In the last newsletter we introduced the Kong toy as a great tool to provide mental exercise. Food-and treat-stuffed Kongs are excellent enrichment!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Throw away your food bowl! For dogs who eat raw, home cooked, or canned diets, just spoon the food directly into the Kong. If your dog eats kibble, mix his food with a spoonful of canned food, yogurt, cottage cheese, or other healthy moist food before stuffing it in the Kong.
Freeze it! Throw your dog’s stuffed Kong in the freezer the night before for a “Kong-sicle” that will last much longer.
Microwave it! Mix a little cheese with your dog’s kibble or some dry tidbits and spoon the mixture into a Kong toy, then nuke it long enough to melt the cheese. Make sure to allow plenty of time for the mixture to cool before giving it to your dog.
Set up a scavenger hunt! Stuff your dog’s food into multiple Kong toys, then hide the toys throughout your house or yard. Your dog will love spending his day hunting down and “dissecting” his Kong-kills.
Train with it! Give your dog a stuffed Kong any time you leave him in his crate. Not only will he love spending time in his kennel, but this can also prevent separation issues from developing.
Do you have a favorite Kong stuffing trick or recipe?
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Sara Reusche CPDT-KA CVT
Paws Abilities Dog Training, Rochester, MN