Did your pooch get a Kong for the holidays? Good dog!! There are many pre-made fillings to put inside of your Kong to keep your dog occupied, but how about some homemade stuffing treats without all the artificial flavorings and packed with a nutritional punch? WOOF!

Making your fillings at home has many benefits. You can verify the wholesomeness of the ingredients you are adding, you cut out all the chemical additives of the pre-made products, and you can give your dog a boost of probiotics when you add yoghurt or cottage cheese. Your pup will love these treats!

Yoghurt and Peanut Butter Crunch

2 cups plain, unsweetened yoghurt

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

2 tablespoons freeze-dried liver treats

Combine the yoghurt and peanut butter until they are mixed together well, then lightly fold in the freeze-dried liver treats. Fill the Kong and feed it either cool or frozen.

Cheesy Potato Delight

2 cups mashed sweet potato

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup cottage cheese

2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese

Combine all the ingredients and fill the Kong. Feed either warm or frozen.

Pumpkin and Grilled Cheese Bites

1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not the pie filling)

2 cups grilled cheese sandwich, cut into bite-sized pieces

Use whole wheat bread and cheddar cheese to make the sandwiches, then cut them up into approximately 1-inch bite sized pieces. Combines the grilled cheese bites with the pumpkin and fill the Kong. Feed either warm or frozen.

Fruity Parfait

1 cup plain yoghurt

1 small mashed banana

2 tablespoons blueberries

Fold the banana and blueberries into the yoghurt, then freeze and serve.

Delicious Pumpkin Pie

1 cup pure canned pumpkin puree

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 banana

Combine all ingredients by folding them together. Fill the Kong and serve either warm or frozen.

Your dog will be occupied for hours with his new Kong, and when all the slobbering is done, just pop it in the dishwasher!

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