The classic KONG dog toy might be God’s gift to dog parents. All you have to do is stuff it with some fillings, and your dog will stay occupied for a crazy long time trying to get the last drop. Yes, peanut butter is always a favorite, but we have 40+ other KONG fillings your dog will love.
Why do dogs love KONGs?
Why do dogs love KONG so much?
For hundreds, even thousands, of years, dogs had to hunt and scavenge for their food. It wasn’t delivered in a bowl like it is today. The KONG toy uses this instinct while keeping your dog entertained and mentally stimulated.
We give our dog Toby a KONG with peanut butter and a treat about every other night. Of course, he would love anything we gave him – he is a Labrador! – but I’ve been inspired to try new delicious and nutritious ideas.
Tips for filling a KONG
You can put anything in a KONG, but we have a few tips and tricks to make it stick in there and not create a total mess.
1. Start with a base
A thick, creamy base like peanut butter or cream cheese is recommended to keep everything contained. You can add yummy, crunchy bites such as dry dog food or raw pet-approved vegetables from there.
2. Seal the end
If you pick something that’s a little more liquidy, like applesauce or baby food, seal the small bottom hole of the KONG so the contents don’t drip out.
3. Freeze it
One last tip: Pop it in the fridge for a few hours to make the treat last. This results in a frozen treat that creates a challenge for your pup. Which, of course, equals more “me time” for you!
Human foods your dog will devour
Many human foods make excellent fillings for your dog’s KONG. You may even have some of these in your kitchen right now.
- Peanut butter
- Apple slices (without the core or seeds)
- Cheese cubes
- Cheese Whiz
- Honey (in moderation)
- Canned pumpkin
- Sweet potato
- Watermelon (seedless)
- Beef jerky
- Cooked hot dog
- Lunch meat
- Chopped broccoli
- Carrot sticks
- Ground beef or turkey
- Shredded chicken
- Baby food
- Cream cheese
- Refried beans
- Your leftover dinner (as long as it’s pet-safe!)
Treats designed for dogs
Of course, we can’t forget all the pet products out there. Some are even perfectly designed to fit inside the KONG! We’ve tested all the KONG fillings listed below, and our dogs love them. They also make it super easy to get a KONG stuffed quickly.
- Dog treats
- Dry dog food
- Wet dog food
- KONG Stuff’n Easy Treat (available in flavors like bacon and cheese, pepperoni, sweet potato, and more)
- KONG Stuff’n Ziggies
- KONG Stuff’n Snacks
Fun KONG fillings combinations canines will love
Certain combinations of foods create an irresistible delight your dog will devour. Here are our favorites:
- Peanut butter plus dry dog food or treats – a classic combination!
- Cream cheese plus lunch meat for a savory snack
- Peanut butter plus apple slices or carrot sticks for an added crunch
- Rolled-up bread with a cheese cube inside
- A dog treat on the bottom (to block the hole) and broth filling the rest of the KONG, frozen until hard.
I’d love to hear from fellow pup parents! What do you put in your dog’s KONG? Any tips or tricks?