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.