How does a dog get food out of a Kong? Tips and Tricks

Can I give my dog a Kong everyday?

Keep Them Lean. When using a stuffed Kong, it’s really important to consider your dog’s daily calorie intake. If you are going to be giving your dog a stuffed Kong as part of their daily routine. … There is no reason why we can’t make a really fun, long lasting treats for our dogs using their normal kibble.

Follow these steps to “explain” KONG to your furry family member and then learn how you can use it to help solve unwanted behaviors, like chewing, excessive barking and digging.

4. Play a bit of hard-to-get Before handing the KONG over to the dog, it helps to play a bit of hard-to-get to crank up the excitement level and pique your pup’s interest even further. Showing the toy to the dog, then hide it behind your back or hold it high up as you talk about it excitedly helps ensure a successful introduction.

For dogs who have their KONG skills down pat, mix wet and dry food for a stuffing that kicks up the challenge. To increase difficulty level, fill the KONG with more of the mixture than you did when your dog was just learning his or her KONG moves. For dogs who have mastered their food puzzle skills, stuff the KONG tightly with a mixture of wet and dry food. For KONG pros, freeze the stuffed KONG for a few hours for an expert challenge.

You can stuff a KONG with anything that is safe for your dog to eat. For dogs who have not previously played with food puzzles, it’s best to use small pieces of dry food, like kibble, to loosely stuff the KONG. That way, it’s easy for the dog to extract the treats and learn how it works. Giving a KONG rookie a toy stuffed tightly with food that’s difficult to get out may create frustration, and that’s no fun.

2. Seal to secure treats and entice interest After you’ve stuffed the KONG, seal the openings at the top and bottoms with a squirt of KONG Easy Treat or KONG Stuff’N Peanut Butter — whichever your dog loves most. Not only does this keep the stuffing from falling out too easily, the irresistible flavor and aroma spark your dog’s interest in their new toy.

Should I feed my dog from a Kong?

In fact, you can use these toys to feed your dog’s regular diet. If you feed dry kibble, just toss it in and you’re good to go. Or you can plug the hole of a Kong with canned food and freeze it for an even longer-lasting meal.

Kongs for Beginners

Kongs for dogs have a GREAT reputation. Have you ever wondered why? One of the main reasons is that it encourages the dog to work a little harder to eat than if you simply poured their food into a bowl. Behavioral enrichment is important for our pets, particularly if they aren’t as active outside as you wish they could be. By serving frozen food in a Kong, it will take your dog longer to eat and will keep them quiet and entertained in the process! This could be especially useful if you have visitors, need to take a conference call for work, or if you simply need a break from your pooch’s energy.

In order to keep calories under control and still give your dog lots of food enjoyment, you can take a portion of your dog’s daily rations and use it in a Kong. In the video below, I demonstrate how to fill a Kong with moistened kibble. But if you feed your dog raw food or even something like Honest Kitchen, you can use those to stuff your Kong too!