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Need to get on a conference call or Zoom call? Keep your dog busy with a stuffable dog toy like a KONG®! We’ve got some great recipes and ideas for stuffing your KONG® toy–and the chance to win one below!
These toys provide a surface for chewing–but also challenge your dog to figure out how to get food out of the center of the toy! They’re great for dogs who need to make their meal last longer or dogs who need to stay busy (without finding something on their own to stay busy with!) If your dog suffers from separation anxiety or boredom, a stuffable toy makes a great diversion.
Freeze the toy to make the fun longer lasting and mix up the goodies inside:
- cooked rice
- mashed potatoes
- peanut butter (to plug the ends) and kibble
- cheese (to plug the ends) with green beans and carrots
- scrambled eggs
- any of your dog’s favorite meals
And we’ve got some fun recipes below for easy fillings for your KONG (including some frozen recipes that prolong the fun!)
For an added layer of interest, you could hide the loaded toy where your dog is unlikely to find it immediately such as under a bed or, if outside, perhaps behind a hedge in the backyard.
This works especially well with KONG® toys stuffed with dry ingredients that aren’t likely to melt or spoil.
How to Plug a KONG®
The key to keeping those KONG® toys stuffed—and making the toy/treat last longer for your dog—is a plug in both ends of the toy.
A KONG® is made with a small hole in the top of the toy and a larger opening in the bottom.
Some good options for plugging the holes include:
- cream cheese
- raw hamburger
- peanut butter
- cubes of cheese
- chicharrones (fried pork skin)
- a slice of processed cheese
- homemade chopped liver for dogs
Cleaning the KONG®
If you use a commercial stuffing toy like a KONG®, be sure to clean it after each treating session.
These toys can be washed in the upper rack of the dishwasher so you’re ready for the next treating session.
You can also use a bottle brush to get in the toy and give it a good scrubbing.
Frozen KONG® Recipe
The rubber KONG® toy is a favorite with trainers and behaviorists as a way to keep dogs busy and distracted. A frozen KONG® is a great way to provide a long-lasting treat on a summer day; your dog won’t be able to quickly break the ice with his teeth and will have to resort to licking the treat from the rubber toy.
1 coffee mug
1 cup beef stock (see below) or chicken broth
To freeze the KONG®, which has an opening at each end, place the toy inside a coffee mug with the small opening at the bottom of the cup.
Pour the stock into the toy; freeze until solid. Remove toy from cup before serving.
Beef Stock Recipe for Dogs
Although you can easily purchased canned stock or bouillon cubes, many commercial stocks include onion–a no-no for dogs.
It’s inexpensive and easy to make your own dog-friendly beef stock, which freezes well–and makes a tasty addition to a frozen KONG®.
- 5 pounds beef marrow bones
- 1 pound beef stew meat
- 2 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 celery rib, cut into 1-inch pieces (or celery tops from several ribs)
- Olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large roasting pan, spread out carrots, stew meat, and bones. Rub bones with olive oil.
- Roast for 45 minutes, turning meat and bones halfway through until meat and bones are browned.
- Place bones, meat, and carrots in large stock pot along with drippings and browned bits.
- Add celery then top with cold water reaching two inches over bones.
- Cook stock on burner’s lowest setting for four to six hours. Remove from burner.
- Discard bones. Dogs should never chew cooked bones, which become brittle with cooking, so discard these out of your dog’s reach!
- Using cheesecloth, strain the stock to separate the liquid from the vegetables and meat. Save these solids for another dish, for a stuffable treat toy, or for tasty toppers on your dog’s food.
- Refrigerate the liquid. When cold, the fat will rise to the top of the liquid.
- Remove and discard this solidified fat.
- Freeze the stock. It’s handy to freeze it in plastic zippered bags with one cup in each or in ice cube trays. Beef stock makes a flavorful substitute for water or chicken broth in many dog treat recipes and also is a tasty frozen treat.
Since the size of KONG® toys varies by the size of your dog, adjust this recipe for your own dog. You can also use this to stuff marrow bones.
This frozen KONG® can also be used to serve meals, especially helpful for gulping dogs or dogs that need to be occupied.
Add meat and vegetables to the beef stock before freezing.
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- 1 tablespoon plain, low-fat yogurt
- 1 tablespoon organic peanut butter
Use peanut butter to plug the small end of the KONG®.
In a small bowl, mash banana and yogurt, then fill KONG®. Use remaining peanut butter to plug larger opening.
Serve frozen or at room temperature.
You might picture cats when you think of sardines as a pet food, but dogs love this flavorful fish as well. Sardines are a healthy addition to treats, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and phosphorus. (This recipe makes enough stuffing for two medium KONG® toys.)
- 1 can (3.75 ounces) sardines in water
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- In a blender, mix all ingredients until well blended.
- Use a spoon to stuff filling into KONG® or other stuffable dog toy.
- Refrigerate unused portion. Store in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze in the KONG® for a longer-lasting treat.
Looking for more recipes? Download one of our free dog treat cookbooks!
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