I feel silly asking this but here goes....
I bought my pups Kongs yesterday for when I have to go out and leave them in their crates. Got the puppy ones. I stuffed them with a bit of natural peanut butter and their kibble. When I get them the kongs, they didn't quite know what to do with them!! The one pup barked at it and then laid down and went to sleep and the other licked it and then threw it up in the air and tried to play catch by herself.
Do I need to teach them how to use these or will they "get it" eventually? Any suggestions for putting something else in the Kongs that might be more attractive to them?
Cleo, our black beauty
Zeus, our yellow, mellow, fellow
You could try holding it for them first so they learn to lick the contents out. As for the throwing, if I put solid foods inside, Zoe will try to chew the outside of the kong, then throw it up in the air so it lands on the floor. The contents then spill out.
I put fresh apples, bananas (packed firmly) then freeze.
I also smear w/peanut butter, but no kibbles.
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
They usually get it after awhile. Make it easy at first (don't fill it, don't freeze it). Maybe ensure there is some peanut butter at the very bottom (bigger hole) so they know there is something good.
Some of my fosters wouldn't touch it for a week before figuring it out (my own dog got a bonus - he always seeks out teh other kongs when I get home to ensure they are all cleaned out)
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I use plain yogurt,frozen in mine and sometimes I add a spoon of pure pumpkin.
My dogs thought they were a waste of time. And they don't need that extra food.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Jack hasn't caught on yet either. We've put brokes up dog bones in there, but haven't tried peanut butter. We'll do that this weekend.
Nicole & Jack (rescue @ 3 years old)
Tessa and Gems didn't know what to do with them either. They figured it out.
I give them the kongs as part of their evening ritual. They go and get them, lick them while I watch the news, then go to their beds.
What I did was to left half biscuit hanging out of the hole.. so she knew what to do from the first place and knew that something tasty was hidden in there.. she loves it a lot!
If dogs do not go to heaven, then I prefer to follow them where they go.
Our girls love peanut butter!!! We give them a Kong filled with PB in the evenings. It has become kind of "sign" that it is time to settle down and relax. Since we had Ellie first, she understood how it worked. Scarlett watched Ellie, plus smelled the PB inside and figured it out. Ellie eats everything immediately while Scarlett eats slowly. Ellie will finish hers then lay in front of Scarlett watching her finish while licking her lips. Each checks out the others' after they have both finished to make sure they didn't miss anything....