How to Stuff a Kong Toy
Snack KONGs continued...
Cut the fruit into chunks and put them into a KONG until the toy is about
two-thirds of the way full. Holding the KONG upside down, spoon cottage cheese
or yogurt into the remaining space. Finally, finish by putting a small
marshmallow into the KONG. Serve at room temperature or frozen.
- Canned or freshly cooked pureed pumpkin
- Yogurt or cottage cheese (only use plain or naturally sweetened yogurt—not
yogurt with artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to dogs)
- Cooked oatmeal
- Low-fat graham cracker
Put a spoonful of cooked oatmeal at the bottom of the KONG to seal the small
hole. Then put two spoonfuls of pumpkin into the KONG. Follow with a spoonful
of yogurt or cottage cheese. Repeat, layering the pumpkin and yogurt or cottage
cheese until the KONG is almost full. Then cram a few pieces of graham cracker
into the end of the KONG. Serve warm or frozen.
The Nutty Monkey
- Half a banana, cut into slices
- Peanut butter
- Roasted peanuts
- Plain, vanilla or strawberry yogurt (only use plain or naturally sweetened
yogurt—not yogurt with artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to dogs)
- A spoonful of wheat germ
Put a blob of peanut butter into an empty KONG to seal the small hole at the
bottom. Add a few roasted peanuts. Mix the banana slices with a few spoonfuls
of yogurt and the wheat germ. Then spoon the mixture into the KONG. Seal the
KONG at the top with another blob of peanut butter. Serve at room temperature
Late-for-Work KONGs (As Easy As It Gets)
Running late? If you’re busy and don’t have time to create culinary works of
art, you can simply take a few seconds to try the following ideas. This is KONG
stuffing at its fastest!
- Keep a stash of halved bananas in your freezer. When you’re on the run,
just grab a banana half and slide it into a KONG. Or slice an apple into wedges
and insert one or two of those into a KONG.
- Cram a large dog biscuit or two into a KONG. If necessary, squeeze the KONG
when inserting the biscuits to change the shape of the hole and fit them
- If you feed your dog raw food, try purchasing frozen raw medallions, which
easily pop into a KONG. Just turn the KONG upside down on a counter, large hole
facing up, and push the medallion into the KONG using the heel of your
- Use a squirt of Cheez Whiz®. Just insert the nozzle into the small end of
the KONG and squeeze in some cheese. You can also use a similar product made by
the KONG Company, called KONG Stuff’N™ Paste, which comes in liver and peanut
- Smear a spoonful of peanut butter or cream cheese (preferably low-fat) on
the inside walls of a KONG. If you think that your dog might finish licking out
the KONG too quickly, consider preparing a few peanut butter or cream cheese
KONGs in advance and leaving them in your freezer for quick use when you’re in
Bon appétit! For more great recipe ideas and information on serving sizes
and ensuring complete nutrition with home-cooked meals, we recommend Dr.
Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by
Richard Pitcairn, DVM; Real Food for Dogs: 50 Vet-Approved Recipes to Please
the Canine Gastronome by Arden Moore; and Home-Prepared Dog & Cat
Diets: the Healthful Alternative by Donald Strombeck, DVM, PhD.