My dog loves Freshpet Ready to Bake Cookies just as they are: freshly baked mounds of doggie goodness! (Dog Joy Peanut Butter & Oatmeal
are his favorite).
But sometimes, I like to jazz them up a bit, either before or after baking.
Check out these fun ways to add a personal touch to your dog’s cookies, along with some fun ways to serve them!
Fun Ways to Make Freshpet Dog Cookies
Prior to baking a batch of Freshpet cookies, you could add a little variety to each cookie in the following ways:
- Press a few small pieces of your dog's favorite treat into the center of the dough.
- Drop a tiny mound of canned pumpkin on top of the cookie
- Press unsalted sunflower seeds into the top and bottom of the cookie
- Sprinkle or press fresh parsley on top of the cookie. Parsley helps with bad dog breath!
- Press a doggie breath mint into the center of the cookie. The mint itself will melt into the cookie -- which is great if your dog doesn't particularly like the taste of mint. (My dog doesn't, but he’ll eat the mints when they’re mixed in things like cookies).
- Drop some bits of chunky peanut butter on top -- either before or after baking.
- Shred or dice some fresh vegetables or berries and press a few pieces into the cookie
The possibilities are endless. There are so many human foods that are safe for dogs
. You could add just about any of them to Freshpet Ready to Bake Cookies. That way, it's as if your dog is getting a brand new treat every time you make them!
Fun Ways to Serve Dog Cookies
In addition to all the fun ways that you can make dog cookies, I also like to think of fun ways to serve them. Some ideas to try:
- Instead of doling them out one-by-one as regular dog cookies all the time, I sometimes break them into smaller pieces and use them to stuff my dog’s Kong toy. Mixed in with a little bit of peanut butter or plain yogurt, this makes an extra nice treat for your dog!
- Of course, it’s a no-brainer to reward your dog with a treat after he does something that you’ve requested on command. While everyday commands like “come” and “sit” typically earn my dog regular treats, more challenging commands like “tell me a secret” and “bring me the remote” definitely deserve a homemade dog cookie!
- This next idea is similar to making a frosted cookie for your dog. Just smear a lot of peanut butter across the top of a fresh-baked cookie – just like icing! Or, turn it into a double-decker cookie (or mini-cupcake) by sandwiching two cookies together with peanut butter in the middle and on top.
- And finally, my favorite way to serve dog cookies is to play a game of hide-and-seek with my dog where the cookies are the prize. He sits and waits while I hide several cookies (or pieces of cookies) in various places of one room. When I say, “Okay!” he runs to find as many hidden cookies as he can.
Dog treats, like Freshpet Ready to Bake Cookies
, are a fun way to reward your dog with an extra special treat, and also a fun way to play and communicate with your dog in a way that’s different from your day-to-day routine.
What fun things do you like to do when making or serving your dog cookies?
Lynnette Walczak is a lifelong dog owner who writes about fun dog stuff at The Fun Times Guide to Dogs. As publisher of TheFunTimesGuide.com, she enjoys sharing outside-the-box ideas and helping people find unique ways to do things.