Dogs have always been said to be man’s best friend, but there are many people out there who feel more strongly about their canine companions, even going so far as calling them their children. There is no doubt that people love their dogs, and it’s only natural to want to shower someone you love with affection and even spoil them a little from time to time. But what can you really do beyond buying them cool toys, treats, and their favorite wet food for an occasional special meal? Well, this is where doggie desserts come in, and it’s not hard to find them, no matter where in the United States you are!
For example, there are all kinds of dog bakeries (also known as barkeries) popping up all over that make sweets that your dog can eat without you having to feel guilty about what could potentially be in them. Many of these bakeries carry special cookies, pastries, and other gourmet desserts for your pampered pooch. Some bakeries even cater to dogs with special needs diets so they don’t have to miss out on treat time. The first dog bakery ever was Famous Fido, which opened in 1979 on the Northside of Chicago, Illinois.
Along with finding some gourmet doggie desserts in barkeries near you, you can also order some amazing desserts for your dog online from trusted bakeries and have them delivered right to your door! If you like ordering fun boxes for yourself full of treats and goodies, then you’ll love the fact that you can also do the same for your furry friend! Websites and dog clubs like Swiss Colony, DOG Bakery Online, and Wufers Cookie Boxes for Dogs give you the option to order boxes of specially-themed and personalized sweets for your pal.
Websites such as chewy.com also gives you the option to buy special mixes and kits to make your own doggy desserts at home. However, if you’re kitchen-savvy, there are tons of recipes for dog-friendly desserts on sites like Pinterest, and of course, doing a simple search for dog desserts to make at home will help you find some great recipes with ingredients that are good for your four-legged friend.
You may be wondering exactly what kinds of desserts are out there for your dog – maybe you’ve been to your local pet shop and have seen a couple of things and you’re wondering what the fuss is all about. So we’re going to go over seven doggy desserts that we think are cool and absolutely amazing sweet treats to spoil your pooch with!
Doggy Ice Cream
Oh yes, doggy ice cream is most definitely a thing! For example, major ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has recently debuted their own special line of frozen dog treats called Doggie Desserts, which are set to be sold at pet stores and grocery stores. They began developing these treats last year when they were inspired by their own pets. The Covid-19 pandemic has widened its customer base significantly due to a steady rise in dog fosters and adoptions across the nation.
The first wave has two flavors to watch for that were named after its employees’ pets, one being Pontch’s Mix, which is peanut butter with a pretzel swirl; the other is called Rosie’s Batch, a mix of pumpkin and mini cookies. All of the ice creams are made with ingredients that Ben & Jerry’s already uses in their ice creams, with the exception of the sunflower butter base used in the doggy variety in order to be more gentle on your canine friend’s stomach. Look for it at your local pet or grocery store if your pal eyes your bowl of ice cream lovingly every time you get one!
Have you ever wanted to make or buy a birthday cake that your pet can eat? Well, now you can! Website chewy.com has a Pooch Cake mix that contains no wheat and even comes with its own frosting. You can whip up one of these dog-friendly cakes easily in the oven or the microwave and can either make a whole six-inch double-layer cake, eight doggy cupcakes, or 24 mini doggy cupcakes. You can order these cakes in flavors like peanut butter, pumpkin spice, and banana.
Some pet stores and websites also carry ready-made dog cakes, and sometimes you can even get them customized with special decorations, a message, or even your pet’s name. But if you want to get involved in the process and make your own from scratch, all you have to do is peruse the internet and you’ll find a treasure trove of amazing dog cake recipes that will have your furry friend licking their chops in anticipation.
Whether you find them at your local pet store, order them from a pet website, or decide to make your own, there are some really cool doggy cookies out there! For example, some barkeries make little “cookie sandwiches” out of special recipe dog biscuits with a yogurt frosting and a dog-friendly cream filling. Some pet websites offer gourmet dog cookie boxes in which the cookies can be personalized just for your furry friend, and you can get them in a variety of shapes and sizes.
For those of you who love to cook, there are also lots of recipes out there for doggy cookies if you want to attempt them yourself. Satisfy your need for baking and wanting to spoil your canine companion without worrying about what is in their cookies! If you enjoy Oreos, we can only imagine that your pooch will probably enjoy a special cookie just for them.
Yes, your pet can even have their own donuts! You can find these fun desserts at pet stores, homemade on websites like Etsy and dog-themed websites – and yes, you can totally get them decorated all cute for great photo ops just like many of the other doggy desserts featured here! Doggy donuts are usually made with oatmeal or whole wheat flour, peanut butter, yogurt, and/or bananas. Naturally, this is also something that you can easily make at home if you would rather go that route, and you can get as fancy as you like with frosting and decorating them!
Frosted Pumpkin Treats
This is a quick, easy homemade doggy dessert that is made out of pumpkins and peanuts and that frosting? It’s simple! Just mix peanut butter, flour, and water and you’ve got a fast, simple sweet treat that Fido will absolutely love and that you can feel good about giving them!
Yogurt and Berries Dog Treats
Dogs love berries, too! With just a few ingredients – plain yogurt, strawberries, and blueberries all mixed up in an ice tray or a treat mold and frozen from five hours to overnight, you can whip up a sweet dessert for your canine pal that’s calcium-rich and full of bright berry flavor.
Dog-Friendly Fruit Parfait
For another sweet, fruity, homemade dessert, try a dog-friendly fruit parfait! Made with plain nonfat yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and applesauce and thrown into a blender. It’s rich, creamy, and leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
If you are one of those folks who loves spoiling your pet, then you’ll definitely find joy in buying or making some of these amazing dog-friendly desserts and serving them to your canine pal.