(Closed) Kongs – what in the world am I doing wrong?!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We use the Kong peanut butter stuff and just squirt some by the opening. I wouldn’t put more than a tablespoon or so in there, and my dogs are around 50 pounds.  I would think more than that wouldn’t be good for their tummies. 

Post # 19
5398 posts
Bee Keeper

I think you’re just using too much pb!

Post # 20
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My little guy likes squeeze cheese in his! Be very careful with carrots, my vet told me they are bad for dogs… not that squeeze cheese is but something about the carrots can make them very sick.

Post # 21
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I take a spoonful of PB & then spread it on the inside with my finger.  I don’t push it all the way to the top b/c I realized he can’t get all the way up there (and it’s a pain to clean).  But I get it in there pretty good so it takes him longer to finish it.  I’ll usually put it in the freezer at night & give it to him in the morning before we leave for work.  He will bolt up to his crate in the morning when he knows the PB kong is coming!

This website has other ideas, I’m going to try mashing up a banana with apple & shredded carrots next (when I have more time, the PB is just so much easier). http://www.kongstuffing.com/

Post # 22
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ya I agree that pupster might not like peanut butter. My dog freaks out. I also put a combination of things (different textures) in hers. Like small cut up pieces of cheese, hot dog, some of her kibble, dog cookies cut up etc… then I just use either peanut butter or cheese whiz (speadable cheese) to seal the opening so all the stuff doesn’t fall out. She’s never made a mess but she most commonly gets it in her crate when we are leaving. I have another toy that you fill with treats and she has to roll around to get them out and we use that when we just want her to have something fun to do at home because it doesn’t require the peanut butter or anything to seal the top.

As others have mentioned freezing it can help. Or cheese slices (the kind you use in grilled cheese) are good because they are kind of sticky? You can rip them into pieces and stick them to the inside of the kong. Your dog should still be able to get them out with a little work and it’s a little easier to clean up then PB.

Post # 23
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@maybride2bee:  Interesting my uncles vet suggested he give carrots as a treat since the dog was so incredibly fat.

Post # 24
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Some dogs just don’t like them.

Our lab is the same way.  She LOVES peanut butter but if I put it inside a Kong, she really doesn’t care unless I am holding the Kong for her.

My parent’s lab, on the other hand, will take a Kong that has been filled entirely with PB and lick out every last bit from every nook and crany.

You may just have to find a different toy that your dog prefers.

Post # 25
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We mix yogurt and kibble and put that inside, then split a banana down the length of it and stick it inside the kong so that there is a little bit sticking out, and then freeze it.  It gives her something to hold on to.  Or sometimes we do layers with peanut butter and then kibble or some other snack, but she isn’t as interested in that one.

Post # 26
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I make a doggie parfait – i put some of her food, then a layer of greek yogart, then more food and peanut butter on the top and stick it in the freezer. she loves it and it keeps her busy while i’m out.

Post # 27
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Out of our 4 babies, 3 love to chew.  Bully sticks or antlers are great for chewers.  I get everything @ Centinela Feed store but you can get them from most pet shops.  month

Post # 28
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My FH’s mom puts kibble in her dog’s kong.

Post # 29
1430 posts
Bumble bee

Yeah I’ve had problems with my Kong too. I do the peanut butter which works but what drives me CRAZY is the harder stick like treat thats made for it that my puppy loves except the last 1/4 gets stuck in the kong and it takes a butter knife and a lot of patience to get it out. So annoying..

Post # 30
1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@maybride2bee:  I heard the opposite about carrots, that they are actually very good for dogs. They’re healthy and are good for their teeth. Our dogs’ food actually has carrots in it, and my friend who makes her dog’s food herself from human grade ingredients puts carrots in her dog’s food.

As for the kong, either use less PB and freeze it, or buy the kong treats. I’m going to ditto the antlers. They’re expensive, but they last a long time. I have a beagle who is a very agressive chewer, she’ll go through a bully stick in 10-15 minutes if we let her, but antlers keep her occupied for hours and it takes her a couple months before onew will be too small for her to have anymore.

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