Like a lot of dog parents out there I’ve got Kongs for both of my rescue pups when I have to leave them for an extended period of time. It often helps distract them as I head out the door and keeps them entertained long after I am gone. But sometimes stuffing their Kongs with the usual peanut butter and treats gets a bit boring for them. Here are a few of our favorite alternatives to the standard peanut butter stuffing.
Canned Pumpkin- smear it on the inside of the Kong.
Kibble- stuff your dog’s Kong with his next meal and cap it off with a bit of peanut butter or cream cheese.
Cream Cheese*- smear it on the inside of the Kong.
Premium Canned Dog Food- select a high quality canned dog food that your dog doesn’t usually get and stuff it in his/her Kong for an extra special treat.
Unsweetend Applesauce- smear it on the inside of the Kong.
Bananas- mash some bananas and smear it on the inside of the Kong.
Oatmeal- add cooled, cooked oatmeal to your dog’s Kong for texture.
Chicken- add plain, boiled chicken to your dog’s Kong for a high value treat.
Cottage Cheese*- smear it on the inside of the Kong.
Cheerios- add plain, unsweetened Cheerios to the Kong for extra crunch.
Sweet Potato- stuff the Kong with plain boiled sweet potato.
Fruit Salad- stuff your dog’s Kong with a variety of fruit like blueberries and strawberries.
Greek Yogurt*- smear plain greek yogurt on the inside of your dog’s Kong.
Peas- add cooked peas to the Kong (often times defrosted frozen peas will work fine).
Layer It- to make your dog’s Kong more interesting try layering the inside with several of the above. You can even try freezing the Kong once it is stuffed for a challenge!
*Only add dairy products to your dog's Kong if they can handle the lactose found in dairy products.