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My dog loves to fetch things that I throw for him, using his excellent speed in order to catch it, hopefully before the thrown object hits the ground, which usually doesn't work for him to well. His preferred throwing toy is the good old fashioned tennis ball, but he'll chase anything that is thrown.
So, when I was in the pet shop a while back, I saw this strange looking tennis ball, which came in the guide of a stick shaped object, but as it had the words 'Kong' on the package I knew it was going to be a nice little dog toy from the start.
When I say this was a strange shaped tennis ball I mean that, almost, as this stick shape is made of the same material as a tennis ball and as tennis balls do, this one bounces off the ground, only it sort of gets a mind of its own as it bounces off like a rugby ball, not a tennis ball.
This comes in a few sizes, small, medium and large, the one I got, which is about 280mm long with the rope being at least double that. (The small says 140mm with the rope being 250mm, the medium being 200mm, the rope on that one being 450mm).
The stick itself is firm and strong, but as it's covered in the same stuff that covers good standard tennis balls it is nice and gentle on the mouth of the dog. The rope is 6mm in diameter and is strong enough to withstand a lot of tugging from my heavy weight dog.
It's ideal for throwing, and, using the rope to get a good spin around your head, this little thing can be thrown a lot further than a normal throw.
And as you know Kong is a brand that is great for dogs, making stuff that is not only strong but is kind to your dog, which means no injuries but lots of fun.
The cost of this Kong throw stick is about £7, which is well worth the money for the simple fact that this is one of those dog toys that will last for a long time, so long as you don't let your dog sit there and chew the life out of it.
I spotted this in Pets at Home around a year ago and I decided to buy it because of the unusual design. I can't remember how much I paid but the current retail price for a large one is around £8.00 which for a Kong toy is a bargain as their products are always durable and this one is no exception!
There are also two other sizes available - small and medium so this toy is suitable for all breeds of dogs. I was a little dissapointed that there was no extra large available as my dogs are all very strong chewers and they can usually destruct toys that are smaller than XL in a few days but to be fair the large one is a decent size at around 60cm long including the rope. The design of this toy is simple but quite unusual as it is like a long tennis ball with a rope attatched to it. This means that it's pretty much a two in one toy as it has the benefits of a tennis ball (soft fuzzy texture, bouncy) and of a rope (ideal for gnawing on & playing tug of war).
The tennis ball end is yellow with the product name written on it in large blue writing and the rope end is blue and yellow. The rope is thick with chunky knots and it is securely attatched to the tennis ball end even after around a year. The rope is a good length meaning that all of my dogs can grab hold of it when they're playing tug of war and the tennis ball end is a good size and shape for my dogs to carry in their mouths. Unlike a majority of kong toys, this doesn't squeak. I don't see this as an issue though because it still keeps my dogs entertained.
They mainly play tug of war with it or if my boyfriend's being a big kid he will stick it down the back of his trousers so the rope end is sticking out then run around until the dogs manage to get hold of it, lol! The toy is light and easy to throw and because the rope is a decent length I don't worry that I might get accidently bitten when I'm playing tug of war with the dogs. The toy is apparently great for training gun dogs and teaching a dog to retrieve from water as it floats but as I've never taken this out with us I can't comment on this feature.
The dogs do love retrieving it when I throw it in the garden though and my yellow lab in particular enjoys running around with it in her mouth like she's all proud of herself. After around a year of almost daily use, the toy does look very worn but despite the fraying rope and bits of missing felt it is still in one piece and it is still suitable for my dogs to play with. It gets dirty easily because of the type of material that it is and it holds smells but I've washed it a few times in the washing machine and it came out clean and smelling fresh. We've had more than our money's worth out of this and it is incredibly durable.
Overall I highly recommend this toy and I give it five out of five stars.
~~*~~*~~ Air Kong Fetch Stick ~~*~~*~~
~~*~~ Fetch it ~~*~~
I live with 3 large breed dogs - they share a brain cell between them, shed enough fur daily to insulate a 4 bedroom house and cost me a fortune in food, insurance and activities. Thus their piggy banks are usually low on funds for toys so when I make the occasional purchase, I expect a product to last. The Air Kong Fetch Stick has been one of those toys that although it is a mere shadow of its former self, remains a firm favourite to argue over or to merely sit and chew.
~~*~~ Find it ~~*~~
As with all Kong products, you can find them most pet shops and all over the internet so it's worth searching around for a good price. These have changed slightly since I got one just over 5 years ago for a baby Pig (a chocolate Labrador with a tendency to roll in mud, eat with great gusto and on most occasions smell rather rancid). I now have Puddle (an Irish water spaniel with a penchant for destroying remote controls, bedding and pretty much anything she can get her ridiculously hairy feet on) and Baby Oink (a black Labrador of 6 months who has only ever chewed what she's supposed to - I have a terrible feeling she's going to hit adolescence and I'm going to have to eat my words). So that's 3 hairy idiots who have a toy box full of interesting playthings and this is the toy that is regularly retrieved and chewed. I got mine on Pet planet - I have no idea how much but I know I spent close to £100 that day because Pig was (and still is) a special little friend - the new pup has had to make do with a collar and lead! They're about £7 for the large version which is just the right size for a Labrador to retrieve easily.
~~*~~ Carry it ~~*~~
The version we have once had a long rope attached to one end enabling me to throw it - because I'm a girl it never went where it was supposed to usually just going straight up in the air and landing on the unsuspecting Pig's head - I suppose that accounts for her not passing any GCSEs. The stick part is made of a strong rubber covered in tennis ball fur which is the part the girls love to shred. Originally it had a squeak to it but when a Pig retrieves, she chomps down repeatedly and all squeakies are destroyed without remorse. The newer version of the stick has a slight dent in the centre presumably to aid retrieving but ours never did and yet there was never any complaints from the girls. It's an ace toy because not only can I throw it (kind of), it floats on water so on the odd occasions I managed to launch it in the sea or river, the big girls were able to swim in and retrieve it usually with one on each end. Unfortunately, since it's now been chewed down to a sorry 3 inches (apparently, according to my other half, this is quite a respectable length) it now remains in the house rather than accompanying us on walks.
~~*~~ Destroy it ~~*~~
As previously mentioned, the kong has suffered at the jaws of the 3 amigos and is now less than a third of it's original length. However, the kids regularly try and reduce it but I reckon for a 4 year old toy it's doing bloody well - I've had toys last less than 4 minutes. It isn't supposed to be a chew toy but gradually over time it got further and further down the 'interact with mummy toy' list but every time I collect the toys from the garden for their weekly wash* it's somewhere in the undergrowth signifying someone has favoured it. It was once a bright yellow colour that could be seen from the moon, but due to its washing and rough housing, it is now a dull green but since the girls are colour blind, I don't think they care. Because it is hollow I have taken now to filling it with cream cheese/peanut butter/mince and freezing it so it's become a new toy altogether.
~~*~~ Get a new one ~~*~~
If you're intrigued to see if your dog has the jaws and compulsion to destroy a toy in less than 4 years, go to http://www.kongcompany.com/ products/for-dogs/airdog/airdog /airdog-fetch-stick-w-rope/ for more information on the wonderful stick. I'm tempted to send them the remains of the stick and ask if it's still under warranty however I can only find an American address -
16191 Table Mountain Parkway
Golden, CO 80403-1670
I'm a massive fan of Kong - we've got stuffing kongs of 3 sizes, a bowling pin squeaky thing, and airdog tennis balls. When Pig had piglets they sent me 12 puppy packs with 2 free kongs for Pig and little kong keyrings for the puppy owners! I always recommend their products to customers with dogs that have short attention spans, separation anxiety and for those that destroy - I don't think for the money, you can buy and more robust toy.
*Be lungworm aware - lungworm is spread by slugs, snails and foxes - I wash all my toys in the washing machine in case a slug has crawled into a toy which could then be ingested and to make sure there's no dog or fox faeces on them which is another way the parasites' larvae are spread. Delightful. www.lungworm.co.uk
Thanks for reading.
Review will most definitely appear elsewhere.
Caroline, Pig, Puddle a Oink
If you have read some of my reviews lately you will have probably noticed that we have a bit of favouritism towards to the Kong dog toy range. Our German Shepherd absolutely loves the toys and thinks they are the best thing since sliced bread.
The Air Kong Fetch stick is exactly what it says - a stick which your dog can fetch but there is a bit of a twist on it. The stick part of the toy is actually a tennis ball but in an oblong shape! It is a nice twist on a standard dog toy. Attached to the end of the Air Kong is a piece of multicoloured blue and yellow rope which you use to throw the Air Kong for your dog. The rope is nicely made, very strong and durable. The Air Kong comes in a variety of sizes but we purchased the large size and it cost us £5.99 from Pets At Home. The stick part of the toy is bright yellow, just like a tennis ball and has the words "Air Kong" on it in blue.
The Air Kong is alot of fun for dogs as when it hits the ground after being thrown it will bounce up, much like a tennis ball would. It also floats in the water so is great if you have a lake or the sea where you take your dog.
When we purchased the Air Kong for Ben we thought it was a good idea because it resembles a stick and I thought it would be a better idea for him to play with this as a stick rather than picking one up in the park (though he still does despite my best efforts not to let him!). He really does love it though and it really helped to teach him about fetching and bring it back to us. The rope cord is nice and long and we tend to use it like a lasso above our head and then fling it when we are in the park. If I am honest, I am rubbish at throwing and it is better left to my husband who can get it a good distance away.
Ben does play with this toy a fair bit though he does have a rummage before we go to the park to decide what to take with him. It sadly isn't always this. He doesn't really chew at this toy, just slobbers on it so it has held up pretty well in the few months he has had it.
It is not the most used toy our dog has but I still recommend it as I think it is a great alternative to a standard stick from the park. It is very well made and pretty durable in my opinion. Another great product from the Kong range.
This air kong fetch toy is fantastic, especially for active dogs.
This toy concists of a long sausage shape, made from a very similar material to a tennis ball and has a piece of rope coming out of one end.
This toy is one of my dogs favorites, as most of you will already know we have a great big rotty who is a total nightmare, he is very energetic and loves to play but most toys dont last him very long as he is so destructive.
We have had this toy a few months now and he hasnt managed to destroy it yet, which is a miracle, he loves us to throw it for him so that he can fetch it and this toy is ideal for water dogs as it floats so you can throw it into the water for then to fetch back.
My dog realy enjoys playing with this toy, i dont know how much it cost as i had it as a free gift from a pet website.
Skittle is a Border Collie with an obsession. That obsession is toys. When Skits about, no toy is safe, especially not the air Kong fetch stick, let me tell you why.
The Air Kong Fetch Stick first appeared in my local pet store a few years ago, around about the same time as I realised that said pet shop allowed you to take your dog along with you to shop. Skitson and I (shes a dog of many names, not all of them printable) rather got into the habit of jumping into the car and popping along to the pet store together every other week or so, because at the time I was attempting to feed my dogs on Burns dog food, and this was the only place nearby that I could get it. Still, thats another opinion, one Ive still got to get around to writing.
Unfortunately, for me anyway, there was absolutely no way that Skittler was leaving that shop without a new toy, and yes, I do mean every single time we visited. It has been said that I spoil my dogs, thats utter nonsense, they just have me well trained. This particular week Skitty-La had chosen herself a rather natty looking red fabric type toy, I think it was supposed to be some kind of monster, but I couldnt tell you what. However, this was instantly forgotten the moment she set nose on an Air Kong Fetch Stick thatd fallen down from the display above into the basket thats placed very conveniently at nose level for the average dog.
Larkin (yup, still one of Skittles other names) decided once and for all that this was the toy for her (for this week anyway) and no amount of persuasion otherwise would make her change her mind. Personally I put this down to the tennis ball material that theyre made from Ive never met a dog yet that doesnt like it, and Skitty is no exception. Even though this one was still in its cardboard packaging shed made her furry little mind up, and she would brook no argument. On checking the price I was rather shocked, Skittley had chosen the medium sized Air Kong Fetch Stick, which retails at a rather astonishing (for a tightwad like me) £3.99. The toy is available in two other sizes, small at £2.99 and large at £4.99, lucky for me it wasnt the large one thatd fallen off the display.
Batears then went on to choose the biscuits she wanted that week, before attempting to bite the head from a gorgeous little Staffy puppy on the way to the tills, shes nice like that. Back at home, I was given fair warning that if new toy wasnt forthcoming from carrier bag pretty darn smartish thered be hell to pay and they say dogs cant talk So, never one to argue with a superior canine, I removed the Air Kong Fetch Stick from its cardboard packaging and had a quick look before Ratdog snatched it away. The stick itself is basically just a tennis ball, but in a sausage shape. Tennis balls have long been favourites of both of my dogs anyway, so instantly appealed. The beauty of this toy, though, is that this tennis sausage is on a reasonably long, lightweight rope, which makes it perfect for throwing long distances and giving your dog some really good exercise.
We went outside to try out the new toy, and unfortunately as I throw like the girl I am, I promptly lobbed the Air Kong Fetch Stick into next doors garden. Dougal was not amused (nope, I have no idea why we call her Dougal, she just likes it) and sent me around to the neighbours to get her toy back immediately. This time I managed to throw the toy in a vaguely straight direction, and found that the rope really does allow you to throw it much further than your ordinary toy, I was having to be careful not to throw it too far and have to pester the neighbours again.
A day or two afterwards the dogs and I decided to take my husband on an outing to the nearby common. As 'new' toy, the Air Kong still had favourite status, so was quickly selected by Skit (the rest of her names are just too bizarre to carry on any further) to come along for a little light entertainment. Once out walking I found that the toy is much easier to carry than most other toys as you can hold it by the end of the rope. I actually found that Skitson liked to hold the stick end in her mouth, too, which had the added bonus of preventing her from barking at any of the many evil, dangerous boy scouts, carrier bags, cuddly bunnies and cyclists that we were bound to pass. This came in ever more handy later on when the toy had been well played with and was covered in mud, drool and all kinds of other things that I dont even want to contemplate, as I could just hold the rope at the end and didnt have to hold the slobbery bit.
As Id discovered earlier in the back garden, that rope really does make it much easier to throw the Fetch Stick further. It quickly became apparent, though, that the rope was a bit of a menace when Skit was bringing the stick back. The rope would bounce about on the end of the toy, slapping her in the face and often tripping her up, however, Skit cleverly solved this problem herself a few days later by chewing the rope in half. One plus point for this toy is that the blue and white rope is easy to spot in long grass, the yellow tennis ball stick, however, really isnt. We very nearly lost the Air Kong Fetch Stick on our first outing when the dogs couldnt find it in the long grass, it took me a while too, even though I was standing almost on top of it.
The Air Kong Fetch Stick floats, so its perfect for dogs who like to play in the water. Luckily, mine arent water babies, but the toy has come in handy in the past for keeping them happy when theyve gotten restless in the bath. It does also mean that its very easy to get the toy clean when we get home from a run, I can just run it under the tap and it cleans up really well.
So would I recommend the Air Kong Fetch Stick? To be absolutely frank, despite the fact that Skittykins still loves it now that its practically bald and without a rope, I prefer those long plastic sticks that allow you to throw an ordinary tennis ball for miles. I have never found it possible to throw the Air Kong as far as I can with the plastic thing and tennis ball contraption, and with the tennis ball theres no danger of Skitson causing herself an injury as she brings it back. Replacing the odd tennis ball is much more cost effective than replacing a £3.99 Fetch Stick every time Skitty chews the rope off it too.
So no, Im afraid that for me the Air Kong Fetch Stick, though a decent toy, is not a toy that I would buy again. The plastic tennis ball thrower is much better suited for us as a family. Im not 100% certain Skit would agree though, she REALLY enjoyed chewing that nasty rope.
*What is the Air Kong Fetch Stick*
This is a throw toy produced by the Kong company, which is best known for their range of rubber dog toys. This fetch stick is from their newer range of toys, all made from the same material as tennis balls. The range includes bones, american footballs, hoops, balls, dumbells, a 'jack', a Kong shaped toy and this fetch stick.
*The product itself*
The Fecth Stick is a cylinder shaped toy made from tennis ball material attached to a lenght of tough rope which enables you to throw the toy further for your dog. Stitched into the material is the Air Kong logo and '747', no idea what that means though! The rope is a patterned yellow and blue colour which a knot in one end, for a better grip when playing tug with your dog or throwing the toy. Unlike regular tennis balls, this material will not wear down a dogs teeth.
This toy comes attached to a small piece of blue cardboard stating all the usual infomation such as the product name, size and intended purpose.
*Price & Availabilty*
I haven't seen this toys in any pet shops in my area, I purchased it from 'www.petplanet.co.uk' where they stock the medium (£3.99) and large sizes (£4.99), according to the Kong website there is a small size available too which I have yet to find.
*What my dog thinks*
If you have read any other of my reviews, you will know that I have two dogs- Ruby who is an eldery Cavailer King Charles Spaniel and Benson- a 2yr old Bernese Mountain Dog. Whereas Ruby is entering her golden years, Benson is still not much older than a puppy and will play from the moment he wakes up until the moment he falls asleep, he also seems to have a never ending supply of energy.. and fetch is a great way to burn some of that off, well to try anyway.
The rope attached to this toy really does make it easier to throw long distances, and the soft material makes it easy for Benson to catch or pick up. The fetch stick also floats which is a real bonus, as I'm sure Benson is part fish, if theres water around, rest assured that Benson will find it. Many toys have been lost at the bottom of the lake or sea when he barks at a duck or seagull forgetting he has a toy in his mouth, and the toy then falls and sinks leaving Benson utterly confused for a good ten minutes as he bites and growls at the water that has just 'eaten' his toy...I have no idea how a dog can be so intelligent when it comes to training, yet so painfully stupid at the same time..
*Ease of cleaning*
I've never had to clean this toy as it Benson takes it swimming with him and it gets a good clean then, however if you do need to clean it, then plain water and washing up liquid will do, just make sure the toy is rinsed and has time to dry before giving it back to your dog.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ Easy to throw long distances
+ Easy for Benson to catch, pick up or carry
+ Suitable for all dogs and puppies
+ Doesn't wear teeth down like some tennis ball materials can
- May be hard to find
- Doesn't withstand chewing, Bensons toy only has half the original lenght of rope because he chewed the rest off
I got one of these toys for my dogs when I went to Crufts this year.
It is quite a large toy, shaped like a giant sausage. It is made out of the same material that tennis balls are made from, so it is quite soft. It has a rope made from woven plastic attached to one end.
A lot of the toys in the Air Kong range squeak, but this toy doesn't, which is a bit disappointing. You can get a version of the fetch stick without the rope on which does squeak.
The Air Kong Fetch Stick comes in 3 sizes, so there is one to suit most dogs. Prices start from around £2.99 for the small size, so they're not too expensive.
What do you do with it?
It is a great toy to throw for your dog to fetch (the rope handle makes this easier). My dogs also like to chew it. It is also suitable to take down to a lake or river to play with as it floats in water. The rope means that you can play tug with it if you have a dog that likes that game.
Do dogs like it?
Yes! Both my dogs love playing with the Fetch Stick. It's looking a little worse for wear now - they have chewed the rope off (it didn't last long), and they are slowly removing the yellow felt from the outside. They love playing with it though, and often run around with it in the garden.
Not too expensive.
The sausage shaped bit is quite durable.
Dogs love it.
It floats, which is good if you have a dog that likes swimming.
It is easy to find in grass out on walks as it is bright yellow.
The rope bit is easy to chew off.
It's heavy, so you can't really throw it in the house without breaking something.
It gets grubby, especially if your dog plays with it in the garden.
I would recommend this toy for any dog that likes playing, but if you have a dog that likes chewing, it may be better to get the version that has the squeaker instead of the rope handle.
What is it?
The Air Kong is a dog toy which is made of two adjoining parts, the main part being made from yellow tennis material but instead of a ball it is a long cylindrical shape like a sausage. Then attached to this is a rope weaved in yellow and blue. The Air Kong we have is the large version which is approx 28 cm long and 6cm wide, there are smaller versions available so you should find one appropriate for your dog size. Here I will be reviewing the large version. My husband was really keen to buy this for our puppy, at first I was not quite so keen, the toy to me looked like a giant tampon! However it is one of the best toys we have bought for our puppy and one that he won't outgrow.
What are Kong Toys?
Kong toys are made by The Kong Company an American firm specialising in tough durable toys for pets. Although now making a wide variety of pet toys the original Kong came about after a German Shepherd owner trying in desperation to stop his dog from chewing stones through down parts of the Volkswagen Van he was working on. Finally part of the suspension attracted the dog away and gave the idea of making a toy in this shape. The owner Joe Markham worked on the design and made it of a really strong rubber to satisfy even the strongest of chewers. These Kong's have erratic bounces making them fun for the dog to try to catch and also can be stuffed with treats for the dog to try to get out. The company has now branched into making tennis ball type toys as well as the traditional rubber chews.
What does the Air Kong cost?
Prices vary from shop to shop but for the large Air Kong the RRP is £3.99 but I have seen it for sale up to £5.99. Obviously it is better to be able to get it for as cheaply as possible however I do believe even for £5.99 it is worth it.
Where can you buy it?
Large pet stores such as Pets at Home stock a wide selection of Kong toys, but you should also be able to find them at many smaller local pet stores too.
How do dogs play with it?
The toy is very versatile. It can be used as a retrieval toy. If like me you can never throw balls very far you will find this really easy to throw as you can use the rope to get a good swing before you let go and it will fly. The dog will find it easy to pick up either from the tennis ball end or the rope end (it has a knot to make it easier to pick up).
It can also be used as a tug-of-war toy with you holding either the rope end or the tennis-ball end. You should however be careful if you have a young puppy as you should not pull against them as it can damage the alignment of their jaws.
It can be used simply as a chew toy, the dog will enjoy chewing it and the rope and Kong ends give them different textures.
Finally it can be used as a water toy as it floats.
What does my puppy think of it?
Well quite simply he loves it. He is currently just under 4 months and has been playing with it from about 10 weeks. He loves picking it up in his mouth and shaking it really hard. He will run and get it if you throw it and will bring it back to you but won't let you have it! He enjoys chewing it and walking around with it in his mouth. It is one of his favourite toys to play with in the garden or to chew when he is in the house. It's fairly tough and durable, after several weeks of tough puppy chewing its still looking pretty good.
What kind of dogs will like it?
I think most dogs will enjoy this toy except very small dogs who would find it a little too heavy and cumbersome. However you can solve this by buying the really small one. Dogs that enjoy fetch games or running around the garden with a toy will find this fun to play with.
Yes it hurts when it hits you! I found this out the hard way when before we got our puppy my husband and I were having a look at the toys we had bought ready for him. We decided to play with the air Kong ourselves and I stood in the bedroom and my husband was in the hall and we were throwing and catching the Kong. I missed it and it hit my thigh and it really hurt, by the time evening came I had a bruise! It also hurts when the puppy is shaking it in his teeth and it hits your legs. So if you bruise easily maybe its not a good toy to buy for your dog!
Loads, it's a great toy for a reasonable price. Its tough, versatile, dogs love it, its bright yellow so it's easy to see if you throw it into long grass. It floats so you can play with it in the water. I wish I could have put the photos on this review as when you see the air Kong in action with my dog you see how much dogs can enjoy it.
If your dog likes chewing, fetching, chasing or shaking then this is the toy for him/her. If you want a toy that gives both you and your dog a lot of fun I would definitely recommend the Air Kong.
"Approx. Size 2.5""x 11 / 6.5cm x 28cm."