One of the most popular brands of dog toys nowadays is Kong. Especially if you have a dog who is a tough chewer, you most likely have one of these dog toys.
The classic rubber ones that you can stuff treats inside are the most popular. These kinds of toys have so many great advantages that it's hard to think of a reason why someone shouldn't invest in one.
Not only will these toys keep your dog occupied and entertained, but it will help to stimulate your dog's mind while they try to figure out the best way to get the treats out.
They offer a variety of sizes and strengths to choose from so no matter what size or how old your dog is, there's a Kong toy for you! We use the medium-sized extra strength classic toys because the boys are aggressive chewers and these toys are one of the only ones that have held up.
If you have a bigger dog you can get larger sizes, but I like to get ones that are slightly small so you can more easily stuff treats inside of them. The bigger the toy, the bigger the hole, so the easier it is for treats to fall out. I like giving my dogs a challenge.
There are so many other ways that you can use one of these rubber dog toys but today we're going to specifically talk about using them to stuff treats inside of.
So what do you stuff inside a Kong? Here is a list of dog-safe foods that can easily be stuffed inside any of the Kong dog toys, the classic ones or others.
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How to Stuff a Kong Dog Toy
The Stuffing Bases
Not all food will easily stick or stay inside a Kong, so you may need some bases to mix in to help the treats be more of a challenge for your dog to get out. Or you can just use these bases on their own and freeze them.
- Peanut Butter - this is probably the most common. It is said to be safe for your dog to eat, but honestly, I don’t it’s the healthiest option for your dog. Most people already have peanut butter on hand so it is easy to use! But PLEASE make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar replacement that is deadly to dogs.
- Canned Dog Food - just like the others, canned dog food can easily be mixed with other ingredients or used on its own.
- Yogurt - if you use yogurt, make sure it’s plain and there aren’t any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Some dogs have trouble digesting yogurt, so keep an eye on your dog the first couple of times.
- Canned Pumpkin - use 100% pure pumpkin. Pumpkin is a really healthy option as it helps dogs who are constipated or have diarrhea. This is the option we use the most often.
- Raw dog food - if you feed your dog raw food and they are a fast eater, this can be a great way to slow down their eating.
If you want to add more to your dog's Kong you can choose any of the items listed below to mix in with the bases listed above or use any of these on their own.
This is also a good list of human foods that are safe for your dog to eat.
- Dog food/kibble
- Dog treats - broken up or small enough to fit
- Cooked chicken - don’t add any oils or seasonings
- Cooked ground beef - don't add any oils or seasonings
- Apples (make sure there aren’t any seeds)
- Green Beans
- Scrambled eggs - don’t add any oils or seasonings
- Broccoli (use in moderation)
- Kale (use in moderation)
- Sweet Potato (use in moderation)
- Watermelon (seedless)
- Coconut Oil
You can mix and match any of the bases and extras, add multiple foods together, whatever you want! Switch things up once in a while to really keep your dog entertained. It will be fun for them not knowing what they will get inside their toy each time!
Try different combinations and see what your dog likes best and what doesn’t go over so well with your dog’s belly or tastebuds.
To create even more of a challenge or just a nice summertime treat, you can mix these up, stuff the Kong, and then place the stuffed Kong in the freezer for a few hours before giving it to your dog.
Leave a comment to let us know what your dog's favorite combinations are. Also, let us know if there's something we should add to the list!
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