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Monday, January 26, 2009

Banana Kibble Kong

Dakota Puppy with her Kong
Have leftover bananas that are just too ripe to normally eat? Then share them with your dog while making them work for their tasty treat.

Once those bananas get a little too ripe for us here at the Lab Brats house, we give them to the dogs. Now, normally Dakota would swallow the banana whole so I began putting the banana in a Kong and freezing it so they have to work to get their treat.

Banana Kibble Kong Recipe

1 Medium Banana (mushed)
1 Cup of Dog Food
1 Kong

Layer the kibble and banana until you run out of both. The layer should begin with kibble as to keep the banana from coming out of the small hole on the one end of the kibble and end with the banana on top to keep everything in place. Push a dog biscuit in the top layer of banana so that it is sticking out just enough for the dog to grab. Freeze for 4 hours or more with the small end down.

How long it lasts depends on the dog and size of the Kong. We have the Extreme Large Black Kongs and this treat will last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Great idea for when:
1) Your dog is bored
2) It is impossible to go outside
3) You are crating your dog for a long period of time
4) You are leaving the house and your dog has separation anxiety
5) Its your pup's birthday
6) You just feel like giving them a treat!

Enjoy! :)



Blogger Chester's Mom said...

I am gonna have to try this-I'm SURE Chester would love it. I thought that it might ooze out and create a mess on the carpet but apparently not. Thanks for the great healthy "recipe" for lab entertainment!

January 26, 2009 9:06 AM  
Blogger Ms. ~K said...

Great idea! My labs love bananas too...even the yucky overly ripe ones.
Hugs to your puppers,

January 26, 2009 10:05 AM  
Blogger Ms. ~K said...

PS... I let my pups vote for the best gift idea and they chose each one...chuckle

January 26, 2009 10:07 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Shannon - thanks for the tip. Gracie will enjoy this, I'm sure. I've been running out of ideas for the Kong. Can't wait for the bananas to turn now!

January 26, 2009 1:46 PM  
Blogger Chester's Mom said...

Standing ovation for sharing this tidbit w/Mom. It was way too slippy last night to go for a walk so Mom decided to at least try out the peanut butter in the Kong idea to keep me busy while she cooked. Let me say it is a fantastic idea and because of it I am looking forward to more bad weather. Many licks and kisses to you! Chester

January 29, 2009 12:39 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Gracie tried this new treat over the weekend. She loved it. It took her about 30 minutes to work her way through a medium size kong stuffed with Banana & kibble.

Thanks again for the tip!

February 02, 2009 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome idea! We are going to try this tomorrow! We get the evening whines when Chips wants to play and no one else does...maybe this will help!!

February 08, 2009 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My big boy Sherman likes bananas, but my little girl Bella doesn't. They both LOVE peanut butter filled kongs

Great to find more Lab lovers


February 16, 2009 10:49 AM  
Blogger imom130 said...

I'm new to this group, thank you for a great tip we are going to try it. thanks

April 08, 2009 6:17 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Love the banana kibble idea! I am always looking for things to stuff the Kong with!

April 22, 2009 4:52 PM  

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