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14 Restaurants That Offer FREE or Cheap Dog Treats

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Calling all Dog Lovers! 🐾

If you’re out and about with your furry friend and are wanting to grab a bite to eat, here are several restaurants that offer FREE or inexpensive dog treats! Note that these items or freebies may not be available at all locations, so be sure to check with your location before making a special trip.

IMPORTANT NOTE – Since a few of these items aren’t “official” dog food products, be sure to consult your veterinarian before feeding your pet something new to avoid an upset stomach.

1.) Starbucks

The next time you’re at Starbucks with your dog, ask the barista for a “Puppuccino” and you’ll receive a free short-sized cup of whipped cream for your pup to enjoy.


2.) Sonic Drive-In

If you’re near a Sonic Drive-In with your dog in tow, consider letting them know your furry friend is with you as they may even bring a dog treat to your car when delivering your meal!


3.) Dunkin’ Donuts

If you’re heading to Dunkin’ Donuts with your dog, select drive-thrus may keep dog treats handy. My local Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins offered free whipped cream in a cup or a free “munchkin” donut hole. Note that I did have to ask for the freebie, but they were happy to offer it.


4.) Sprinkles

Sprinkles offers Pupcakes for just $2.50 each and they’re sugar-free cupcakes topped with yogurt frosting. Some pupcakes are also topped with peanuts, sprinkles or fondant bones.


5.) Dairy Queen

Ask your cashier for a Pup Cup the next time you’re at Dairy Queen with your dog and you may receive a free small-serving of vanilla soft serve ice cream (select locations).


6.) Shake Shack

Shake Shack offers a doggie bag Bag O’ Bones with 5 ShackBurger Dog Biscuits for around $7.50 OR a Pooch-ini treat that includes 2 dog biscuits in a peanut butter sauce with vanilla custard for under $4.


7.) In-N-Out Burger

If you have an In-N-Out Burger restaurant nearby, you can order a “Pup Patty” for under $1 that features a plain hamburger patty without any salt added and is served in a doggy bag.


8.) Johnny Rockets

At Johnny Rockets restaurants, you can order a plain hamburger patty (fee applies) and even ask for fresh water for your pup. Plus, at select Johnny Rocket locations, you may even be able to order treats like a lickety split ice cream or pupcake (nomz). Dogs are welcome at all locations.


9.) Chick-fil-A

Many Chick-fil-A drive-thrus have a box of Milk-Bone dog treats at the window and will offer them to pup passengers. If they’re not offered a dog treat, I’m sure your pup will be sure to let you know how much they love Chick-fil-A’s chicken too whenever they smell that delicious food! 😉


10.) Tim Horton’s Coffee

Tim Horton’s (a coffee chain in Canada & the U.S.) offers a sugar-free doggy version of their famous “Timbits” bite-sized doughnuts at select drive-thru locations (limit one per canine customer).


11.) Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

With locations in Las Vegas, Texas, and all over California, pup patrons who come to Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar can order their very own bowl of brown rice, either plain for under $2 OR topped with chicken or a hamburger patty for under $5. Even better, bowls of water are complimentary!


12.) Shakes Frozen Custard

With locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri & Texas, you may be able to ask for a free Puppy Cup of Custard the next time you’re stopping by with your pet (may require purchase).


13.) Andy’s Frozen Custard

With locations in 10 states, take your pup to Andy’s Frozen Custard for a free puppy cone!


14.) Culver’s

Culver’s locations may offer milk bones to dogs coming through the drive thru. AND, if you drive through the right location, your dog may even get their milk bone in a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

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  1. Laura

    why do people feed their pets human food? It’s not good for them!

    • rel8ted

      We do it because we have life in our years and know how to enjoy it. Most commercial dog food is just as bad. I.m sure everyone’s diet isn’t perfect either. Can’t we all just get along anymore without picking at each other’s faults?

    • sann

      So my daughter has lived in Italy for several years on a farm and they feed the dogs and cats pasta, cheese (homemade sheep cheese) and bread. All the dogs live FOREVER! They are 16 and 17 years old and big dogs too. Also, the cats do very well and they live long healthy lives. yes, their food is healthier than what we eat here (most of it is homemade) but they do not even buy dog and cat food. It’s way better then some of the food marketed for our animals. I make my dog chicken and liver ect.

  2. C

    Thanks for the cute article. 😊

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      YW! 😀

  3. Daniela

    Awww I love seeing the puppies waiting for their treats. Just like us!!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      🙂

  4. Jennifer

    I always judged the dog owners who order whipped cream for their dogs at Starbucks when I worked there. Straight fatty dairy and sugar…horrible for any dog. 😔

    • Pam Tennant

      You use the word “Judge” so freely and openly. Very Sad. Did you also judge the overweight people, some with horrible diseases, you cannot see, when they order a high calorie or carb drink? Our 3 senior rescue dogs get a people treat now and then. They have made their way to us to live the rest of their lives in a loving and happy home.

  5. Meranda

    We live in Madison and love to take our dog everywhere. There’s a lot of restaurants and bier gardens that let me bring my pup with. I’m happy places are opening up and letting us take our fur babies with!

  6. Alexis

    Einstein Bagels has doggy bagels! They cost less than $2 and dogs love them!!!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Oh awesome – thanks for the heads up! 🙂

  7. Tabitha

    Our bank keeps a jar of dog biscuits in the drive through window right next to the jar of lollipops for the kids. 🙂

    • SJ

      Ours does too! <3

  8. Babs

    Sure it’s not good for them but I would have loved that list last week. I had to put my dog down because his health was failing him terribly and he could no longer walk on his own after having lived a very long and healthy life.

    I took him thru McDonalds drive thru for a breakfast sausage and then to the park one last time. I would have taken him to Starbucks too. He would have loved that.

    Please don’t judge. You have no idea what is really going on for people. Just stop and let everyone else live their lives without your negative commentary on it, you’ll be happier too.

    He was so excited about that treat and he had not been excited about anything in the last 2 months.

    • Daniela

      Awww Babs my dog passed from water retention / heart failure last Feb and I did the same thing. Took him to all the places he begged at. Taco Bell, DD donuts, the beach where he wasn’t allowed. What they gonna do? Arrest my dog? We had a great time and I am glad you had that with yours too.

    • Angie

      Prayers for you. So sorry for your loss. I had to put my black lab calley down several years ago and it was the hardest thing I ever did. I did everything for her by the book and she still only lived 10 years. Had a dog when I was younger that lived to be 18years old and always ate table scraps and human food. She was so happy too so yes people are too quick to judge on here.
      hope you find comfort knowing you made your dog very happy at the end

    • couponer

      Sorry for your loss. I am an admittedly judgemental person, but I have a lot of sympathy for animals. They are better versions of what humans have become. Especially dogs. We give ours his normal dog food and vitamins, but he can have a bite of people food too. It’s not going to kill him. Moderation is key. I would rather he eat a boiled boneless skinless chicken breast than many commercially available dog foods. His favorite is ChicFilA nuggets though…he knows the bag. To those judging people giving their pets some people food…do your children eat candy? Do you smoke? Drink alcohol? Check the mirror.

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      So sorry for your loss Babs 🙁

    • Sarah

      I feel you, food didn’t kill my dog a truck did : (

  9. Kim Lewis

    So sorry Babs for your loss. If only humans were as kind as some pets.

  10. Janet R.

    I had a beautiful Pomeranian named Ms. Christy that I had adopted from our local animal shelter.
    She was timid and shy and needed a lot of care and love…She loved our walks and drives. She absolutely loved Arby’s roast beef sandwich, I had given her some little pieces of the roast beef and boy she always remembered that…she could smell it 1 mile away when we went through the drive-thru she’d be prancing all around and bark with excitement. I’d chop the beef in little pieces and she would eat every little morsel of beef. It was one of the little splurges that I gave her that just felt very good when I could see how excited and happy it made her. She was an older dog when I adopted her and lived another 5 yrs with us.. She brought pure joy and love in my life. Her passing was very difficult for us. Anytime I pass an Arby’s I think of her and smile. I never regret the little goodies she enjoyed in her short life with us.

    • Jen D

      That is a sweet story. Thanks for sharing, it brought me a smile

  11. lisa

    Our Buddy got a treat at the Walgreens drive through when we picked up my son’s medicine. It was a nice surprise for him and us.

  12. Karri

    We took in a friends dog and later found out she has cancer she refuses to eat dog food but loves bread and table scrapes, so I give them to her. So don’t judge you have know idea how hard it is to know is not going to be here that much longer and I try to make her happy.

    • sara

      My husband stoped at MCD’s everyday for about 3 months on the way home from work and picked up a plain hamburger for our dog when we found out he had cancer at age 11. In the end, that was all he would eat. I would do the somethong again. Anything to make them happy and eat, when they are terminal is a blessing.

  13. Jcat

    Our local CVS has yummy dog biscuits. And our local (franchise owned) McDonald’s also gives out dog biscuits. 🙂

  14. *Angela-Miles*

    I’m crying like a baby reading these comments from people who posted their story. I’m such an animal lover, I can’t read anything sad about a pet without tears coming. God bless you all and your pets. I gotta get off here and get myself together :-/

  15. Miriam Westover

    Most dogs are lactose intolerant, leading to symptoms like gas, diarrhea and even vomiting. Be careful feeding your dog dairy.

  16. sann

    One thing I do is if I go to mcdonalds I bring home the bag and I put my dogs bone or toy in the bag for a while and I have to tell you it’s like he thinks he won the lottery! He’s so happy because whatever you put in the bag absorbs the flavor, so for those who don’t want to give their dog people food let their bone or toy sit in their for 20 minutes and it will be a treat for them!

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