Hello, football season! It’s about the game, sure, but it’s also about having an excellent excuse to eat nachos at least once a week. At Rover HQ, our gameday crews aren’t complete without our pups, which means they need their celebratory grub. (Obviously.) All of these human snack foods have undergone a doggy makeover. Sliders for dogs? Nachos for dogs? Pizza for dogs? Yes, we found all of the above…and more.
Remember: human food isn’t always safe for our dogs. Make sure what you’re putting in your dog’s body is fit for their body. And of course, don’t give TOO many treats, because only a small portion of their overall diet should be treat foods. Now, let’s get to it!
Crunchy, gooey, and loaded with toppings that come together for the perfection in every bite — it’s hard to go wrong with nachos, really. Just because human nachos are not safe to feed your dog (repeat: do NOT feed human nachos to your dog!), there’s no reason they should have to miss out. And thanks to Pawcurious, they don’t have to.
Dr. V constructed the ultimate crunchy/gooey/exciting topping nacho combo perfect for pups: chicken jerky strips, a can of dog food, and shredded carrots. That’s it! Layer, serve, and celebrate that TD in nacho heaven.
Firing up the grill? Great — leave it on. These dog sliders have a fun Mediterranean twist. Ground lamb or chicken, rice, yogurt, cumin, allspice, and salt come together to form the perfect patty. Then, with a brush of olive oil, the grill brings them to a tender, juicy (but well-cooked, remember!) burger. Serve it up on a bun, and bam. Dog sliders, just in time for kickoff.
Pop’s Pizza Homemade Dog Treats
Pizza might be mankind’s greatest creation. And even though it’s basically a gut bomb for humans, it’s really not good for dogs. But why should they miss out on the harmony that happens when tomatoes and cheese and pizza crust get together? They shouldn’t, that’s why.
These pizza treats are essentially the dog equivalent of our favorite human pizza-flavored snacks. Flour, cornmeal, an egg, water and olive oil come together to form the crust — aka, the bone. Then, parsley, basil, grated cheese and sundried tomatoes enter the mix to round it all out. Mix, roll out, cut into adorable football-related shapes, bake and eat.
Fruits ‘n Veggies (Hold the Dip)
Watching your dog’s weight? No shame in that. Sometimes it’s nice to balance greasy goodness with actual goodness. Blueberries, strawberries, seedless watermelon, cantaloupe and bananas make a great fruit salad. Or, if you’re looking for a veggie tray–inspired platter, opt for steamed green beans, carrots, and squash.
Then get back to your buffalo wings. You’ve earned ’em.
Have a favorite just-for-dogs gameday snack to share? We’d love to hear your recipes!