Like pretty much everyone else, you’re more than a little bit excited to gear up for fall, deck out your house, and take advantage of all the delights that this season has to offer. What you’re likely not excited for? The hassle and cleanup that can go along with autumn activity–enter: your pup. Your four-legged love gives you an excuse to use up any leftovers you have from making fall treats or decorating, and you get to make Fido the happiest dog on the block. Win-win. Below are a few ways to capitalize on the bounty of autumn fun you’re likely to already have around the house this time of year.
DIY Dog Treat Bottle with Pumpkin Seeds:
The ultimate solution for energetic dogs who need distraction while you get the rest of life done, this little trick uses up all those pumpkin seeds you have leftover from carving. Pumpkin seeds are a fantastic source of zinc, magnesium, fiber, and a whole host of other nutrients that can contribute to digestive health, urinary health, and even weight loss.
What you’ll need:
- One plastic water bottle
- One pair of scissors
- Small handful of pumpkin seeds
Unscrew the lid of the the bottle, cut 3-4 holes in the bottle, and slip pumpkin seeds in through the top. Screw the cap back on, and voila: you’ve got an effortless entertainer and seed dispenser all in one.
Autumn-Shaped Dog Treats:
Feel guilty for keeping all those fall-shaped molds in kitchen storage when you only use them once a year for desserts? Get ready to make use of them for the best cause of all: your pup’s wagging tail! These dog-certified-delicious treats use whole ingredients that keep Fido happy and healthy.
What you’ll need:
- Pumpkin puree – ½ cup
- Bone broth – ½ cup
- Greek yogurt – ¼ cup
- Raw honey – 1 teaspoon
- Fall-themed silicone molds (or muffin pan)
Stir pumpkin puree and bone broth until smooth and pour into each mold ⅔ of the way full. Set in the freezer for a half hour, then combine the honey and yogurt and pour over pumpkin mold. Freeze again for about 2 hours until set, then give one to your furry taste tester—we guarantee positive feedback.
Written by Casey Dickson, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.