How to use a KONG

Kong Toys – Thick 100% natural rubber to provide your dog with a real chewing workout. The RED toy is tough, but the BLACK toy is even tougher. Kong’s ’beehive’ design makes it bounce unpredictably in every direction. Your dog will love his Kong Toy as-is, or as a special treat, you can stuff the hollow end with kibble, treats, peanut butter, dog food, cheese.

Kong Dog Toys are widely used and recommended for therapy and prevention of under stimulation, boredom, separation anxiety and other behaviour problems. Following are some simple ways Kongs can be utilized to promote good behaviour in your dog.

The Kong toy is designed to be filled with your dogs favourite treats and food.

It is important for dogs to succeed at their “work”. To start with, make it easy to remove the kong stuffing. As they become more experienced, you can start to make it more challenging by:

Pack stuffing tighter

Wedge biscuits inside the cavity using the inside rim of the opening to secure them.
FREEZE IT! Very Popular! Try various combinations of canned food, gravy, noodles, rice and mashed potatoes mixed with food nuggets and freeze. You’re your dog cool with KONGSICLES. Put a dab of peanut butter in the small end of the Kong to plug it. Turn it upside down in a cup. Fill it full of water, chicken broth or fruit juice and freeze.
CHEESE IT! Mix cheese pieces or cheese spread with food nuggets and microwave until cheese melts. Let it cool to a safe temperature.
NOTE – Use a cup to ro hold the kong upright when freezing or microwaving.
Hide stuffed Kongs indoors and/or out. The hunt is great fun and rewarding.


Provide stuffed Kongs randomly so they won’t always be associated with you leaving.
If your dog is unstuffing several Kongs per day, you should appropriately reduce the amount of bowl feeding.


Dishwasher is recommended. Your dog’s job will last until the Kongs are unstuffed. You can keep your dog “working” all day if you provide enough stuffed Kongs!

KONG STUFFING RECIPES (courtesy of the Kong Company)

As you create recipes, be sensitive to your dog’s tummy as you experiment. Following are recipes created by veterinarians, dog trainers and dog lovers worldwide.


1 fresh banana · 2 tbs wheat germ · 1 tbs plain yogurt (can use your pet’s favorite flavor as well) · Kong Toy that best fits your pet’s chewing temperament In a bowl, mash up banana. Then, add wheat germ and yogurt. Mash all ingredients together and use spoon to add to Kong. Freeze for 4 hours. Makes 1 serving for Medium Kong. Double for every Kong Size that is bigger.


3 slices of your pet’s favorite cheese · Dental Kong Toy A very simple and creative way to make any pet drool in delight. Just place the 3 slices of cheese directly onto the grooves of your pet’s Dental Kong (if model has rope – make sure cheese does not get onto it). Melt in microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Give to pet after it cools.


steak scraps · 1 ounce cream cheese · appropriate Kong Toy Place small scraps of the steak inside Kong toy. Spread cream cheese in large hole to hold scraps.


Apple and carrot chunks · 1/4th of a banana · appropriate Kong Toy Place apples and carrots in Kong Toy. Mush the banana in large hole to hold fruit in place. You can include other fruits and veggies: orange slices · peach and/or nectarine chunks · celery sticks · broccoli and/or cauliflower · tomato and black olive mixture.


1 egg · your choice of shredded cheese · any vegetables that your pet may like · appropriate Kong Toy Scramble egg and fold in vegetables. Put into Kong toy. Sprinkle some cheese over the top and microwave for about 20 seconds. Cool thoroughly before giving to dog.


Leftover macaroni and cheese · small cube of Velveeta · appropriate Kong Toy Melt Velveeta in microwave until gooey.
Add mac ‘n cheese to Kong Toy. Pour heated Velveeta into Kong. Make sure it has cooled before giving to your pet.


LAYER ONE: (deepest): roasted, unsalted cashews · freeze dried liver bits
LAYER TWO: dog kibble, cookies or liver biscotti · Cheerios · sugar-free, salt-free peanut butter · dried banana chips, apples and apricots.
LAYER THREE: carrot sticks · turkey or leftover ravioli or tortellini · Kong Toy (the larger the better!) Pack as tightly as possible. The last item inserted should be an apricot or piece of ravioli, presenting a smooth “finish” under the main opening.
LIGHT VERSION: substitute crumbled rice cakes for cashews, Caesar croutons for freeze-dried liver, fat free cream cheese for peanut butter. – by Jean Donaldson


Dry dog kibble · appropriate Kong Toy · Rope Take the rope, pull it through the Kong Toy and knot it. Hang this upside down from a tree, deck or post. The small hole should be facing the ground. Take the kibble and fill the Kong Toy. Make the toy hang just low enough that it is out of your dog’s reach. The dog will spend hours trying to retrieve the kibble from the Kong Toy. At the end of the day, take the remaining kibble and give to your pet as a reward. This is advanced work for your dog. – by Dr. Ian Dunbar


Peanut butter · bouillon · Jerky Strips · Water · appropriate Kong Toy · muffin tin Smear a small amount of peanut butter over small hole in your Kong Toy. Fill the cool water and add a pinch of bouillon. Place a Jerky Stick inside Kong Toy and freeze. This can also be put (once frozen) in a children’s size swimming pool for a fun day of fishing for your pet. – by Terry Ryan


Peanut butter · appropriate Kong Toy Smear peanut butter inside the cavity of your Kong Toy. It’s that easy! –


Trixie, a 50 pound Aussie/Springer mix, loves turkey, chicken or marrow bites mixed with slightly moistened food nuggets frozen inside her Kong. She is very clean about un-stuffing – some dogs are not! – by Joe Markham

Favorite Recipe

Every dog has a favorite recipe – finding your dog’s will be fun! Remember, not all foods are healthy for dogs, check with your vet if you are not sure. If you have found a unique Kong Recipe, drop us an email and we will include it here.

Your Favourite Recipes

Have you got a favourite recipe you use for your dog? If so please let us know and we will share it for all the dog lovers out there.

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About Patricia Hunter

Patricia Hunter at Canine Concepts is a qualified full-time dog behaviourist and trainer. Some of the articles on our site were written by Patricia with her full permission to use the literature on our site.

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