I’ve got three yummy and easy watermelon dog treat ideas for your dog for the upcoming 4th of July holiday! My sisters and I love the taste of watermelon and it makes a good snack for dogs too!
Do you know much about watermelon? Is it a fruit or a vegetable? Can dogs safely eat it? I’ve got a few fun facts to share with you from the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
- Dogs can eat watermelon. For safety, it is not recommended for dogs to eat the seeds or rind because it can cause gastrointestinal upset.
- Watermelon is actually not a fruit, but a vegetable from the cucumber family!
- From planting to harvest, it takes a watermelon three months to grow.
- Seedless melons were developed 50 years ago. They contain no black, mature seeds. But you may see white seed coats, where the seed did not mature.
Now on to the good stuff! It seems the 4th of July is full of BBQ’s and watermelon, so why not let your pup join in the fun? I’m using a small seedless watermelon, but you can use any size you want. If you have seeds, you have to pick them out.
Start by having your human cut the watermelon in half. You will be using the rind as a bowl, so make sure the cutting job is decent! Using a melonballer thingy, scoop out melon balls and put them in a container to freeze. I also dropped some blueberries into the same container to freeze. Using a spoon to scoop out the other half, I put those pieces in my food processor to liquefy.
Because America is red, white, and blue, I wanted to make my frozen desert layers in that order. I started by putting my watermelon juice in the bottom one third of my star molds. It then needs to go into the freezer until it is frozen solid.
After waiting about two hours for my melon balls and blueberries to freeze, I decided to make my watermelon bowl. In the heat of summer it’s important to keep your pup hydrated. One trick is to make water more interesting. Here you have two options, put plain water in the bowl and let the left over melon flavor it, or add frozen melon balls and blueberries to defrost and add flavor to the water like fruity ice cubes. My sisters tried both and loved the water!
Once the watermelon juice is frozen you will want to add a layer of plain yogurt (I used Greek yogurt), and stick some blueberries into it for the blue.
I let them freeze about two more hours and then popped them right out of their molds. Red, white, and blue perfection I would say!
Lucky for me, I have my two American sisters to use as taste testers! I served the frozen treats up outside so the crazy ones could make a mess if they wanted to. It sure looks like they are enjoying their frozen treats. What do you think? Will you be trying some of my watermelon dog treat ideas this 4th of July?
Ellen Shedlarz says
I wish I had the energy to do what you guys do for the holidays but these look pretty easy. I might try them cause I love watermelon.
These are pretty simple ideas and you can eat some of the melon yourself too!
Karen Meldrum says
YUMMY!!!!!! We will have to try these – they sound simple enough for an old dog to catch onto, and us youngsters would love to have them outside where they will not stain or melt all over the floors. Elbe
We like the idea of redoing the colors in the house, but Mom prefers we take such deserts outside.
Genevieve Petrillo says
We don’t have star molds, but Mom will for sure make me some of those in the bottoms of some tiny bathroom cups! Yum!
You can make them in anything that works. We just happen to have star molds. Being a chef, I like to have lots of fun stuff on hand as a hound never knows what she might need.
oh that’s the way to celebrate the birthday of the us… I love the stars and I love that you can make your own party bowl that way too… happy howl-i-day-weekend!
You could even put a star in the party bowl, but we didn’t do that.
Sparkle the PBGV says
Those are stunning! You all have the super best yummy ideas! XOXO, Sparkle
They may be stunning, but even more important, they taste great!
Benjamin and Zachary - the PBGV Boyz says
We are definitely going to make some of those if not this weekend, then sometime this summer!
They are good anytime the weather is warm!
Jan K says
We love both ideas! Luke especially loves watermelon so I know he’d really enjoy both. Cricket isn’t as crazy about fruit but she will usually eat frozen treats.Guess what? Chickens like watermelon too and I bet they’d like the watermelon water dish as well! 🙂
Just remember…it is a vegetable! With the chickens you won’t have anything wasted!
M. K. Clinton says
We are drooling, my love ♥ Those look really yummy! Mom and Dad have us some cantaloupe for this weekend. We love it too! XXOO Bentley
We haven’t tried that. Mom doesn’t like melons, but she likes us to have watermelon and they have the small ones which are perfect.
I just pinned this, LOVE IT!! I have to make these before summer is done 🙂
Thanks! Super easy and tasty! Dakota will be one happy pup!
These look delicious!!!
They are! You should have your new sister make some for you. Is she good in the kitchen?
You always have such great pup recipes…my Lilly thanks you for them!!
Thank you. I enjoy thinking of new things to make for me and my sisters. Enjoy, Lilly!
Wow…looks like the girls are really enjoying those treats! I may have to have Ama make me some of those when she gets
Arty & Jakey
I bet you boys would enjoy them on a nice summer day!
Those sure do look yummy cool!
They are already gone because they are so good!
Tails Around the Ranch says
Tasty and patriotic treats. Well done. ??
Must have for the upcoming holiday!
I just love this sweet post!!!! Thank you for sharing this delicious ideas with us. Have the best 4th of July:)
Thank you! Have a wonderful 4th of July yourself!
Maxwell, Faraday & Allie says
Those look just as yummy for humans too! And we kitties love ourselves some yogurt (although the whipped cream in a can is super pawesome too but not so healthy for us)
Cat bro Bert will eat the watermelon too. He eats anything!
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
Wowzers those look and sound awesome
Watermelon makes awesome treats!
My Golden Life says
We have a small watermelon that needs cutting up, so I’ll definitely make some frozen treats for my girls.
Great and refreshing idea for them.
Jodi Stone says
Those are some great recipes, I have to try and get back to making these kinds of things for Sampson and Delilah!
I’m sure they would love it!