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Creating Dissection Toys

I have used Kong toys as an example here, but you can do this with empty butcher's bones and many other dog toys that are on the market now.  Kongs are very durable, especially the black ones, and are perfect for meal-stuffing.

KONG 101 (for beginner dogs.  This must be done a few times before offering more difficult KONGS or your dog may be too frustrated to finish them):

  • Liberally smear anything spread-able over the entire interior of KONG (peanut butter, cheese whiz, cream cheese, liverwurst, last night's gravy).

  • Stuff a layer of the dog's kibble, pack in hard.

  • Drop in something delicious such as bacon, cheese, treat etc.

  • Continue layering kibble/treat/kibble/treat/etc until you fill KONG to top.  Use your knife to pack in HARD!

  • Wedge two medium-size Milkbones into the large hole at bottom (this will be difficult, you might break a few at first, keep trying!)

  • Turn KONG over and shake.  If something falls out, pack in harder until you can shake it and nothing falls out.

  • Put your dog in a sit/stay.  Place KONG on floor.  Wait for dog to look at your face, and tell him "GO FOR IT, KONG!"

  • Watch a favorite television show for the next half-hour while your dog drives himself nuts dissecting his new favorite thing!

KONG 201 (for dogs who are easily de-stuffing KONG 101 in less than half an hour):

  • Soak kibble in plain yogurt/beef broth/anything tasty and liquid until slightly soft.

  • Follow KONG 101 recipe above.

  • Place in freezer overnight

  • Put your dog in a sit/stay.  Place frozen KONG on floor.  Wait for dog to look at your face, and tell him "GO FOR IT, KONG!"

  • Watch a favorite television show for the next 1.5 hours while your dog drives himself nuts dissecting his KONG-sicle!

 

KONG 301

  • Mix plain yogurt with plain oatmeal to a very stiff paste.

  • Smear entire interior of KONG with something spreadable such as peanut butter

  • Place the tastiest thing you can at the small-end hole of KONG

  • Continue to stuff KONG with layers of oatmeal mixture interspersed with small treats until you get to the top

  • Plug large hole of KONG with two medium-size milkbones, making sure their ends are firmly stuck into the oatmeal mixture.

  • Freeze hard and give to dog.  Enjoy your hours of freedom while dog de-stuffs!

  • As this is does not contain the dog's normal staple diet, this should be a meal replacement only 2-3 times a week or less.

 

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