KONG dog toys are one of our favorite dog products. They're durable, fun and affordable. No wonder we think these super tough boredom killers are a must-have for any pup.
But KONG offers more than just a puppy every now and then. You can fill them with treats to keep your pup mentally and physically stimulated, and even pull one out during training.
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Except Taylor,Jiang Zemin, shares her KONG stuffing tips and 10 easy recipes.
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How to fill KONG
Some might say that filling in KONG is an art form. Sure, you can throw in some peanut butter and get away with it, but there are ways to make your KONG experience even better. Here are Taylor's tips on how to populate KONG:
Tip 1: Start Easy
I always start with KONG's dry food for beginners (especially puppies, who give up quickly if they don't understand that they're rewarded in that mysterious little gummy hive!).
I only feed two dogs dry food or training treats. Once they got used to it, I added a dollop of peanut butter and gradually increased the filling.
Tip 2: Layers matter
There is no right or wrong stuffing! It all comes down to which is best for your dog.
I recommend adding all the regular ingredients first and then adding the wet ingredients last - or - layering everything dry/wet/dry/wet.
Some people just puree and freeze them, others just make them as a loose snack - both work well.
I've found that mixing different textures/flavors helps keep my dogs interested and engaged so they don't get bored and leave the KONG midway.
I freeze treats to extend their shelf life and encourage my dog to lick (which is scientifically proven to help calm my dog).
Tip 3: Attract Puppies!
There's always something fun at the end of KONG to pique my pup's interest - so they know there's something delicious to cook inside!
It's like a nice little preview of what's to come and immediately grabs their attention.
TECHNIQUE 4: GET LOTS OF KONG
Stock up on a few different KONGs so you can prepare ahead of time.
When I had dogs, I found that four KONGs were the perfect number because I could easily replace them within a week.
Now I have two dogs and I have eight or nine of each.
TIP 5: CLEAN YOUR KONG
One of the biggest questions about KONG toys is how to clean them.
Make life easier in this sector by promotingbottle brushOr, recycle one of your old toothbrushes and use it as a special KONG toothbrush. The toothbrush will help you get into those hard-to-reach crevices in KONG toys.
KONG is also top rack dishwasher safe.
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When to give your dog KONG?
KONG is a great educational toy that provides both mental and physical stimulation. They are ideal for:
- educate:The KONG is a great tool for cage training and also helps reduce anxiety and fatigue in overactive dogs. They're a great place to chew!
- in a rainy day:KONG helps fight boredom. Give your pets the KONG on a rainy day to keep them excited.
- Snack time:KONG slows down eating to make it mentally and physically challenging.
- Teething + Dental Care:KONG helps teething puppies learn proper chewing habits and relieves pain.
- Play time:KONG bounces back! You can use it to play fetch.
Are there Kong toys for puppies?
The KONG Puppy is specially designed for puppies with deciduous teeth and gums. It is made of softer rubber to reduce pain during teething.
Available in four sizes: XS, S, M+L.
KONG comes in four variants. Besides Puppy, there are KONG Classic, KONG Extreme and KONG Senior.
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What size Kong does your dog need?
The Classic KONG is available in six different sizes.
You can choose the right size according to the weight of your puppy.
If your dog's weight is an issue, or you're not sure if you should be sizing up or down, KONG recommends taking a size up. When in doubt, always choose the larger size for safety reasons!
KONG comes in a convenient sizeBreed GuideFor owners of purebred dogs.
If you are purchasing a special KONG dog (KONG Puppy, Extreme or KONG Senior), please use the following size guide:
KONG filling concept
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: KONG FILLERS!
Check out these KONG packing options. Use these filling options to unleash your creativity and come up with your own recipes.
Have fun: choose an item from each category and create your own KONG combo. Think of this segment as the Chipotle of KONG.
Groceries have to be marched into KONG
- black pepper
- corn kernels
- green beans
- potatoes (peeled)
- sweet potatoes (peeled)
- Baby food (check ingredients)
- Sir Cheddar
- cheese slices
- cottage cheese
- serial number
- dog food
- dog snacks
- boiled eggs
- oats, cooked
- peanut butter
- peanuts or tree nuts (unsalted)
- wait for eggs
- travel, buy
- cheese spread
- Yogurt (Greek or plain)
- bone broth
- chicken broth (no onion)
- Coconut water
- Ice cream or sorbet (beware of added sugar)
- fresh cream
- Beef jerky
- chicken (diced or shredded)
- chicken heart
- chicken jerky
- cut cooked meat, rolled
- hot dog
- leftover meat (avoid poisonous spices or herbs, and of course no bones)
- liver pate
- liver, freeze-dried
- Steak (diced or shredded)
- Turkey (diced or shredded)
- turmeric orgold paste
10 Easy KONG Stuffing Recipes
1. Crispy Apple
- Selection of dog treats (shown here: Dogswell Chicken Jerky)
- Homemade, Dog-Friendly Apple Mousse*
The applesauce in the picture is thick but still dripping a bit. To avoid a mess, I freeze the filled KONG upside down in an egg carton.
*Apple Mousse Recipe:You can really use any applesauce recipe as long as you avoid added sugar/sweeteners. I cook mine in the Instant Pot and I think it really helps because it gives you the consistency you're looking for. I like mine thicker so it doesn't leak out of the KONG like crazy.
2. Mixed yogurt
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- dry food (use any part of ground beef if you're feeding it raw)
- sliced carrots)
- apples (chopped).
Serve fresh or frozen.
This is probably the easiest KONG to make, and the one we make the most: Chop up whatever dog-friendly fruits and veggies you have in the fridge, add some croquettes and yogurt, and voila! Delicious, quick and nutritious.
3. Eggs and Cheese
- boiled egg (half)
- low fat cheese
Served fresh, this option is perfect for older dogs who may not have the patience to eat a whole frozen KONG, or those who have lost their teeth and can't stand the crunchy ingredients.
Plus, it's high in protein and super healthy!
Elective:If you decide to freeze this variety, you can always add some bone broth or even a little water to bind the ingredients more tightly. If you decide to go this route, place your KONG upside down in a recycled egg carton to catch any drips.
4. Special shrimp
- mashed sweet potato
- Shrimp (always cooked* and peeled)
- Nutritional supplements (shown here: Bladder development supplements for our cystitis prone puppies)
KONG food is a great way to give your puppy additional nutrition. Mix all used supplements with wet ingredients before filling.
In this recipe, I put the prawns in the KONG first, then all the other ingredients.
*Always give cooked shrimp because of the risk of shellfish poisoning when feeding raw shellfish to dogs.
5. Peach Heart
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Dried Chicken Hearts
- peaches (fresh or frozen)
- Additional features (shown here:Cranimals Cranberry Powderand Thrive Bladder Support)
Just because you're not used to eating certain animal parts doesn't mean your dog won't like them!
Our dogs love chicken hearts both dry and raw. Chicken hearts are a lean protein that contains fatty acids, vitamin A, iron and B vitamins.
6. Fish dish
- carrot strips
Sardines are rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B12, amino acids and coenzyme Q10.
Buy a can of sardines at your local grocery store. Make sure it is salt-free and filled with water or natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, etc.
7. Mango Mix
- Organic mango puree (no additives - I use unsweetened organic baby food)
- raw quail eggs
- Frozen Bar Snacks
- peas (can be fresh or frozen)
This puree is pretty runny, so for this recipe I'll start with half the peas, then the quail eggs and croquettes, and finish with the puree.
Gently tap the KONG on the countertop to allow the puree to slide to the bottom and seal with the remaining peas. Freeze and serve.
8. Fresh breakfast
- Raw quail eggs (you can also use chicken or duck eggs - boiled or raw)
- strawberries (fresh or frozen)
First, insert a quarter of the strawberries so that the honey does not overflow from the bottom hole. The good thing is that honey is very thick. So the sooner you fold it up and put it in the fridge, the less likely the honey will sink to the bottom (challenge accepted?).
9. Protein shakes
- scrambled eggs
- Various treats for dogs
- low fat cheese
These six KONG ingredients will keep your pet interested for a long time! Eggs and chicken are excellent sources of protein, and the snack adds a pleasant crunch, while parsley freshens breath and calms the stomach.
10. Pumpkin Party
Made of KONG Goodie Bone, buy onehere.
KONG Goodie Bone z：
- Freezer Cubes * Pure Pumpkin Puree
- Frozen cubes made from croquettes mixed with natural yogurt
*These ice cubes are also perfect for KONG Goodie ribbons.
Ice Trays are perfect for KONG Goodie Bones and Medium/Large KONG. take ice trayhere.
These easy KONG filling recipes are a healthy treat for any puppy.
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Peanut butter, yogurt, canned pumpkin and fruit are a few favorites. Using a variety of different foods keeps the challenge interesting. For easy, fast stuffing use KONG treats. Baked to fit into KONG toys, KONG Snacks Peanut Butter can be stuffed into the toys whole or broken into pieces to add a yummy crunch.What can I put in my Kong to make it last? ›
- PEANUT BUTTER. We are always conscious of what we put into our bodies and what we give to our dogs, so it's important that we look at ingredients that are good for them. ...
- YOGURT. ...
- CANNED PUMPKIN. ...
- VEGETABLES. ...
- FRUITS. ...
- APPLESAUCE. ...
- DEHYDRATED DOG FOOD. ...
- MASHED POTATOES.
Not only are they excellent for heavy chewers and teethers alike, but they keep dogs occupied for long stretches of time. The key to a stellar Kong experience for your pup? Fillers. Kong encourages dog parents to fill their toys with healthy snacks to increase fun and create high-value rewards for pups-in-training.Can I give my dog a Kong everyday? ›
We whole heartedly recommend the use of stuffed Kongs. If you decide that a stuffed Kong should become part of your dog's daily routine. It is important to be consistent with them. Studies have shown that if a dog becomes used to a treat, such as a stuffed Kong, and then the treat stops happening.Why are frozen Kongs good for dogs? ›
Kongs are a wonderful way to feed your dog in a way that keeps them occupied. When the food inside the Kong is frozen, it takes longer for your dog to get it all out, which provides them a greater opportunity for problem solving, mental exercise, and using their mouths in the physical way that so many dogs need.Should you always freeze a Kong? ›
Yes indeed, freezing your stuffed kong makes it last exponentially longer and has the potential to keep your pup entertained for hours! It is important, though, not to jump to this step too quickly!What can I put in my dogs Kong to freeze? ›
- Peanut fro-yo: Half peanut butter and half yoghurt.
- Easy like Sunday morning: Wet dog food – nice and simple!
- Seasonal treat: One tbsp soft cheese, 50g cooked pumpkin and 80g wet dog food.
- Dogs dinner: 120g cooked rice, 100ml chicken stock (no salt) with 40g peas and 40g carrots (blended)
Can Dogs Eat Applesauce? Yes, dogs can safely eat plain applesauce! But applesauce generally includes added sugars, so always choose unsweetened applesauce and give it to them in moderation. You can freeze applesauce in ice cube trays and share with your dog after a long walk or on a hot summer day.Why do Kongs have two holes? ›
WHY YOU MAY ASK ? Toys such as Kongs have two holes in them - TO PREVENT SUCTION. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT ? When your pet licks at the contents of the toy or squeezes it in its mouth, their tongue can get SUCKED into the hole and get STUCK, this can cause horrific injuries to the point where the animal can actually die.Is peanut butter in a Kong good for dogs? ›
You can stuff KONGs with almost any kind of food your dog likes. Feed him his meals in a KONG by mixing his regular kibble with a little canned dog food, cottage cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, canned pumpkin or mashed banana.
Leaky food stuffed toys make a mess in your refrigerator, freezer and even your favorite rug. An easy way to prevent the food from leaking is to plug the holes with peanut butter. Serving as an adhesive, peanut butter can prevent watery ingredients from leaking out.How long should a Kong last? ›
Some pet parents report that after 7 or 8 years of regular use, the KONG starts to break down, with the rubber becoming a little sticky and oil leaching from it. Clearly, you should replace any KONG as soon as this happens. Still, 7 or 8 years regular use before it degrades makes this incredibly good value for money!Do you fill a Kong all the way? ›
(Never feed chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins or spicy foods.) Just plug the small hole with a chewy treat or peanut butter, flip the Kong over, and stuff! The stuffing should be well-packed so that your dog has to work for it, but not so tightly stuffed that your dog will give up.How Kong can dog go without peeing? ›
Dogs can go for 8 to 10 hours without urinating overnight, while sleeping. However, all dogs need to be taken out after a meal or a drink, upon waking up and after a period of play. Health: Urinary frequency in dogs will vary due to factors such as age, sex, body size and overall health.Can dogs eat cheese? ›
Cheese can be given as an occasional treat in moderation, alongside a healthy diet. If your dog manages to eat a whole block or other large amount of cheese, they may vomit. Keep an eye on them, and call your vet for advice if they become unwell.Does a Kong replace a meal? ›
Filling a Kong with your dog's normal meal is a quick and easy way to replace their dog food bowl and provide them with something fun to do.Do dogs get frustrated with Kongs? ›
If the Kong is too small and you have a large dog who is unable to extract the filling, it can become an exercise in frustration, and this is exactly what we are using the Kong to prevent; a bored, frustrated dog. If your dog is an exuberant chewer, consider purchasing the black Kong, as this is the most rugged.Do Kongs stress dogs out? ›
Giving them a stuffed Kong or lick mat while they are anxious or stressed can help them relax. This is especially helpful when your dog is home alone and/or crated. Dogs are Natural Chewers – Even past their puppy stage, dogs love to chew.Can dogs have yogurt? ›
Is Yogurt Good For Dogs? Yogurt is high in calcium and protein. It also can act as a probiotic, which can be good for the digestive system. If you feed your dog yogurt, it should be plain and free of any added sweeteners, both natural and artificial.Are there any fruits that dogs can't eat? ›
Tempting as it is to throw your dog an apple core or similar, the pips, seeds and stones from many fruits contain a small amount of cyanide that can be extremely harmful to your dog and even prove fatal. Notably fruits like apples, cherries, plums, peaches etc need to be avoided.
Layer the mash, chicken and carrots into the KONG making sure to put mash at either end to help seal the KONG. Once full put in the freezer and freeze until solid. Enjoy!What's the best yogurt for dogs? ›
Greek yogurt is the best choice for dogs. It has significantly less lactose than regular yogurt. Kefir, yogurt's smooth, drinkable cousin, is also low in lactose and safe for dogs. Some sugar-free yogurt may contain a sugar-free substitute, called xylitol that is toxic to dogs.Are bananas good for dogs? ›
Yes, dogs can eat bananas. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They're high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog's main diet.Why freeze Kong with straw? ›
For a frozen KONG-sicle treat: 1. Put a straw through the KONG to ensure that a pocket of air can travel through the KONG and that the smaller hole doesn't get completely sealed. This will prevent an air pocket from forming that can suction your dog's tongue into the KONG and get him stuck, which is very dangerous.How long should a Kong last a dog? ›
Frozen Kongs provide hours of quality, mental stimulation. Plus, they are super easy to make. A good stuffed Kong will last Moose and Koda anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.What is the best treat to put in a Kong? ›
What I like to do is dab a bit of peanut butter over the hole in the bottom of the Kong, then place it upside down in a cup and fill with your liquid and freeze it for a couple hours. Yogurt is another popular choice for stuffing Kongs. Canned Dog Food can be used as a base when stuffing a Kong.Can dogs have honey? ›
Honey is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. It contains natural sugars and small amounts of vitamins and minerals. It is also used as a sweetener in many foods and beverages.What liquid can I freeze for my dog? ›
Any dog-safe tasty liquid can be turned into a frozen treat. Simply pour into an ice cube tray and freeze so your dog can have a cube or two whenever you like. Consider your dog's taste buds and try something meat-flavored like no-salt-added beef or chicken broth.Can dogs eat popcorn? ›
Plain, air-popped popcorn is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. Buttered popcorn or popcorn with other toppings is not safe for your dog on a regular basis, although eating a few dropped pieces here and there probably won't hurt them.Can dogs eat oatmeal? ›
What's important to remember is that too much of any human food can be upsetting to a dog's stomach. Just because you're eating oatmeal daily for breakfast doesn't mean your dog should, too. Generally, you can feed your dog one tablespoon of cooked oatmeal for every 20 pounds of their weight.
Yes. Raw pineapple, in small amounts, is an excellent snack for dogs. Canned pineapple, on the other hand, should be avoided. The syrup in canned fruits contains too much sugar for most dogs' digestive tracts to handle.What do the different color Kongs mean? ›
For dogs 50 lbs and up. Red: For typical chewers. Black: For strong chewers. Blue: The strongest Kong rubber and will show up in X-Rays (just in case!). The classic rubber stuff-able dog toy.Why do Kongs get sticky? ›
Keep in mind that repeated exposure to the high heat may cause the natural rubber of KONG toys to wear down faster than usual. Older and worn down KONG toys may begin to feel “sticky” despite being perfectly clean and dry.Do Kongs get mold? ›
I don't usually wash our Kongs immediately after use, and sometimes they get lost under the couch for a few days (or weeks!) and I find a mold-crusted Lovecraftian horror inside.Can dogs eat cucumbers? ›
Cucumbers are perfectly safe for dogs to eat, and offer a low-calorie, crunchy snack that many dogs love. Cucumbers only contain about 8 calories per one-half cup of slices, compared to the 40 calories in a single medium biscuit, and are very low in sodium and fat.Can you microwave a Kong? ›
Melt in microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Give to pet after it cools.Are carrots good for dogs? ›
Are carrots safe for me to feed my dog?” While some of the vegetables we love are unsafe to feed our dogs, carrots are a perfectly safe and nutritious treat for your dog.What is the toughest Kong toy? ›
The KONG Extreme Dog Toy represents the most durable strength of KONG rubber, designed for the toughest of chewers, the KONG Extreme offers enrichment and helps satisfy dogs' instinctual needs.Do Kongs mentally stimulate dogs? ›
Unlike many toys, KONG chew toys also stimulates mental exercise for your dog's mind which is vital to overall health and minimize destructive behavior due to boredom. Sedentary dogs can often be enticed to become more active and play more with the use of interactive toys.How long does it take a dog to figure out a Kong? ›
Dogs LOVE to forage and find things! This simple “game” gets your dog noticing and more interested in that rubber hunk pretty quickly – usually within a few days. This first step is incredibly important for dogs who are timid or apprehensive about exploring.
Kong toys are excellent durable toys that you can leave in your puppy's crate. There are some toys that your dog may feel comfortable with. It may be its favorite toy when it's out of the crate or a toy that reminds it of you.How often do you wash Kong? ›
Clean KONGs after every use. Cleaning your KONG after every use is an important part of keeping your pooch safe and healthy. The snowman KONG shape that makes a great puzzle for dogs can also become a challenge to clean.Can you put KONGs in the dishwasher? ›
KONG Classic Rubber toys are top-rack dishwasher safe and can be washed with the rest of your dishes. You can still use normal dishwasher detergent while washing KONG rubber toys.What peanut butter can dogs eat? ›
' The good news is that regular peanut butter is safe to give your dog as a treat. Just make sure to avoid peanut butter with Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in lower or sugar-free products. Xylitol is the only ingredient in peanut butter that's bad for dogs.Can dogs eat cream cheese? ›
Is Cream Cheese Safe for Dogs? The short answer is yes—it is safe for dogs to enjoy small quantities of cream cheese as an occasional treat. Some dog treats even contain a thin layer of cream cheese frosting because cream cheese boasts several health benefits.What can I stuff my dog Kong with a sensitive stomach? ›
If your dog is prone to tummy aches, a KONG stuffed with boiled, de-boned chicken and cooked rice is a safe bet. Mashed plain or sweet potato can be mixed with crumbled bacon-flavored treats, a dollop of cream cheese and dog-friendly spray cheese for a yummy version of a baked potato!How do I keep my dog entertained with a Kong? ›
Step 1: Put a few treats/dry dog food in the Kong and then seal the big end with a little peanut butter. Serve. Step 2: Once your dog is drooling just watching you prepare the peanut butter Kong, you can start to freeze this peanut butter concoction. Serve after freezing.How do I keep my dog busy with a Kong? ›
Play today: you know the drill—give your dog a stuffed KONG to keep them busy, happy, and relaxed. Freeze for later: stuff a separate KONG and stick it in the freezer. Frozen KONGs are a greater challenge for your pup and will keep them occupied longer.How long should a dog chew on a Kong? ›
How long should a dog chew on a Kong? For healthy teeth and gums, dogs should chew for about 10 minutes a day. They will chew for hours if you let them. Take the toy away once they have gotten their treats so they don't chew excessively.Is peanut butter OK for dogs with sensitive stomachs? ›
As a general rule, both large and small dogs should also only eat peanut butter in small amounts. A tablespoon or less should be fine, but more can sometimes cause mild stomach upset.
Kongs can be stuffed with anything that is safe for your dog to eat. (Never feed chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins or spicy foods.) Just plug the small hole with a chewy treat or peanut butter, flip the Kong over, and stuff!What is the best food to give a dog with a sensitive stomach? ›
Boiled Lean Breast of Chicken or Turkey
This is one of the best foods you can offer your dog if he has a sensitive tummy. Not only is the fresh meat very palatable, but also full of protein without too much fiber, fat, or seasoning that can be a cause of stomach sensitivity.
These durable rubber toys are pretty safe to leave with them unattended. Over time, my dogs have learned it's a good thing when I leave for work because it means a frozen interactive toy. When purchasing Kong toys, choose a black Extreme Kong for powerful chewers or a Classic Red Kong for normal chewers.How long can a Kong keep a dog occupied? ›
Frozen Kongs provide hours of quality, mental stimulation. Plus, they are super easy to make. A good stuffed Kong will last Moose and Koda anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.Is a Kong mentally stimulating? ›
Our pets rely on us to make sure they receive the stimulation they need, and luckily, a stuffed Kong provides an excellent — and easy! — opportunity for mental stimulation.What colors can dogs see? ›
Human eyes have three different types of cones, which allows us to identify combinations of red, blue, and green. Dogs, on the other hand, have only two types of cones, which means they can only discern blue and yellow. As a result, dogs are red-green colour blind.When should you throw away a Kong? ›
Check the KONG regularly for cracks, separations or missing pieces and dispose of the KONG if you find any (or use the KONG pieces in nose work!). Some pet parents report that after 7 or 8 years of regular use, the KONG starts to break down, with the rubber becoming a little sticky and oil leaching from it.Do you have to freeze a Kong? ›
Yes indeed, freezing your stuffed kong makes it last exponentially longer and has the potential to keep your pup entertained for hours! It is important, though, not to jump to this step too quickly!