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Valentine's Day Treats: DIY Delights for Your Valentine

Don’t just treat yourself or your special someone this Valentine’s Day… your dog deserves some tasty DIY treats to feel loved, too! 

Special occasions and holidays are the perfect reason to cook up some healthy, wholesome treats for our beloved canine companions. Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s treats for dogs.

The Best Love-Filled DIY Dog Treats 

Let’s clear one thing up - healthy dog treats do exist, too! We highly recommend the DIY treats on this list because they are filled with whole foods, fruits and vegetables, and vitamins that will benefit your dog’s gut health, energy levels, skin, coat, and more.

Cranberry Hearts

These five-ingredient cranberry hearts are grain-free and delicious. They contain eggs, almond and coconut flour, coconut oil, and dried cranberries. Prep is simple, and you can pop them in the oven for 15 minutes. 

Cranberry is one of the healthiest fruits you can feed your dog. It’s packed with antioxidants to keep their immune system strong. These hearts are so tasty that you might find yourself sneaking a few in between your dog. Your secret is safe with us!

Watermelon Popsicles

If your dog loves watermelon, these refreshing popsicles will have them jumping up and down with excitement! Made with yogurt, cubed watermelon, and fresh mint, mix the ingredients up in a blender or food processor, then freeze them for 4 hours in your go-to ice mold. 

Homemade Ice Cream

Is your canine an ice cream lover? This homemade ice cream recipe is for you! Blend up yogurt, coconut butter, and fresh strawberries to make a delicious ice cream mixture for your furry Valentine. Pour the mix into ice cube trays or a small container, then let it freeze for a day before serving. When it’s ready to be enjoyed, simply scoop into your pup’s bowl!

Peanut Butter Bacon Treats

Got a savory bacon lover in your house? Fix your dog up with a salty bacon peanut butter dog treat this Valentine’s Day! These peanut butter bacon treats are made with applesauce, whole wheat flour, peanut butter, bacon, milk, and oats. They may take a little longer to prep and cook, but your pup will be head over heels in love. 

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

What dog doesn’t love a scoop of peanut butter every now and then? This Valentine’s Day, set your dog up with the salty, delightful treat using this homemade PB biscuit recipe. Made with whole wheat flour, honey, water, and egg, your pup will be head over heels in love. 

DIY Dog Treats Recipe Tips 

If you are new to the adventure of making dog treats DIY-style, there are a few things you should know.

Consult with a Veterinarian First

Particularly if your dog has health issues, always check with your trusted veterinarian before introducing new (human) foods to their diet. It can’t hurt to keep them informed just in case your dog falls ill or reacts badly.

Start Small

You don’t have to be a professional chef to show your dog how loved they are. Simple purees or puppy popsicles are a great place to start until you are more confident in your skills and as you learn what your dog likes.

Keep Portions in Mind

While these recipes are healthy, your dog should still be eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. When feeding your dog treats, give him one or two at a time. Start with small portions and monitor him closely after he eats.

Show Your Dog Love with Healthy, Tasty Treats from Get Joy

This Valentine’s Day, show your dog how much you care with a thoughtfully prepared healthy DIY treat from this list! If you want to take his health a step further, start adding fresh meals to his diet and watch him thrive. Browse our product selection of freeze dried meals, snacks, chews, and more!