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A charcuterie board for dogs!

How to Make a Barkuterie Board

Learn how to assemble an attractive display of dog-safe foods and treats for your pup!

A barkuterie board is a charcuterie board for dogs! Learn how to assemble an attractive display of dog-friendly food to treat your pup!

Video & styling courtesy of Charcuter-Me

Dog-Safe Food for your Barkuterie Board

Before you get started designing your barkuterie board, you’ll need to make sure you’re using only food that is safe for dogs to eat. Here are some ideas to get you started, but you can also check our guides on Dangerous Foods for Dogs and Surprisingly Healthy Foods for Dogs.

Dog Treats

An obvious option and a great way to add interesting shapes, textures and flavor your dog loves.

Fruits

These fruits are safe for your dog to eat, and some are even considered superfoods for dogs (we’re looking at you, blueberries!)

  • Blueberries
  • Bananas slices
  • Watermelon

Veggies

Not only are these veggies safe for your dog to eat, some are even healthy for your dog, providing vitamins, minerals and fiber.

  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Leafy greens
  • Pumpkin

Toppings

Add more flavor and different textures with these.

Frozen Treats

Pop one of these on the tray right before you’re ready to serve it to your hungry pups!

Dog Food

Don’t count out your dog’s favorite food!

Barkuterie board with dog treats and fruits and vegetables
Image & styling courtesy of Charcuter-Me

Tips for Assembling your Barkuterie Board

Of course your dog probably doesn’t care how the board looks, but you may want to take pride in putting together an attractive barkuterie board! Consider these things when putting your board together.

Vary the Textures

Not only does a variety of textures look pleasing to the eye, it also offers variety for your pup’s palette as well. Consider the following textures: crunchy, creamy, crumbly, chewy and crisp.

Add Color

Dog food and treats may add a variety of flavor and texture, but the colors are usually pretty similar. Add pops of color with blueberries, carrots and other colorful dog-safe fruits and veggies.

Consider Shapes & Size

Place foods with different shapes and sizes near each other to keep the eye moving. Consider squares, heart-shapes, disc-shaped circles and ball-shapes in addition to long and short and large and small.

Create Layers

Think high and low by placing some food on top of others, like banana slices on freeze-dried raw patties. Small bowls with broth or peanut butter will also add vertical interest.

Composition Step-by-Step

  1. Start by placing any small bowls or ramekins of broth or toppings on the tray. Place them away from each other not too close the edges.
  2. Place the larger treats and foods around the board to provide structure, alternating large and small and differing sizes and shapes.
  3. Fill in gaps with smaller foods that need structure, like blueberries, small kibble or piles of carrot strips.
  4. Stop occasionally to rearrange to vary color, shapes and height if needed.
  5. Sprinkle on a garnish, like Magical Dinner Dust, for a last touch of texture.

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