I am a huge fan of Kong toys, they are the only toys that we have found will stand up to Max's love of chewing and boisterous play. Max is a cross breed medium sized dog, and we find that Kong toys both stimulate him and help to burn off excess energy.
It is a red ball made of natural rubber. It is extremely bouncy and had a hole in the centre for inserting treats. We have used small biscuits and titbits. However we find Max is just as happy to play with this without the treats, it is his go to toy and is never far away. We have the medium size (there are different sizes to suit different sizes of dog) and this can be brought for around £7 on Amazon.
Max absolutely loves this ball, it is certainly his favourite toy. Max loves to chew and this ball has stood up to this very well. He has had his for a over a year and it is still going strong, it really is very durable. We will most certainly replace when the need arises. In fact we have seriously contemplated buying a spare as I'm not sure how he/we would cope if he lost it!!! Much like a small child with a favourite teddy bear he would be lost.
Would highly recommend this ball, especially for persistant chewing and boisterous play.
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If you have read my other reviews you will probably be thinking I have shares in Kong and a house full of Kong toys.!!
I was so impressed by the original Kong toys that I had to get all the other toys to see if they were as good. Originally I just had my Rotti and due to working full time had to leave him alone for some hours in the day. I heard about this toy and the fatc you can put treats in it to keep the dogs occupied for ages.
I started off filling the toy up with treats, some right in the toys some wedged on the slots with the end sticking out and left the toy for him when I went to work. Oddly I kept fining the toy full of treats when I returned and, after welcoming me home, the Rotti gogint ot he toy to start extracting the treats. I initally thought the dog did not like the toy and thought I had wasted my money. After watching him I realised that it was just that he would not eat when left alone.
He loved playing with the toy when I was there trying to get the treats out and follwoing the toy around the room!
Of course as soon as treats had run out his interest deminished!!
These toys are durable but flexible so that the dog can really pull them around to get the toy out. I've had this for four years and it is still holding up well.
They retail at about £6 each so not cheap but they do last so worth biying it if you think how many cheaper toys you go through.
If this toy eventually has its day I will be buying a new one but to be honest I dont think it will see its day!!!
Hello my name is Pixie, on behalf of myself (a Springer Spaniel) & other K9 forms just like me i would like to thank you for the "Kong Biscuit Ball".
As a pup it was quite a challenge nosing and chasing that ball around getting the biscuits out, but never understood what to do when i got stuck in the corner (i am a dog :) Now i'm a lady of some 12years i just bite into it & shake it to death, far more fun watching my owners look as buscuit's fly acroos the room, no point having buscuit's if your owners are crumb retentive. After a life on winalot food and toys i've only ever visited my doctor for my normal flu jab injections. My only complaint is that my owner's have a cat, "Delos" and he pinches my Winalot chunks, somethings are just not right, Grrr Grrr. Anyway once again thanks for the fun Pixie
*What is the Kong Biscuit Ball?*
This toy is produced by the world famous Kong company who make a large variety of different toys for dogs, including ones for fetch games, tug matches, chewing and preventing boredom. They cater for all age ranges of dog with specially designed puppy toys, strong toys for adult dogs and even a range of toys made especially with senior dogs in mind.
*The product itself*
Entertaining two boisterous playful dogs who seem to be on mission to prove to me that they are capable of destroying pretty much every toy I buy them is no easy task, and which is why I am forever on the look out for good quality, strong toys that I think will provide my dogs with more than five minutes play time. Over the years I've tried numerous styles of toy made from numerous materials and I always come back to the Kong toys, admittedly the dogs can destroy some toys in the range in a little while, but others have proven they can last the distance, so I am always willing to take a chance on the Kong toys, and they're my preferred toys to buy for Benson and Grace.
Toys often come out on walks with us, most of the time either one of the dogs will have some form of toy hanging from their gob and if they do when its time for walkies then that toy will come with us as I generally just can't be bothered trying to persuade them to leave it behind. The problem is that once we're out walking, that beloved toy that neither of them couldn't bare to leave behind soon gets forgotten about and abandoned somewhere in the long grass whilst they're off chasing rabbits or sniffing scents, and despite their best efforts, they can never find it when they go back looking, so for this reason I don't like spending too much on one dog toy, which is another reason I like Kong toys, good quality but affordable too.
A couple of months ago I came across this toy online and knew that it would be an instant hit with both the dogs- it combines two of their favourite things in the world- balls and food! So one made its way into my virtual basket.
The Kong Biscuit Ball is exactly that, a ball which is designed to be filled with biscuits to keep your dog both mentally and physically entertained as they try to release the biscuits from the ball. It's made from the same natural red rubber as the normal regular shaped Kong toys and is designed to be extremely hard wearing and durable, capable of standing up to the chewing demands of even the strongest dogs. The ball, although hollow, has walls half an inch thick and four bone shaped openings in, one at the top, one at the bottom and one on either side- this is where you are supposed to slot in the biscuits and has the Kong logo stamped across the ball. The ball is obviously designed to fill with biscuits, but the shape of the holes make it possible to be filled with pretty much any treat, and the chewing action involved in releasing the biscuits from the ball with help keep teeth clean and gums firm whilst at the same time helping to strengthen the muscles in your dogs mouth, head and neck.
Like most Kong toys, the Biscuit Ball has minimal packaging, just coming attached to a small piece of white cardboard which tells us all the information we need to know about the product, and also inserted is a leaflet which gives full details on how to use the toy properly, cleaning instructions and contact details for Kong should you have any questions or complaints, Kong is an American company however if you should have any queries it would probably be best to contact them via the internet. Packaging can be recycled once no longer needed.
*Price & Availability*
I purchased my Kong Biscuit Ball from www.dog-toy.co.uk where they stock both sizes of the ball- small for £6.49 and large for £9.99. I've yet to see the Biscuit Ball in any pet stores although it is available from various places online.
A couple of months ago my dogs were running quite low on toys, they'd destroyed most of them meaning I had to chuck them away and the few they did have left were mostly chewed and some had chunks missing, which of course meant they were no longer safe enough for use so I had a big clear out, chucking them all away and then ordering some durable toys off the internet for them, one of the toys I chose was this Biscuit Ball. As mentioned before, what first attracted me to this toy was the fact that it combined two things which my dogs love, and I also like toys that gives the dogs something to do, that will give them a mental and physical workout, which was another reason for purchasing, and lastly because it is made by Kong, one of very few brands that I have found to be capable of standing up to my dogs. Once I'd placed my order I was eager for the ball to be delivered.
When it came, I was instantly very impressed with it. It was a nice weight, although not heavy enough to hurt the dogs when playing and felt very tough and solid, and also because it is fairly large and a sphere shape, it would be quite hard for the dogs to have a proper chew of, therefore hopefully making it last a bit longer.
I first gave it to Grace and Benson to just generally play with without any biscuits in and they thoroughly enjoyed it, I ordered the large size and it was just the right size for both dogs to easily pick up, and although it was quite large and had a good weight to it, it was still quite easy to throw and made a good fetch toy for the dogs as it had a brilliant bounce when it hit the ground, and was soft enough not to hurt their teeth if one of them managed to jump and catch it before it hit the ground.
The next day I decided to put the ball to its proper use and put some biscuits in it. I used the regular sized Bonio biscuits and they fitted in the slots quite easily, this was helped by the fact that the ball is quite flexible so I was able to wedge the biscuits in there quite tightly making it harder for the dogs to get out. The ball isn't designed to actually have the middle filled with biscuits, but to have the biscuit ends slotted in the slots and have the other end poking out, resulting in a rather odd looking thing once the ball has four biscuits in! Benson was busy chewing on a marrowbone at the time so it was Grace who got to sample the ball first and at first she was quite confused by it, although she soon picked it up by one of the biscuit ends and walked down the hall with it to have a go at it in peace. It took her a good 45 minutes to remove all the biscuits from the ball and it was taking a right battering from her teeth as she chewed on it so after she got all the biscuits out I was keen to have a look to see what damage was done, half expecting the ball to be split to be honest. I was very pleased to find that not only was the ball still in one peace, but it didn't even have so much as a tooth mark on it, which is very impressive considering Grace is a Rottweiler, so has stronger jaws than the average dog.
Benson has since had a go with it too and it has stood up just as well to his chewing, with only a few teeth marks now present on the ball after we've had it for a good couple of months. It keeps the dogs entertained and gives them a job to do in the form of working for their food, which makes it much more exciting that just feeding biscuits from a bowl, not to mention all the good benefits the use of the ball is having on their teeth. The flexible rubber also takes the impact of the dogs teeth as they chew on it, meaning it won't hurt their teeth or gums, nor will their teeth puncture right through the ball.
The only down side is that it can be a pain to clean. As the dog chews the ball and gets the biscuits out, they leave behind crumbs and lots of slobber which in turn make a lovely gooey mess which takes a bit of effort to clean afterwards. I tend to use an old toothbrush and scrub the ball with warm water and washing up liquid and it does come up nicely again which no ill effects to the rubber. Other than that, completely recommended for any dog, if it can cope with my two dogs then I'm sure it'll provide any dog with hours of entertainment!
"Kong rubber Biscuit Ball has a hollow center and bone-shaped ports (side holes). The 1/2"" thick wall is made of the same tough (red) rubber as other Kong products. Great for indoor and outdoor snacking fun."