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What's a KONG?
The KONG is a nontoxic, dishwasher-safe rubber toy with a hollow centre. When stuffed with food, it provides dogs with a healthy outlet for their natural desire to chew and lick. KONGs come in many sizes, from very tiny to extra-large. Some are made for puppies with baby teeth, some are made for regular chewers and some are made for dogs with powerful jaws. There's a KONG out there for every dog! Read more...
Why Give Your Dog a KONG?
Nature made dogs to hunt, forage, scavenge and work for their food—not have it delivered for free in a bowl! One reason dogs develop behaviour problems is sheer boredom, resulting from a lack of physical exercise, problem solving and outdoor exploration and investigation. To make your dog's life more enjoyable, you can give him fun "work" to do when he's home alone or when you can't play with him. A dog must work to get food to come out by shaking, pawing, rolling, nibbling or licking a food puzzle toy.
How to Use a KONG
You can stuff KONGs with almost any kind of food your dog likes, just be sure to avoid foods that can be dangerous to your dog, like onions, garlic, avocados, macadamia nuts, bread dough, grapes and raisins, moldy foods, artificial sweeteners and chocolate. Some good ingredients are:
Start Out Easy
Dogs don't automatically know how to use food puzzle toys. They need to learn how. When you introduce your dog to the KONG, you'll need to make it easy for him to empty it so he doesn't get discouraged and give up. Use small pieces of kibble or treats that will fall out of the KONG easily.
Make It Harder
When your dog learns how to use the KONG and can empty easy KONGs quickly, you can make his job more difficult. He'll love the challenge!
• Use bigger pieces of food. Wedge chunks of fruits and veggies and larger biscuits inside the opening of the KONG.
• Put a few cubes of cheese inside the KONG. After stuffing it with the cheese and some of your dog's regular food, put the KONG in the microwave for just five to eight seconds so that the cheese gets sticky and soft. (Be sure that the KONG is completely cool before you give it to your dog.)
• Hide your dog's KONGs around your home. Dogs love finding hidden food and unpacking stuffed food puzzle toys! Try putting your dog's breakfast in KONGs and hiding them right before you leave for work in the morning. Your dog will have a great time working for his meal while you're away.
• Make a KONGcicle! They're great for spring and summertime outdoor enjoyment. First, put a dab of peanut butter at the bottom of the KONG to seal the small hole. Then turn the KONG upside down and place it in a cup. Stuff the KONG with kibble, canned food, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, banana or anything else you like and freeze it overnight.
The Nutty Monkey Stuffing Recipe
• Half a banana, cut into slices
• Peanut butter
• Roasted peanuts
• Plain yogurt
• A spoonful of wheat germ
Put a blob of peanut butter into an empty KONG to seal the small hole at the bottom. Add a few roasted peanuts. Mix the banana slices with a few spoonfuls of yogurt and the wheat germ. Then spoon the mixture into the KONG. Seal the KONG at the top with another blob of peanut butter.
Serve at room temperature or frozen.