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How to Stuff a Kong

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Learn how to stuff a kong to maximize your dogs enjoyment in this great, classic dog toy.

Kong toys are a brilliant design. When matched properly to the dog’s chew style, they (usually) offer long term, long lasting fun in a total customizable package. Customizable because you are put whatever your dog likes into the kong to entertain him (and you) for hours.

How to Stuff a Kong: Level 1
You can start off using the products made by Kong for Kongs. The spray canisters are easy to use, tidy and work just fine.

KONG 8-Ounce Stuff’N Easy Bacon and Cheese Treat for Dogs

  • Contains real bacon
  • All natural
  • Designed for stuffing KONG dog toys
  • Made in the USA
  • Great as an anytime treat
  • The KONG Company is excited to announce a new KONG Stuff’N Easy Treat formula. Our new, irresistible Bacon and Cheese Recipe tastes great and will keep dogs coming back for more. All Easy Treats are easily digestible and contain no trans fats. The unique and convenient spray can is ozone-friendly and has a built-in nozzle perfect for applying small amounts of Easy Treat paste into any rubber KONG toy.
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Other Flavors of the Kong pastes. Prices vary slightly.

KONG Stuff’N Snacks, Peanut Butter, 11-Ounce, Large

  • Low in fat.
  • Designed for stuffing small kongs.
  • All natural with peanut butter.
  • KONG Snacks are made with high-quality natural ingredients. These tantalizing treats can be used anytime, but are specially shaped and sized to fit your dog’s KONG toy. Stuff’N Peanut Butter Snacks are low fat, easily digestible treats.
  • Made in USA.
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Want to mix it up? Put break up a biscuit, stuff that in then put a spray “cap” on it. Or spray a bit in the end then put a biscuit blocker in there.

How to Stuff a Kong: Level 2

Make your own fun! Take a small amount of peanut butter or plain yogurt and smear it inside the kong. That will keep your dog licking and focused for minutes.

Or press a bit of ripe banana or apple in (if your dog likes those things). Make a puppy parfait by layering a few pieces of his kibble, a bit of plain, low-fat yogurt, a hunk of banana, a smear of peanut butter.

Know your dog! If he has a sensitive tummy, stick with his kibble and maybe some low-fat plain yogurt or plain, unsweetened (not “sugar-free”) applesauce.

I’ll also wedge in hunks of dog biscuits to make a complex, time consuming canine project. Here’s one of my favs: Wellness WellBars . Wide variety of flavors, very hard and a great square shape. Make it even harder to get out by wedging it into a dab of peanut butter at the bottom of the kong.

Have fun, be creative. *

How to Stuff a Kong: Level 3

Soak your dog meals in water then pack a few kongs. Feed them out of those to keep active, busy dogs occupied.

Is that too easy? Then freeze them. Remember, pack the kongs lightly as they expand when frozen! A couple of food-filled frozen kongs can keep a persistent dog occupied for a good long time.

Experiement to see what works best for your dog. Some love a tough challenge, others give up. Match your “stuff a kong” style to your dog and both of you will have great fun!

WARNING: Never use raisins, grapes, onions or chocolate as all are toxic to dogs!


Author: Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, Dog Expert, offers experienced-based dog info with humor. Author of 8 books, seen on PBS, Sarah knows all about dogs. {Pip} is her rescue dog.

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  1. Thank you Sarah for your advise on stuffing a Kong. I have used peanut butter and my dog’s favorite treat stuffed into her Kong. Little Casey loves her Kong with the peanut butter and treat and it does keep her very busy for about 20 minutes or so. I do make sure though that she is in her crate so that she doesn’t get any peanut butter on the rug. Thanks very much for your great advise in dog training on Comcast.

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