Peanut butter addiction has swept the nation, reaching doghouses on every block. If your dog goes hog-wild for that sweet sweet nutty butter, you’re not alone. Discover the warning signs you’re living with a full-blown PB addict and how to help your pooch practice peanut butter in moderation.
Peanut butter addiction can start young.
It often begins innocently enough.
A dab here. A dollop there.
Experimenting is no big deal, right?
But left unchecked, peanut butter use can turn ugly.
Downright dangerous, even.
And before you know it, your dog is posing for a mug shot with peanut butter from last night’s bender still smeared on his nose.
And coach calls home to tell you Junior is kicked off varsity because he’s been skipping out on practice.
There goes his free ride to college.
It might feel like you’re living in an afterschool special.
There are some telltale signs your dog may be a peanut butter addict.
Has she been hanging around with the wrong crowd lately?
Spending a lot of time in his crate by himself?
Does she seem distracted or withdrawn?
Is peanut butter the only thing that makes him happy?
Your dog might have a peanut butter problem.
Be sensitive when you confront your pooch about her habit. She may feel defensive.
He might offer excuses like, “This is my friend’s peanut butter. I was just holding it for him.”
Or: “I only enjoy peanut butter when I’m stressed out. It’s not a big deal. Sparky’s parents let him have peanut butter all the time.”
She might mention peer pressure.
Most dogs swear they can quit anytime.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.
It’s up to you to help your pup learn his peanut butter limits.
At first, your dog may be bitter or resent your efforts.
Give it time. Tell her it’s natural to be curious about peanut butter.
But it’s important to enjoy peanut butter responsibly and in moderation.