The mighty Kong has been around for a long time. It’s the one toy that every client seems to already own, so let’s look at how we can get the best out of them. It has come to my attention that most people don’t know the ‘tricks of the trade’ with these great dog toys. Kong sell a range of biscuits and food sprays which can help to make them more interesting but here are our 4 Best Kong Recipes!
What is a Kong?
The Classic Kong is a honeycomb shaped toy made of a durable rubber (there is an extreme version available). It comes in various sizes suitable for all dog breeds.
What’s the Kong for?
It has a big hole in the bottom of it. You put food in hole and it becomes a great mental stimulation game for your dog. It’s a great way to replicate natural foraging, making your dog’s food a become a challenge rather than just presenting them with an easy meal.
What’s currently available to fill the hole?
Kong: Easy Treat - Kong offer a meaty spray of different flavours, such delights as Liver, Cheese and Peanut. These are obviously an easy way to fill your Kong but with the average price being £10 a bottle it can be rather expensive. They also don’t last overly long so not really cost effective.
Kong: Stuff’n - These little biscuits are designed to be stuffed inside the Kong, they are also of various flavours. They are pretty useless, most dogs will easily get the biscuit out in a few minutes. The idea of course behind using a Kong is to provide mental stimulation, not much stimulation going on if your dog eats the biscuit in 2 minutes.
How to get the best from the Kong?
Option 1 - Natural Yoghurt Ice Cream
Mix your dogs dry food or small treats with fat-free natural yoghurt. Spoon the contents into the kong, wrap it in cling film and put in the freezer. Once it’s frozen solid, serve it up to your dog.
Option 2 - Peanut Butter Delight
Fill the Kong ⅔’s of the way up, you can use your dogs own kibble or some nice tasty treats. Now use soft cheese or peanut butter to fill the remaining space. The big hole in the bottom should be completely blocked with the peanut butter or soft cheese. You can them give it straight to your dog like this or freeze it to make it last longer. Your dog will love licking at the high value food before releasing the biscuits or treats!
**Why not try filling it with healthy food, such as carrot, banana or vegetables.**
Option 3 - Cheese Medley
Your dog is going to love this one, its filled with cheese so maybe not to be given too often! Cut up some large cubes of cheddar cheese then mix it together with your dogs kibble in a microwaveable safe dish. Microwave for 5 - 8 seconds, until the cheese has melted then pour the contents into the Kong. Pop the Kong in to fridge until the cheese has hardened and give to your dog.
Option 4 - Leftover Surprise
Take your leftover dinner items (make sure they are dog safe). You can either cut them into small pieces or even pulse them into a paste. Put a dab of peanut butter in the small hole on top of the Kong. This will prevent leakage. Spoon the leftovers into the big hole. You can either give it to them now, freeze it or pour over some stock to bind the ingredients together to then freeze.
Kong’s are a great way to provide mental stimulation for your dog. They are available in many sizes to suit all dog breeds and will generally last the lifespan of the average dog. If you put a bit of effort and use your creativity they will become a star of your doggy toolbox.