Keep your dogs cool this summer by making them homemade doggie ice cream. This treat is very low in lactose and the live cultures are great for their digestive system:
1. Take 32 ounces of plain yogurt, 1 mashed banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons honey and mix in a blender and pour into ice trays, paper cups, Kong toy, or to be fancy — your ice cream maker.
2. If you want to go all out for your mutt you can freeze these homemade treats just like you would homemade ice cream. A salt-less automatic ice cream maker makes this as easy as using any other appliance in your home and the “Frosty Paws” will be ready to serve in 10 minutes.
For the ultimate treat, appropriate for desert at a doggy birthday party, follow steps one and two, then take the mostly frozen dog ice cream product of No. 2 and spread it 1-inch to 1 1/2-inch thick on wax paper. Freeze for five minutes and then remove dog ice cream from freezer.
Next, use a paw shaped cookie cutter to cut a paw shaped “Frosty Paws,” remove ice cream around edges, and return paw shapes to the freezer to freeze solid.
• Sam Kabbel, CPDT-KA, is owner and president of Valley-based Pet Behavior Solutions, serving the Phoenix area. For more information, visit www.petbehaviorsolutions.com.