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Stupid question about Kongs

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NetHuns Sat 08-Nov-14 15:06:56

Is this ok:
Blanch puppy kibble
Mix in with kong paste
Put into puppy kong
Give to puppy?
Pup is 9 weeks old

NetHuns Sat 08-Nov-14 15:09:37

Also Dpup is on 3 meals a day...does this count as one?

moosemama Sat 08-Nov-14 15:46:38

Best thing to do is weigh out pup's daily food allowance, then remove as much as you need for the kong and split the rest into two feeds.

If you haven't given him/her a frozen kong before, try giving it unfrozen first, so he/she can get the idea. Frozen food doesn't smell as appetising as fresh and some dogs give up when they realise they have to work at it.

NetHuns Sat 08-Nov-14 15:56:29

Thanks for the reply...I've just tried him with dry kibble mixed in with some kong interest at allshock..looks like he might be one of those rare breeds that doesn't like them (or lazy)hmm

moosemama Sat 08-Nov-14 16:30:32

Lots of dogs don't bother trying at first, especially pups who are used to their food arriving at regular intervals, conveniently laid out in an easy to access bowl. grin

To begin with put some particularly tasty/favourite, treats in there but only loosely. Help him roll the kong around a bit and show him the treats fall out as it moves.

Next time do the same, then smear a little of something super tasty just around and inside the large hole and hold it while you encourage him to lick it off.

Next step is to loosely fill it with something extra tasty, perhaps some fresh cooked chicken or sardines/pilchards and again encourage him to eat it.

Eventually he'll get the idea that he has to get stuck in to get tasty treats of out it.

My older Lad was totally disinterested in kongs this time last year, but I went through the above stages with him and now he'll happily demolish a frozen kong (full of sardines in tomato sauce, mixed with kibble and topped with some Lily's kitchen wet dog food) in under 20 minutes.

Fwiw, kong paste isn't all that appetising to a lot of dogs and isn't particularly good for them either. Far better to use something healthy like tinned fish in tomato sauce, some fresh cooked meat or one of the better quality dog foods like Lily's Kitchen or Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse.

pieceoftoast Sat 08-Nov-14 16:38:36

Kong paste = yuck and expensive.

Peanut butter is good to 'plug' or bind. Or a bit of wet dog food.

WeAllHaveWings Sat 08-Nov-14 19:04:34

we started with loose dry kibble that fell out really easily until ours got the hang of it

financialwizard Sat 08-Nov-14 19:13:22

Tuna and peanut butter to plug here or minced sprat boak. Dog loves it though.

dorathedestroyer Sun 09-Nov-14 12:01:07

And the joy of Fish4Dogs salmon mousse is that you can just snip the corner of the packet and squish it straight in, like an icing bag.

Also, cheapest smoked mackerel, cheapest cream cheese, whizz in food processor, smear inside.

ClaimedByMe Sun 09-Nov-14 12:03:37

Primula cheese, peanut butter or pate to get the kibble to stick together in the kong, also the Kong branded treats to fill them are a bit of a waste of money.

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