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What Should I Put in my Dog’s KONG? KONG recipes to fill your dog’s treat dispenser

Recipes to put in your dogs KONG and other treat dispensing toys.

brown and white dog eating from red kong classic

KONG’s and other treat dispensing toys are a great quick go to toy to entertain your dog in a pinch. From speaking with many of you, treat dispensers are some of your favorite dog entertainment. When you need a quick moment of peace, KONG’s are easy solutions. The only problem is figuring out what to put in your dog’s KONG. This post provides fun recipes to stuff your dogs KONG.

One of the best things about KONGs and treat dispensing toys is they can be prepared ahead. But, as I’m sure you’d agree, I’m not interested in spending hours getting the KONGs ready. So all of these recipes are meant to be simple and fast. Only a few even require any type of cooking.

When giving your dog filled KONGs, make sure to adjust the amount of food you’re feeding your dog for their meals. Often times these recipes are treats so you don’t want to supplement them for meals.

Brown and white dog chewing extreme kong

Quick Tips

If you give your pup a KONG filled with basic kibble, they could be done in minutes if not seconds. The KONG’s meant to entertain your dog for a enough time to stimulate them as well as give yourself a break.

  • Freeze your KONG : I almost always freeze Fynn’s KONG so most/all of these these recipes are meant to be put in the freezer for a few hours to give your dog a KONGsicle (this tip is double emphasized for teething puppies. Give their painful gums some sweet relief with the frozen toy)
  • Melt your KONG : add some cheese and melt it for a few seconds in your microwave. Makes a fun sticky treat (make sure the KONG is cool before giving to your dog)
  • Hide your KONG : don’t make it easy on your dog. Tap into their natural instinct of hunting and make them hunt for this treat. Adds another piece of stimulation and entertains them for a bit longer
  • Limit the KONG destruction : Does your dog make a mess while eating or while playing with his KONG? Limit your dogs play area for easy clean up – whether that’s a room with easy to clean flooring like tile, their crate, or even outside.
  • Plug your KONG : When filling your KONG with a mostly liquid recipe, make sure to plug the hole. Use a treat, peanut butter or even the classic Kong spray

note: do not use anything with artificial sweeteners which can be toxic for dogs


Classic Kong Filler

  • Dog kibble
  • Peanut butter/Cream Cheese/Natural Yogurt

Mix up the kibble and a few spoonfuls of peanut butter or cream cheese. This is quick and classic. While it lasts longer if frozen, it also can be given freshly made.

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  • Ground Beef
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese cubes

Bake or boil the potato. Cook the ground beef (no spices). Drain the grease. Mash the potato and combine with the ground beef and cheese cubes. Combining the ingredients while hot can melt the cheese and make for some gooey fun for your dog.

*make sure this is not too hot when served

Human version of the Barkfest a kong recipe for your dog
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  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Ham

Scramble the eggs. Add cooked ham and cheese. do not serve your dog while hot.


  • Bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • White or Wheat Bread

Mash the bananas. Rip/cut the bread into small pieces. Combine all ingredients.

Fruit Smoothie

  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Natural Yogurt

In a bowl, smash the banana and strawberries (tops removed). Add a few spoonfuls of yogurt and stir.

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  • Natural pumpkin baby food
  • Baby Carrots
  • Apple Sauce

Combine all the ingredients.


  • Ground beef
  • Brown rice
  • Cream cheese
  • Green bean

Cook the ground beef and rice (no spices). Drain the grease. Combine rice, ground beef, cream cheese, and green beans.

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