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These bright yellow Air Kong dog toys look a lot like regular tennis balls. However, they are not as rigid and they can be squeezed. Doing so emits a high pitch sound, and our beautiful German Shepherd is fascinated by it. Unfortunately the squeak does not usually last much longer than a week because she always manages to break it! Our canine companion still enjoys playing with these squeakair balls long after this part has broken though. The balls themselves are very durable, as they can withstand a lot of doggie chewing action. They do eventually get punctured and split open. We become aware of the imminent demise of the balls when the yellow material covering them begins to come away. Once the part underneath is exposed it becomes vulnerable to a big set of dog teeth busting the balls open. For this reason we do need to keep an eye on what condition the toys are in because they can become dangerous for our dog to continue playing with. But this is the same with all dog toys really. I do think they last quite a long time, especially when I take into consideration that our precious pooch plays with them every single day. She does play with other balls, but these Air Kong ones are definitely her favourite! She won't even go out for a walk without her squeakair. As soon as she sees the lead, she rushes off to get it. One of the negative aspects of these particular balls is that when the weather has been a bit bad they pick up a lot of mud! They are not very easy to clean because the mud stubbornly clings to the material, so our dog has balls specifically for outdoor use, when she is playing in the garden or we are off on our adventures to run around in the fields. Then she also has a couple of indoor Kong balls that have nothing but her dribble and drool all over them :) She loves to chase after the balls outside when we throw them for her and fetch them back for another go. But these balls bounce well too, so she enjoys that element of it, as she jumps like a spring lamb to catch them. Indoor play is not quite so vigorous so as not to send the contents of the house crashing to the floor. We roll the ball across the floor for her and she dives on it, or we bounce it gently. Other times we play games such as hiding it, and she gets so pleased with herself when she finds it. Sometimes, she's simply happy to lay there licking and chewing it! Of course you have to be careful that you don't trip over the flaming things when they are left in random places around the house though. Air Kong squeakair balls are available in packs of 2 or 3 on Amazon, and I have also seen them sold separately in Pets At Home. They come in a variety of sizes from XS to XL and Amazon list the sizes of each ball which is quite handy. The Medium size is probably the closest to tennis ball size. Our German Shepherd prefers the Large. We get this size in packs of 2 for £3 on Amazon, and they are worth every penny for the amount of enjoyment our fur baby gets out of them.
As some of you may know I have a toy poodle called Daisy. She is my world and whatever she wants she gets. I'm always on the hunt out for toys for my little baby. Daisy and I have a wonder in out local pets at home store once a week to buy her either treats her food or a new toy. That day Daisy was spoilt as usual she had these balls treats and her food. I always let Daisy chose her own thing, you must be thinking she is crazy..... well maybe I am lol! The balls I'm reviewing are for small dogs, however these are available in other sizes for medium size and large dogs too, costing the same price £3.00 for three of them. Comes in a yellow netted bag with cardboard attached to give information on the said product. It tells me that it is called King air dog, interactive fetch tennis toy . These have been designed for dogs with small mouths. Information is given to here these are made: KONG Company Ltd P.O. box 7253 Bridport DT6 9DJ U.K. The balls are yellow in colour and are like a tennis ball. They measure at about two inches and have a squeaky in the middle. Daisy plays for these for hours they fit in her mouth perfectly. The ball bounces very well and when thrown can go quite a fair distance. The best place she loves to play with them she even brings it to bed at night she can't get enough of them is when having a run at the park. Caution must be taken that your dog doesn't chew the ball if this happens dispose of the ball. I have never had any problem with these balls to be fair they are very good quality indeed, I recommend them for every dog owner for there beloved pooch. I bought this from pets at home costing £3.00 for the three of them.
Air Kong Squeakers Tennis Ball ---- Before I talk about this product, please indulge me with a little background information on our dog. I feel it is relevant to the product because the use of it is a big reflection of what it means to our dog. We rescued our English Cocker Spaniel, Jessie when she was four months old from a farm in Belgium. She was being mistreated as she was the last of a litter and the owners where becoming impatient as that wanted rid of her. For about two weeks she could hardly stand outside and would not walk. She was afraid of certain coloured coats or hats and bin liners used to make her freak. God knows what they did to the poor thing. Anyway, that was then. Now, Jessie is the most loving dog you could meet. She hasn't got a bad bone in her body and her temperament is golden. She was two years old in October and she loves to play with toys. She never tires of them either and will go back to oldies over and over again. One problem she has is that one of her hips has underdeveloped because she wasn't exercised by the Texas Chainsaw family in her first four months. So basically her hip pops out of her socket. We only found this out after going on holiday to leave her with my girlfriend's parents. They innocently ran her on the beach three times in five days as she loves the beach. When we got back Jessie could hardly walk. She has to have medication in the form of a pain-killer every day and we give her special muscle building food in her meals. The alternative is a risky operation to actually cut the balls of the hip bone off and let muscle grow back naturally to act as hip balls. There is a risk and it is a risk we are not willing to take. So no real hard running for Jessie but she can walk and run gently and we are about to purchase a treadmill, which she will be going on. Anyway, to the product. The Kong ---- I saw these and thought that they would last quite a time as they seemed really tough and compact and not like normal tennis balls. Jessie doesn't destroy normal tennis balls either but after a while they become a little frayed around the edges. 'Kong' makes really sound, durable products and they are usually for bigger dogs but the balls are really good for medium sized dogs like Jessie too and let's not forget it squeaks!! Squeaking is a major plus when it comes to picking a toy for Jess. Believe me, when I hear a toy squeaking and know that she is happily playing, it feels me with joy and affection and a middle finger is flipped in the direction of a certain farm in Belgium. The balls do come in large, medium and small, so they do cater for all dog sizes but they only had the medium in the shop I was in; Jessie is a medium sized dog after all, so they were perfect, although a small size would probably suit her better. I got a pack of two balls, which will last Jessie a few good months I am sure. They were three Euros and fifty cents to buy, so about three pounds in UK money, which is not bad at all considering the quality of the product. The balls are very similar to tennis balls in size and come with that familiar yellow material that usually frays up after a few sessions. The Kong balls do not get messed up so easily and the outer skin is a little thicker than a normal tennis ball. Jessie has to make an effort to get the ball to squeak but our vet tells us it is good for her jaw and teeth. The yellow balls have the words 'Kong' and 'Squeaker' emblazoned on them just in case you forget it is a Kong product. This will eventually fade after much gnawing and the coverings of saliva but the dye is pet friendly and will not harm your dog. The balls have a good bounce to them and because they are a little thicker than the standard tennis ball they bounce really high on hard ground, such as concrete. I obviously don't throw the ball too far or hard with Jess but I imagine that you can get a good distance off them due to how solid they are. Jessie is quite happy to take a ball and play with it on her own for amusement and although most people would be bothered by the squeaker after a while it doesn't bother us one bit as we know that she is happy.Jessie has been playing with one for a few good months and it is still Ok. The material has flattened out now but the squeaker still works but it is time to give her the new one I think, so keep your ears peeled for exited little growls. We were initially advised not to have Jessie as we would never be able to train her after her having no guidance for four months. I said that was rubbish at the start and I was right because she is a lovely compliant and well behaved dog. She is also as daft as a bag of spanners and very loving and affectionate. Ok she has problems with her hips but we manage that and she is so happy to be where she is and we love her. The best decision I ever made was to take her away from those people as I think they would have killed her in the weeks following, perish the thought. It doesn't take a lot to make Jess happy but I recommend the Kong balls because they are durable, fun and made with quality materials. Four out of five stars from me. ©Lee Billingham
I recently came across a coupon in the paper which entitled me to a free pack of tennis balls from Pets at Home. I don't often use freebie coupons but tennis balls always come in handy for my dogs to play with so I decided to pop in and get them when I was in town. Rather than just walking up to the cashier and handing them the coupon I decided to have a bit of a browse. I ended up buying these as I knew that my dogs would love them seeing as they squeek and they seemed very durable. We had the normal tennis balls - a pack of two - for around two days before they'd been bitten in half and chewed and three weeks later the Kong balls are still in tact and in reasonably good condition which shows just how durable they are and I will not be buying normal tennis balls again! At £3.00 for a pack of large balls they're quite a bit more expensive than a generic tennis ball but they're well worth it. Kong is a brand that I am happy to pay more for as all of the Kong toys that my dogs have are incredibly durable which is always an advantage considering that they are very strong chewers. The balls are widely available from most pet stores and they can be purchased online as well from various pet accessory retailers and Amazon sell them too. The three balls came in a netted bag which was attatched to a large cloud shaped cardboard label. The bag was reasonably easy to open but I found the large label a little unnesscary. The balls themselves are almost identical to 'proper' tennis balls, they are around the same size if a little smaller and have the same fuzzy type of material. They're a lot more durable though and the material is quite thick and rather than being hollow they have a squeeker inside which gives the ball a little more weight. The balls are yellow but have the words 'Kong' and 'Squeaker' on either side in blue writing. The balls are firm but easily squeezable meaning that my dogs can unfortunately make them squeak without much effort. The squeak is loud and repetitive and while it was fun at first watching them run around squeaking the balls after a few days it began to get really annoying and I've had to take them off them a few times when it was late as the squeeking woke my daughter up. The balls are really bouncy and bounce really high, especially on hard ground. They are easy to throw a long way so they're ideal for fetch. My dogs mainly chew on them or throw them around and although my husky managed to rip open one of them and puncture the squeeker the other two balls are still in tact - if a little grubby seeing as the material is hard to clean. My dogs, especially my husky gets beyond excited whenever I hold one of these up and as soon as I begin to squeek it he will go crazy and start barking in excitement. All of my dogs can easily carry one of these in their mouth so they are able to quickly retrieve it. We have the large size but there's also a medium and small version so they are suitable for all dogs breeds. I highly recommend these balls. They're good quality and my dogs love them. While they're not indestructable they are a lot more durable than a normal tennis ball and the squeeker is a nice feature although it is quite loud and can easily become annoying! Four out of five stars.
I have two dogs, Lola likes to play with toys all the time but Tillie isn't bothered at all with toys or balls. Lola has one of those plastic storage boxes next to her bed filled with all manner of toys. If you saw our living room you'd think we had children living here because Lola takes out her toys and leaves them strewn all over the place. Her favorite toys are these Air Kong balls. Lola goes crazy for them. She will root through her box pulling out toy after toy and throwing it aside with her teeth until she gets one of her balls out!!! Because she is a Chihuahua we have the smallest size balls and god help us if one rolls under anything!!! They frequently either roll under the computer table or the TV stand and Lola gets very upset if she can't get it out. It doesn't matter that she has 6 of them and there are plenty more to play with oh no, if there's one stuck she'll go mad till we get it out for her. She'll get down on her stomach and put her little head right down to peer under the computer desk or TV stand and if she spots one that's where she'll stay reaching under as far as she can with her paws desperately trying to get it out lol. She won't give up and I'm forever on all fours fetching her balls out for her. Lola has this thing where when she settles down for a nap or just to lay down on a chair or the sofa she HAS to have a toy by her. She will get one of her balls leap up on the sofa with it in her mouth, settle down then place it down and lay her head next to it. I even find them in my bed!!! Air Kong Squeakairs are very very durable. Lola can really chew and has ruined a normal tennis ball and loads of her toys but these have stood the test of time. They have a squeaker inside them and she loves to just stand there with it in her mouth making it squeak. They're also very very bouncy and she loves a game of fetch with these. I'll be watching TV at night and along she'll come and drop a ball right in front of me, she loves me to throw it so she can catch it and bring it back again and again. Air Kong Squeakairs come in three different sizes to suit all breeds of dog. Extra small is great for toy breeds and that's what I have. They also come in medium and large. They're all exactly the same just different sizes. They come in a pack of three and each ball looks exactly like a tennis ball. They're yellow with Squeakair written across them. They do feel a lot harder than a tennis ball though because they're designed to be strong and durable and not to be torn apart very easily. I got mine from Pets At Home for £3 per pack of three.
My 5 stone dog has jaws of steel. He's a soppy boy but can (and will!) destroy most dog toys in minutes, sometimes seconds! It is always a tough job for me to find toys that last. Whilst doing my regular 'dog shop' a month or two ago in Pets At Home, I wandered in to the toy aisle and ended up picking up a few toys for him. One of them was a Kong Air Squeaker Ball. It cost a reasonable £2.00 and was a large size (the slightly smaller medium ball cost £1.50). The ball looks just like a tennis ball but slightly larger. It's the same bright green colour, has the same fuzzy texture and the same bounce. It has 'Kong' written on one side of it and 'Squeakair' written on the other side. The ball doesn't come in any packaging, it just had a small tag attached to it. It is said to combine 2 classic dog toys - the tennis ball and the squeaker toy. The ball is quite solid but can be squeezed (by me and my dog) to make a squeaky noise. The ball fits in my hand nicely and is lightweight, therefore effortless to throw and doesn't destroy my house when it hits things! It's extremely bouncy too which makes it travel further and faster when it's thrown. I love bouncing it high and watching my dog jump up high to catch it. Despite being a big tough boy, my dog absolutely adores silly squeaky toys. Even a squeaky noise on the television will get him excited! I feel quite sorry for him because no squeaky toys are made to last and his fun is always short lived when it comes to squeaky toys. I was hoping the Kong Air Squeaker Ball would last a little longer than usual. My dog was overjoyed when he saw his new toy and was eager to play with it right away. He had a long chew on it as it squeaked away, much to his delight! He then brought it to me to throw as he chased it around, squeaking the whole time (rather annoying but he enjoyed it). The next day I was surprised to see that the ball was still alive, not to mention the fact that it was still squeaking! We played with it some more until the squeaker popped out later that day. Two days may not seem like very long to most people but it was a world record for us! Plus the ball was still in one piece. Usually if I give my dog a tennis ball, he chews all of the fur off AND bursts it. I'm pleased and astonished to say that the ball is still going strong a month or two on. Squeakless but still strong! Kong Air Squeaker Balls are also available in medium sizes (roughly the size of average tennis balls) and extra small sizes (roughly the size of golf balls) for smaller dogs. Overall I'm happy that this ball has lasted for so long, even if the squeaker didn't. I will probably replace it with another of the same when the time comes...
My ma picked one of these slightly larger than standard tennis balls up for pound in a local Pet City one day, along with a rubberish red one. My 8 month old staffordshire bull terrier loved it instantly, had a wail of a time biting it for the fairly loud squeak it produces and playing the odd game of fetch (it bounces like the standard ones). However like your average tennis ball, its a rather thin rubber ball covered in luminous green fluff - I always wondered why you occasionally find a 'bald' tennis ball around the courts, here and there and since becoming a dog owner, its now obvious to me that dogs love to rip the green fluff the ball and continue with the easily torn rubber inside ball. The ball must have lasted about 2-3 hours until Archie tore it apart. First the squeaker broke after many many chomps, then the fluff was scraped off and the ball cut open. Perhaps its because he's still teething or just loves to destroy things, his toys, either way the ball is no more. Its not that he destroys or bites any thing else mind you, but he can do what he wants with his toys. I would recommend them for smaller dogs or well mannered dogs that don't have destructive any tendencies, as long as you don't mind the constant squeaking noise. Not the strongest dog toy but still good fun.
I wanted my new puppy to have lots of different toys to play with and I'd heard and read a lot of good things about the Kong brand, so when looking for some toy balls for Suzie my yorkie chihuahua cross I found these and thought they would be perfect for her. They came well packed with detailed information on the pack, e.g it informs you they are water proof and are made from a certain type of fuzz that won't wear down your dogs teeth. This info may be obvious to some but i always find the info on Kong packaging very informative and reassuring. As my puppy is so small i bought a pack of the smallest size; extra small. They are tiny little tennis balls only 4cm wide, but look and feel just the same as the usual size ones but with a squeaky centre. They are bright yellow so good for your dog or puppy to see and they have the Kong logo printed on one side and Squeak Air printed on the other. At 7 weeks these tennis balls where a little too big for Suzie to pick up but by 8 weeks she was fine and would push them around gently and chase them about. She is 10 weeks now and loves to play fetch with them and carry them about. There still a little big for her but she can pick them up because of the fuzzy texture. Suzie really likes the squeaky sound they make but she is still to small to make them squeak herself! But if i make them squeak then throw them she runs after them at a crazy fast speed. They make an extra loud squeak for such a small toy. Overall i think Kong Squeak air balls are very good quality and i think they will last a long time but maybe an even smaller size would be a good idea for the extra small breeds out there. I think she will get plenty of use out of them in the future and have even more fun playing with them once she is fully grown. I got my squeakers from pet planet for only £2.30 for 3 extra small which i thought was good value for money. You can get them from most pet places as they are such a well known brand but i think the best prices are on the internet. Kong make them in 4 other sizes also; small, medium, large and extra large. And the medium, large and ex large sizes are available to buy individually as well as in multi packs. I wont mark them down for there size because after all I have got an exceptionally small puppy and I doubt there is much of a market out there for even smaller tennis balls! Hope you have enjoyed reading my review xxx
In October I got a puppy and quickly discovered that unlike my other dog she is very playful. I began searching online for something fun for her to play with and came across the Air Kong tennis balls. My new puppy is very small (even smaller than my cat) so finding toys that she's able to fit in her mouth without being able to swallow them is a challenge. She loves these tennis balls. Unlike other tennis ball dog toys these are covered in a special non abrasive covering that won't wear down your dog's teeth. They also come in a variety of sizes from very tiny to standard sized tennis balls. I chose the small one for my puppy. Each ball also has a squeaker inside. These appear to be buried quite deep within the ball so they are harder for the dog to remove or destroy. The disadvantage to them being so deep is that my dog is unable to make the toy squeak on her own. Because of this, these balls don't hold her interest for as long as other toys but she still enjoys chasing them for a while.
This is no ordinary tennis ball, this is a squeakair from Kong AirDog. It's an iconic sight, an owner playing fetch with their dog and a tennis ball but this is no ordinary tennis ball. Fetch and retrieve games are brilliant to enjoy with your little friend and instead of using just a regular tennis ball you can play with a ball that has a built in squeak! This ball is tennis ball size and is actually made from a tough tennis ball material. It has to be tough in my opinion to withstand lots of chewing and knawing on. I've found this ball has stood up well to Eddie playing with it although it has become a bit frayed shall we say. This is not really bad, the ball just looks a bit fuzzy now and not new but it doesn't really impact on the way the ball is played with so I don't think it's much of a disadvantage. The squeaker on the other hand is a different matter. I think the squeak lasted in this ball for about a day. Obviously Eddie got his teeth into it and deflated it and now it just makes a faint rattle within the ball. I have seen these squeak tablets before as Eddie has pulled them out of soft toys. They are plastic and have air in them so I think it's quite easy for teeth to puncture them. With the tennis ball he obviously can't chew that apart so the squeaker has stayed in the ball. The ball is bright and neon yellow so it's perfect for playing with when it gets a bit dark as you can still see the ball. Also it is easy to spot if it gets hidden in bushes or under trees, etc. It is easy to throw, sails through the air nicely and fits in Eddie's mouth well so he is able to bring it back to me to start the game all over again. This ball will also float in water so it's perfect to play with in any situation. At Pets at Home they sell a pack of three of these for £1 and in my opinion they are a great addition to your dogs toy arsenal!
Kong is one of my favourite types of dog to manufacturers. Their toys always come across as being practically indestructable as well as always being well made and a favourite with our dog. I saw this pack of 3 Air Kong Squeakers in Pets At Home for £3.49 and whilst I would normally think it was a little expensive for a dog toy I think the quality of Kong toys is worth every penny. The Air Kong balls come in a netted bag which is held together with a little piece of cardboard which looks reminiscent of a cloud and states what the toys are as well as who they are manufactured by. The balls can be clearly seen through the netted material. The balls themselves are bright yellow with a white stripe and look like tennis balls. Across the front of them they have the word "Squeaker! in blue and in the Kong font. They are the same size and shape as a tennis ball and even fit into one of those dog ball launcher things. The only difference between the Air Kongs and a normal tennis ball is that the Air Kong ones squeak and squeak loudly they do! The Air Kong balls even bounce! The balls are of the excellent quality that I have come to expect from Kong. These really didn't disappoint in that respect. They are durable and hardy but yet soft enough for your dog to be able to squeak them but still not be able to puncture them. They are the same size as a tennis ball so therefore fit easily into your dog's mouth for them to be able to catch and carry. When we go to the park and Ben has one of these with him he has the habit of holding the ball in his mouth but chomping down on it the whole time he has it, making it squeak. If there are other dogs in the park they all tend to come over to see what the noise is. It reminds me of the calling bark in 101 Dalmatians! Ben really likes these balls but only tends to play with them in the park or in the garden. I'm not sure why really maybe it is because he is so spoilt for choice in terms of toys! Ben has had these balls a while now and despite all his chomping, catching and carrying they are all still in tact (even the annoying squeakers) which I think just proves their durability. Ben isn't a small dog at all and he is quite pwerful so as always I am impressed with the lastibility of these. I definately recommend the Air Kong tennis balls over normal tennis balls as they are just so much more durable. I guess the only problem would be if you lost one as they are a bit costly to keep replacing. Highly recommended.
I own a Labrador; he is seven months old and loves to hold anything in his mouth (this being a retriever trait). He likes to hold a tennis ball, football, in fact any type of ball that will fit in his mouth while out walking, on a recent trip to Pets At Home I decided to look at more dog balls. Tennis balls are expensive and surprisingly easy for my dog to demolish in about 20 seconds. I need something similar with much more durability. I came across the Kong tennis balls; they come in a pack of 3 and cost £3. I thought £1 a ball was a bit pricey but after squeezing them and giving them the once over durability test (this consists of me throwing the balls on the floor, squeezing them, standing on them and many more stupid things), I decided to try them. The only down side to these balls (in my opinion) is that the balls squeak, I say it as a negative thing because these balls are actually quite durable and sturdy, meaning out of the 3 we have, my dog has only managed to puncture one squeak. 2 remain fully intact after a week of owning them and it can get annoying. The plus side to the squeak though is, if you are out on a walk, my dog is constantly mouthing the ball, making it squeak, you will always know where they are from the noise. This is great when we're over our local fields and I can hear him and roughly make out where he is and how far away. It does make me laugh when other dogs run off with them and the owners struggle to get them back, I tell them to keep them and laugh that it'll upset them more than me for having it. The balls are basically tennis balls designed for dogs, they do have the Kong logo on the individual balls but apart from that (and the squeak) you wouldn't know it wasn't a tennis ball. It is the same size and fits in the dog launcher too. I have recently found a local sports shop that sells tennis balls for 39 pence brand new, and while I think I could have 2 and a half normal tennis balls for the price of one of these tennis balls, I think value for money, I'd have to go with the Kong ones. They appear to be stronger and more durable, and in my opinion with my dog, last a lot longer. Rather than them being hollow like the usual tennis ball it seems the outer layer is a lot thicker with the squeak residing inside. The only thing that winds me up about the price of these is when I or the dog lose them!