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What’s in Royce’s KONG: Canine Calzone Dog Treat

Royce was adopted from Miami Dade Animal Services in early May of 2018. I’d say he was one lucky dog (though I’m a bit biased), because little did he know, Royce was being adopted by me into the pet-loving Chewy team. The dog treat on top of the pup-friendly cupcake is that his dog dad, Charlie, is a professional chef who has considerable experience making gourmet dog treats.

Shortly after adopting our adorable pup, we quickly realized that he was obsessed with chewing—so much so that when he was done chewing on the plush toys in our home, he would move on to our cherished items—things like the remote control or our socks. This is how our family become devoted to KONG interactive toys. We have about three in our house as of today.

To keep things interesting, we often craft fancy recipes for Royce to gnaw on so he can get a taste of his dad’s cooking. Thanks to these gourmet KONG-stuffer recipes, Royce has given up his hobby of chewing on our stuff in favor of these new delicious treats.

Royce loves our recipes so much that we decided to share a few of our summer-themed recipes with the Chewy community. So, for the month of July, we’re bringing you three chef- and vet-approved easy KONG recipes that you can make in your own kitchen. We hope your pups love them just as much!

Canine Calzone

Who doesn’t love a good calzone? Give your pup a taste of your own favorite indulgence with this dog-friendly take on a good ol’ fashioned calzone.

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  • ¼ cup KONG Pepperoni Easy Treat
  • ½ cup of ground beef
  • KONG – medium


  • 1 rubber spatula
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium size pan
  • Knife

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes
Serving size: One spoonful per pup


  1. In a pan over medium heat, add ground beef. Cook, stirring often and breaking the meat into small pieces, until the meat is cooked thoroughly, about 5-7 minutes, or until meat reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
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  3. Off the heat, drain any excess grease.
  4. Add beef and KONG pepperoni easy treat in bowl and fold lightly.
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  6. Stuff into your KONG.
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This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any other health issues, or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

Samantha and Charlie are the proud dog parents of Royce, a French Bulldog rescue who loves cuddling on the couch and literally anything he can sink his teeth into. Samantha is the web editor for Chewy’s three digital publications—petMD, Pet Central and ReptilesMagazine—and Charlie is a professional chef with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. This dog-loving couple combined forces to bring the Chewy community culinary delights tailored for your canine companions.

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