Food kong

What to stuff in my dog’s KONG? Food to put in your dog’s KONG

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As you all know, Fynn gets a KONG almost every day. It’s one of his and my favorite treats and entertainment. But, because he gets one so often, I like to get creative with what I give him. I don’t want Fynn to get tired of the toy by giving him the same flavor every day. To keep him as entranced as the first time he got a KONG, I change out the filling often.

Boxer running with KONG in mouth

So that I don’t have to make a special trip to the grocery store, Fynn gets what random food I have in my fridge and pantry. This results in experimentation of what foods go in his KONG.

While many dogs have favorite foods, they also have foods they don’t like. Fynn likes to chew on green beans for a moment but then spits them out. He is also not a fan of watermelon or apples. It’s all about taking the time to learn what your dog likes and dislikes.

Many of these foods on the list are meant as treats so they may be higher calorie or higher fat. You don’t want to give your dog these treats in excess.

The food you’re putting in your dog’s KONG is not zero calorie so make sure you’re accounting for it. You don’t want to over feed your dog. One way to do this is by measuring your dogs food for the day out in the morning. Then, take the amount you put in the KONG out of the amount you would give to your dog with their regular meals.

What food can you put in your dog’s KONG:

Apples: Crunchy and fibrous, apples are a great addition to your dog’s KONG. You can also add applesauce to your KONG to fill the cracks of the solid food in the KONG. Packing the KONG more creates more fun for your pup.

Bananas: Good for their bones and high in magnesium, bananas can be smashed into the Kong or put in whole. Bananas are high in sugar so only use them as a treat.

Blueberries: Great for humans and great for dogs. Blueberries contain antioxidants which is good for dogs cells. Research has shown antioxidants can help aging dogs by improving cognition.

Cute Labrador Retriever eating carrot

Carrots: Lots of vitamin A and a fun crunchy treat. Cut up in small chunks they’re easy to put in the KONG to make your dog very happy. While low in calories, don’t give your dog too many carrots. Vitamin A can be toxic in high doses.

Cheese: A yummy treat which is high in protein, cheese is an easy and tasty food to add to your dogs KONG. Use lower fat versions like mozzarella, feta, or cottage cheese.

Make sure your dog isn’t lactose intolerant and the cheese doesn’t mess with their tummy

Chicken: Plain boiled chicken is an awesome treat. Fynn does not get this in his KONG often. Chicken is a high value treat for him so I don’t want him to be used to getting chicken.

Coconut: Coconut is good for dogs skin, allergies and even can freshen their bad breath. Only give the meat of the coconut and not the furry shell which can be choked on

Corn: Simple and a regular ingredient in dog food. Just don’t include the cob of the corn which can be difficult to digest.

Cute dog looking up holding cucumber

Cucumbers: Low calorie and filled with vitamins, cucumbers can be a great option. While good for all dogs, they’re a great option for dogs on a diet.

Eggs: Cooked eggs are great for humans and great for dogs. They’re a high source of protein and great filler for the KONG.

Fish: If using fish in the KONG, make sure to clean it well (soak it in warm water and clean with an old toothbrush). Fish is great because of the amino acids and “good” fats they contain. Some good options are sardines and salmon. If using tuna, only use small amounts because canned tuna is high in mercury and sodium.

Be careful of bones in any fish and make sure it is cooked.

Green Beans: Frozen, raw or cooked, green beans are a great healthy snack for dogs.

Ham: Not meant to be a regular feast for your dog but makes for a fun different, flavor in the KONG. It’s not healthy (lots of fat and sodium), but they can have a little.

Peanut butter: My go to sealant for KONGs. Containing lots of protein, good fats, vitamin B & E, peanut butter is a great option for KONG filler. Peanut butter is high calorie so don’t give your dog too much.

Do not give your dog peanut butter with xylitol because it is highly toxic to them.

Black dog with yogurt on face

Yogurt: One of Fynn’s favorites is yogurt in the KONG. Try to use plain yogurt with no added sugar and definitely no yogurts with artificial sweeteners.

Make sure your dog is okay with digesting dairy before giving him this sweet treat. Even if your dog is good with a small amount of dairy, large amounts can often cause digestive problems.

Watermelon: Good for hydration and vitamins A, C and B-6, watermelon is a great treat to put in the KONG.

Remove all the seeds first and don’t give them the rind

White Rice: This is a great option for a dog with a sensitive stomach. White rice is easy on their tummies and help with digestion. While tempting to stuff the KONG with the rice, don’t over feed your dog.

Finding what food works for your dog’s KONG may take some experimentation but don’t forget to have fun with it. Learn and work with your dog to find the best option for you and them.

Food kong

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

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.