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The Kongsicle – a recipe for a good dog.

February 9, 2012

The other day, my friend Dayna and I were discussing options to help Betty deal with her separation anxiety and boredom. I introduced her to the concept of the “Kongsicle,” and she suggested I write about it to help other dog owners dealing with the same issues.

Kongs come in a variety of sizes and styles to meet your dog’s needs. Puppy kongs (on the left) are smaller, softer and easier for puppies to chew on while the Kong Extreme (on the right) is designed to withstand power chewers. As you can see from the photo, my Kong Extreme has taken quite a beating but is still very much intact.

The first step is to create a filling for the kong. You can use just about anything your dog will eat, but it’s best to start with your dog’s regular food. If using kibble, soak it for a bit first. For this particular mixture, I used kibble soaked in water, peanut butter, juice from a can of tuna, and carrots. Sounds pretty gross to me, but the dogs love it!

Next, fill up the kongs with the dog food mixture. Place the stuffed kongs in a ziploc bag and put them in the freezer overnight. When you leave the next day, hide one or two stuffed kongs in a relatively accessible location for your dog to find, and give him one to start with. The frozen kongs will provide your dog with hours of entertainment.

Kongsicles aren’t only great for dogs dealing with boredom and separation anxiety, but for any dog you want to give an extra special treat. However it is important to remember to reduce the amount you feed your dog at his regular meal time to compensate for the extra food he is eating throughout the day. I’ll talk more about the importance of weight management for your dog in a later post.

For more tips and information about Kong products and recipes, visit their website.

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