool and can be paired with a dog biscuit for the full pooch popsicle experience. Plus, you can make this popsicle without a blender or food processor, so it’s great for when you’re on vacation with your best buddy. 

Ingredients: 

  • Mashed banana
  • Plain pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • Dog-safe peanut butter
  • Milk or water
  • Dog biscuits (optional)

Directions: 

  1. Combine banana, pumpkin, peanut butter, and milk and mix until smooth. 
  2. Spoon mixture into popsicle molds. 
  3. Add dog biscuit into the middle of the mold to create a “stick”. 
  4. Freeze until solid and serve. 

13. Savory Beef Pooch Popsicles 

Beefsicle Popsicle for Dogs
Images from DogTipper.

About: If Spot prefers savory over sweet, then he’ll love these frozen beef popsicles from DogTipper. While these aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing treats, your four-footer is sure to love the taste of these treats. You’ll need to set aside time to cook the beef mixture, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort for your canine companion. 

Ingredients: 

  • Ground beef
  • Peas
  • Water

Directions: 

  1. Blend raw beef, peas, and water together in a food processor and blend until smooth. Continue to add water until the mixture has reached the desired consistency.
  2. Transfer mixture to a pot and cook on high until the blend has reached a boil. 
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and let it slow boil for about an hour. 
  4. Remove from the heat, and allow the mixture to cool for about an hour. 
  5. Pour the mixture into plastic tubs, molds or ice cub tubs and freeze until solid. 
  6. Serve up these savory treats! 

Do Dogs Like Popsicles? 

Many dogs love pooch-approved popsicles especially when it’s warm outside. Most are made from super tasty ingredients, and the cool nature of the treat will help your pooch cool off.

That said, every pooch has palette preferences, so you may have to experiment with different recipes and flavor profiles to find one that’s fitting for Fido. 

But ultimately, some dogs may simply not like popsicles — especially those who aren’t adventurous eaters. You’ll just have to try them and find out!

Tasty Alternatives

Pooch not impressed with your popsicles? Here are some other nifty treats you can make or buy to spoil your dog:

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Dog popsicles are a great way to cool off your furry friend throughout the hot summer months. With these easy DIY recipes, you’ll have no trouble making some of these mutt munchies from home. 

Is your pooch a popsicle fan? How do you keep him cool throughout the summer? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below! 

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Kate Brunotts

Kate is a dog-loving content specialist with over a decade of canine-care experience. She is currently a professional dog walker and pet sitter, with previous experience working at the Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital in Manhattan. When not spending time with four-footers, she can usually be found crafting top-notch dog-care articles that pet parents can trust. Kate loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, but Bernese Mountain Dogs hold a special place in her heart.

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