Founded in 1976, in Colorado, USA, Kong Company has revolutionized the pet industry with its high-quality hollowed rubber toy that can be filled with treats.
The intention of this clever toy is to enrich dogs’ lives by stimulating them to work for food, which kills boredom and keeps them busy while pursuing a task.
You can fill a Kong with natural food, commercial dog treats, or kibble. You can also put a portion of your pup’s meal in a Kong instead of in the food bowl.
Kongs come in several sizes, and they are easy to clean with normal dish detergent, or in the dishwasher.
To add some delicious variety, check out this list of ideas for filling a Kong toy. Just watch out for the amount of food that you are giving your dog.
The Classic Peanut Butter (without Xylitol)
Filling a Kong with peanut butter has been a classic among pet owners, and dogs love it! The only precaution is to make sure that the peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
You can make it a little more interesting and smear one of the Kong’s holes with peanut butter, then add some dog treats or kibble and seal it off with some more peanut butter. Your fluff will get a surprise after licking the peanut butter off.
Yogurt is a probiotic which means that they contain living beneficial microorganisms that support the digestive systems of all animals. However, some dogs are lactose intolerant, so it is best to start with a tiny portion and see how your dog reacts.
Be sure to give sugar-free and sweeteners-free yogurt. Some sweeteners contain Xylitol. The best type of yogurt for dogs is plain Greek yogurt because they contain less lactose.
Greek Yogurt With Some Extra Yum
Fruits and berries are excellent additions to Greek yogurt. For that extra deliciousness, you could add a tiny touch of honey.
Be aware that not all fruits are safe for dogs. But we’ve got you covered with the following list of fruits dogs can eat.
Here is a list of fruits that are okay for dogs to eat:
Apples (remove stem and seeds)
Mangoes (remove the hard pit)
Oranges (not the peel or seeds)
Peaches (remove the pit)
Pears (remove the pit and seeds)
Pineapples (remove peel)
Pumpkin (best boiled and mashed to a pulp, or use canned pumpkin)
Watermelon (remove rind and seeds)
Cottage Cheese is rich in calcium and proteins, and contains very little lactose.
You can add oatmeal to the cottage cheese for a tasty twist (be sure to soak the oatmeal overnight in goat milk or kefir, or cook it briefly into a porridge).
Dog Dental Stick Challenge
Yes, you read it right! Get one of those dental sticks for dogs that are available in the market and insert it horizontally inside a Kong to give your pooch a real challenge.
Bread With Spread
You can spread gluten-free bread with peanut butter (Xylitol free), or almond butter. Fold the bread and put it inside the Kong.
Shredded Chicken Delight
Close one of the Kong’s holes with some gluten-free bread. Add cooked rice together with cooked and shredded chicken (no bones!). They should be cooked plain, with no seasoning.
You can also add cooked and puréed veggies or, if you prefer, use raw vegetables. Just make sure to chop or process any raw vegetables to a pulp. Finish by placing extra gluten-free bread on top to create a sort of sandwich.
Here is a list of vegetables that are okay for dogs to eat:
Beats (small amounts)
Spinach (very small amount)
Fish & Pasta
Although not particularly nutritious, pasta is okay from time to time.
Boil some plain, salt-free pasta. Penne pasta might hold the stuffing better. Or, you can use gluten-free bread to hold the filling.
Mix pasta with some cooked fish (without the bones). Do not season it. Add some cooked and puréed veggies, or finely chopped raw vegetables. See the list above for vegetables that are safe for dogs.
Sweet Potato Puréed With Organ Meats
Peel the sweet potato and boil it in plain water without any salt. Once the sweet potato has been boiled and is soft, mash it to make a purée.
Now you can pretty much add any meat, but we want to emphasize the significance of organ meats like heart, tripe, kidney, and liver from pigs, chickens, and cows as particularly nutritious for dogs. Close off the Kong holes with a little bit of the purée.
Seal off one of the Kong’s holes with cottage cheese and add one boiled egg. You can also mash the boiled egg with some dog-safe veggies from the list above. Add a tiny bit of extra cottage cheese to finish.
Kong is a great toy for keeping your dog busy. You can go as simple or as elaborated in the filling as you wish. Just make sure that the food you are selecting is safe for dogs, and watch out for the amount of food that you are giving your dog each day.
In this post, we have shared some interesting ideas for filling a Kong that we believe your pooch will love.
Let us know if your fur baby has a preference for one or more of the recipes above. We’d love to hear from you!
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