Use leftover pieces of chicken or turkey (or buy them canned or at the deli)
Add some of the dogs regular kibble (dry dog food) or get some samples at the pet/feed store if available
Mix with juice from the chicken/turkey or can use canned broth
Place a small piece of chicken/turkey at the top (opening of the Kong)
Mikkel’s Tail Mix Kong Stuffer Recipe
From my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker
This recipe can be used to replace part of your dog’s normal meal, although you should consult your veterinarian to determine how much of the meal it replaces, to ensure that you’re not overfeeding your dog. It incorporates his normal kibble, with a few additional ingredients that are both healthful and flavorful. The exact measurement of each ingredient will depend on the size and number of Kongs you are filling; below is what I used to fill four medium-size Kongs.
- 2-3 tablespoons slivered raw almonds
- 1/8 cup carob chips (Not to be confused with chocolate chips, which can be toxic and should never be given to dogs.)
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup kibble
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (Use just enough to get the mixture to a sticky consistency.)
- 4 dental chews
1. Place the first five ingredients together in a bowl (everything but the peanut butter and the dental chews).
2. Heat the peanut butter and a little bit of water in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, or until it’s the consistency of raw pumpkin. This makes the peanut butter easier to stir.
3. Add the peanut butter to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is coated and has a sticky consistency. If needed, add more warm peanut butter to make it stick together better.
4. Fill each Kong with the mix. Don’t pack it too tightly, though; keep the filling loose enough that your dog can still get the Tail Mix out with his tongue.
5. Place a dental chew inside the Kong so the end is poking out. The dental chew adds extra time to the unlocking of the Kong and cleans teeth at the same time.
Filled Kongs can be stored in a zip-lock bag in the freezer and served later, much like a puppy popsicle.
Mikkel’s Alternative Kong Stuffer:
Use nonfat Greek yogurt mixed in with other dog friendly ingredients (canned green beans, chicken breast chunks, plain pumpkin, kibble, lean deli meat, baby food, or canned dog food). Just put a “plug: in the end of the Kong to keep it from flowing out the other end when filled with wetter ingredients before filling. Also place dental chew in the end.