How To Stuff A Kong Toy

kong-stuffings.jpg You already found some interesting things to stuff inside your dog’s Kong chew toy.

Now, you’re wondering exactly how other people stuff Kongs.

Here are some great tips for stuffing Kong toys…

 

How To Stuff A Kong

If your dog likes stuffed Kongs as much as our dogs do, then you’ll find yourself filling Kong toys on a fairly regular basis. To make it easier, here are a couple of time-saving tips:

Example of stuffing food into the small hole of a Kong toy.

  • To keep the Kong upright and in one place while you fill it, place the Kong inside a small glass or cup with the large opening at the top.
  • The easiest way to get larger food items inside is to squeeze the Kong so the opening becomes oval-shaped (rather than a perfect circle), then spoon or drop ingredients inside, now that the edges are wider.
  • When combining liquid/runny ingredients, mix them together inside of a baggie. Then just snip off the corner and squeeze it into the Kong toy. (This is similar to “piping” frosting on a cake.)
  • To add to the challenge for your dog, and to keep runny ingredients from leaking out of the bottom, you’ll want to cram a perfectly-sized solid piece of food into the bottom hole on the Kong toy. You might use a piece of your dog’s food or part of a dog treat, a glob of peanut butter, a piece of an apple or cheese.
  • You don’t always have to stuff a Kong full to the brim. Instead, you could just line the sides with a “stickier” substance (peanut butter, honey) and then add a small amount of other solid food items inside. Then freeze. This way, the foods won’t harden into one big solid chunk. Instead, some will freeze to the sides, and some will freeze to itself. This method also makes it easier for your dog to get at the treats. (Also great for dogs just learning how to get the most from a Kong toy!)
  • My friend showing how to properly stuff a Kong toy for your dog... and leave a treat sticking out.When you fill a Kong to the brim, and then freeze it, the food items mold into one big solid chunk that’s hard for your dog to get at. To ensure that your dog gets immediately rewarded the moment he starts to play with the Kong, make the last item you stuff inside the Kong be a dog biscuit or a solid food (like a carrot) and place it such a way that it sticks partly out of the Kong.

 

Here are the best Kong recipes to create delicious treats to stuff inside a Kong dog toy.

 

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This video shows several unique ways to stuff a Kong toy, plus tips for introducing your dog to Kongs for the first time:

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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  • Andrew

    kelly** stuff the peanut butter in there and the dog sticks their tongue in the larger opening and lick it out.

  • http://www.inshapeoutofmind.com/ In Shape Out of Mind

    Thank you for this article and the diagram. I was hesitant to buy a Kong for my dog Frank because my ex-boyfriend’s dog made such a mess with hers. My apt has light beige carpets and I cringed at the cost of cleaning up peanut butter. But after reading your article I bought my pup a Kong today and followed your steps. Frank is having a blast and it’s not making a mess at all.

    • http://thefuntimesguide.com/ FunTimesGuide

      Yay – that’s awesome! I’m so glad that you and your dog are both enjoying the stuffed Kongs. They’re such a great distraction and a fun cure for boredom :-D