Yes, charcuterie boards for dogs are a thing and we are here for it.
We first came across Barkuterie, that is, charcuterie for dogs, on our Instagram Explore Page. We went down a barkuterie rabbit hole and stumbled across Barkuterie Boards LLC, a female-owned business based in Atlanta, GA serving up charcuterie boards for dogs. We reached out to Barkuterie Boards' owner, Amanda Yu-Nguyen, to get the lowdown on all things barkuterie. Read on to learn more about how Amanda got started, her tips on building your very own DIY barkuterie board, and inspiration for a DIY St. Patrick's Day barkuterie board.
As many great ideas come about, Barcuterie Boards started as a text message between Amanda and her sister. "What better way to combine two of my passions, dogs and food, than creating charcuterie for dogs," Amanda thought. After an enthusiastic response and many test boards for Amanda's pups, Tokyo and Nali, Barkuterie Boards officially launched in December of 2020.
Barkuterie boards are heavily influenced by the artistic creations of human charcuterie boards with dog-safe foods. Not only do barkuterie boards make for a fun activity to do with your dog, but they also provide canine enrichment for your pup. Introducing new foods with different textures is mentally stimulating for dogs, as dogs love to use their sense of smell to figure out what they’re eating. Think of canine enrichment as a workout for your dog’s mind!
DIY Barkuterie Tips
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Make sure any human foods you use are dog-friendly. If you aren't sure, use this guide as a starting point. If you have questions about dog-safe foods or incorporating new foods into your dog's diet, consult your veterinarian.
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