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15 KONG Fillers

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Want some yummy natural kong fillers for your canine friend? These recipes will give your little one something to chew on, in an instant!
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Want some yummy natural KONG fillers for your canine friend? These recipes will give your little one something to chew on, in an instant! They’re perfect when you need your pup calm or want to teach “settle.”


There is so much in Southern culture surrounding man’s best friend.

The dog.

Old Yeller.

Blake Shelton songs.

Elvis Presley songs.

Expressions we love like… “I ain’t got a dog in this fight” or “Run with the big dogs or stay on the porch.

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I’ll never forget the day my dog trainer at Puppy Kindergarten told me about the kong. 

That she was grooming her german shepherd and he was getting antsy and – BHAM – enter the Kong and some peanut butter and calm calm puppy. 

I was like DO YOU SELL THOSE, I NEED ONE TWO DAYS AGO.

See we have a Newfiedoodle puppy who was supposed to be calm and patient and gentle and guess what? He ain’t. He’s highly energetic, slightly rowdy, and overly confident. 

In other words, he’s me except a dog and male and, well what did I expect?

So, I got the Kong and and that was that. But then… whatever to fill it with? 

red kong for puppies, kong fillers

Why do you use KONGs with dogs?

You can, of course, simply give your dogs this food. And that’s fine too!

Putting snacks into the Kong is a great thing to do if you are wanting to give your dog a job to do. My trainers said my particular kind of dog (a doodle mix) is smart and needs work. So by putting food into the Kong you give them a slight puzzle or challenge.

It extends the amount of time the snack lasts. 

And it gives your dog something to focus on if you want to teach them. So, for example, if you want to teach your dog to settle. You can put a doggy bed by the couch and, with your puppy on a leash (so they don’t get away), put the Kong on the doggy bed. 

Fill the Kong with whatever treat you desire or have on hand, and let your dog get busy eating. 

It helps you teach your dog to settle because while they’re eating… they’re settled.

Super Popular KONG Fillers

Without further ado… here are some kong fillers your dog will love. 

Natural Peanut Butter

peanut butter on counter

This is a no brainer and likely the first thing you are recommended to put into the Kong. My trainer said if she needed to bathe her dog, she’d slap some peanut butter on the top of the tub.

Genius

Most peanut butter is safe for dogs to eat, and in moderation peanut butter can be an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin. 

The healthiest option is unsalted peanut butter or homemade peanut butter, as high sodium levels can be problematic for dogs, and as an added bonus, homemade peanut butters do not contain extra sugar and other additives. (source)

Cheese Whiz

easy cheese cheese whiz on counter, kong filler

This isn’t exactly an organic choice for your dog, but as a treat, it’s definitely something your pup will love. It is also, if I’m honest, super fun to squeeze.

What can I say?

This is also something great to take with you while traveling because it doesn’t require refrigeration and you can pull it out in a pinch. 

🌟 This is in Moose’s top 2 fave KONG fillers!

Canned Wet Dog Food

dog food kong filler

This is, by far, Moose’s favorite. I bought the Cesar brand from Wal-Mart and have had great luck. He went to town on this – and actually contributed to his positive association with the KONG. 

Love at first taste.

I definitely do this for Moose on the reg when I need him to calm down and settle, but not so much it disrupts his actual eating schedule.

Dog Kibble

puppy kibble, kong filler

We like to treat Moose because he’s very food and treat motivated and one way to dole out treats that takes a bit longer and requires a bit more work for him is to cut up the treats small enough they go into the KONG but not so small they fall out too easily. 

Our trainers even encouraged us to freeze them, but I’m not that cruel of a dog mom. YET. 

Dairy (Or Dairy Substitute ) KONG Fillers

Cottage Cheese

Start small and make sure your doesn’t have any intolerance to dairy. Test with smaller amounts and watch for any signs of intestinal upset. (source)

This is also bound to be a fairly messy so you might want to save this for an outdoor treat or one that puppy has on the tile floor in the kitchen when you need to keep him occupied and not barking. 

Greek Yogurt

cottage cheese kong fillers

Greek yogurt is the safest type of yogurt for your dog to eat as there is no added sugar. It can taste a bit tart, so fill the kong a bit and see if your dog will take it before filling it up too much. (source)

Coconut Whipped Cream

If you want to give your dog a sweet cream treat but are steering clear of dairy, this is a great idea. You’ll get a high quality coconut cream, chill it overnight, then whip it into soft peaks.

Your dog will need to eat it all in one sitting (or spread it among a few dogs if you are a Multi Dog Mama) because it won’t keep, but it’ll be sure to be a fave. 

Here’s how to make coconut whipped cream.

Nice Cream

Some ice cream – particularly vanilla which is said to be the safest – is fine, but too much and we’re into sugar overload territory. 

Enter… nice cream.

It’s essentially dairy free “ice cream” because it has that cold creamy tasty consistency. Your dog will love this, even if they’re lactose intolerant or you’re avoiding dairy with your dog altogether. Here’s how to make banana nice cream

Veggie And Fruit KONG Fillers

Here are veggie and fruit fillers that will thrill your pup. 

Pumpkin Puree

pumpkin puree kong filler

This stuff is so easy to come by, particularly during the fall season, but a can of this will be good for one or two Kong fills, depending on how long you want to occupy your little one. It’ll also give the crate a lovely scent. 

Sweet Potato Puree

This is similar to pumpkin puree but with, you know, sweet potatoes.

Don’t buy canned yams because those have added sugar which isn’t great for dogs, although a tiny bit likely won’t hurt. If you are cooking sweet potatoes for dinner or roasting them, you can set some aside, mash, and shove into the KONG.

Sweet potatoes are safe for dogs, even those with food allergies (source) and you can even dehydrate sweet potatoes to make some crunchy canine chips. 

Beans, Beans, And More Beans

Don’t serve your doggie canned beans as they are filled with sugar and additives. However… you can serve beans that have been soaked and cooked. If you have extra from your own dinner, that is. 

To avoid a lot of gas serve beans in moderation, but you can fill the Kong with some COOKED beans (green beans, pinto, garbanzo). Read about the particular type of bean you’d like to serve to be sure. (source)

Bananas

bananas in bowl in front of kong

Bananas are inexpensive and high in fiber, potassium, vitamins, biotin, and copper. (source). They are a tad messy, but will be a great surprise in the kong for your pup. 

You can mash them a bit with a fork then stick them in. 

Blueberries

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Blueberries are a source of rich antioxidants and safe for dogs.

Warning: these will make a mess. If you want to put blueberries into your Kong then you might want to let the dog eat it outside or somewhere you aren’t worried about staining rugs, pillows, or throws. 

Cucumbers

Cucumbers can be pulled from your salad, squished up, and put into the KONG as well. This is a light refreshing snack and great if you are worried your dog is overweight.

Some dogs simply become unhealthy in many ways if they are slightly over weight (think hips!) so this is a nice snack you won’t have to feel guilty about. 

Carrots

carrots in dog bowl on counter

Carrots that are hard are a great thing for teething puppies, but you can also cook the carrots or give the dog leftovers from dinner, mashed a bit. 

Watermelon

I don’t know who DOES NOT love watermelon.

Personally, we eat it with some salt to bring out the flavor, but I wouldn’t recommend that for the dog. Cut the watermelon into small ish pieces, mash them a little, and put them into the Kong. Great for a hot summer’s day!

KONG Recipes

All the foods above are single ingredient KONG fillers and stuffers. They will go straight in the KONG. Here are some recipes or combinations of food that dogs love that you can put into the KONG.

Sometimes you can shove what you cooked for dinner in your KONG, but be sure you aren’t serving your pup foods that are toxic to dogs.

  1. Pumpkin and sweet potato. You can mash them up or put the purees in, either way this is a healthy treat.
  2. Applesauce and oatmeal. You can freeze this so it doesn’t leak out, but this is a great and filling combination.
  3. Blueberries and bananas. A popular combination in desserts. Mash up the banana and blueberries together until they’re more of a paste.
  4. Cauliflower and broccoli. If you have these leftover from dinner, blend them together until they are more of a soup and put it into a KONG
  5. Steak and rice. If you’ve got leftovers from dinner, drop them into a KONG instead of dropping them on the floor.
  6. Pineapple and strawberries. For a sweet fresh summer treat, put these into the KONG mashed or not!

You can also put essentially any combination of the fillers from above together into a KONG too.

Remember, a good rule of thumb, if in doubt… Google whether a certain food will be harmful to a dog. These KONGs will keep dogs busy for a long time and are a good crate companion.

How To Clean KONGs After They’ve Been Filled

  • KONGs are dishwasher safe, and you can put them on the top rack.
  • You can rise with warm water and dish soap. 
  • If there is dried food inside that won’t come off easily, you can also use a bottle brush to get it clean. 
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KONG Fillers

Want some yummy natural kong fillers for your canine friend? These recipes will give your little one something to chew on, in an instant!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dog food, homemade dog treats, homemade pet food, pet food
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 dog
Calories: 1270kcal
Author: Rachel Norman

Equipment

  • KONG

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cheese qhiz
  • 1/2 tin wet dog food
  • 1/2 cup dog kibble or treats
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup whipped coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1/2 cup beans (not canned) but soaked and cooked
  • 1/2 cup banana smashed
  • 1/2 cup blueberries smashed
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup carrots hard to help with teething or cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 cup watermelon this will make a mess, but dogs love it

Instructions

  • Choose one ingredient from above (or mix if you want to get creative) and stuff it into the KONG.

Notes

  • Don’t stuff it down too packed or pup will have a hard time getting out the food at the bottom and it’ll be more difficult to clean.
  • You can clean the KONG by putting it into the dishwasher. It is dishwasher safe on the top rack. 
  • I generally put it into a pot full of water in the sink to loosen up any food particles then simply rinse with warm water. This works as well. 
  • Test out which flavors or foods your dog prefers. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1270kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 71g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1118mg | Potassium: 2788mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 57241IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 359mg | Iron: 6mg

18 Comments

  1. We freeze our kongs all of the time for our lab. She LOVES them frozen. Good, new ideas here! We do pumpkin and bananas regularly.

    • Yes!!! And I find our newfiedoodle is actually quite bright, smarter than I am I think as I’m not great thus far at training and our Puppy Kindergarten teachers said freezing the things gives them more “work” so it actually is both physical nourishment and some physical work. 🙂

  2. Fill and freeze for a treat that lasts a long time.

  3. I liked your ideas for the long. I’m going to try your ideas.

  4. Rachel, these Kong ideas are awesome! Can’t wait to try them on my dogs, who LOVE their Kong’s! Thanks for the great ideas!

  5. This blog KONG Fillers: 15+ Foods Your Dog Will Totally Love has helped me a lot with
    my dog.

  6. We use grated carrot, natural peanut butter, and crushed up dog cookies mixed together. You can freeze or give right away. Stays in the Kong well too. Thanks for your ideas.

  7. 3 stars
    Hi! Dog trainer here! Just wanted to make a note of something… You wrote, “You can put something like peanut butter at the bottom of the KONG to make a seal.” I would caution you and your readers against this advice. The hole in the bottom of the Kong is there to prevent the tongue from getting sectioned inside the toy and stuck (causing seriousinjury). It helps maintain airflow and prevents airlock.

  8. JS Hackney

    I have two poochoonsThat are eight months old and I got them the Kong’s……Who’s willing to clean up the mess

  9. Claire Lind

    I have two large dogs. I tried to use the king to keep them busy. I stuffed it with peanut butter a bananas and froze them. My dogs had a hard time getting the frozen stuff out of the king. The frozen peanut butter mixture went into the middle and couldn’t lick it out get it out. They were very frustrated. Please help with any ideas. Thank you!

    • Rachel Norman

      HI Claire, so if it’s summertime and things will deforst more quickly then you can put them outside and let them melt a tad bit. That would still give the dog “work” to do but without it being so frozen it’s frustrating. I found that the stuff at the very back of the KONG also gets a bit stuck so I simply filled the to part they could more easily access!

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