Delicious Kong-fections for everyone
A Kong for every dog!
If you are a fan of Wayward Dogs on Facebook, you have already seen this picture. Following a visit to Target the other night, we became a three-Kong household.
I trust that most readers already know what Kongs are, yet I was surprised to be asked for an explanation by a woman in the checkout line. She seemed impressed and excited when I told her that Kong toys, made in Golden, Colorado, are an excellent way to occupy a dog while you’re away. You just stuff ’em with the snacks of your choice – peanut butter, pureed sweet potatoes or official Kong filling – and freeze until it’s treat time.
Foster dog Charlie Machete gets a mid-size Kong Classic full of frozen goodness almost every day. The chew toy that makes him work for treats helps him stay stimulated and not destructive when he spends time in
his dog-cave the laundry room.
As an extremely food-motivated dog, Charlie Machete has always enjoyed dinner and treat-time puzzles, including the Kong Wobbler. However, recently I noticed that there was often lots of peanut butter left in the bottom when I picked up his Kong hours after he started gnawing on it.
That’s when I decided to get creative with my homemade stuffing. Gone are the days of just cramming a Kong full of peanut butter. What we make at the Wayward House is closer to a Kong parfait. Zach calls them Kong-fections.
How to Make a Kong-fection
Ingredients: Plain yogurt, peanut butter, bite-sized treats of your choice, honey and cinnamon (optional).
Step 1: Stuff a bite-sized treat (or portion of it) into the small hole. This will help keep the Kong from leaking.
Step 2: Spoon yogurt into the Kong. Two teaspoonfuls is about right for a bigger dog.
Step 3: Drop in a few more bite size treats. We’ve been using chewy training treats from Pet Botanicals. Carrot chunks or dried blueberries would be a good choice, too.
Step 4: Spoon in peanut butter. How much you add depends on how full you want the Kong to be. Again, two teaspoonfuls is about right for a big dog.
Step 5: Drizzle a small amount of honey into the Kong.
Step 6: Add a dash of cinnamon.
Step 7: Freeze until it’s Kong time!
This particular Kong-fection recipe gets Charlie Machete so excited that I was feeling guilty my dogs Luke and Scooby never got to try the goodness. That’s why the other day I bought them Kongs of their own. They are glad about that.
What do you put in Kongs for your dogs?
Would you like to whip up Kong-fections for Charlie Machete? He’s still available for adoption! Apply to make him yours through Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.
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Posted on September 28, 2012, in Dogs, Dogtography, Luke, Machete, Scooby and tagged activities for dogs, dog toys that stimulate, dog treat recipe, Food, homemade Kong stuffing, Kong, Kong stuffing recipe, peanut butter. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.