How To Stuff A Kong Toy
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KONG Clássic ™ is a toy designed to entertain and stimulate dogs, while providing them with their favorite food. The KONG was designed as an enrichment method for dogs suffering from anxiety or behavioral problems. However, this toy can benefit any dog by providing them with mental stimulation.
If you already have a kong at home, it is likely that you are lacking ideas on how to stuff it. So, this is why, here at AnimalWised, we have collected 4 easy and simple homemade recipes to help you know how to stuff your kong toy.
What is KONG toy?
At first glance, a KONG toy looks like a simple food container. However, there are multiple benefits to its use. The idea of a kong, is to fill it to different foods which are attractive to your dog. This provides your dog with a fun and mentally stimulating exercise. The aim of this toy is for your pup to discover the best way to extract the food.
A Kong is mainly recommended for dogs suffering from: stress problems, separation anxiety or for dogs that spend a lot of time alone and tend to get bored easily. However, all dogs can take advantage of stimulating toys such as this one.
When using a kong at first, we recommend introducing it to do your dog with easy-to-extract foods. As your dog figures out how the kong works, you can begin to raise the difficulty level. Bearing this in mind, it can also be difficult to think up novel food combinations which will stimulate a dog's desire. Therefore, here we have collected a list of kong recipes to keep your dog interested.
How to stuff a KONG- Recipe 1
Potatoes are considered a very healthy food option for dogs, however, they should always be offered in moderation. Potatoes, rich in carbohydrates, will also keep your dog satisfied for longer. By adding a meat to the potato, like chicken or turkey, you can also provide your dog with its necessary protein requirement.
Portions will vary according to the size of the dog and the kong. Since the filling of a kong serves as an extra portion of its diet, you can make a large amount and save the rest for a different day (consult a veterinarian on the correct portion for your dog).
For this potato and chicken kong recipe, you will need:
- Chicken or turkey
Wash the potatoes very well, remove the skin and boil them in salt water. Cook until soft. Drain the water, let cool a little and then mash altogether to form a puree. Remove any skin or fat from the chicken or turkey, and add it to the mash potato.
Remember: Do not add: salt, oil, onion or garlic.
How to stuff a KONG- recipe 2
This carrot and cheese kong recipe can be served raw or cooked. You will need:
- Cheese (without salt, lactose-free)
- Turkey Ham (without salt)
Wash and peel the carrots very well. Boil them in a pot with water, until they are soft. Once softened, remove them from the heat, drain the water and let cool. Proceed to crush the mixture until pureed. Then, cut the turkey into small pieces and mix into the puree with one or two tablespoons of cottage cheese.
Wash the carrots and then remove the skin. Cut into thin circles or in stick form. Chop the ham into small pieces. Add the ingredients into your dog's Kong. Easy!
How to stuff a KONG- recipe 3
This beef and potato kong recipe is very similar to the first one: You will need:
- Low-fat beef
- Cheese (without salt, lactose-free)
Wash and peel the potatoes; and boil. While the potatoes are boiling chop some low fat beef. If you only have a steak, you can cut it into small pieces. Once everything is well cooked, drain and mash the potatoes until they form a puree, add the meat and cottage cheese and mix well.
How to stuff a KONG- recipe 4
Take a look at this dessert banana and yogurt kong recipe. To prepare this tasty kong recipe, you will need:
- Ripe bananas
- Yogurt (sugar-free and lactose-free)
- Natural eco-peanut butter
Remove the banana skin, cut into slices and then crush with a fork until a puree is formed. Add two tablespoons of yogurt (without sugar or lactose) and a teaspoon of natural peanut butter; mix well.
Remember: you should never add sugar, syrups or chocolate to dog food.
We recommend taking a look at this article on: forbidden foods for dogs.
Recipes to stuff a KONG
In addition to these already mentioned recipes, there are many other to chose from! The trick is to discover what foods your dog likes most. Some other recipes to fill your dog’s kong with include:
- Dog food (dry or wet)
- Dog biscuits
- Chicken Liver, neck and/or heart (cooked)
- Cooked egg
- Various fruits
Remember to avoid any foods that can be toxic to dogs, such as: garlic, onions and chocolate.
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