I keep reading about people stuffing their dog's Kongs. Petey has a Kong, and so far, the only thing I've put in it is a dog biscuit.
My questions are, What do you stuff your kongs with, and how much (especially with something soft)?
If you use yogurt, do you fill it all the way? Or just put a couple of spoonfuls in? Do you put a wad of peanut butter in it, or do you smear the inside of it?
You CAN fill it all the way up to the top but you have to take your dogs diet into consideration. If he is a naturally lean dog, a full Kong won't hurt him. If he is prone to packing on the pounds, filling it half full and (depending on what you put in it) cutting back his regular meals is probably better.
As for what to put in it, well, you can put just about anything in there. The Kong company has some good recipes to try:
Our (and Hobart's) favorite kong recipe is non-fat organic plain yogurt mixed with chopped up apples and bananas and then frozen! He loves it and its healthy too! We fill ours up to the top, but he is a lean dog and goes through it pretty fast. We noticed that putting PB in the kong packed on the lbs way too fast.
I've used what the other have posted as well as, mashed potatos, mac and cheese, noodles, just freeze them first. Normally it's just a little PB and a larger treat that barley fits in the opening that way she has to work to get to the PB and work to get the treat out.
The only mess she leaves is slobber from all the licking. I normally try to keep it on one of her blankets or on the kitchen floor.
Kongs are a crate only treat in our house and since hobart is super destructo in his crate there is nothing for him to get the yogurt on. The minute he sees the freezer open in the morning he runs as fast as he can for his crate- it is so cute! It makes putting him in the crate so much easier!
We do either peanut butter or the Kong stuff in the can (like cheese whiz). With either one we freeze it first.
Usually put a couple small treats or bits of his food in then smear the peanut butter to fill the opening.
Works real well to keep him occupied for 15-20 minutes.....like during our meals.
Here's what I do ~ I put a couple of pieces of kibble in the Kong first. That closes up the small hole. Then I fill with things like left over mashed potatoes, bananas, plain yogurt, apple bits, carrots slices, green beans etc. I usually layer them and might even include a little more kibble somewhere in the layers. Then I will sometimes "seal" them with peanut butter, but it's not necessary. I have a bucket in my freezer and I stack them in there with the large hole up to prevent leaking. She doesn't make a mess with hers -- it's gone in about 20 minutes, long before it defrosts.