Sep 022011

While you’re apple bobbing at Hallowe’en, why not give your dog an apple-y treat too?

What to stuff

This is best used with a kong or similar as it will ooze out of anything which is open at both ends.


  • 1 or 2 cooking apples (depending on the size of your kong)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1tsp honey (less or none at all for senior dogs and dogs on a weight loss diet)

How to stuff it

Peel and core the apples. Chop up the remaining flesh and put it in a pan along with the water to stew. Boil the mixture with a lid on for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it’s become soft.

If you’re using honey, stir it into the stewed apple.

Allow the mixture to cool completely then use it to stuff your kong.


If you want to give your dog the full ‘apple bobbing’ experience, get a clean piece of strong cord and thread it through your kong before you stuff it. Tie a big knot in the cord at the ‘small hole’ end of the kong so the cord can’t go through the small hole. Then stuff the kong. When you’re ready, tie the end of the cord to a tree branch so the kong is just off the ground (how high you put it will depend on how tall your dog is, but the dog should be able to reach it easily). Then let your dog at it and see how long it takes him to empty the ‘bobbing’ kong!

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