Make a big batch of these two-ingredient Watermelon and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats to keep your pup cool this summer!
Looking for more dog treats? Try these High-value Dog Treats and Gingerbread Cookies for Dogs!
I’ve been having a ton of fun making people popsicles all summer (popsicles for people, not popsicles from people–this is not that sort of food blog,
or is it?).
There have been Yogurt Smoothie Popsicles.
There have been Cookies and Cream Popsicles.
And there have been (my personal favorite) Homemade Pudding Pops.
And every time I eat one, Ella sits at my feet, staring mournfully up at me, just begging me to drop the last little bit of popsicle on the stick–which, admittedly, I do sometimes because I’m a sucker.
So I figured it was about time to spread the popsicle wealth and make some to share with our four-legged friends. I mean, they’re having to suffer through the heat of summer with the rest of us, so they may as well get in on the fun.
Last year I dipped a foot into the pupsicle (<–that word will never stop being so delightfully stupid) pond and made Birthday Cupcake Dog Popsicles. This summer, I wanted something a little simpler and just happened to have a big container of yogurt and some watermelon handy, so I whipped up these Watermelon and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats.
See Also: Two-ingredient Pupsicles
These treats are just those two ingredients, pureed watermelon and yogurt, frozen together. The end. I used an immersion blender to puree my watermelon. You can use a blender or a food processor, or if you’re feeling real lazy, you can skip the pureeing and just mash the heck out of it with a potato masher–it wont be completely smooth but your dog’s not going to care.
For the treats in these photos I used these cute silicone molds, but you can make them in an ice cube tray, a mini muffin pan, or even a regular muffin pan if your dog is on the larger side, and your dog will love them just as well.
Aside from being super easy and a great way to use up leftover watermelon and yogurt, if your dog likes watermelon, they’re going to go NUTS over these treats.
Ella did! I wanted a picture of Ella with the treats, but they were too cold to hold, so I just put the plate of them on the floor and tried to get a shot of her chowing down on one from the pile. Those pictures turned out like garbage, but I wish you could have seen the pure joy on her face when she realized she had permission to dive into the entire plate of treats.
She basically attacked it like a monster. 🙂
Please note, watermelon and yogurt are safe for dogs to eat, but some dogs don’t process dairy well. If that’s the case for your dog, you can omit the yogurt. And as always, check with your vet if you have any questions or concerns about what you’re feeding your pets.
Dogs should be supervised when eating frozen treats. That goes double for these as they will stain your carpet if your dog wanders off and leaves a piece of one to melt somewhere!
This recipe calls for plain, unsweetened yogurt. DO NOT use yogurt that has been sweetened with xylitol, as it is toxic to dogs.
Watermelon and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats (Pupsicles)
- Immersion blender or blender or food processor
- Silicone treat molds or ice cube tray or mini-muffin pan
Frozen Dog Treats
- 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
- 15 tablespoons (just under 1 cup) plain yogurt *
- Puree watermelon chunks until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt to each space in your mold or ice cube tray. Fill the rest of the way with watermelon puree. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
- Remove treats from mold* and store in an air-tight container in the freezer.
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Aw, Ella is SO cute! These treats look like a tasty way to help keep our pups cool in the summer. My dog will go crazy for these…although I think she’ll have to eat them outside, since we just had the carpets cleaned 😉
I love these ideas! It would be great if you could let people know that if a dog has heat stroke, to not give the dog ice as this may cool them down too fast, risking their life.
All the best 🙂
Greek yogurt has significantly less lactose than regular yogurt. It’s a good choice for dogs
This is good to know! Thanks for sharing!
Brie N. says
I made these yesterday (using an ice cube tray) and my dog is in heaven. He’s a little older with some health issues so sometimes he’s not that excited to eat. I tossed a cube in with his kibble, let it melt a little and he devoured the whole bowl.
Thanks for the fun recipe, Tracy! Hope you and Ella are staying cool in the heat 🙂
Thanks for reporting back, Brie. I’m so glad to hear your guy is enjoying them!!
Is there something I can use instead of yogurt? My dog gets sick from it
You can omit the yogurt completely and just make watermelon pops.
Kaylin Hartman says
please more dog-friendly pupsicles!
I’ll add it to my list!
Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?
Yes! They’ll keep in an airtight container in the freezer for a month or two.
I wonder how peaches would work with this? My Tobi is a junkie!
Peaches would definitely work!
Mary Perry says
Can cat’s eat these ?
Hi, Mary, most cats don’t process dairy very well, so I probably wouldn’t make these specifically for a cat. But if they get ahold of a little piece that a dog has dropped, I wouldn’t be super concerned or anything. If you’re looking for an easy cat treat, my cats really love these tuna ones: https://bakingmischief.com/2016/06/08/high-value-dog-treats/
kathi reed says
Where can I get the bone shaped ice cube trays? Thank you.
Hi, Kathy, they’re from Amazon. If you look at the recipe under special equipment where “Silicone treat molds” is in blue and click it, it will take you right to the page. 🙂
My Irish Wolfhound puppy, TJ, thinks these are the best tweets EVER. She will mow down the other dogs to get to the ‘fridge when she hears the freezer door open. And they were quick and easy to make. Thanks for this recipe.
LOL. This sounds amazingly adorable. So glad to hear she’s enjoying the treats!!
These were so adorable and I was excited to give them to my dog! While he LOVES them unfortunately they make him throw up. So just want to let you know that some dogs may be lactose intolerant (mine obvisously is as I just found out), and that you may want to use a lactose free yogurt when making these treats. Although I used plain greek yogurt they still did not sit well in my dog’s tummy.
Just made them tonight as a birthday gift for a couple of Golden friends my dog ( Jake has )…
I bought the molds from Amazon ( they are so cute ) paws and bones….Can’t wait to give to our friends !
I’m sure they will just love them ❤️
Hope they love them, Linda!!
Shellee Corwin says
Quick question to you ~ what yogurt would you recommend to avoid the sugar you mention? I have plain greek yogurt (spartan brand) and see it has 7g of sugar but not seeing the ingredient you mention to avoid. So just curious what brand/kind of yogurt you recommend?
It’s not the sugar you want to watch out for, it’s xylitol which is used as an artificial sweetener in many fruity sugar-free yogurts. If you’re using plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt, it shouldn’t contain xylitol, and you don’t have to worry about the sugar. All yogurt will have some natural sugar in it because it’s dairy. I personally typically use Fage %5, but that’s just because that’s what I eat and keep stocked in my fridge. Hope your pup enjoys the treats!