In honor of Furry Fridays:If you are like me, and I sincerely hope you aren’t, you have three dogs who are crazy. Oh, and who can chew through anything, get bored easily, and drive you nuts!Though my youngest pup is not a strong chewer, my male Doberman and my Min Pin can chew through chewies in no time and have destroyed every Everlast product on the market. They also chew through Kongs, but those last the longest. However, they don’t want to chew on the Kongs unless there is something inside. With a pup who has food allergies, and three that are chewing me out of house and home, I had to get creative with how I handled this situation.
After throwing tons of money down the drain on every product imaginable, from deer antlers (which my male literally chews into pieces, then tries to eat), to edible chewies, to Tuff Toys (which my female Doberman destroyed two of in one day! And those suckers aren’t cheap!), I finally threw my hands up in frustration and decided to think outside the box.
And here’s what I came up with:
What you need:
1. Some form of plain white rice. I usually just make extra when we are having it with dinner, but you can do whatever is least expensive.
2. Some form of chewing item that can be filled with food and frozen. I have a variety of sizes and shapes of Kongs (and I have little ones for the Little One, don’t worry.)
3. A can of wet dog food. It can be whatever you want. Since you aren’t feeding this as a meal, try to get a tasty flavor that your pup will see as a treat. I chose the least expensive brand at the Commissary that met my dogs food allergy requirements.
4. A bowl to mix it in. It is even better that you mix it in a bowl that has a lid for storage.
Mix the rice (I do a couple cups) and entire can of dog food. The portions are really up to you.
Stuff in Kong or other fillable toy.
Give as treat when pups are driving you nuts, or to keep them busy while you vacuum so that they don’t bark their little heads off. When frozen, it is much more difficult to get out of the toy and keeps your pups much busier, for much longer, than simply giving them a toy or chew.
This will store for a decent period of time, but be sure to keep an eye on it and toss it as soon as it’s yucky. I also sometimes heat the mixture up so that it gets a little soggy and stuff it in the Kongs and just hand it over. The sogginess makes it harder to get out of the toy, even if it’s not froze, but frozen is better.
Since I have three dogs and some very big toys to stuff, I use an entire can of food and this mixture in a fairly short period of time. I usually have it for about two weeks since they don’t get these every day. You can opt to use smaller cans of food and make less if you have fewer or smaller dogs than I do.
Either way, enjoy the little bit of sanity this will buy you in a pinch! 🙂
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