If the summer heat has got you longing to lie in the pool all day, it’s probably got your animals hot and bothered too. Make your dog’s day – and keep them cool – with these simple frozen treats…

Dogs always appreciate a creamy treat, and the ice in this simple blend will not only help them cool down but keep restless doggy minds occupied and out of trouble, too: score!

All you will need is a yoghurt cup, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a mashed ripe banana and a little honey or syrup.

Melt the peanut butter for a few seconds in the microwave, mix everything together in the food processor and place in an ice cube tray. Pop in the freezer until nice and icy. You may need to use a knife (carefully) to cut the blocks out when it’s firm. A spray of cooking oil before freezing can help prevent this, however.

Simply present a cube or two to your hound as you leave in the morning, or use them as a great way to distract them while the family is playing in the garden. They’ll love the sweet, sticky treat, and you’ll help keep them cool too.

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