The Wonders of Kongs

See those treat-dispensing toys around and wonder how to use them? They are a great resource to use to tire your dog out, mentally stimulate them, and even train them! Read more to learn about how I recommend you use them!


Treat dispensing toys are great. I keep about 12 Kongs in a bin under the sink. When the bin is full I will stuff them all once a week for convenience.


The Kongs can be stuffed with almost anything that is dog- safe and that your dog likes. An easy and go-to recipe is half pumpkin puree and half plain nonfat greek yogurt. This low fat and delicious recipe also has added benefits like probiotics and fiber for digestion. These ingredients are generally easy on the stomach for most dogs. They can be mixed together and spread on the inside of the Kong solo or can be added on top of kibble. The Kong can then be wrapped in a plastic grocery bag for storage or placed on parchment paper inside the freezer.



After the Kongs are stuffed, I generally will place them on parchment paper inside the freezer. This helps keep the freezer clean from debris that may fall out of the frozen puzzles. Freezing them keeps the ingredients fresh and increases the difficulty of the puzzle to add more time for your dog’s enjoyment. By preparing a few ahead of time, you ensure that you always have one ready to go at a moment's notice.


Used Kongs should be rinsed out and set on a towel or mat to dry. They are top-rack dishwasher safer but you should avoid a high heat cycle as the heat can damage and weaken the rubber. Then, the clean and dry Kongs can go back into the bin for storage until the next time you are ready to stuff.