For Humans: a Fun and Tasty Activity for Your Dog

First, keep in mind: The ingredients you use to stuff your dog’s Kong will add extra calories, in addition to their regular food. However, it can BE the meal! Therefore, to avoid overfeeding, you should adjust their rations accordingly at regular mealtimes.

With that said, for you first-timers out there, here are some simple one-ingredient stuffers to get you started:

  • Peanut Butter — Smeared or Stuffed
  • Canned Pumpkin — Smeared
  • Canned Premium Dog Food — Smeared
  • Cottage Cheese — Stuffed
  • Ground meat, raw or cooked — Smeared or Stuffed
  • Greek Yogurt — Stuffed
  • Kibble — Capped with a thick paste (such as peanut butter) to keep it inside the Kong

Now, for the fun part! Feel free to practice with 2-layers or two ingredients and work your way up as you get comfortable. Practice makes perfect!

Here are many other easy and healthy ingredients to try grouped by suggested layers (many are interchangeable.)

First, choose a toy that fits your dog’s size. We have a variety of sizes at the Cats n Dogs Store!

Cap the end with a little peanut butter. Layer the goodies. Stick a cookie out the end. This can be frozen for summer fun or served at room temperature.

Layer 1: Tantalizer

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Canned Dog Food
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Yogurt (Greek or Plain)
  • Apple Sauce (May need to cap with peanut butter)
  • Liver Pate (I don’t need the spices or cream cheese; I LOVE it just mashed!)
  • Cheese Spread

Layer 2: Dessert

  • Dog Treats
  • Apricots (no seed!)
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Cheerios
  • Green Beans
  • Liver, freeze-dried
  • Nectarines (no seed!)
  • Peaches (no seed!)
  • Peas
  • Strawberries
  • Hard biscuits

Layer 3: Entree

  • Baby Food
  • Bran Cereal (Avoid raisins)
  • Chicken (real, not Deli meat), cooked & shredded
  • Turkey (real, not Deli meat),, cooked & shredded
  • Leftover meat scraps (non-spicy)
  • Eggs, cooked
  • Dog Kibble
  • Oats, cooked
  • Potatoes, skinless
  • Rice, cooked
  • Tofu
  • Tuna

Layer 4: Appetizer

  • Apples
  • Banana
  • Beef Jerky (non-spicy)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Hot Dog (no preservatives)
  • String Cheese
  • Vegetable Stick (Carrot, Celery, etc.)

Extra: Flavoring

  • Chicken Soup
  • Honey
  • Oatmeal (uncooked, sprinkled)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Doggy ice cream
  • Tomatoes (be sparing with canned sauces)
  • Bone broth

You can see that this gives your Human a lot of ideas for creativity!

Reposted from BarkThink, written by John Lieu, 2014. Edited by Cats n Dogs for some healthier ingredient choices.

Again… see you next month… Enjoy our beeeeautiful September weather!

With a wuf wuf and a meooow,
Taylor, Buddy & Mango
Cats n Dogs store in Port Charlotte
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