Kong Toys & The Preventing Boredom
MOST BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS ARE CORRECTABLE!
Don't despair! Make sure your dog has a clean bill of health, then contact your professional trainer and/or animal behaviorist for help.
Prevention is always the best cure for behavior problems! Lack of training and physical and mental under stimulation (boredom) are primary causes of misbehavior. They can be easily prevented by enrolling in basic training classes (contact your veterinarian for a referral) and using Kong Dog Toys for healthy physical and mental stimulation.
Kong Dog Toys are widely used and recommended for therapy and prevention of under-stimulation, boredom, separation anxiety and other behavior problems. Following are some simple ways Kongs can be utilized to promote good behavior in your dog.
It is important for dogs to succeed at their "work". Make it easy to remove the kong stuffing at first. AS THEY BECOME MORE EXPERIENCED, YOU MAY WANT TO MAKE THEIR JOB MORE CHALLENGING - HERE'S HOW:
1. Pack stuffing tighter.
2. Wedge biscuits inside the cavity using the inside rim of the opening to secure them.
3. FREEZE IT! Very Popular! Try various combinations of canned food, gravy, noodles, rice and mashed potatoes mixed with food nuggets and freeze. KONGSICLES are a favorite with many hot dogs! Put a dab of peanut butter in the small end of the Kong to plug it. Turn it upside down in a cup. Fill it full of water, chicken broth or fruit juice and freeze. Cool doggies! Kongsicles are recommended for outdoor use.
4. CHEESE IT! Mix cheese pieces or cheese spread with food nuggets and microwave until cheese melts. Let it cool to a safe temperature. NOTE - Use a cup to contain the Kong when freezing or microwaving.
Simple, Tried & True
Peanut butter, appropriate Kong Toy. Smear peanut butter inside the cavity of your Kong Toy.
Frozen Jerky Pops
Smear a small amount of peanut butter over small hole in your Kong Toy. Fill with cool water and add a pinch of bouillon. Place a Jerky Stick inside Kong Toy and freeze. This can also be put (once frozen) in a children's size swimming pool for a fun day of fishing for your pet!
Mush 1/4 of a banana in large hole to hold fruit in place. You can include other fruits and veggies: apple or carrot chunks, orange slices, peach and/or nectarine chunks, celery sticks, broccoli and/or cauliflower, tomato and black olive mixture!
In a bowl, mash up 1 fresh banana. Then, add 2 tbs. wheat germ and 1 tbs plain yogurt. Mash all in gredients together and use spoon to add to Kong. Freeze for 4 hours.
Place small scraps of steak strips inside Kong toy, and spread cream cheese in large hole to hold scraps.
Turkey, chicken or marrow bites mixed with slightly moistened food nuggest froze inside the Kong.
Kong on a Rope
Pull some rope through a Kong Toy and knot it. Hang upside down from a tree, deck or post. The small hole should be facing the ground. Fill with dry dog kibble. Make the toy hang just low enough that it is out of your dog's reach!
Veggie Kong Omelet
Scramble an egg and fold in any vegetables your pet may like. Put into Kong toy. Sprinkle some cheese over the top and microwave for about 20 seconds. Let cool thoroughly.
Mac 'n Cheese
Melt small tube of Velveeta in microwave until gooey. Add leftover mac 'n cheese to Kong Toy. Pour heated Velveeta into Kong. Let cool before giving to your pet.
Cheesy Dental Delight
Place 3 slices of your dog's favorite cheese directly onto the grooves of your pet's Dental Kong (make sure cheese doesn't get onto rope). Melt in microwave for 20-30 seconds. Give to pet after it cools.
Aunt Jeannie's Archaeology Kong
LAYER ONE (deepest): roasted, unsalted cashews · freeze dried liver bits
LAYER TWO: dog kibble, cookies or liver biscotti · Cheerios · sugar-free, salt-free peanut butter · dried banana chips, apples and apricots
LAYER THREE: carrot sticks · turkey or leftover ravioli or tortellini · Kong Toy (the larger the better!) Pack as tightly as possible. The last item inserted should be an apricot or piece of ravioli, presenting a smooth "finish" under the main opening.
LIGHT VERSION: substitute crumbled rice cakes for cashews, Caesar croutons for freeze-dried liver, fat free cream cheese for peanut butter.