Abby and I enjoy making meal time creative, fun and tiring for her. Each meal is a variety of feeders and games. I purchased Abby’s Kong Classic on Chewy. Today I want to share a Knog recipe with you.
First off, if you don’t know what a kong is, allow, me to enlighten you. “The kong is the gold standard of dog toys and has become the staple for dogs around the world for over forty years. Offering enrichment by helping satisfy dogs’ instinctual needs, the KONG Classic’s unique all-natural red rubber formula is ultra-durable with an erratic bounce that is ideal for dogs that like to chew while also fulfilling a dog’s need to play.” If you need more information on the kong visit their webpage.
While it is a toy, personally, we use it for meal time.
A few benefits of this feeder toy include:
- Mental stimulation
- Helps in behavior modification
- Benefits oral health
- Encourages physical activity
Many people stuff the kong with treats, peanut butter, or cheese. But, like I said we use it for meal time, so we use kibble. Once in a while, I make an extra special kong and that is the recipe I would like to share with you.
First, I soak about a handful to two handfuls of dog food in water. I just cover the food with water, not much is needed. I allow it to soak about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then I begin to fill the kong first with a few scoops of kibble (a little bit goes a long ways). If you don’t want to have to hold the kong it fits nicely on a mason jar. Next, I add one tablespoon of organic pumpkin. I use Nummy Tum Tum. More kibble is next. I put in a tablespoon or less of coconut oil. Then, fill it to the brim with kibble. I seal it with a swipe of Jiff peanut butter and put four pieces of regular kibble on top.
Each of the extras (pumpkin, coconut oil, and peanut butter) all have benefits for dogs. Pumpkin is amazing for digestion issues of all sorts. Furthermore, it has antioxidants, can help with weight loss, good for the eyes, immune health, and hydrates. Coconut oil is good for the skin and coat, helps digestion, antibacterial, and muscles. Lastly, peanut butter is tricky. The number one rule is to avoid any product with the sweetener xylitol, because it is deadly to dogs. Use it sparingly with your fur friend. A few benefits include protein and healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin,
Our final step is freezing the kong! The longer the better. For breakfast, we freeze it about eight hours. For dinner, we freeze it ten hours. It takes Abby anywhere from twenty to forty-five minutes.
Do you use a kong? If so, share your favorite recipe!