If you have not yet tried giving your dog a Kong toy, immediately visit your favorite pet store to bring one home! Well, ok, maybe not immediately, but Kong toys can be a great idea for dogs who need a little entertainment or busywork during the day. A Kong filled with something great inside can be a great way to keep your day entertaining while you are at work, perhaps a momentary distraction when guests arrive or as a reward for tasks well done. Take a few minutes this weekend to try a new recipe and see how your baby loves it!
Kong toys are inspired by a dog's natural instincts to chew and lick, especially when stuffed with something delicious to draw interest. Similar to any food puzzle toy, the Kong makes your dog work to receive the food inside. With a hole on either side, a dog must use all of his tricks on a puzzle toy to get to the food, keeping your dog quite entertained.
To draw interest in the wood, begin with a type of food your dog can easily shake out of the Kong, maybe even her regular dog food. Mix the food with a little peanut butter, pureed pumpkin, or mashed bananas to make it sticky enough to stay inside. You could also try sweet potatoes and white rice. Next try sealing the ends of the Kong with peanut butter.
To treat your dog to something extra special, try the following recipes for Kong stuffings from the Kong website. Also, try pouring chicken broth over the food inside the Kong and freezing overnight for a longer lasting treat. It can be easier to mix up a larger batch of these recipes as well, and set aside part to use later. You can even freeze leftovers to defrost later, or even try freezing in smaller portions (maybe in an ice-tray!) to push into the Kong later without defrosting.
Diva Dinner - Layer the Kong with cooked and diced chicken breast, diced carrots, frozen peas, and rice. Pour a little broth or gravy over and seal with peanut butter on the ends.
Hungry Hungry - Layer the Kong with your favorite canned dog food, chopped carrots, cheese bits and kibble. Seal the end with a little peanut butter.
Also, try this allergy friendly recipe from the ASPCA :)
Itchy Dog Kong
- Your dog’s prescription kibble
- A few spoonfuls of water or prescription canned food
- Grated, steamed or raw asparagus spears, broccoli, zucchini and/or carrots
- A few chunks of apple, banana, watermelon, cantaloupe, a strawberry, some blueberries or a section of orange
- A hypoallergenic biscuit, formulated for dogs with food allergies (ask your dog’s veterinarian about where to find these)
- Baked russet or sweet potato
- Vegetarian refried beans
First drop the fruit into the bottom of the KONG for dessert. Then mix together your dog’s kibble, the wet food or water, and the veggies. Put a spoonful or two of the mixture into the KONG. Then put a chunk or two of potato in. Repeat, layering the mixture and potato until the KONG is almost filled. Finally, cram the biscuit into the end of the KONG. Seal everything in with a dab of the vegetarian refried beans. Serve warm, at room temperature or frozen.