A KONG is a nontoxic, dishwasher-safe, enrichment toy with a hollow center. By filling this hollow center with food, you can use KONGs as a useful enrichment tool for your dog. They’ll have to work to get food to come out by shaking, pawing, rolling, nibbling, or licking. The effort dogs make to get their treat from a KONG toy eases boredom, reduces destructive behavior and lessens the anxiety they can feel when alone. For an even greater challenge (and more enrichment), try freezing KONGs after filling them with food.
Place a little morsel of freeze-dried liver, hot dog, cheese, peanut butter, or other high-value snack into the little hole at the top of the Kong.
Fill approximately one-third of the Kong cavity with doggie treats such as biscuits or marrow bites.
The next two-thirds with dry or canned dog food. Bookending it with some food roll and/or peanut butter can help sweeten the pot even more for your dog.
Finally, leave a tasty tidbit sticking out of the opening. The easy start will provide immediate payoff and entice your dog to “get serious” about starting off the job.
Try These Specialty KONG Recipes
Try these KONG recipes. You’ll surely find one your dog goes bananas for!
- One fresh banana
- Two tablespoons of wheat germ
- Two tablespoons of plain yogurt
In a bowl, mash up the banana. Then, add wheat germ and yogurt to the bowl. Mash all of the ingredients together and use spoon to add to the KONG. Freeze for four hours and serve!
Mac ‘N Cheese
- Leftover macaroni and cheese
- A small cube of Velveeta cheese
Melt the Velveeta cheese in the microwave until it is gooey. Add your leftover macaroni and cheese to KONG toy. Pour the heated Velveeta into KONG. Make sure it has cooled before giving to your dog. It looks so good that you’ll want it for yourself!
Frozen Jerky Pops
- Peanut butter
- Jerky strips
Smear a small amount of peanut butter over the small hole at the top your KONG. Once frozen, fill the KONG with cool water and add a pinch of bouillon. Place a jerky strip or two inside the KONG and freeze!
- Steak scraps
- One ounce of cream cheese
Place the scraps of steak inside your KONG toy. Then, spread cream cheese in large hole to hold scraps. Your dog will think he’s at Geno’s in Philadelphia!
Remember: Despite being a traditional cheesesteak ingredient, never feed your dogs onions. They contain N-propyl disulphide, which is very toxic for pets.
Simple, Tried, & True
- Peanut butter OR
- Cream cheese OR
- Plain Greek Yogurt
Simply smear one of these ingredients on inside of your KONG toy. Freeze for longer lasting fun. It’s that easy!
Always Use KONGs Safely
Your dog’s safety is your responsibility. Always supervise your dog’s use of KONGs until you are confident they can be used safely without you. If your dog has special diet restrictions, adjust recipes accordingly. Also, make sure your peanut butter is dog safe!