Does your dog have a Kong toy or an empty marrow bone? Often unless they are stuffed, dogs quickly become uninterested.
Why stuff a Kong or bone? Here are just a few reasons:
- Is your dog barking or crying when left alone or do you want to prevent it? Try leaving him with a stuffed & frozen Kong or bone every time you leave. It won’t be long before your dog begins to look forward to your departure.
- Is your dog full of energy & often bored because you don’t have enough time to exercise him some days? Giving your dog a stuffed Kong will stimulate him mentally & keep him out of your hair for a good 15 minutes or more.
- Do you love your dog? Give them a tasty treat once in a while!
Kong & Bone Stuffers
First things first. There are a few foods that can be toxic to dogs & shouldn’t be used. NO GRAPES, RAISINS, ONIONS, OR CHOCOLATE. Also, freezing whatever you fill the Kong with will make it last much longer! To avoid stomach upset, it might be a good idea to start off by stuffing with mostly your dogs food or other treats they get on a regular basis, then slowly begin adding in small amounts of other foods (plain yogurt and rice are usually good things to start with). Some dogs adapt very easily to new foods, other dogs have sensitive digestive systems. You will need to learn what works best for your dog.
- Dry Dog Food
- Canned Dog Food
- Dog Treats (anything from small training treats to larger dry treats)
- Meat: Chicken, Beef, Pork, Fish (Cooked or Raw)
- Plain Yogurt
- Apples or Bananas
- Potato or Sweet Potato
- Pumpkin (known to firm up dog stools)
- Eggs (Cooked or Raw)
- Canned or Fresh Green Beans, Carrots (fills up a belly without adding many calories)
- Organic Peanut Butter
- Hot Dogs
- Baby Food
- Cooked Rice
- Cooked Noodles
REMEMBER: Freeze your Kong or Bone for the longest lasting treat.