Is your canine companion a finicky eater? Some dogs are very particular about their food and what treats they prefer for rewards. Then again, dogs also eat their own feces…What gets your four-legged friend’s stomach growling? Your pooch might prefer the usual fare, but you could be surprised to find they enjoy some of these stranger snackable items!
Okay, you can find peanut butter in dog foods, since it’s high in protein and healthy fats. But how about sharing the same stuff you spread on your sandwiches? Don’t let the strong reaction fool you—most dogs love a lick of the sticky stuff despite the struggle. Let’s be honest, it’s also hilarious to watch.
Corn on the cob
Some dogs have allergies to corn, but these natural scavengers will go to town on a corn cob and enjoy the energy-boosting carbohydrates. If you think it’s funny watching a human work a row and rotate like an old fashioned typewriter, let your canine go for a spin. Cha-ching!
If you’re like me, that “replace chocolate with carob, it’s better for you” phase didn’t last. However, since chocolate isn’t conducive for canines, you can gratefully let that chocolate-replacement go to the dogs! Not only do most dogs seem to love it as a treat, it’s good for them, too. You can make them a carob cake or let them eat the pods. Zoe the dog keeps her carob all to herself and lets sleeping cats lie:
Dogs love broccoli? It’s true. All those years your parents told you to eat your vegetables, and now you know you could have been slipping them under the table to a four-legged co-conspirator. What a waste.
These may not be the most filling or nutritious snacks, but dogs seem to love both the chase and the reward. Flies are so small, sometimes we might not even be sure why our four-legged friends are frenetically craning their necks and jerking about, but slow motion cameras can tell the dog’s tale:
Who would have guessed our dogs were so innately health conscious? Leave this salad supplement on the table while you’re prepping for dinner and your beloved dogs might just decide it’s on their menu instead. Don’t worry, it’s good for them…although probably not the whole head! Just be prepared for the follow-up flatulence cabbage will produce in your pet.
It’s just frozen water, but many dogs love to crunch and munch on ice. Some reports came out and caused concern about stomach problems and bloat, but those have since been dismissed. Turning water from liquid to frozen might be the cheapest treat you can offer your best friend—and refreshingly perfect on a hot day!
Slightly larger than flies and thus a little more fulfilling, moths provide joyous moments of puppy playfulness, especially when the moth tries to hide on its attacker’s back. Do they really want to eat them, or is it just the thrill of the hunt? You decide.
Is your beloved buddy athletic, high energy, and hardworking? Feel free to let your dog go bananas and get some fruits along with those vegetables. In fact, it’s an easy item to take along for a walk or long hike—plus, it serves as a shareable treat for the two of you.
In case you brainstorm other weird ideas, don’t presume that lemons will make the list of treats your dog loves. They generally dislike the smell and taste of citrus, but it should be noted their reactions are highly entertaining. Just make sure you follow up any lemony teasing with a real treat.