Peanut butter is a great way to make chewy dog toys such as rawhide, pig ears and other toys such as the hollow rubber ones more interesting to dogs. It is fat (peanut oils), sweet (sugar) and salty all at the same time. Three tastes dogs like just like people. Dogs have about one-fifth the amount of taste buds as humans, so they are not picky about the brand.
Canine Peanut Butter Tolerance and a Warning
Peanut butter, in small amounts, is usually well tolerated by most canine digestive systems. However, there is a serious warning with some newer peanut butter brands that substitute xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener, for sugar. Even in miniscule amounts, xylitol can cause death in dogs. Their bodies think it is regular sugar and produce insulin to cover the extra carbohydrates. This then often results in severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose level), seizures and death. So far, it seems to only be an issues with certain health food store peanut butters. However, be sure to be on the lookout for it in your favorite peanut butter brands. Always check the ingredients on every new jar just to be certain.
To keep greasy peanut butter off of the furniture and out of the carpeting where your dog might chew his toy, just use a tiny amount and wipe away the residue. The scent alone will get a dog interested.
Using Peanut Butter on Chew Toys
The chew toy cannot be made of any sort of fabric. Hollow hard rubber toys, rawhide and other chewy toys made from animal products are suitable. Dog chew toys you want to use peanut butter with should be edible except for hard rubber toys that have hollow spaces for stuffing with treats. A tiny amount goes a long way. Even though dogs do not have a lot of taste buds, they more than make up for it with their ability to smell. Just a dab of peanut butter will get them interested. Dogs not consuming enough calories may be interested in eating peanut butter, but it should be used as a treat and not meal calories.
Have you spent a fortune in toys that your dog ignores? As long as they are not plush toys, try a dab of peanut butter to generate renewed interest. To dogs, peanut butter is like what candy is to children. Some dogs turn their noses up to it, but not many. Just be sparing in its use to avoid a mess or an upset tummy.