Your best furry friend is out of her favorite treats but she’s looking at you with those puppy dog eyes. What do you do? Don’t despair – there are several foods in your refrigerator and cupboard that are safe to give to your dog (in moderation, of course). Here are some of my dogs’ favorite “people” foods.

Baby Carrots

Many dogs love crunching on carrots. It seems to give them the satisfaction of chewing on something, and they no doubt love the sweet yet subtle flavor. Bonus: these veggies are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins. Just don’t go overboard – too much beta carotene in a dog’s diet can cause muscle weakness and bone problems.

Creamy Peanut Butter

Grab a spoon and simply scoop a bit for your dog. Hold out the spoon, and watch your dog go wild! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also make peanut butter dog cookies of your own! You can also use peanut butter to keep your dog busy by hiding it inside a Kong toy or a hollow bone.

Plain Popcorn

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks and my dogs love it too. According to the American Kennel Club, popped corn kernels actually contain several minerals important to canine nutrition, like magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and zinc, along with fiber and trace amounts of vitamins. But beware of  butter, salt and other flavorings – these are NOT good for Fido. I always use plain, air popped popcorn. I pop some for myself and set a few kernels aside for the dogs before I flavor it. As with everything else, don’t go overboard. A few plain kernels should make your pup happy.

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