What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a backyard BBQ? And don’t forget about your furry friend! There’s no reason to keep your party pup away from the festivities, especially when they can have their very own on-theme DIY dog treats to chow down on.
To help celebrate Independence Day with your favorite “hot dog,” try your hand at this easy homemade dog treat recipe. These adorable hot dog dog biscuits are so good that they’ll have your patriotic pup parading around in glory like the star they are! And don’t be surprised if the other pups on the block come marching to your kitchen, declaring their own bark-worthy barbecue-themed dog treats.
If you’re ready for a cook-out that’ll have all the dogs standing at attention, pull out your baking supplies and get “grilling!”
Remember, as with any human food, pet parents looking to incorporate new foods in their dog’s diet should consult with their veterinarian beforehand.
Fourth of July Pup-Friendly Hot Dog Minis
6 dog treats
1 hot dog mini per pup
Mixing spoon or spatula
1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2Mix 1/2 cup of flour and all of the Parmesan cheese together in a bowl.
3Add in peanut butter and water.
4Mix with a spoon until the mixture thickens. Once it becomes too thick to mix, massage the mixture with your hands until a consistent dough forms.
5Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of flour onto your workstation.
6Roll the dough until it makes a long, cylindrical shape about 1 inch thick.
7Cut the dough into 3-inch pieces.
8Take one of your 3-inch pieces and make a crease down the middle lengthwise (so it forms a hot dog bun shape).
9Repeat for the other five dough pieces.
10Place the “buns” on a non-stick sheet pan.
11Put the treats in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until hard.
12While your treats are cooking, tear the Blue Dog link treats into 3-inch pieces.
13Once the treats have cooled off (about 10 minutes out of the oven), place the cut links into each “bun.”
14Spray the KONG treat in a squiggly line on top of each link.
15Give to your pup to enjoy!
Start by serving your dog small pieces at a time.
Store these dog-friendly hot dog treats in an air-tight container in your fridge and consume within two to three days.
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. Treats should not make up more than 10 percent of your pet's diet (and if your pet is overweight, it should be even less than that). For example, if your pet needs 200 calories per day, they should have no more than 20 calories from treats, with the rest of the calories from their usual dog food.
Feeding too many treats can lead to nutrient deficiencies.
If your pet has health issues (including sensitivities to fats or food allergies) or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering any new treats.
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