How to Make a Barkcuterie Board

Barkcuterie Board

Today’s Best Recipe is the perfect Barkcuterie Board for your pet.

With holiday meals coming up, it’s easy to feed them from our plates. They want to be part of the celebration.

The foods we love as humans aren’t always safe for our furry family members. Everyday food items can be poisonous to dogs.

Some of these include:

  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol

Keep in mind too many fatty, rich foods or new, unfamiliar food can upset a pet’s stomach and even cause pancreatitis, which can be life-threatening—so go easy on the tidbits.

This is also true for bones that can break apart or splinter in a pet’s stomach and be deadly.

5 Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog.

Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of shelter pets in America by 2025, has the perfect solution to bring your dog a festive treat—barkcuterie boards! It’s a pet-friendly version of the human charcuterie board.

Check out this video of assembling and serving some adorable pups.

By the way, Guinness is still available for adoption.


How to Make a Barkcuterie Board (1)

How to make the perfect barkcuterie board 

What you will need: 

  • Serving or cutting board
  • Small bowl or ramekin
  • Cookie cutters in a variety of shapes and sizes—we love paws, bones, hearts, and stars
  • Cutting board, knife, and spoon for food prep
  • ½ cup of your pet’s favorite wet food (if they don’t eat wet food, double the amount of dry)
  • ¼ cup of your pet’s favorite dry food
  • A hearty handful of your dog’s favorite treats
  • 1 cup of your pet’s favorite chopped/sliced dog-friendly fruits and vegetables, such as apples, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, zucchini, and kale. Pick a variety of colors and what’s seasonal—the options are endless!
  • Your best friend (and taste-tester) 

Rodeo eating his barkcuterie board

 Optional additions: 

  • Kale or spinach – for garnish
  • Coconut whipped cream (note: should only be given as an occasional treat as coconut milk does have some benefits for a dog’s fur and coat but is rich in fat and triglycerides)
  • Peanut butter (Make sure you choose xylitol-free)
Guiness eating his barkcuterie board
Guinness eating his barkcuterie board


  1. Place the small serving bowl in the center of your cutting board. If you’re using kale or spinach, place it under and surrounding the small bowl.
  2. Fill the small bowl with the wet food.
  3. Place the cut fruits and veggies around the bowl. Separate different colors, so each item stands out.
  4. Fill in multiple areas with the dry food.
  5. Place treats around the board and in-between the fruits and veggies. Your best friend may have fun sniffing these irresistible treats out if you place them under the kale, too!
  6. Keep it simple. Design your barkcuterie board with your dog in mind and choose the foods they will enjoy.
  7. Now let them dig in! 

Napa eating her barkcuterie board

About Best Friends Animal Society  

Best Friends Animal Society is the leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Best Friends is working to Save Them All®, working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,300 animal welfare and shelter partners and community members nationwide. For more information, visit 

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