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Treat your pup with these 7 DIY Valentine's Day candy ideas

Dog treats are one thing, but candies for Valentine's Day are in a league of their own.


Love is in the air for this special day, yet you can't just ignore your pup. As a dog parent, you're everything to your furry baby, so make Valentine's Day as special to your dog as you want it to be for yourself.


Nothing else in this world makes them happier than a bucket full of candy treats, but you can't just give them the usual candies we humans eat.


A word of warning: Dog treats and candies should be made specifically for dogs, with the safest ingredients that won't lead to discomfort and an upset stomach. If you are unsure, please consult your veterinarian.


Here are some festive dog candy ideas meant for Valentine's Day:


Heart-shaped popsicles

Your pup will love the sweet taste, and there's no need to tell them that it has their daily dose of vitamins.


You'll need:

  • Plain yogurt

  • Cheese cubes

  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter

How to make:

1 – Mix all ingredients in a blender to form a homogenous mixture.

2 – Pour this into popsicle moulds and place them inside the freezer until it solidifies.


Red candy canes

These are festive candy canes. But instead of them all, you'll be giving your dog the red ones as it represents Valentine's Day. However, one thing to note is that you shouldn't give them any if they have diabetes or any condition aggravated by excess sugar.


You'll need:

  • Non-fat powdered milk

  • Cane syrup (optional)

How to make:

1 – Combine the powdered milk and cane syrup in a bowl and stir until you achieve an even dough. Roll them into long thin ropes and twist them around each other like you would with a candy cane.

2 – Leave them to solidify. You can place them in the fridge to speed things up.


Bone-shaped pretzels

These are oh so tasty, and the added sprinkles on top are a bonus for your pup. Make sure to choose salt-free pretzels to be safe for them to eat. It's your Valentine's Day present to your furry best friend, so don't skimp on the other ingredients.


You'll need:

  • Salt-free pretzels

  • A handful of cranberries, cut in half

  • A handful of strawberries, chopped fine

  • Melted cheese for the top

How to make:

1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2 – Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until you get the right consistency.

3 - Spray cooking oil onto your baking sheet to easily remove the pretzels after they're cooked. Shape them into bone-shaped pretzels and flatten the sides a bit for that authentic look.

4 – Place them inside the oven and bake until they turn golden brown. This should take about 15 minutes to achieve, so check them now and then for consistency's sake.




Doggie donuts

Who can resist a delightful donut? Well, your dog won't either. Use only healthy ingredients for this one because you don't want them to develop food allergies or digestive issues.


You'll need:

  • A cup of all-purpose flour

  • Eggs

  • Vanilla extract

How to make:

1 – Mix the eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl.

2 – Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, then pour in the egg mixture and mix to get an even dough that's neither too sticky nor too coarse.

3 – Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it's about 1 centimetre thick. Use your cutter to cut out donut shapes, then transfer them onto a baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking oil.

4 – Place the donuts inside your oven and bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about half an hour or until they turn golden brown.


Mint apple treats

A dog with a sweet tooth can't get enough healthy apple treats. Put in some mint flavour for a fresh breath, too.


You'll need:

  • Apples (washed, cored, and sliced)

  • Baking powder

  • Water

  • Cinnamon or mint (optional)

How to make:

1 – Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2 – Combine apple slices, baking powder and water in a large saucepan. Cook on medium heat until you achieve a paste-like consistency.

3 – Let it cool down completely before putting them inside a blender for a fine puree. If your dog is young or has tooth problems, you can blend the puree into a coarse mixture instead.

4 – Mix in cinnamon or mint for more flavour and roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it's about 0.5 centimetres thick. Cut them into shapes with your cookie cutter of choice and transfer them on top of a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil.

5 – Bake them at a low oven temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours or until they turn golden brown. You can store these in the freezer and take out a couple whenever you need to treat your pooch with something delicious.


Banana candies

Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B6, dietary fibre and other healthy nutrients for your pup. They're also easy to make and store, so you can always whip up a batch whenever you need them.


You'll need:

  • Bananas

  • Baking powder

  • Water

How to make:

1 – Grate the bananas into a large bowl. Mix baking powder and water until you get an even dough that's neither too dry nor runny.

2 – Roll out onto a lightly floured surface until it's about 1 centimetre thick, then cut them into shapes with your cookie cutter of choice. Transfer them onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil before placing them inside the oven to bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours or until they turn golden brown.

3 – Let them cool down completely before giving them to your dog. There's always the option of storing the leftover in the fridge for another day.


Pumpkin biscuits

Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects your dog's cells from damage. It also contains vitamin C and E to strengthen their immune system while promoting healthy fur growth.


You'll need:

  • 1 cup of wholemeal flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree

  • Flax seeds (optional)

How to make:

1 – Mix the flour, baking powder and pumpkin until you get an even dough that's neither too dry nor runny. If it has a loose consistency add more flour; if it's too coarse or sticky, add more pumpkin.

2 – Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it's about 0.5 centimetres thick, and cut them into shapes with your cookie cutter of choice. Transfer them onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil before placing it inside the oven to bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

3 – Let them cool down completely before giving them to your dog, and store any leftovers in the fridge.


You can't go wrong with any of these dog candy ideas on Valentine's Day. So, it's not just about the usual walk in the park and off-leash running; get cozy at home on this special day and give your best buddy some treats he deserves.




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