Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Our Go-To DIY Dog Treat Recipes: Puppuccinos

Make it in May!  Today's easy homemade favourite started as an occasional indulgence on chilly weekend mornings - puppuccinos! Pavlov's Oli quickly developed a love for the sound of the coffee maker, and those puppy dog eyes are just so doggone hard to resist.  Whether it is a simple fluffy, a carob "hot dogolate", or something a tad fancier, whipping up a puppuccino-style treat has become a frequent part of our family coffee ritual. 

Cafe puppachinos are often whipped cream and, while my dogs would definitely be happy lapping that up, we simply froth a trim (low-fat) milk for a healthier alternative.  Our dogs are not lactose sensitive, but we buy trim lactose-free milk for their morning puppuccinos all the same just to be on the safer side.  For a puppuccino style dog-friendly hot chocolate (aka "hot dogolate"), I mix milk, water, and carob powder together and top it with a dollop of froth.  See the details here.  For a light and simple dog-friendly fluffy, I just froth up the milk and serve it with a tasty sprinkle of cinnamon and/or carob powder. The boys usually get a simple fluffy from me so that hubby can have the special role of hot dogolate hero, although I occasionally make something extra special on wet and wild or extra chilly mornings. I also serve them in much bigger bowls than the bevvies staged for these blog pics to contain the mess as Humphrey is a particularly splashy slurper. :)

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

Tip: If you're using cinnamon for dogs, Ceylon (real) cinnamon is the recommended variety. :) No...I don't grate my own - my sticks are purely photo props. Ready-to-use all the way! Cinnamon in moderation has some good purported health benefits for dogs (and humans!), but like many things it is not suitable for all people/pets as it may conflict with health conditions or medications. Always check before trying new foods. Of particular note, cinnamon is not recommended for pregnant/lactating dogs. 

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