Chocolate can be a sweet and special treat for us around the holidays, but it can quickly become dangerous and extremely toxic to our four-legged friends. The theobromine in chocolate, specifically, builds up in a dog’s system and can lead to an emergency trip to the veterinarian. So swap chocolate out for carob this Valentine’s Day, and make some healthy homemade dog treats for your special, one-in-a-million dog valentine.
Carob is a chocolate alternative that offers a flavor and richness that’s similar to cocoa without the theobromine or health risk to dogs. Spoil your pooch this holiday with this easy dog treat recipe for DIY dog treats packed with tail-waggingly yummy “chocolate” flavor and none of the risk.
- 1/2 cup crushed Exclusively Dog Wafer Cookies Carob Flavor Dog Treats (approximately 12 treats)
- 1 Tbsp. American Journey Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil Liquid Dog & Cat Supplement
- 1 scoop The Honest Kitchen Pro Bloom Instant Goat’s Milk for Dogs & Cats
- 10 The Honest Kitchen Pecks Grain-Free Beef & Blueberry Recipe Cookie Dog Treats
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 10 medium-size strawberries
- ¼ cup water
- Baking sheet
- Measuring cup
- Small mixing bowl
- Cutting knife
- Small plastic baggie
- Large plastic baggie
- Measuring spoons
- Rolling pin
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Freezing time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours and 20 minutes
Yield: 10 treats
- Wash the strawberries. Use the knife to carefully remove the stems.
- Pat the strawberries dry.
- Use the rolling pin, crush enough Exclusively Dog Wafer Cookies in a large plastic baggie to fill 1/2 cup.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the crushed wafer cookies with ¼ cup water and the tablespoon of American Journey Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil.
- Dip the strawberries into the mixture with a fork, and place on baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 4 hours, or until hardened.
- Combine Greek yogurt with one scoop of The Honest Kitchen Pro Bloom Instant Goat’s Milk, and mix well.
- Place the Greek yogurt mixture into the small plastic baggie, and cut off a small corner.
- Remove the strawberries from the freezer, and using the Greek yogurt baggie, drizzle the icing onto the strawberries.
- Place one of The Honest Kitchen Pecks onto each of the strawberries for an extra crunchy surprise on your DIY dog treats.
- Serve your healthy homemade dog treats to your favorite heartthrob dog valentine.
This pup-friendly and pup-approved easy dog treat recipe makes pampering your pooch simple and fun for the whole family with step-by-step instructions. Perfect for a doggie dessert or special reward, these healthy homemade dog treats are high in antioxidants from fresh strawberries. They’re made with the highest-quality ingredients for a dog-safe alternative to chocolate-covered strawberries, and are sure to become your sweetheart’s favorite DIY dog treat any time of year.
This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any health issues, or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.
Originally from Chicago, Nicole joined the Chewy team as a marketing intern in January, 2017. Since then, Nicole has continued writing and photographing for Chewy as a Content Collaborator while completing her education at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She is majoring in both marketing and corporate innovation, before returning to Chewy as a Marketing Analyst. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, riding her horse or snuggling up with her Pug, @zoetheloaf, and Terrier, Cozmo.