Looking for more ideas to stuff inside of your dog’s KONG Dog Toy? The following KONG stuffing recipes make delicious dog snacks—whether you decide to stuff them inside of a KONG, or just whip up a batch as tasty homemade treats for you dog.
Just in case you didn’t already know…the list of things that you can stuff your dog’s Kong toy with is practically endless! Sure to keep your puppy entertained for longer than five minutes!
- Use your own judgement in deciding whether or not to fill your dog’s toy with human foods
- Depending on how much food your dog obtains from the toy, you may need to adjust their regular meals accordingly
- Keep in mind that there are human foods that you should NOT include in your dog recipes or dog’s toys
- Like toys, it’s important to use different kinds of treats each time you stuff your dog’s Kong toy
You can be creative and mix two or more pet-friendly foods to make your own Kong recipes (based on your dog’s personal tastes) or you can try some of the pretested fillings that have worked well for others listed here!
2-Minute Dog-Friendly Kong Recipes
- Peanut Butter Roll Up: Spread peanut butter on a slice of bread. Fold it in half and insert into the Kong. Serve! For an increased challenge, freeze it before serving.
- Sweet Treats: Use your finger to line the inside of the Kong with a sticky substance (i.e. peanut butter, honey, agave nectar, etc.) before tossing appropriately sized dog treats inside—depending on the size of your Kong, the treats should be sized close to the opening size to ensure that it does not simply fall out easily.
- Gooey Delight: Try microwaving peanut butter or cheese briefly first in order to make it runny and easy to pour into the Kong which can help decrease waste. Layer with other food items and serve! You can also freeze before serving for added variety. The heated peanut butter/cheese fills all of the crevices inside the Kong and serves as a ‘glue’ around the other ingredients making it more challenging for your dog.
- KISS (Keep It Simple Silly): For the low cost and simplest treat of all, just smear some honey or peanut butter around inside of the Kong. You’ll be surprised at how long your energetic puppy can work at this simple treat.
Tasty Kong Stuffing Recipes to Try
The following Kong fillings are made with one or more human food ingredients:
Ingredients: A portion of your dog’s normal kibble, a spoonful of meat paste, and a chunk of banana
Method: Fill the Kong half full with kibble, add the meat paste. Using a stick object to mix the meat paste into the kibble. Add the remaining kibble and pack it tightly. Plug the large opening with the banana piece.
Food Fact: Banana is a ‘prebiotic’ food—which serves as a valuable nutritional base to feed your dog’s beneficial bacteria (in his tummy) which will promote good digestive health.
Ingredients: A portion of your dog’s normal kibble, a spoonful of cottage cheese, and a chunk of banana
Method: Fill the Kong half full with kibble, add about 3/4 of the cottage cheese, and shake the Kong to coat the kibble with the cottage cheese. Add the remaining kibble, packing it well, then fill with the rest of the cottage cheese before plugging the opening with the banana piece.
Food Fact: Cottage cheese contains ‘casein’ protein amino acids, which the body converts into natural opioids that can cause a calming effect for your canine friend. This is particularly useful to help dogs with separation anxiety feel more relaxed alone.
SWEET & NUTTY
Ingredients: Cooked rice, mashed sweet potatoes, and a spoonful of peanut butter
Method: Mix all of the ingredients together. Fill the Kong with the tasty blend and it is ready to serve. Alternatively, you can freeze the Kong to use for later—this is an great way to keep your dog occupied and busy because it will last much longer.
Food Fact: Sweet potato is an excellent source of beta-carotene. In the body, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A and serves as a powerful antioxidant that helps in supporting your dog’s immune system.
Ingredients: Yogurt (Plain or Greek), a handful of blueberries, and a whole banana
Method: Mash the blueberries, banana, and yogurt together in a bowl. Spoon the blended mix into the kong and freeze it before serving.
Food Fact: Blueberries can help support cardiovascular and urinary tract health due to its high antioxidants and vitamin C levels.
Ingredients: Cooked rice, a scrambled egg, and a hot dog
Method: Blend the scrambled egg, rice, and hot dog slices in a bowl. Fill the Kong with the blended mix, using a hot dog chunk to plug the end.
Food Fact: Eggs are ranked highest (100) on the biological value (BV) scale—this means it contains all of the essential amino acids required by your body at a high digestibility rate.
Ingredients: Cooked rice, Yogurt (Plain or Greek) or Kefir
Method: Mix the yogurt and rice together and stuff it into the Kong. It can be served immediately or frozen for later use.
Food Fact: This is similar to the well-known boiled chicken and rice recipe. The blandness of the white coupled with the beneficial bacteria in the yogurt is an excellent recipe to help ease dogs with sensitive tummies.
Ingredients: Yogurt (Greek or Plain), a whole banana, a spoonful of peanut butter, and a dash of honey.
Method: Mash the banana and blend together with the yogurt, peanut butter, and honey. Fill the Kong with the concoction, serve immediately or freeze for use later.
Food Fact: Besides its antibacterial properties which can help with GI issues (overgrowth of harmful bacteria, gastritis, IBD, colitis, etc.); honey can also help desensitize your dog’s body against seasonal allergies due to the minute amount of local pollen that it contains.
Ingredients: Bran cereal and a spoonful of peanut butter.
Method: Fill the Kong half full with bran cereal, add the peanut butter. Use a stick object to mix the peanut butter into bran cereal. Add the remaining bran cereal and pack it tightly, top off with some peanut butter as a closing cap.
Food Fact: The high fiber in the bran helps in ‘clearing out’ blockages and problems as it passes through the digestive tract. In addition, bran also helps regulate your dog’s bowel movements, lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and increase energy levels.
Ingredients: Pureed (canned) pumpkin, tahini paste (or peanut butter)
Method: Mix the pureed pumpkin and tahini paste together and fill it into the Kong. Serve immediately or freeze for use later.
Food Fact: Tahini, sesame seed paste, is a great source of calcium and zinc—minerals essential for healthy bones.
Ingredients: Yogurt (Greek or Plain), a spoonful of peanut butter, a scoop of pureed (canned) pumpkin, and a mashed whole banana.
Method: Blend all of the ingredients together and fill the Kong. It can be served immediately or frozen for later use.
Food Fact: Besides being an outstanding solution for two common canine ailments (diarrhea and constipation); pumpkin contains more potassium content than a comparable volume of banana—this electrolyte is essential for healthy muscular contraction and recovery from physical activity. In addition, pumpkin is also rich in vitamin C, valuable source of carotenoids, and high in omega-3 fatty acids.