Kong Stuffing 101

For those days when you just need a break from the canine chaos, a stuffed Kong is the BOMB. I could fill up a page just telling you why I love a Kong and why they’re my #1 survival tool. But I think you get the idea. I’m going to show you a super fast, easy way to make an awesome Kong that will keep your dog occupied for SO long.

Kong stuffing recipe - Midnight Schnauzers - Arkansas

1. Pick your Kong

Kongs come in a variety of sizes for different breeds. I like to go with as large a size as my dog can handle, because the smaller size Kongs have a pretty small hole in the end, and that can make it a little too hard for the dog to get the food out. Plus, you can fit more food in the bigger ones, which keeps your dog occupied even longer. (Yay!) So at least a size medium, even for Miniature Schnauzer puppies, works great.

2. Stuff it with leftovers

If you search online you’ll find a ton of cool-sounding recipes to stuff a Kong. But if you’re like me, you’re doing good to use a recipe for your own dinner, much less your dog’s. Hello?! The good news is, you have some really yummy, dog safe food hanging out in your fridge or cabinet. Just grab a few of those items, pack them into the Kong in layers, and presto!

Here’s a list of ideas.

Peanut butter

Canned pumpkin

Canned premium dog food

Cottage cheese

Cream cheese

Plain yogurt

Apple Sauce

Cheese spread

Dog treats





Cheese slices

Green beans

Freeze-dried meat

Sweet potatoes (cooked or uncooked)



Baby food

Dog biscuits

Unsalted crackers

Chicken pieces

Turkey pieces

Boiled eggs

Dry dog food

Mac & cheese


Cooked whole wheat pasta


Cooked whole grain rice



Beef Jerky



Sliced deli meat – rolled up

Hot Dog

String Cheese

Carrot stick

Celery stick

3. Voila! Give it to your Miniature Schnauzer

These are PERFECT for crate time, when you have company, for those times when you really, really want a little peace and quiet, and more. Kongs are dishwasher safe, making cleanup a snap.

4. Bonus points: Put it in the freezer

As your Miniature Schnauzer gets to be a pro at unpacking his Kong, make it more challenging by throwing the Kong into the freezer overnight before giving it to him. You can also make the stuffing more challenging. The rule is that wet food is harder to unpack than dry food, and tightly packed food is easier to get out than loosely packed food. Pick up a second (or third!) Kong so you can always have one stuffed and ready in the freezer for when you really need it.


Once you see all the tight spots a Kong will help you out of, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. Pinky promise.

Find more activities to keep your Miniature Schnauzer busy in our blog post 5 Seriously Fun Games for Kids & Their Miniature Schnauzers.

Psst…These games aren’t just fun for kids! Not that I would know or anything….

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