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What can you do to make your dog almost as happy as she is when you walk in the door at night?
Get out a Kong stuffed with all her favorite treats, of course! And better yet you can save some money by making these easy dog Kong recipes at home with leftovers.
For those who might be unfamiliar with a classic Kong toy, it’s a strong rubber cylinder shaped toy with a hold in the center for filling with treats and food. Your dog chews and licks the Kong to get the filling out. It provides a mental and physical outlet for your pup.
Kongs come in different sizes and strengths for puppies all the way through extreme chewers.
Example of a Large Classic Kong toy
You can learn more about uses for Kongs and other interactive dog toys to improve your dog’s physical and mental stimulation here.
Is It Expensive To Make Dog Kong Recipes At Home?
Making dog Kong recipes at home doesn’t have to be expensive. Much of what you use can be leftovers like a handful of chicken, the last of a plain yogurt container you aren’t going to eat, or some berries that are leftover. Of course, you don’t want to feed your precious pup spoiled food – just food that’s leftover and might have been thrown out anyway.
Don’t give your dog regular human leftovers like casseroles or other foods. They may contain foods like onion that can make dogs sick. Stick to single-ingredient foods as much as possible.
You can also freeze small bags or containers of small amounts of leftovers or over-ripe bananas for later use. Just thaw them out when you’re ready to make your dog’s next Kong.
Need a way to make Kongs for your dog that doesn’t cost anything extra? Then stuff them with your dog’s mealtime food. Instead of feeding your dog out of their bowl for every meal, mix it up a little and give them their dinner (or part of it) in a frozen Kong toy to make it last longer.
Ideas Chart For Stuffing Ingredients
Use one or more than
one mixed together
|Canned Dog Food||Diced apple||Shredded carrot||Fresh chopped chicken or canned chicken drained and rinsed|
|Plain Yogurt||Berries (blueberries, strawberries,|
|Mashed or cubed sweet potato||Fresh salmon or canned salmon drained and rinsed|
|Applesauce||Mashed Banana||Peas||Dry or moist dog treats|
|Peanut Butter (NO artificial sweetener brands only),|
melted and mixed with another base ingredient
|Watermelon (deseeded)||Shredded zucchini||Cooked ground turkey or chicken|
|Mashed Potatoes||Cubed fresh peach, no pit||Chopped cucumber||Cooked brown rice|
|Canned pumpkin (plain only, not pumpkin|
|Cubed fresh pears, no seeds||Chopped celery||Kibble, dry or moistened|
How To Make a Stuffed Kong
Step One – Base Ingredients
First, choose one or more of the base ingredients from the chart above.
These are all ingredients that are easy to mix other foods into, and freeze well if you choose.
Peanut butter is probably the only ingredient I wouldn’t use exclusively because it would have way too many calories and too much fat for your dog, especially if you’re stuffing a large Kong.
I often spread a thin layer of peanut butter around the inside of the Kong and then stuff it. Or, as you’ll see in step three, I use a little glob of PB to close off the ends of the Kong to hold the stuffing inside.
Make sure the brand of peanut butter you use doesn’t use artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which can be toxic to your dog.
Step Two – Add-In Ingredients
After you choose your base ingredients, add one or more from the fruit, veggie, and other columns.
Pro Tip: Try to use only fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables in your recipes. Canned fruit is packed in syrup and provides too much sugar for your pup, and canned veggies often have too much salt. If you’re using canned meats like chicken or salmon, drain the water out of the can and rinse the meat to reduce the amount of salt significantly.
Step Three – Get Stuffing!
Start the Kong stuffing process by closing off the small hole at the bottom of the Kong so ingredients don’t leak out.
You can use a can of processed cheese like Easy Cheese, Kong brand cheese or peanut butter in a can, or just regular peanut butter. If you use a canned product, just insert the nozzle into the hole and hold the nozzle down to get cheese started. It only takes a second or two and the inside bottom of the Kong will be closed off with the cheese or peanut butter.
If you’re using regular peanut butter, put some on the end of a butter knife and close the hole off from the inside.
Now you can add in the mixture of base and other ingredients. If you want to layer ingredients you can do that too. For example, start by adding a couple of spoons of canned dog food, then a few dry treats, then spoonfuls of pumpkin, followed by chicken pieces, until you’re done.
When the Kong is stuffed the way you want it, close off the large top opening by using a large treat, peanut butter, or cheese.
You can give the Kong to your dog right away or freeze it. I recommend freezing it because it lasts much longer, and is less messy on the floor. I freeze them in a zipper bag to keep them fresh and keep the cheese or peanut butter from sticking to other items in the freezer.
If you do give it to your dog fresh, make sure to put down a towel or blanket to save your floor. Or have your pup eat it outside if the weather is nice.
Dog Kong Recipes
As you can see, it’s easy to whip up a batch of Kong stuffing based on your own fur kids’ favorites. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
|Name||Main Mixer(s)||Add Ons – Choose One or More|
|Sweet Tooth Stuffing||Applesauce, Yogurt||Berries, Banana, Peaches, Watermelon, Apple|
|Thanksgiving Stuffing||Canned Pumpkin||Turkey, Peas, Celery, Zucchini, Brown Rice, Apple|
|Meat Lovers Stuffing||Canned Dog Food||Chicken, Turkey, Salmon, Dry Kibble, Moist Treats|
|Meatless Monday Stuffing||Mashed Potatoes, Canned Pumpkin||Any Veggie From The List, Brown Rice|
|Summer Refresher Stuffing||Yogurt, Peanut Butter||Diced Apples, Cucumber, Watermelon, Pears|
Stuffed Kongs are a great way to help reduce boredom for your dog and slow down their eating. Make sure to check out more ways to keep your dog engaged and busy – and slow down their eating speed- with interactive dog puzzles and dog slow feeder bowls.
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