Stuff This In A KONG

What do most people stuff inside their dog’s KONG toy?…

Peanut butter is probably the most popular. But it’s not the ONLY thing.


Here are some Kong stuffing ideas to get you started…  


Peanut Butter ROCKS!

Peanut butter is one of the most popular treats that’s stuffed inside Kong toys for dogs.

It’s a food staple that most people have on hand, and it’s inexpensive (especially if you buy the store-brand kind as opposed to the name brands — just for this purpose).

You can use the “creamy” or “chunky” variety. We use “extra-chunky” and all of our dogs love it.

We alternate with “reduced fat creamy” to keep the calories down.

While peanut butter itself probably won’t harm your dog, it is fattening. And there are lots of other products available in pet stores that are made just for filling Kongs.

Keep in mind: Whatever you choose to stuff inside your dog’s Kong will add extra calories, above and beyond their normal dog food. Therefore, to avoid obesity, you should adjust their regular amount of dog food accordingly.

Dog Kong toys.

Soft Stuffings

Softer food items provide immediate gratification — especially if they are spread on the outside of the Kong (like in the outer ridges found on some Kong toys).

Soft stuffings also last the least amount of time, whether placed inside or outside of the Kong.

Some soft stuffings to consider: Kong Stuff 'n Pastes... available in Peanut Butter and Liver flavors.

  • Kong Stuff’N Liver Paste
  • Kong Stuff’N Peanut Butter Paste
  • Kong Mint Paste
  • Kong Puppy Paste
  • Hounds 27 Sauce (…get it?)
  • Canned dog food


Hard Stuffings

Harder food items give your dog more of a challenge.

Depending on the size of the food pellets or dogs treat used, they can be crammed inside the hollow center OR placed between the ridges on the outside of some Kong toys.

Hard stuffings last the longest. (The best part about the “official” Kong treats is their shape… they’re bigger on one end and smaller on the other, so they’re likely to stick out of the Kong toy at times, yet not come all the way out.)

Some hard stuffings to consider: Kong Stuff'N Trail Mix.

  • Kong Stuff’N Liver Snaps
  • Kong Stuff’N Beef and Liver Treats
  • Kong Stuff’N Tail Mix (…the canine alternative to Trail Mix)
  • Kong Tots


A Combination Of Hard & Soft Fillings

Many people choose to stuff their dog’s Kong toy with some combination of hard and soft stuffings. (I do.)

In fact, the number of things you can combine and stuff inside a Kong dog toy is virtually limitless!

Most use a “layering” technique by inserting first some soft stuffings, then a little bit of hard stuffings, followed by some more soft stuffings, and so on until the Kong toy is full of dog goodies. This layering effect increases your dog’s desire to keep working at it to see what’s further inside.

See exactly how to stuff a Kong.


Freezing Kong Chew Toys

Our dog knows right where to look to find a stuffed Kong toy... top shelf in the freezer! One of the best ideas I’ve seen when it comes to Kong dog toys is to make them up ahead of time, and then freeze them until needed.

A frozen stuffed Kong will provide even longer entertainment for your dog. Just remember, the longer it takes your dog to eat up whatever’s inside, the more it will thaw and “leak” onto your carpet, in the dog’s crate, etc.

Most dogs lick at the frozen treat repeatedly, so it doesn’t even have a chance to leak, but you should try a new frozen ingredient for the first time while you are there to supervise.

Freezing Kong dog toys saves time in the long run, since you can make them up before you actually need them. Such is why having more than one Kong toy makes perfect sense.

(My friend Abby has 7 Kongs for her dog, Mego — one for every day of the week. Mego instinctively runs to his crate whenever she brings one out of the freezer!)

kong-time-dispenser-for-dogs.jpg Did you know they even make a timed, automatic Kong dispenser now called KongTime that releases up to 4 pre-filled Kong chew toys at set times?

The inventor’s personal story is kind of interesting, as is this video of the KongTime in action:


Change Is Good

Destin wrapping his big furry lips around a marrow bone, stuffed with goodies! When it comes to dog toys, it’s always a good idea to “mix it up a bit”… so your dog doesn’t get bored always playing with the same toy.

With Kongs, changing up the ingredients stuffed inside works well, as does alternating between freezing/not freezing the Kong.

As an alternative to the Kong toy, you may want to stuff a hollowed out marrow bone (available in the meat section at grocery stores) — for a change of pace. The key is to make sure the length of the bone is twice the length of your dog’s tongue.

To fill it, simply stand the bone on end on top of a sheet of plastic wrap, then spoon in the goodies.

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Udoodkenny2

    Completely unhealthy! this food filled so-called toys can be good breeding site for bacteria and other kinds of organisms like fungi protozoa and the like. Totally dangerous especially for my dogs

    • Cheagle

      That’s why you wash them after each use. A bottle cleaning brush works well and if there’s some hard bits that have dried you just soak them for 10min before scrubbing. We have a bowl especially for washing the dogs food toys and bowls which is done on a daily basis.

    • Jojo

      OMG. We’ve been trying to figure out why my friend’s Lab has bouts of diarhea and finally came across his kong and decided to clean it. He only put hard biscuits in it so he didn’t think to clean it. OMG the discusting stuff that was in there. Hopefully this is the problem. CLEAN YOUR KONGS!!!

  • TucsonRo

    Well, I was sold on the Kong, so I just went out and bought a Senior Large for my 10-year-old mixed breed, Rustie. I filled it with peanut butter (which she loves!) and some kibble. SHE WON’T TOUCH IT!!! What’s wrong with this dog?????? I’d appreciate any comments, suggestions. HELP!!!!!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Well, there’s a chance that the brand new Kong smells too strongly of fresh rubber. You might try giving it a good washing with cold water and dishwashing soap. Also, for a dog’s first time with a Kong, you don’t want to cram everything inside too tightly. Instead, make it really loosely packed and even spread some of the peanut butter on the OUTSIDE of the Kong as well to entice her 😀

  • PugNugget

    Okay, let me get this straight… and I am not trying to be mean because if this happened to me I would be distraught. I am just very surprised at this. You want it made more clear that people need to clean things that are dirty? Dog food, treats, etc. are food. People food is food. We wash our dishes and such to keep them clean and prevent the spread of bacteria. It is the same reason we clean off our counter tops, clean out food containers, etc. For a human being to be unable to transplant that knowledge- that bacteria breeds in unclean places- and that animals are just as susceptible to illness as us- that’s not a packaging problem. It’s a HUMAN problem. I think the focus here should be on getting people to think logically and treat animals with care rather than shrugging them off (“it’s a dog”) than blaming a company who makes a very good product because they don’t tell people to wash things that are dirty.

  • WoofWoof

    They actually have specially designed cleaning brushes just for KONG toys..

    These are extremely useful to have as they are rather difficult to clean otherwise. I would strongly suggest getting one as it works within seconds and as others have pointed out these do require cleaning on a regular basis.

    In fact, EVERYTHING your dog eats out of or plays with should be cleaned on a regular basis. Doing this, feeding a dog a healty balanced diet, and ensuring they do not eat anything off the ground should prevent most bacteria related illnesses.

    These should also be washed when you get them as they tend to gather dust and dirt in the store and may have been touched by other people.

    If your dog is not eating from the KONG it may simply not have figured out a comfortable way or may prefer a one size larger or smaller. It may also be too difficult for the dog to get the food out which discourages them (my dog does this if I put hard treats in.. can’t seem to shake them out) so I generally just put some peanut butter or frozen organic yogurt (my dog Chola LOVES this stuff) covering the hole for the dog to lick it.

    Another side note, it’s much cheaper to buy human products.. and if you buy the organic ones with no salt or sugar added it’s actually healthier. The KONG peanut butter came in a convenient tube but I was not impressed with the ingrediants! Added salt, sugar, and residual ash in the non-organic peanut butter o.O No thanks!