DIY Dog Chef Hat + Treat Ideas


Do you have a Grill Master in your house? In our house, Daddy is definitely the king of the grill! He can grill up anything from steak to chicken, to chops or kabobs! But, there is someone else in the house that always loved to claim the title of Grill Master! Our Yorkie, Henry, was the first to sniff out all the good stuff. We’re celebrating our 4 legged friends with a brand new griller treat plus a quick no-sew tutorial on how to create a DIY Dog chef hat!

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DIY: Chef Hat for your Dog + Treat Ideas

Our journey as dog owners began in October 2011. A friend of ours had rescued a Yorkie from the side of a fence row and needed to find him a good home. Our kids had been asking for a dog and we were thrilled to bring Henry home with us! It seems like he has been a part of our family forever. The first few nights none of us could sleep very well because we were so concerned with making sure Henry was comfortable, felt safe, and was eating.

Now, we have been Henry’s family for many years and we can’t quite imagine our world without this little ball of fur. He digs in the dirt, plays in the creek, sleeps in his basket, spins when he is ready to go outside, and barks when Dad comes home.

Some dogs are born into a home where they are pampered and treated better than a king their entire life. But not Henry. We don’t know what he experienced the first 7 years of his life, but now that he lives with us, we know that he is treated pretty special.

It’s a fun thing to do something special for our 4 legged friends sometimes. We often fire up the grill and cook outside, so we decided he needed his own chef hat and some steak of his own! After all, he enjoys his dog treats as much as the rest of the family!

How to Make a Chef Hat for your Dog

henry collage

Materials Needed

  • White Foam Sheet
  • White Handkerchief
  • Spray starch (optional)
  • Iron (optional)
  • Glue Gun
  • Cotton Batting
  • Hole puncher
  • 12″ white ribbon or shoelace


  • Iron and starch a white handkerchief to give it some stiffness
  • Measure your dog’s head
  • Cut a 2 in wide piece of white foam to fit around your dog’s head
  • Use a hot glue gun to form a ring
  • Cut a square piece of cotton batting
  • Gather into a ‘poof’ and glue the edges inside the white foam ring
  • Cut a square piece of your white handkerchief
  • Spread it over the cotton batting and glue inside the white ring
  • Punch a hole on each side of the hat
  • Thread your ribbon through the holes and make a small knot inside

Store your Pet Snacks in a Tote

We keep Henry’s food and snacks in the garage but we don’t want any stray mice to find the treats. To keep the snacks and treats safe we use a plastic tote box with a snap lid. We can keep all his food and supplies stored neatly for when we need them.

  • Clippers
  • Toothpaste
  • Dog Wastes bag: Because I often take Henry for a walk in other neighborhoods, I want to be the responsible dog owner and pick up his messes. I leave the little dog waste bags attached to the leash so we’re always ready for an adventure.
  • Nudges® Grillers and Sizzlers Treats

How do you show your pet how much you love them? I’d love to hear!

Editorial Note:  This post was originally written several years ago but the pictures and the DIY are such fun, that I wanted to reshare it with some of my new readers.  Henry, unfortunately, passed away in June, 2018 from old age after a long very happy life in our family.  We still miss this little grill chef but treasure the memories and love that he brought to our family!

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  1. My Casey (weiner/terrier mix loves Nudges chicken jerky treats!! Last week I bought him the grillers and opened the package. He stuck his nose in and wanted one immediately. I took one out and tore it in half and he took one sniff and ate it all down. I laid the other half on the floor and he picked it up and took it to his favorite rug and ate it. He turns his nose up at other treats I buy, so I quit buying them and buy only Nudges now.

  2. Sharon, we bought Sadie the Nudges treats yesterday and she loves them. She doesn’t hide these around the house…she gobbles them right down. They are really a hit with her (and with us). Right now she is working her way through a bag of the steak grillers. Thanks for the tip. I also got all of the “ingredients” for her chef’s hat and am going to start working on that. When she is ready to model it I will take pictures with my new super-duper Canon (while using the tripod).

  3. Sharon, this is the cutest idea I’ve ever seen! I will have to try this. Henry looks so cute!

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