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08-07-2008 10:39 AM
bren
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Originally Posted by Amanda View Post
I agree, he's far from fat. He's absolutely beautiful. Travis and I have talked about how gorgeous he is quite a few times.

Travis works from home, so he can keep an eye on him, thankfully.

One a day isn't bad then, thank you!
Travis is a lucky bloke, I'd love to have a job where I could be at home with Lexx all day - perhaps wouldn't have a job for long though cos I'd find Lexx more interesting/entertaining than work.

And one a day is fine. You'll love watching yours getting the stuff out and the ingenious things they do to achieve it. Lexx has become quite a pro now and last night casually walked up to a cheese filled kong, placed his paw on one end and rolled the kong to one side so the hole end was in the air and he just stood there casually lapping away at it holding it with the one foot.

Snack balls are fun too and come in different shapes and sizes. you fill them with a bit of kibble or something else dry and let the enjoyment start as your Dobe really uses his brain to extract the contents. Lexx has a couple of different ones and likes rolling them down our legs whilst we sit on the sofa to get the contents to fall out.
08-06-2008 05:22 PM
errica
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Originally Posted by RugeR_Dob View Post
But theres nothing better to keep a puppy busy than a good, smelly, frozen, SOCK!
Be really careful with this...I know that more than a few people on here have had problems with dobes eating socks. I believe some have even had blockages caused by socks and such.

I never let my dog chew on and old anything...I don't want them to think they can eat ALL the socks, shoes, shirts, etc...
08-06-2008 12:43 PM
RugeR_Dob What I do if I need to keep Ruger busy for a while, is get a bag of frozen puppy food (we use Bil-Jak, because it's soft) and he just GOES NUTS over it. We always keep a small bag in the frig just in case, and since it is soft, you can shove a lot in there, and it is tricky to get out, and since it is only puppy food, its ok of he chows down. But theres nothing better to keep a puppy busy than a good, smelly, frozen, SOCK!

Have fun with your new puppy!!
08-06-2008 12:38 PM
errica
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Originally Posted by Crow View Post
If you use reasonably healthy stuff in the Kong, you can just subtract the same amount from their regular meal and you won't end up with a porky Dobe :biggrin55:
I usually just offset how much I feed them, too, and that works just fine!

On the pup I don't think it would matter if I stuffed it with butter, he never seems to gain any weight, he just grows. With Athena, she did gain a couple pounds when I first started using the Kongs a lot, so I backed off of the PB for her and use more FF cream cheese, kibble, milk bones and fruit. She easily lost those couple pounds.

Both dogs get Kongs at the same time, usually 3-4 times a week. Bully sticks the other days, but usually one "long lasting" treat a day so I can do laundry, dishes, etc...
08-06-2008 12:32 PM
Crow
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Originally Posted by Amanda View Post
How often you do you give them kongs?

Once a day? Once a week?

I don't want a pot-bellied Dobie!

Once a day sounds like too much to me... but I wouldn't know.
If you use reasonably healthy stuff in the Kong, you can just subtract the same amount from their regular meal and you won't end up with a porky Dobe :biggrin55:
08-06-2008 11:47 AM
Amanda I agree, he's far from fat. He's absolutely beautiful. Travis and I have talked about how gorgeous he is quite a few times.

Travis works from home, so he can keep an eye on him, thankfully.

One a day isn't bad then, thank you!
08-06-2008 11:44 AM
bren
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Originally Posted by kais_mom View Post
Kai has a really sensitive stomach, so PB was out of the question... so I concur with the yogurt. I bought Mountain High Natural plain yogurt, (even though I bought low fat vanilla once by mistake and he liked that too) I would take a spoonful or two, drop it in leaving my finger on the small end, throw in maybe a 1/8 cup of kibble and then freeze. I gave them to him in the crate when I would leave for work. As soon as I got it out of the freezer he would go running to his crate and stand inside waiting for me. Kept him content even when I was leaving him alone for the day.
Yep that's the beauty of them especially when they're young it takes the emaotion out of leaving them as they have something much more important (and tasty) to concentrate on.
08-06-2008 11:42 AM
bren
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Originally Posted by Amanda View Post
How often you do you give them kongs?

Once a day? Once a week?

I don't want a pot-bellied Dobie!

Once a day sounds like too much to me... but I wouldn't know.
Lexx has one in the AM when I leave for work and one a lunch when I again leave for work - He's far from overweight.

You can actually get a Kong dispenser that holds 4 prefilled Kongs and releases them either 1 every hour or 1 every 2 hours. Just be sensible and don't over feed.
08-05-2008 08:00 PM
kais_mom Kai has a really sensitive stomach, so PB was out of the question... so I concur with the yogurt. I bought Mountain High Natural plain yogurt, (even though I bought low fat vanilla once by mistake and he liked that too) I would take a spoonful or two, drop it in leaving my finger on the small end, throw in maybe a 1/8 cup of kibble and then freeze. I gave them to him in the crate when I would leave for work. As soon as I got it out of the freezer he would go running to his crate and stand inside waiting for me. Kept him content even when I was leaving him alone for the day.
08-05-2008 06:32 PM
JenTN
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Originally Posted by Jerseyfirefighter View Post
Does all this make a mess?? I know my friend has a lab and destroyed his carpet because of using the peanut butter... if there a clean approch to stuffing... my little guy i use the smaller kong...stuff it with smaller pellet like treats until it is packed...
Bo gets them in his crate- in fact, I've tried to give him one in the kitchen before and he will not take it- he goes and sits in his crate. Now the really messy ones (like chicken soup) are for outside!

I forgot to add that the Bill Jac Gooberlicious treats are GREAT for stopping up the hole in the end. They are peanut butter flavored treats and are very squishy and pliable without falling apart.

Also- we keep a jar of pb just for Bo- it's got BO'S DO NOT EAT written all over it! unless you just use one spoonful of pb you'll want one just for the puppy
08-05-2008 06:15 PM
Amanda How often you do you give them kongs?

Once a day? Once a week?

I don't want a pot-bellied Dobie!

Once a day sounds like too much to me... but I wouldn't know.
08-05-2008 06:08 PM
Jenny Wow - I feel bad - Vader doesn't get such fancy treats in his kong. Lately I put a slice of cheese in with a treat or two. If I run out of cheese he'll get pb - but I am not responsible enough to freeze them. He gets one in his crate when we leave in the am.

I have used frozen ground meat before.
08-05-2008 05:57 PM
BlackandTans
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Originally Posted by Amanda View Post
A lot of people give them to their dogs in their crates to make sure they don't get it everywhere.

But I'm sure it's just so good to them that they wouldn't waste a single morsel. :tongue:

Yah mine usually end up cleaning EVERYTHING up after themselves so I usually dont have a problem of stuff being left over. I usually just give it to them in their crates when we leave for the day so they have something to do for a while.
08-05-2008 04:12 PM
alwayshadpets If you don`t want too many added calories you can add vegegtables--green beans, carrots etc. etc. to the peanut butter or?
08-05-2008 01:58 PM
Amanda A lot of people give them to their dogs in their crates to make sure they don't get it everywhere.

But I'm sure it's just so good to them that they wouldn't waste a single morsel. :tongue:
08-05-2008 01:56 PM
BlackandTans Duke and Mia LOVE the frozen peanut butter! But they also like frozen cream cheese that is fat free or occasionally I might do like frozen yogurt or something in there too but not too often. Easy cheese every once and a while. You can get pre made Kong Treat stuff to put in there and freeze as well.
08-05-2008 10:59 AM
errica
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Originally Posted by Jerseyfirefighter View Post
Does all this make a mess?? I know my friend has a lab and destroyed his carpet because of using the peanut butter... if there a clean approch to stuffing... my little guy i use the smaller kong...stuff it with smaller pellet like treats until it is packed...
I haven't had any messes yet. I do make sure that all the filling is IN the kong, not smeared on the outside, and I usually give them kongs on their beds which I wash a couple times a week. With the PB I will smear it all along the inside walls and then "stick" things to it like treats, kibble, bits of hot dogs.
08-05-2008 10:48 AM
Jerseyfirefighter Does all this make a mess?? I know my friend has a lab and destroyed his carpet because of using the peanut butter... if there a clean approch to stuffing... my little guy i use the smaller kong...stuff it with smaller pellet like treats until it is packed...
08-05-2008 10:44 AM
errica The fruit salad was a big hit! Both dogs loved the fruit and the frozen banana mush that I sealed it up with. It took them about 45 minutes to get everything out.
08-05-2008 04:53 AM
bren
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Originally Posted by JenTN View Post
Here's some of ours:

Of course, peanut butter

OUTSIDE ONLY- frozen low sodium chicken broth

Snausages (Bo has the XL Kong and they fit wonderfully in there and take a while to get out

EZ cheese- I've only done this once as a special treat, but he looooved it
LOL Weve got 3 tubes of squeezy cheese in the fridge just for his Kongs - He loves it, sometimes I fill the kong with this and some small bone biscuits.
08-04-2008 08:01 PM
errica Okay, I found a recipe for fruit salad for a Kong, and it's hot here today so I made this for both dogs, and they are in the freezer now.

1/2 apple
1/2 orange
4 strawberries

I chopped all this up and smushed it into both kongs. I use Large sized Kongs and had some leftover.

Then I mashed 1/2 banana with 2 tbs of peanut butter and used that to fill the ends. Then threw them in cups and into the freezer. The pups will get these in about 3 hours.

I offered up the leftovers to the dogs to see what they thought and they both really liked it. I think they'll be happy with it, but I'll let you know for sure.

* you could totally use cream cheese instead of PB, but I had the PB handy!
08-04-2008 06:12 PM
JenTN Here's some of ours:

Of course, peanut butter

OUTSIDE ONLY- frozen low sodium chicken broth

Snausages (Bo has the XL Kong and they fit wonderfully in there and take a while to get out

EZ cheese- I've only done this once as a special treat, but he looooved it
08-04-2008 05:29 PM
JuneBug Pumpkin works.....it's a little messy if it's not frozen though.
08-04-2008 04:43 PM
Zoeberry I like the yogurt idea!
08-04-2008 04:12 PM
Burns Great thread! I'm getting lots of good ideas!

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