Yummy Homemade Banana Dog Treats

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comWhat’s better than homemade dog treats? When they’re only 1 ingredient! These banana dog treats are super easy to make and much cheaper than store-bought treats. You can’t go wrong! And your doggy is going to love them.

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients

All you need for this recipe is bananas! I chose to use 5 bananas because I have 3 hungry doggies to treat this week. 

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comI chose bananas that still had some green color. This made them stay in tact better when I cut them rather than soft, ripe bananas. 

Step 2: Peel and Cut The Bananas

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homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comI sliced my bananas into bite-sized pieces since my dogs are small. When I give them treats, I like them to be bite-size rewards after a walk, trick, or good behavior. Over-treating can lead to obesity and other health problems. 

banana dog treats from radiofence.comYou can also slice the bananas long-ways into three pieces for a chewy treat for bigger dogs. This shape is also great if you want your dog to have a treat that will last longer.  Don’t worry if you can’t cut them perfectly, as you can see mine broke!

Step 3: Place & Bake

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comPlace the bananas on a baking sheet. You can use parchment paper, but I didn’t have any in stock! I heard that squeezing lemon on the treats will keep them from browning, but I don’t know if it made much of a difference. I’d say that this step of adding lemon isn’t necessary. 

homemade banana dog treats from RadioFence.comBake in the oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour & 30 minutes. They will come out of the oven still a little bit soft. Let them sit and cool for about 30 minutes, then remove from the baking sheet. You can cook them for longer if your dogs prefer a crispier treat. 

Step 4: Go Bananas!

Yep, that’s right. My pups went absolutely bananas over these treats! It was so much fun to watch them freaking out over the taste. 

Zoey and Laci were the first ones out of the gate…

zoey and laci homemade dehydrated banana dog treats from radiofence.comI wasn’t sure which one of them would get the first bite…

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comBut before they could get a taste…

radiofence.com banana dog treats INCOMING! Jem swooped in for the prize! And with one sniff of the banana…

banana dog treats from radiofence.comShe was hooked!

radiofence.com banana dog treatsZoey had to see what all the fuss was about…

radiofence.com banana dog treatsAnd she was in love!

radiofence.com banana dog treatsIt was Laci’s turn to fight for a taste…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsShe wasn’t about to let Jem steal her bite…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsOut of the way, Jem… this bite is mine!

laci radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsSuccess! Laci got her bite, and she went crazy for it…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsThe girls loved their treats so much that they wished their Uncle Buddy there to try them. But since they didn’t have a big dog to share the big pieces with, they would just have to split it in three…

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Health Benefits Of Bananas For Dogs 

Bananas are beneficial to dogs when given in moderation, so a treat is the perfect solution. They’re one of the most nutritious fruits you can feed your dog. They have high levels of vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium that your dog may not be getting from her dog food.

Large/Medium sized dogs can eat up to half of a banana a few times per week. Smaller breeds should have smaller slices. It is recommended to feed your dog bananas in moderation since they can cause constipation in humans and dogs when consumed heavily. If your dog struggles with constipation on a regular basis, it may be wise to avoid banana treats. 

Dogs that suffer with colitis, which is inflammation of the colon, benefit greatly from eating bananas because the enzymes soothe irritations in the intestines. Always consult your veterinarian to make sure any nutritional additives to your dogs diet coincide with her treatment regimen. 


If you love how easy dehydrated dog treats are to make, check out our other recipe:

Our Rescue Dog’s Priceless Lessons on Life

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Every dog gives unconditional love, but a rescue dog loves in a way that says ‘I am so grateful just to be alive. And I will spend the rest of my life showing my appreciation for this gift you’ve given me.’ buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.com pet productsThe spirit of our rescue dog Buddy is one that is felt by all who meet him. It only takes a minute of knowing Buddy to feel how happy, pure-hearted, and grateful he is. I’ve never met a dog that is so gentle, loving, and makes such a huge impact on all who spend time with him. He’s such a lover!

We knew we were lucky when we found Buddy on the side of the road and welcomed him into our family, but we could have never predicted the impact he as made on our family. 

One of my favorite quotes is “LOVE is a four-legged word.” Get it? Instead of ‘four-letter’ :) And defining “love” is something that is so hard to do; you just feel it! And that’s how Buddy makes people feel – a way that is too good to put into words. He’s just the purest example of kindness.

The life that we have given Buddy after his tumultuous start in life is one that we are so happy to share with him. Knowing that such an amazing dog now gets to spend his days going on his favorite adventures with our family makes me so happy. Such an amazing dog deserves so much love! And he’ll have it for the rest of his life. 

As much as we rescued him, he has rescued our family. He really reminds us to slow down, take breaks, and to enjoy the simple things like a walk through the woods… buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comAn evening boat ride on the lake…

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.com Or sitting on the back porch with a cup of coffee in the morning…

radiofence.com pet products buddy the rescue dogBuddy has the type of soul that makes doing absolutely nothing feel like you’re having the best day. His happiness is so contagious! And just being around him is like medicine for the soul. 

Buddy’s Daily Life In South Carolina: What A Lucky Dog!

My parents spend the summer in South Carolina, as you read in last week’s post. Buddy is so lucky to spend his days hiking the 100 acre property, taking a dip in the lake and river streams, and going for car rides through the scenic back roads. 

Buddy loves being outside and going for car rides more than anything. That’s is probably why he jumped into my car the day I found him! He’ll spend all day outside exploring, and we love that we don’t have to worry about him running off because of his underground fence. 

He gets to explore the 100 acres at least once a day, and always lets us know when he’s ready by jumping up into the truck to say “let’s go!” 

Buddy The Rescue Dog From RadioFence.com Pet ProductsHe’s so cute on car rides, because he’ll put his paws on the center console and stick his head as close to the windshield as he can. I think he believes he’s riding on some kind of magical roller coaster ride! And of course his tail never stops wagging the whole way.

radiofence.com buddy the rescue dogOn our way to the property, we put his tracking collar on so he can roam through the acreage without us worrying where he is. 

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comThis product is absolutely priceless to our family. Buddy can run free and explore like he was born to do, and we can leisurely walk the property with him and never worry when he gets out of our sight. I can’t imagine keeping him on a leash and restricting him from all of his adventures!

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.com pet productsWe can easily see how many yards away Buddy is from us, what direction he’s traveling in, and the course he’s taken from start to finish. Where we are located is shown by the black triangle, and his location is the red. We can even give him a “tone” which makes a beeping noise on his collar. We use the tone to tell him we’re ready for him to come back to us, and we can see him running back immediately after giving him the tone. Buddy could be 10 miles away and we would still know exactly where he is with the collar we have. I can’t explain how amazing it is to have this peace of mind and give Buddy the freedom that he couldn’t have otherwise! 

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.com pet productsOnce buddy jumps out of the truck, he can’t wait to hit the trails!

radiofence.com buddy the rescue dogWe will either walk to get some exercise, or we’ll get in the 4-wheeler and follow Buddy to keep up with him. He loves to run and show us around!

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.com He has a favorite stream in the woods that he always takes a break and cools off in. His tracking collar is waterproof, thankfully!

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comBuddy taught Laci how to swim, too!

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comNo trip to the property would be complete without taking in a view of the lake…

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comAnyone want to join me for a swim?!

buddy from radiofence.com Buddy spotted a deer to chase! 

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comBuddy has a new adventure every day when he explores the property. He’s had multiple encounters chasing deer, turkeys, bunnies, squirrels, etc. One of the deer he met even acted like she wanted to play with him for a few minutes until he got nervous and went back to the truck. He soft-mouthed a baby bunny and gently laid her down at my mom’s feet. She picked the bunny up and told buddy “take me to the bunny nest, Buddy. Where are the bunnies?” He jogged a few feet ahead on the trail and barked at a tree to show my mom where the nest was so she could return the bunny. He never stops surprising us and showing us what a kind soul he has. 

He’s always so sleepy after his run… time to go home and take a snooze! It’s great having our car seat cover so Buddy has a comfy place to relax after a long run, and we don’t have to worry about the seats getting all wet and dirty. 

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comWe owe so many of our great memories on the property to you, Buddy! And we’re so happy to give you the life we think you’ve always been destined to have. 

buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comA picture says 1000 words, but that’s still not enough to explain what an amazing dog Buddy is. His life is so rich with adventure, hiking, running, swimming, and playing with our family. Our lives are so rich as well with love, appreciation, and the best example of how to free your soul of stress and negativity. All because of a four-legged angel that came into our lives so unexpectedly. We love you, Buddy!


A Personal Look Into Our Family and The Dogs Of RadioFence.com

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Our family is so grateful for your loyalty each week as you read our blog and open our emails. Your comments and feedback have been so uplifting and motivating for me to keep writing each week!

I love writing tips and how-to’s from the perspective of our dogs’ lives and incorporating them into each story I tell. Getting to spend my work days with my four-legged best friends is a dream job! But I’ve been wondering with each post I write… are my readers curious about who the dogs are in the posts, what the relationships are in the family, and do our fans realize that we are a family owned and operated business? This inspired me to give you a personal behind the scenes look into the lives of our wonderful dogs and the family business dynamic that we are so thankful for. 

Maybe you’ve been thinking… where is ‘Buddy The Rescue Dog’? Why hasn’t he been in the weekly articles since he joined the family after his incredible and inspiring journey? These are all questions I’m looking forward to answering, and I hope you ask more questions that I haven’t thought to answer! 

Our RadioFence.com Family: Our Roots

radiofence.com the volwiler family The name behind the person who writes these posts each week is Kelsey – and that’s me! I joined the family business a little over a year ago, and I love learning from two of the hardest working people I know – my parents – Larry and Lori. They started RadioFence.com in their basement in Michigan 25 years ago after purchasing an underground fence for their first dog, Duchess the Dalmatian.

Duchess the Dalmatian from RadioFence.com

Duchess loved to be outside until she wore herself out, and the underground fence gave her that freedom

 The underground fence improved Duchess’ quality of life, happiness, and personality so much that my mom, Lori, felt compelled to share such an amazing product with the world. A product she believed in with all of her heart. 

Duchess the Dalmatian from RadioFence.com Duchess was the dog that welcomed me home from the hospital as a baby and played with me in the backyard through the seasons in Michigan.

Duchess the Dalmatian from RadioFence.comShe was a ball of energy, and she needed to run free without running away. Without the underground fence, we wouldn’t have all the memories of days spent in the back yard or on the porch playing.

Duchess the Dalmatian from RadioFence.comShe could run and play outside until her heart was content. And when she came inside to spend time with the family she was the relaxed, cuddly dog that all of us loved. Our family is so grateful for those memories and the many years of business that we can thank Duchess for.

Our RadioFence.com Family: The Stems

radiofence.com the volwiler family The dogs that you see most often in the blog posts are Zoey and Jem (who my fiance Joey and I have raised), and Laci who my sister Carly belongs to. We all three live in the same small town in SW Florida, so we get to spend a lot of quality time together. Laci has a ton of energy and a curious heart, so I love including her in as many posts as I can with Zoey and Jem.

Jem, Laci, and Zoey love spending time together - but they're excited for Buddy to come back!

Jem, Laci, and Zoey love spending time together – but they’re excited for Buddy to come back!

My parents are in the process of becoming “snow birds” in the non-traditional sense of the word because they are not retired. We are blessed that our online business allows us to work from anywhere that there is internet access, so they beat the heat in Florida and spend their summers in South Carolina.

And I bet you already guessed it… Buddy has been spending his summer in South Carolina too! And he is having an absolutely outstanding time exploring the trails through the mountains and hills with my parents. They’re worried he won’t want to come back to Florida!buddy the rescue dog from radiofence.comJoey and I get to fly up to South Carolina for a visit today, and I can’t wait to see Buddy! I’m planning to take lots of pictures on our trip and have all of the updates for you on how Buddy’s amazing rescue has brought him the most incredible life. 

The opportunity to work alongside my parents at our family business has been the greatest blessing I could have hoped for. Learning from the two people that I look up to the most and aspire to take after is something I am very grateful for. I’m  proud that we are a family business from our roots to our branches, and I can’t imagine working in any other environment or spending my days without my amazing pups! 

Do you have any questions about our family, our business, or our dogs? I’d love to answer! Like a big puppy that grows to reach the kitchen counter for the first time, nothing is off-limits.

Homemade Doggy Ice Cream For Summer

homemade dog ice cream recipe from radiofence.com What treat do you crave the most on a hot summer day? A nice cool, refreshing ice cream cone? Well your dog is thinking the same thing! Too bad dairy can make their tummies hurt so bad… it would be great to let our pups have a lick and get a break from the heat. 

I love to find fun, new, and exciting ways to keep my dogs entertained. I’ll search for things that we can do together at home when we’re stuck inside because it’s close to 100 degrees out. What screams “summer vacation” more than ice cream?!

Your dog can still enjoy an ice cream treat during these hot summer months as long as you make it yourself at home. And don’t worry, just like all the other recipes I share, it takes less time to make this yourself than to buy the mystery-meat “dog ice cream” at the grocery store. 

All you need is a blender/food processor, bananas, and peanut butter!

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients

homemade dog ice cream recipeIngredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas – peeled
  • 1 tb peanut butter

See? I told you this was going to be easy! 

All you have to do is peel the bananas and put them in a dish for freezing. 

homemade dog ice cream recipeI chose to cut mine into small pieces before freezing them because my Ninja is small, but you can freeze them whole if you have a bigger machine.

Step 2: Freeze Your Bananas

All you have to do to prepare your doggy ice cream is freeze the bananas for 2-3 hours. You can always freeze them for longer if you wish, but my dogs were in a hurry!

You can see a little peak of Zoey’s raw food (Darwin’s) in the freezer… I’ll have to tell you more about that later! 

Step 3: Blend The Ice Cream

homemade dog ice cream for summerOnce your bananas have chilled in the freezer, simply stick them in the blender/food processor and blend for 30-60 seconds or until they have an ice cream-like consistency. 

homemade dog ice cream for summerI couldn’t believe how much this looked and felt like real ice cream when I was finished blending! The texture of the bananas and the refreshing cool temperature could have even fooled me into thinking this was real ice cream. Maybe we will make this a human snack tradition as well!

Step 4: Add Peanut Butter

homemade healthy dog treat recipeAdd a tablespoon of peanut butter (I just scooped a spoon-full out of the jar). It doesn’t need to be exact. Blend again until it has mixed with the bananas.

Jem says “I smell something yummy!”

This part is completely optional, but what dog doesn’t love peanut butter? You can add any ingredients to your ice cream that your dog loves or that she needs supplemented into her diet. Consider adding any of the brain foods that extend your dog’s life span

And always remember, read the label on your peanut butter to make sure it doesn’t have the added ingredient that is highly poisonous to dogs!

Zoey and Laci say, “If only we were a couple inches taller!”

Step 5: Beat The Heat and Enjoy!

homemade dog ice creamNow for the best part of all, watching your dog devour this amazing treat that you made so easily in your kitchen! Isn’t there something rewarding about knowing you made a treat for your dog yourself and watching how much she loves it?

homemade dog ice cream treatI wish we had some cute ice cream bowls or cones, but they loved this ice cream so much that they probably would have destroyed it too quickly for me to get good pictures no matter what I served it in! 

homemade dog ice cream treatAs always, Jem and Laci were the biggest little piglets when it came to scarfing it down. They were running from bowl to bowl trying to make sure to stake their claim on each one. Zoey was her usual shy self and took a couple licks before just letting them take over. As usual, I let Zoey have her treat in a separate room so she could enjoy it without the others trying to nab it from her.

homemade dog ice cream I love this recipe for so many reasons – it’s healthy for the dogs, easy for me to make, and it’s always a great back-up plan for bananas sitting on the counter that have gotten too ripe for the family to eat. I have a feeling my girls will be getting homemade ice cream pretty often as our bananas become over-ripe.

Have you ever tried a homemade ice cream recipe, and did your dog love it as much as mine did? I hope you try this recipe, and if you do let me know how they like it!

Homemade Toy & Treat Iceberg Keeps Dogs Cool and Hydrated!


I don’t know if your dog is anything like Jem, but she is absolutely OBSESSED with ice cubes! If she hears the ice maker running as someone is filling their glass, she wakes up from a dead sleep and high-tails it over to the fridge to beg for a cube. If you are sitting in the living room drinking from a cup with ice, forget about it! She will stare at you with those big brown eyes and even resort to pawing at your cup to persuade you to feed her habit. 

She’s even managed to learn how to use her (thumb-less) paws to grab onto the glass and pull it towards herself. I can’t believe how much strength she’ll put behind her efforts! 

Living in Florida, sometimes it can feel like the hot, humid summer will never end. At times the heat is so intense that our dogs don’t want to spend time outside except to mind their 1’s and 2’s. I hate to see them cooped up inside all day, so I wanted to create a fun activity for them that would allow them to enjoy the heat. Plus, anything new and fun is exciting for them! 

Doggy Iceberg Toy 

"What's mom up to in the kitchen?!"

“What’s mom up to in the kitchen?!”

Creating a doggy iceberg toy is simple, easy, and can be done again and again! 

Can you tell they're already excited?

Can you tell they’re already excited?

Homemade icebergs are so much fun to make, and watching the anticipation in the dogs’ eyes while I made it cracked me up! Before they even knew what I was doing they were already thrilled!

Step 1: Find Your Bowl and Toys

homemade iceberg toy for dogsFind a sturdy freezer-safe bowl or dish of your liking, and add a few toys or treats to the bottom of the bowl. Stay away from biscuit or cracker type treats, because these will get soggy and disintegrate before your dog has the chance to get to them. I used my homemade organic dehydrated sweet potato treats because they’re sturdy and tough. Plus the dogs are obsessed with them!

Step 2: Fill With Water & Freeze

how to make a homemade iceberg dog toy for hot summer daysFill the bowl with as much water as you’d like. If you fill it to the top, you could already be done with this project after a few hours of freezing! Or you can decide to freeze it in layers. As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, I’m taking the more time-consuming layered approach! 

Step 3: Freeze, Layer, Repeat

Freeze toys and treats to keep dogs cool during summerFreeze your first layer of water and toys for about 30-60 minutes until slightly solid (it doesn’t need to be completely frozen). My first layer took about 45 minutes to get semi-solid.

homemade toy and treat iceberg to keep dogs cool this summerAdd a thin layer of peanut butter to the top of this layer and return it to the freezer for another 15-30 minutes. This step is completely optional, and remember to check the label on your peanut butter because some brands include an ingredient that is poisonous to dogs!

keep dogs hydrated this summer with frozen treats and toysKeep adding layers of treats and water until you get the size of the iceberg that you want. If I didn’t have homemade sweet potato treats on hand, I was considering adding a couple of the doggy “super foods” to give them a healthy boost!

Once you have all of your layers completed, freeze the whole iceberg for at least 2 hours to make sure it’s firm. I froze mine over night because we got a thunderstorm and couldn’t play until the next day.

Step 4: Play!

homemade doggy iceberg keeps dogs cool and hydrated during summerNow you’re ready to introduce this new, fun treat to your dog! To unlock the block of ice from the bowl, simply set it on the counter for 5-10 minutes. It will loosen up enough for you to pop it right out of the container. If you’re lucky like I was, your iceberg will easily loosen without any effort. I didn’t have to set mine out to thaw – it came right out! Maybe the trick to that is letting it freeze overnight.

I had a hard time carrying it outside without getting attacked by tongues!

I had a hard time carrying it outside without getting attacked by tongues!

If you’re going to play indoors, place the iceberg inside a big, open container so as it melts the water doesn’t get all over the floor. If you’re paying outside like us, simply set it down in the grass or on a tray and play!

DSC05966If your dog seems confused by the new, odd creation just dab a little bit of peanut butter on the iceberg to get the licking started. Once your dog gets the hang of it, she’ll be hooked! Laci and Jem didn’t require any enticing before they dug in – they were instantly obsessed! We had to move our party into the porch because the mosquitos loved the iceberg just as much as the pups! Ouch!

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Zoey would rather mind her own business and watch!

Laci and Jem would get a little jealous of each other and trade on and off who got a turn. I have to say I was impressed at how well they shared!

What polite little girls we have!

What polite little girls we have!

I don’t think Jem could believe her luck – all of her favorite things combined into one HUGE package! 

If Jem could talk, she would say she died and went to heaven!

If Jem could talk, she would say she died and went to heaven!


This treat is not only a fun, easy way to keep your dog cool during the hot summer months, but it’s also a great brain-teaser to keep your dog’s mind sharp and exercised! If you worry that your dog does’t drink enough water, this is also a great way to trick her into ingesting more water without even knowing it. Next time I would probably make mine about half this size. The dogs’ tongues got tired part-way through, and as bad as it killed them to take a break, they didn’t have a choice but to call it quits!