Homemade Kong recipes to keep your dog busy

Kong’s are a great way to keep your dog entertained during days of being cooped up inside. They can be used as a tool to stop destructive chewing or just as a treat. Here are some recipes to stuff your dog’s Kong with and keep it interesting.

These recipes are to be used as an occasional treat so maybe try one a week rather than every day.

Peanut butter

A classic Kong recipe and a good source of protein, vitamin B, niacin and vitamin E. Choose raw unsalted peanut butter that does not contain xylitol. Simply line the inside of the Kong with a teaspoon.

Scrambled egg with chicken

Add unseasoned chopped chicken to a pan and once cooked, add whisked eggs. Stir until both have combined. This is a great protein boost; eggs are a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium. Once cooked spoon into the Kong until full.

Plain chicken and broccoli

Cooked, unseasoned chicken is a good source of protein. Broccoli is vitamin enriched and can be used only occasionally (if given too frequently, it can cause digestive problems so be sparing). Simply shred the chicken and mix together with the broccoli and stuff into the Kong. Yoghurt can be added if the mixture falls out of the Kong.

Cottage cheese and dog biscuits

Cottage cheese is high in calcium and protein, but avoid cheese if your dog is lactose intolerant. Mix with your dog’s normal biscuits and stuff into the Kong.

Rice and yoghurt

This is good for dogs with a sensitive stomach. Boil plain white rice and once cooled, mix in a small teaspoon of natural bio-yoghurt and stuff into the Kong.

Kong lollipops

These are great on a warm day. Choose any filling and simply place into the Kong, add water and freeze. Ingredients such as cooked meats, cooked salmon, broccoli, apples, peas, pumpkin or carrots are all great for lollipops. You could even just use your dog usual biscuits. You may need to place the Kong inside a cup to keep upright whilst in the freezer. Once frozen let your dog enjoy!

Oatmeal yoghurt

Oats are great for older dogs that have irregular bowl movements, as they are high in fibre. It also a good alternative to wheat for dogs who are allergic. Simply cook the oats in water, add bio-yoghurt and stuff into the Kong.

Fruit Kong

Apples are a good source of fibre as well as vitamin A and C. Ensure you remove any seeds and the core before feeding to your dog. Bananas are high in potassium, which is great for muscle and blood vessel function and contains fibre. Add a chopped apple with mashed banana and stuff into the Kong.

Sweet potato and salmon

Salmon contains omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for dog’s coats and skin and also great for the immune system. Sweet potato is a source of potent antioxidant to aid healing, and it also contains Vitamin A, C and B6:3. Simply bake the sweet potato and the salmon separately, once cooled, mix together and stuff into the Kong.

Things to note

Always check what foods are suitable for dogs and foods that are potentially harmful. Here are some examples of unsuitable foods: apple seeds, avocados, cooked bones, chocolate, caffeine, raw eggs, garlic, grapes, mushrooms, potato skins, nuts, onions and Raisins.

Never leave your dog unattended with a Kong, always check for damages before and after each use. Choose the right size Kong to suit your dog’s size. Clean thoroughly after each use.