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Posted on Wed, Jul 4, 2012 : 7:25 p.m.

Giant homemade 'pupsicles' are an easy and inexpensive way to keep your dogs cool during the heatwave - or anytime

By Lorrie Shaw

In this heatwave, it can be challenging to find ways to keep your dogs cool and amused at the same time. You want to provide something stimulating, but finding a place to swim if you don't have a pool (click here to find places in the Ann Arbor area where dogs are allowed to swim) can be difficult, and the hose or sprinkler can lose its shine after a few days of oppressive heat.

Frozen Kongs, filled with dog food, mashed fruit or vegetables or yogurt, only go so far sometimes.

There is a really neat alternative to the latter, and it will provide mental stimulation and fun along with keeping your dogs cool.

You can create a giant pupsicle!

Giant pupsicles are a fun, healthy and inexpensive way to keep your dogs happy, and they're perfect for any size, age or breed of dog — and they are completely customizable.

The basic idea is easy: Get a plastic container — 64 ounce or larger works great — place your pet's favorite toys and treats in the bottom, add water and freeze. Once the water has frozen, pop out the frozen solid block of goodies in the grass and let your pets enjoy.

Your pets can lick the ice, and, as it melts, they'll be able to get another reward — their toys and treats.

You can get creative with your own recipes, like making one out of chicken soup, or soup stock — whatever your dogs like.

Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker, made by Premier, makes a great kit to create fun pupsicles for your pooch, as well. One difference? This kit has a platform that you can stick into the ground, keeping the pupsicle free from grass, dirt and debris, and since it's raised a bit, it does make it easier for large dogs to use. It also collects the water as it melts.

Watch this video here to see a pet enjoying a cool treat.

Lorrie Shaw leads the pets section for Catch her daily dog walking and pet sitting adventures or email her directly and subscribe to's email newsletters.



Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

Field report: Pupsicles are great! My pup is not interested in ice cubes but was over the moon for a pupsicle. Thanks for passing on a fantastic idea.

Lorrie Shaw

Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 8:56 p.m.

RunsWithScissors: I love the fact that your dog host was so well-prepared to offer something so refreshing to their guests! Glad that your sweet pup enjoyed a pupsicle. I love watching clients discover one for the first time. It's hysterical. :) Thanks for the update. I love hearing that!


Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 3:11 p.m.

I'll start up a pupsicle right now! The pooch is fed up with sharing his kiddie pool with me and would welcome something to call his own. We went to a potluck dinner the other evening. The dog's contribution to the potluck was a large bowl filled with ice cubes. It was a hit with the other pups.


Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 2:32 p.m.

Fun idea!! My dogs have always come running for ice cubes as I get them out of the freezer!

Lorrie Shaw

Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 8:53 p.m.

LA: They'll love it! Have fun with creating them. :)