My clients are constantly asking, “what is the best thing I can stuff my pup’s food-stuffable toys with, that they will always like, keep working at, and take them time to finish?” If you look online or on social media, stuffings can be exhaustingly complex, expensive, messy, gross, calorie-dense, and/or questionable for your dog’s digestive health. Over the years, I have experimented a lot. One of my early ventures outside of “peanut butter land” won a Kong recipe contest and after that I continued to experiment, but like my homemade dog treats, it took me a LOT of time and experimentation to truly come up with THE PERFECT RECIPE!!!
- 1 pound fresh ground meat
- 1 cup bone broth (should be nice gelatinous broth)
- 1 tablespoon virgin cold process coconut oil (same brand I use to make my homemade toothpaste for dogs)
- This is an easy recipe to double, triple, etc…
Allergies? No problem!
The great thing about this recipe is you can easily be careful about protein you use if your dog has allergies or if your dog is on an elimination diet. Above I am using pork bone broth and ground pork. Olive oil can be substituted for coconut oil if desired (but the coconut oil really adds a nice flavor to this recipe that Miles seems to go nuts for).
Drop the coconut oil in a pan on the stovetop on medium/high heat.
Add the meat, and break up lazily with a spatula.
Stir every so often and cook until meat is cooked through.
Warm up your bone broth (good bone broth will be gelatinous when cold). Add your meat and broth to a blender. This is the affordable and powerful blender I use for this recipe and to make my green cubes recipe for dogs.
Blend well. With the blender I use, blending time is very fast, but if you are using an older blender it might take longer. We want a completely smooth milkshake like texture, hence the name!
Prep some Toppls, licki mats, and then pour the rest into these silicone large ice cube trays to freeze portions.
My licki mat goes in the fridge and my Toppls and silicone trays go in the freezer. When the cubes are frozen I transfer them to a ziplock bag. I like to have a bunch of toys and extra stuffing ready to go in the freezer at any given time. You can see what the freezer cubes look like below! I always have these cubes in my freezer. I take 1-2 out and thaw quickly in the microwave in a bowl, stir, and I’ve got filling ready to go! So easy!
My Favorite Way to Use Doggie Milkshake:
The Puppy Parfait!
My favorite way to use Doggie Milkshake is to layer it in Toppls with little cubes of fresh zucchini, then freeze and serve frozen. For some reason the bits of zucchini create a slow feeding effect, without taking away the natural doggie enjoyment factor. A big Toppl filled with layers of zucchini and Doggie Milkshake can take Miles, who is the master of eating things fast, up to 45 minutes to finish! Special thanks to Gus for the name!
Miles is in love! 💘
Quick PSA about licki mats: I use them often, but be careful not give them to a terrier unsupervised or they can become “nibbli mats” 😉😂 Toppls are the gold standard for unsupervised enjoyment.
Miles looks like he really enjoys his licking mat! We do an egg nog shake here with organic unprocessed whole duck egg with raw fermented kefir. Add in a dash of Triplex MCT-3 oil and it is the perfect reproductive super food, liquid or frozen treat!
Wow! That looks so good… cant wait to try it.. Sally is picky, and not a fast eater, but I think she’d like to enjoy this on a too warm Spring day, outside, for a little cool off. Sally is very offended by hot weather, and will refuse to take a walk if she thinks it’s too warm.. sometimes we only saunter from one shady lawn to another, laying down in each lawn. Frozen treats are her salvation in Summer. What a great tutorial and step by step! Hoping you both are healthy and happy… all our love, Sally and Darcy
Hi Darcy, I can’t wait to hear what Sally thinks! How lucky she isn’t a fast eater! At the heart of these recipes are helping clients and myself who have dogs who can finish a normal stuffed toy in mere seconds achieve longer periods where our dogs are occupied! Hugs to you and Sally!
Yum, I am so excited to buy a Toppl and create the parfaits for George! I have sooo many small Kong’s frozen at the ready for George to snack at lunch and occasionally in the evening. Do you substitute a large Toppl for a meal, or just a special treat? George eats a small breakfast and small dinner, so a large Toppl might be a great substitute for one meal more fat free. Does Miles like a cube of zucchini as a treat in general? New and interesting. George thanks you!! 😍❤️ You should have your own Canine starred ⭐️⭐️⭐️ chef show. 😉
Hi Denise! You will want a bunch of Toppls! They are the best! A big point of this recipe is that there aren’t big worries about calories, so nope, no need to skip meals with this! Miles absolutely LOVES zucchini cubes and I use them constantly for training. Haha the drooling chef? 🙂
I don’t have a dog, but I love watching your videos and seeing your photography! I’m really glad Miles gets such fantastic “slow” food!
What a fantastic idea! I have two toppls that are
ready to go. Just need to get some bone both cooking
and will give it a try. So great to see Miles.
Let me know what you think Jean!!! Miles says “hi” too 🙂