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12/03/2009 11:16:35 AM by barkerbehavior   Send Message to barkerbehavior  1271  views, category: Pet training and behavior view all blogs


Kong product range is an industry standard due to its durability and versatility as a chew toy. A Kong is a great to help keep an excited dog calm, a calm dog busy, and a busy dog focused!


Here are a few basics about using the Kong: kibble, cheese, plain yogurt, and all-natural peanut butter are great fillings for a Kong. But dogs DO get bored, so remember to vary things for them.


Partially freezing the filling helps makes the fun last that much longer. Fill a portion of the Kong with your filling of choice, freeze it, and, once you remove it from the freezer to give to your pup, then fill the leftover space with the same or another filling.


Add fruits and vegetables! Chopped or pureed apples, celery, pears, green beans, peaches, snap peas, or bananas are great and healthy ways to “punch up” the fun! Toss them into the peanut butter or cream cheese filling or with your dog’s kibble!


If you’re using the Kong for crate association or confidence building when you leave, make sure to hide the Kong once you return home so your dog learns that good stuff happens when in the crate or alone. Once freedom returns, it goes away!


Here are just a few filling ideas:

Crate time filling: Fill halfway with canned pumpkin and freeze. Add cream cheese and a few jerky treats. Make sure the jerky treats are pushed into the cream cheese so they are a surprise.


Human dinner time stuffing: Fill halfway with peanut butter and freeze. Smear honey around the edge and add apples and carrots Top with fresh peanut butter.


Power chewer combination: Smear American or another soft cheese. Place a bully stick into the hole of the Kong. Add mealtime kibble.


Sensitive stomach recipe: Fill halfway with plain yogurt and freeze. Smear a little fresh yogurt around the edge and fill with kibble.


Please remember to take your dog’s digestion and health into consideration when using any of these suggestions. Although all of these recommendations are tried and true, every dog is very different from each other, so make sure you monitor them. Too much of anything is still too much!

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