Kong toys provide an outlet to keep your dog occupied and curious instead of bored and looking for mischief. If you are in a hurry, you can press a dog biscuit or two into the middle of the toy and call it a wrap. But you can instead play doggie chef and provide Fiona or Jasper with a taste of Kong cuisine.
From Kibble to Cauliflower
If you're raising a teething puppy, you'll need a smaller, softer Kong toy. Fill it with treats such as mashed bananas, peanut butter, cereal, cubes of cheese or your regular dog food. Older dogs also enjoy a Kong filled with kibble as well as much fancier filling. Your choices can include cooked turkey pieces and brown rice, mashed sweet potatoes, steamed green beans or cauliflower, chunks of apples, naturally sweetened yogurt or dog biscuits crushed into several chunks.
But No Chocolate
Avoid putting treats such as chocolate, uncooked meat, garlic, grapes, raisins, onions, avocados and macadamia nuts in a Kong, advises Animal Planet. These food items are harmful to dogs and require immediate veterinary attention if consumed in significant quantities.
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