We’re covering all things Kong! The Kong toy is an awesome tool for feeding your dog and keeping him stimulated and mentally challenged.
- How to Stuff a Kong
- What to Put in a Kong For Dogs
- How to Make a Kong More Challenging
- How to Freeze a Kong
They key to stuffing a Kong is to make sure you close the top hole of the Kong with a thick sealant (ex. peanut butter) to ensure that the goodies you’ve stuffed inside don’t fall out.
There are several different things you can put in a Kong toy to keep your dog amused. Popular Kong stuffed mixtures include:
- Peanut Butter
- Cottage Cheese
- Canned Pumpkin
- Mashed Banana
- Your dog’s usual meal (great way to feed dogs who inhale their meals)
- Dog biscuits (cram one or two into the Kong)
- Cheez Whiz or other spray cheese
- A mixture paste of 1/2 wet dog food and 1/2 dry dog food
Kong Simple Recipes
- Cheerios, peanut butter, and honey
- 1/2 kibble with 1/2 apple sauce
- 1/2 cup kibble, 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, and 1/4 cup chopped carrots. Mix, stuff, and top with a treat.
More Complicated Kong Meals
- Doggie Dinner: 1/2 ground meat (chicken, turkey, hamburger) with 1/2 grain (potatoes, brown rice, cooked oatmeal, or crumbled wheat bread). Add a spoonful of kidney beans and grated raw or lightly steamed veggies.
- Breakfast of Champions: 1 Scrambled egg with chopped tomatoes and grated or steamed bell peppers. Seal with chunk of cheese.
- Fido Fruit Salad: Fill Kong 2/3 with chopped apples, bananas, and melon. Hold Kong upside down and add cottage cheese or yogurt (plain – not artificially sweetened, which can be toxic for dogs) until full. Lastly, add a marshmallow!
- Puppy Pumpkin Pie: Spoon some cooked oatmeal in to seal the hole. Add two spoonfuls of canned pumpkin puree. Next, add a spoonful of yogurt or cottage cheese. Continue layering until full. Then add some pieces of graham cracker into the end of the Kong hole.
You can basically stuff the Kong with anything (besides foods that hazardous for canines) . Just seal off the holes with peanut butter or cream cheese (something thick).
Stuffing a Kong dog toy, along with other treat dispensing dog toys, is a great way to keep your dog happy and occupied. They are an especially good idea when you plan on leaving your dog home alone all day while at work.
If you want to make your Kong toy more challenging for your dog, here are some tips to boost the difficulty level.
- Hide the Kong. Hide your Kong toy in different spots around the house for your dog to hunt down and find.
- Freeze it. Freeze your filled Kong overnight and your dog will be licking at it all day!
- Use larger pieces of food. Try wedging fruits, veggies, or large dog biscuits into the Kong opening.
Simply fill with a favorite Kong recipe and freeze overnight!
For a frozen Kong-sicle treat, seal off the smaller hole with peanut butter or cheese (whatever provides a decent seal). Turn the Kong upside down and place in a mug, with large hole facing up. Fill the Kong up with chicken or beef broth, then insert the mug with the Kong into the freezer. Leave it for a night, and then you’ll have frozen treat for your lucky dog!
It’s also smart to give your dog chew toys (like bully sticks or elk antler chews) that will take them some time to go through – having something for your dog to do is essential. If your dog has a mighty mouth, make sure to only seek out dog toys specifically made for aggressive chewers. Luckily, Kong is one of those toys made with tough chewers in mind!
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