Author: Mona Freund
One thing dog lovers are notorious for is finding new ways to pamper their pooches. And for good reason. Having a dog can actually improve your health and wellbeing, and we want to make sure they feel appreciated too.
One of the newest ways to show your dogs how much you love them is by preparing barkuterie boards for them.These creative, delicious, and Instagram-worthy treats are the perfect idea for making your pet feel special, and boosting their health at the same time.
What is a Barkuterie Board?
A barkuterie board is an assembly of vegetables, fruits, cheeses, and other dog-safe snacks served on a platter or cheeseboard. The name derives from the French “charcuterie,” a culinary art that involves preparing and assembling an assortment of dried meats on a platter. Now a popular trend worldwide, charcuterie boards commonly feature cheeses, fruits, and dips as well. And it’s no surprise that dog lovers have begun adapting this trend to treat their pets.
You can make a barkuterie board as simple or extravagant as you prefer. Start with any plate, platter, or cheeseboard you find in your kitchen and fill it with an arrangement of dog-friendly snacks. If you’d like to take the design to the next level, try crafting flowers from cucumbers, cutting cheese or veggies into fun shapes with cookie cutters, or printing out adorable tags to make the board picture perfect.
Dog-Friendly Foods to Include
As you assemble your barkuterie board, make sure all the foods you include are safe for dogs. There are some foods you should always avoid feeding your dog, but you should also be aware of your dog’s individual eating habits and consult your veterinarian before introducing new foods. However, here are some barkuterie ideas that are generally both safe and healthy for dogs to eat.
Dog-friendly vegetables include:
- Raw cucumbers
- Raw carrots
- Sweet potato
- Raw bell peppers
- Raw celery
Dog-friendly fruits you can feed your pet in moderation include:
Other dog-friendly barkuterie snacks include:
- Cheddar or cottage cheese
- Kibble and other dog treats
- Jerky or freeze dried meats
- Peanut butter
- Pureed pumpkin
- Frozen pup-sicles
Barkuterie boards are the perfect treat for a doggy birthday celebration, a picnic or other outdoor activity with your dog, or any time you feel like pampering your pup. If you need some more barkuterie board inspiration to help you get started, check out some other dog owners’ creations on the mood boards below.