Boredom Busters For Dogs: Stuff Your Kongs!

A Kong is a durable rubber, super bouncy activity feeder.  A great source of enrichment and mental stimulation which gets your dog to work for their food. It is virtually indestructible and perfect for the avid chewer. They come in many sizes including an extreme version for the most powerful of jaws, softer ones for the Senior pooch and even a cat friendly version!

When should I use a Kong?

  • When giving your dogs some alone time. You and your dogs are currently spending a great deal more time together and it is important that they get some time to themselves to prevent separation anxiety when we all go back to work in a few weeks (fingers crossed!)
  • If you have a busy home with children home schooling then they will need a quite space to themselves from time to time. The Kong will keep them amused in one room while you get on working/teaching in another.
  • In the evening during quiet/settle time.
  • For dogs that gobble their meals too quickly.
  • On hot days. Freeze your stuffed Kong and turn it into a pet friendly ice lolly to help them cool down and have fun!
  • To relieve boredom from being walked less. A Kong will get your dog to use their brain. Manipulating and manoeuvring their Kong to work out how to get the treats out is great mental stimulation.

What can I stuff my Kong with?

You can stuff your Kong with anything that is healthy, suitable for your dog to eat and that they enjoy! Think outside the box and change it up to keep it interesting:

  1. Stuff with dry ingredients like Kibble, Plain Cheerios or Cooked Rice
  2. Stuff with crunchy goodness like Apples or Rice Cakes
  3. Smear the inside with Peanut Butter, Mashed Banana, Yoghurt or Pumpkin Puree
  4. Try superfoods like Carrots, Blueberries, Broccoli or Sweet Potatoes

Recipe Ideas!

  • Combine a ripe Banana with Peanut Butter
  • Combine apple sauce with chunks of fruit
  • Mini roast dinner of chicken, mashed aweet potato and broccoli
  • Combine banana, small handful of blueberries and natural yoghurt
  • Chicken or beef stock, fill kong and freeze
  • Cooked liver chunks, cooled Rice, carrots and peas

All of these can be frozen. I would recommend freezing all Kong ingredients as they make them last a whole lot longer and are less messy!

Healthy Treats examples that are suitable for your dog that you may have not thought of!

Apples                  Cantaloupe                         Eggs                       Peanut Butter    Spinach

Applesauce        Carrots                                 Green Beans      Peas                      Strawberries

Baby Food           Cauliflower                         Honey                   Pumpkin              Sweet Potato

Blueberries         Cheese                                 Kale                       Rice                        Watermelon

Broccoli                Cottage Cheese                 Oatmeal               Salmon                 Yoghurt

If trying any of the ingredients for the first time do make sure your pups aren’t allergic by testing in small quantities first. If giving as treat food, always give in moderation so you do not give your pup too much sugar which could disrupt their regular digestive system or cause weight gain if fed in excess. Make sure you have also selected the correct size Kong for your pet. Too small and they won’t be able to fit their tongues inside to retrieve the treat, it may be easily destroyed or worse a choking hazard. Too large and your pet won’t be able to hold or manipulate it correctly.