DIY Dog Toy ‘n Treat ‘Pupsicle’ Perfect for Cooling Pup

How-To

As I write, Krinkles eagerly awaits the freezing of his “pupsicle” (thank you, Pinterest!) – a big chunk of ice encasing a few of his favorite doggie toys and some yummy treats. It’s been so “Africa-hot” here in California, that I knew I had to find something for our K9-kid to ease the lethargic effects of this sweltering, humid heat (who said beach houses don’t need A/C!?!).

This frozen treat will not only cool off your dog, but will also provide her/him with something to exercise their brain. Destruction and unwanted behavior is often due to boredom, so, this will also be a wonderful way to entertain your four-legged kid!

Pupsicle Supplies:

• plastic bowl – we used a fairly large chip bowl.

• doggie toys – be sure to use toys that can be submerged in water

• doggie treats – such as carrots, celery, apples, bully sticks, etc.

Pupsicle How-to:

1.Fill large, plastic bowl with your pup’s favorite toys. She/He’ll be much more motivated to work her/his way to each toy if she/he really wants it!

Fill with all your pup's favorite toys

Fill with all your pup’s favorite toys.

Add in some healthy, crunchy snacks like carrots, celery, etc.

Add in some healthy, crunchy snacks like carrots, celery, etc.

2. Fill bowl with water high enough to cover toys and treats. It makes sense that, the more water that’s in the bowl, the bigger the pupsicle!

Fill to cover toys and treats

Fill to cover toys and treats.

3. Place in freezer until frozen (uh…was that obvious?). Note: cover with a heavy plate – it will help keep toys submerged. Be sure to remove it after an hour to prevent sticking to the toys.

Place in freezer - a heavy plate will help keep toys submerged but remove after an hour to prevent sticking

Place in freezer – a heavy plate will help keep toys submerged, but remove after an hour to prevent sticking.

4. Pull out and allow to melt enough to remove from bowl. You can also run the bottom of the bowl under warm water until it starts to melt. Also, don’t worry if there are toys sticking out the top…this will get your dog started!

Almost frozen...but, not quite

Almost frozen…but, not quite! BACK in the freezer you go!

Frozen toys 'n treats!

Frozen toys ‘n treats!

5. Place outside on the grass or in a plastic pool. What’s especially great about this treat is that it’s made of water, so there is no worries of staining if they inadvertently bring it inside.

Krinkles can't wait any longerrrr!

Krinkles can’t wait any longerrrr!

Let your pup enjoy!!!

Krinkles loves his pupsicle

Krinkles loves his pupsicle!!!

Pupsicles...great for cooling off and great for exercising a dog's mind!

Pupsicles…great for cooling off and great for exercising a dog’s mind!

Toys 'n treats pupsicle

Toys ‘n treats pupsicle.

NOTE: you should ALWAYS monitor your dog(s) whenever they play with their toys. 

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).