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I bought this Kong toy when our spaniel George was a puppy. You can buy the toys in various strengths and sizes. This review is for the Kong Classic in medium (The red model.) You can buy Kong toys specifically for puppies, but as our boy was already destroying toys, we decided on this one for strength.
The toy is wonderful when it comes to assisting with separation anxiety. I say this lightly because the toy is just that- a toy and is not a personality transplant. Alongside other methods of training dogs to be happy and contented when you leave for a hour or so, this is perfect.
When I first presented the toy to my pup. he ignored it. He was not a toy kind of pup. (How things have changed!) So we tried his usual dry dog food, to which he ate the first two or three pieces and lost interest. I was very disappointed, as the toy was not cheap. A friend suggested a very light cheese spread to be placed at the entrance to 'bung' the toy, create interest and for a bit of 'excitement'. Please note, some dogs are very sensitive to dairy, or things like peanut butter which can be used to moisten the food, so please use your discretion when filling the toy.
I would also recommend that if you use this toy daily, to take the food allowance from the dogs daily amount because you obviously don't want to alleviate one problem by making the dog overweight.
The cheese trick worked a treat and the Kong became George's favourite toy very quickly. We did start to notice that after a while, he mastered emptying the food out of the Kong rather quickly and he was bored again. One thing we did to make the toy last longer when stuffed was to freeze the toy when stuffed with things like mashed banana, mixed with a little peanut butter etc. If you search the internet there are a few different recipes you can use when stuffing Kongs, or you can buy their own branded toy stuffer for about £10 - £12 a bottle.(I have not used this so cannot comment.)
When the toy is not stuffed, it is fairly bouncy when thrown, and due to its shape bounces in odd directions which created interest for the pup as he could not pre-empt where the toy would go like a ball. I also wash mine in near boiling water to clean it every now and again and the product is like new again.
I would say this toy is strong enough for mild to moderate chewing, but if your dog is an extreme chewer, or has very strong jaws, the Kong Extreme would be more suitable. This looks the same, but the toy is black.
----- General Info & Reasons For Buying -----
We have two dogs, a Pug named Brody & a Westie named Alfie. We are always trying to find toys to keep them entertained, and they can be quite fussy, with the simplest of things being played with the most.
We like to keep our dogs in good shape, so we only give treats for training, and when they truly deserve it. We find this keeps them in check, and keeps them keen to impress you by learning new tricks.
The Kong, was on offer at a local market, for £12, down from £15, for the giant size. This product comes in extra small, small, medium, large, extra large & giant. The idea is to fill the toy with treats, and have your dog work to get them out. Kong also provide a treat paste that can be squirted in to the kong, which our dogs can't get enough of.
----- But what do the dogs think? -----
They love it! We fill the kong up with a few treats mixed with the Kong "Stuff 'N' Easy treat paste. They adore this, and because they know they won't get more for a while, they ration it and hide their kong with treats left in under their beds so they can have a midnight snack. They are able to handle the kong well, it fits in their mouths really well, and is made of a good, safe material. I have no worries with them having these toys in bed with them at all, but do worry about other toys. With Brody being a Pug, he finds it difficult to pick things up with his flat face, bless him, but he manages with the Kong, and it seems they have really taken time to tailor this products to suit the individual needs of all dogs.
----- Would I buy another? At full Price -----
In short yes. I would buy another, even if it was £15. They last such a long time, because the rubber/plastic material is so tough, and this makes them great value for money. I would much rather spend £15 all in one go on this long lasting toy, than buy loads of cheap, rubbish toys, and end up having to replace them, and probably end up spending more than £15 over time on stuff the dogs will chew up and spit out in minutes.
When it comes to dog toys, I am blessed to have the two most experienced toy testers in my house. One has set himself the mission to destroy every toy and will chew anything that is offered to him. The other one has a more subtle approach and slowly torment his chosen toy with licks and games of football over a period of a long time.
The Kong is a hollow cone of rubber, quite inflexible when new but with time does start to soften. Extreme and experienced chewers may take advantage at this small sign of weakness, but most dogs would barely notice the difference.
Claiming to be made of nearly indestructible rubber I brought them both Kong toys with the intention of owning a long lasting toy, rather than my home made ones, which could provide mental stimulation on days when the weather limits how far we can walk.
I tend to fill the kongs with moist dog biscuits mixed with peanut butter, and then put it into the freezer. The finished product results in two very enthusiastic dogs, eager to perform any trick just to get me to hand over their favourite treat dispensing toy. Initially the secret to removing the foody goodness inside eluded them but now with experience and memory on their side both hounds will spend up to fifteen minutes with frozen food, 5 minutes with non-frozen kongs.
The chewer will spend longer testing his jaw strength on the toy, so we do have to remove it from him after he has obtained all the treats inside - since he has managed to chew the tops off two already. This is not a reflection of the quality of the kong but more a reflection on how good my chewer actually is.
My other hound, takes great joy in the random way the kong bounces on the floor as it falls from his mouth, and could happily play with it as a 'normal' toy if the chewer didn't steal it off him.
I'd highly recommend this to every dog owner, and it's certainly one of the better quality toys on the market.
We have a classic red Kong dog toy which we bought to keep our black Labrador occupied when we can't be there. Whilst he's a very content dog generally, we find he does pine when he's left on his own, not to the point of driving the neighbours crazy, but just generally mooching about and checking the window every two minutes to see if we might be back yet. Unfortunately, sometimes our work shifts clash and we need to leave him alone for a few hours.
This is where the Kong comes in...he's not a very clever dog, and basically is easily occupied by something quite simple. Also, he's a Labrador...so anything food related will always get his vote!
The Kong is made of strong natural rubber which has lasted very well...we have had it for about a year now and it is still looking almost brand new...no signs of wear even though he gives it a good, prolonged chew over several hours. He doesn't have it every day, so I guess it might be showing some signs of wear if he did. We tend to fill it with either Marmite, crunchy peanut butter or a combination of the two, which is frankly disgusting, but he seems to like it! He spends many a happy hour trying to reach the bits that have gone right to the bottom, and has occasional joyous moments when a solidified piece of old peanut butter is miraculously dislodged!
Possibly we should clean it out more often so that this doesn't happen, but due to the shape of the Kong his could be quite difficult. I'd say that would be the only downside I've noticed, but like most dogs ours doesn't seem to mind if it's a bit grubby sometimes. We've got the classic red colour which is handy when he takes it out in the garden, making it easier to spot in the bushes, and because it's made of hard rubber he can also get extra enjoyment from it when it gets tossed across the room (for some reason he seems to think we might like to share, and will offer it as a gift...eugh!). Due to our laminate floors and the shape of the Kong it will bounce off at an unexpected angle, which he greatly enjoys chasing.
All in all the Kong is a great toy for a dog who enjoys chewing, eating or needs to be kept occupied sometimes. At about £5.00 it's not too expensive and should last a long time, providing excellent value for money. They come in a range of sizes, so make sure you get one that is big enough for your dog, especially if you are planning on leaving them alone with it...too small and the dog could potentially swallow the whole toy. We wouldn't be without ours!
When we first got our dog Max, he was a puppy and just 8 weeks old. Max is a medium size mixed breed dog. I wanted him to have a nice collection of stimulating toys, but was unsure where to start. The pet shop recommended a Kong toy- and so we bought him this one which we still have just over two years later.
It is made of natural rubber and is red. It is roughly 16.5cm tall and is shaped a bit like a beehive and is very bouncy. (Kong do this toy in a range of sizes to suit different types and sizes of dog and cost varies accordingly) It has a hole at one end for you to insert treats and for the dog to get them out during play. We have used a wide variety of treats with this- liver cake, yoghurt drops, chocolate drops, small biscuits, titbits-anything that fits through the hole would be fine. Kong also do a range of treats for you with the toys.
The dog then plays with the toy and during play treats are dispensed.
Max absolutely loved this toy right from the start and would play with it for hours on end. He still loves this toy today just over 2 years on. It is extremely durable and long lasting. It is still in excellent condition. Max is normally renowned for destroying toys, sometimes rather quickly- and kong toys are the only ones we have found to be 'Max proof' both in terms of his boisterous play and love of chewing.
I like to rotate toys to keep them fresh, and Max has this 2-3 times a week and always loves it and plays for quite some time. He will also keenly point out when it needs refilling!
I like Max to have stimulating toys and this definetely fits the bill and helps him to burn excess energy. I would highly recommend Kong toys, this is the first of a long list of Kong toys we have brought since.
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Dog toys can fall short in a number of ways - some look great to the owner, but the dogs just don't care (my in-laws bought a dog intelligence test that fell neatly into this box, roundly ignored by the dog after a ten second's mildly curious sniffing). Some others fall apart within minutes, torn to pieces by the merciless gnashers of said dog. Others look great, work great, but quickly get left out in the garden and become covered in mud.
The Kong, an absolutely classic toy, avoids all these pitfalls. Dogs love them - they're great to chase, bouncing around erratically like a rugby ball, they can have treats hdiden in them, and they're a lot of fun to chew, apparently. This covers the second category as well - for dogs who love to chew everything and anything, this gives them something that's absolutely fine to chew into pieces. Except they won't damage them at all - after years, ours was scratched and had a few shallow teeth-marks, but the rubber was all still intact, meaning you don't get bits of the toy scattered across the house in minutes.
Finally, it's also wipe-clean, and can be scrubbed free of mud and saliva in seconds. The rubber is tough and easy to keep hygenic - perfect for a keen dog! For around a fiver, this is a toy that'll last your pet for ages - it's a great buy.
I read online that Kong toys are some of the best for large dogs as they are very strong and it is unlikely that they can tear it apart so I bought this for my boyfriend's dog as he chews everything up and I mean everything! At first the dog played with it and chucked it around. Then he chewed it but lost interest, I think this is because he wanted it to be something he could easily destroy.
We then decided to put some food inside it which a lot of people recommended to do. The dog seemed a lot more interested at that point which was great. We played fetch with it and it is a very bouncy toy that you have no idea about where it will go next. Unfortunately, at one point it bounced over the fence and into the road, luckily there was no traffic at the time! Since then the dog has tried to destroy the toy but has failed so it is now alongside the rest of the toys buried in the garden!
I have three dogs, two of whom are distructive when it comes to toys - an Olde Tyme Bulldog and an English Bull Terrier, I have tried all sorts of toys that are suppose to be designed for powerful breeds, however, I have always ended up disappointed.
I use to buy the puppy kongs when my dogs where little and these are fabulous they last ages and get them through the teething stage.
I now buy the larger Kongs they are a great product for certain breeds but for mine I find that they last around a week if that before they are ripped apart, I know this is what they are made for but I would expect them to last a little longer than they do.
They come in all shapes and sizes and I have even tried the giant black Kong which does last longer but still only offers limited entertainment for the dog as once they have tore into them thats it.
My Bull Terrier has incredibly strong jaws so I thought as they are generally designed for stronger breeds this would be perfect but she went through it within a couple of days they are quite expensive to buy I paid £6.00 for mine, however, they are the best made toy that I have found fo my types of breed, my dogs do swallow some of the rubber which luckily they tend to bring back up, they do also make a right mess but it is easily cleaned up with the hoover.
I would say these types of toys should be aimed at less power full breeds or for dogs who do not chew constantly, we now make my own dog toys with old pairs of jeans I cut sections out and tie knots at both ends to make a tug/chew rope they last ages infact they still have the ones we made last year just pop them in the washing machine every now and then to stop them smelling, alot cheaper and less of a disappointment.
I read about these before getting my puppy so started off purchasing the puppy kongs. These come in pink and white and blue and white and are a bit more flexible than the red adult kongs. However an adult dog would probably be able to destroy them with chewing so as soon as my pup got his adult teeth I switched over to the stronger red kongs. They also make black kongs which are aimed at extreme chewers!
The kong is a hollow rubber toy that can be stuffed with treats or the dogs meal to make feeding time more fun. I stuff mine with a variety of fillings such as:
mashed banana and yoghurt
primula cheese, carrot pieces and biscuits
jwb wet food
peanut butter and sardines
To make it last longer or if the dog is teething I then freeze them. My puppy used to have regular kongs in fact sometimes he would have his meals in a kong for a bit of fun. Now he is an adult we use them as a treat when he has to be left alone for a few hours. I try and stuff them with healthy food and cut down his other meals accordingly.
You can buy Kong fillings from petshops - biscuits, peanut butter and pate type pastes but these are expensive.
The kong is made of very tough rubber which stands up to powerful chewers and as such I am comfortable leaving my dog with one of these unsupervised.
Kongs come in different sizes for the different dog breeds. The packaging comes with a pull out leaflet which explain which size is best. I have a cocker spaniel and have a mix of medium and large kongs.
They are expensive but do last and can go in the dishwasher too!!
I have a 5 month old Jack Russell Puppy and bought a small puppy Kong for him before I went to collect him from the breeder.
I had read so much about how wonderful Kongs are I was beginning to believe that they are magical cure-alls that will calm your dog, prevent destructive chewing, and keep him from boredom. They are not.
I bought my Kong on Amazon for £3.65 where it had received fairly good consumer reviews, the main complaint being that they are often destroyed by enthusiastic chewers. I read up on how and when to use the Kong and how to stuff them in two or three different dog training guides. I collected my puppy and gave him the Kong, stuffed with kibble and liver, to keep him happy on the journey home.
He has absolutely no interest in the Kong. I've stuffed it with dry food, pieces of meat, peanut butter, doggy chocs, even popped it in the freezer for a good soothing chew, but nothing will entice him.
On the few occassions he has deigned to chew on it (probably just to avoid disappointing me!) he has extracted the easiest pieces and then got frustrated when the rest of the filling doesn't come out. He is a very active and intelligent dog, so getting the pieces out shouldn't be a problem for him - in fact he has another hollow toy, the 'everlasting chew', that is quite similar in principle to the Kong but a totally different shape, which he loves. The problem is the shape of the Kong - the narrow end is supposed to store material to challenge the dog and keep him chewing, but this is actually more frustration than a young puppy (particularly one who demonstrates any anxious or nervous behaviours) can cope with. I imagine that a larger dog would have no problem wrapping his jaws around the smaller end and giving it a good squeeze but a small dog cannot do this (even though I'm using the smallest puppy size available).
Also, it's near impossible to clean. If you use anything other than dry food you will not be able to clean it out of the narrow end. Last time I used it I hand washed it twice and then gave it two goes in the dishwasher but there's still meat trapped in it. I've given up using it now.
In terms of teething, my puppy gets much more pleasure out of chewing on fabric (especially old socks and his favourite soft toys) than out of chewing on anything cold and rubbery. He also loves chewing up sticks and twigs, of which I have a plentiful (and completely free) supply in my garden.
I'm the owner of a staffordshire bull terrier who has a knack for destroying his toys. Tennis balls get shredded then cut open, rope toys get reduced to string and saliva. This is one of the select few toys he hasn't managed to destroy, being a solid rubber... thing. Like 3 orbs merged together, this red, bouncy toy makes for entertaining fun as well as keeping your dog busy and quiet. Since it has 2 holes, one tiny, the other fairly large, you can fit biscuits or treats inside them so your dog must work out how to get them. We personally use it in the mornings, filling it with a couple of scrapes of peanut butter. A downside to that is that the small end can get clogged up with chunks. Using a biscuit can make a bit of a mess too, with crumbs scattering all over the place as your dog eagerly tries to get at it. Because of its strange shape and material, it can make a game of fetch rather interesting. Like a rugby ball, its bounce is erratic and the trajectory can make it fly all over the place.. Perhaps not best used indoors. Found this in a local pet store for £4, along with other Kong products. You can find these online and in numerous stores, especially as the makers are confident enough to dub this the 'worlds best dog toy'.
So its strong, safe and multi-purposeful. A long lasting toy that can act as a treat and stimulate your dogs mind as well as body. Great stuff.
I came across Kong via pet forums as an answer to my puppy's incessant chewing and destructive behaviours when being left alone. I was doubtful that it would last any length of time as my puppy had chewed up all her toys and tug toys prior to this and has fairly strong teeth and jaws being a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The Kong turned out to be great value for money, my puppy loved it and would spend hours trying to get the filling out of the king. I would use it to keep her occupied when I was busy around the house or was leaving, to minimise distress.The Kong turned out to be indestructible and has lasted her well over a year so far. I found that the official Kong fillers were quite expensive so I started using peanut butter as a cheap alternative, which my puppy loves. You can also fill the Kong with cold meat, tinned dog food etc. I have since invested in a Kong Wobbler for her which she also loves, this is much bigger and can be used as a slow feeder for dogs who overeat. I find it's a way to entertain and distract my puppy and she enjoys working for her food. The only drawback is it can be noisy when she batters it around the kitchen.
My dog is a little Chihuahua. He is now 9 months old and pretty much fully grown, but he still has a bug urge to chew as all of his baby teeth didn't fall out and he has too many teeth. I like to provide him with lots of different toys to play with so he is less likely to chew my children's toys, and the Kong is one toy I have bought for him.
The current Kong we have is actually our 3rd one. We started off with a fabric covered one aimed at puppies. He loved this one, but the fabric wore, and he kept dropping it on the newspaper in his crate, which he had wee'd on, so in the interests of hygiene I eventually upgraded to a puppy version which was like the normal Kong shown above, but in a mottled green and white colour. He absolutely loved this, but I noticed last month that this was starting to wear away in places and small bits of rubber were actually beginning to break off, so I upgraded to the one shown in the picture above.
The Kong is essentially a hollowed out chew toy that is made from a tough rubber, and is a good toy to give to dogs who like to chew as it will withstand a lot of rough treatment and it will keep a dog entertained for ages.
I had to buy the smallest Kong available, as my dog could have hurt himself on one of the bigger ones. You might also find a big dog would destroy the small Kong we have if they were to chew it. They are available in small, medium, large, and extreme. They range in price from about £4.50 to £7.50.
The Kong has a larger hole at the bottom, and a smaller one at the top, and you can put treats inside this hole for hours of chewing fun. This makes a Kong a good toy to give your dog if you are about to go out as it will keep them busy for a good bit trying to get the treat out. I am mostly at home with my dog, but I have one morning a week when I do some volunteer work, so I stuff it with something he will like. He must like it as he eagerly jumps around at my feet while I am stuffing it, then he runs and gets in his crate and lies down till I give him the toy.
You can buy different pastes to put in it from Kong, but I have found that my dog likes normal dog treats in it, and I sometimes put a little bit of cheese spread in there for him too. By the time I come home, all traces of the food are completely gone. I have tried putting pedigree milky bones in, and that entertains him for ages as one end needs forcing into the toy, and it is very hard for him to get out, and I found the same for a pedigree dentastix. These are not something I give him often as if he can't get the remains of the food out, it is then a pretty disgusting thing to do myself.
I find I can keep the Kong hygienically clean by giving it a wash in warm soapy water, and this removes all traces of saliva from him chewing the toy.
He loves to chase this round, but I have to be careful not to actually throw this toy for him as we have hard laminate wood floors downstairs, and if the Kong hits the floor in a certain way, it will bounce at an unusual angle and if it hits him, it is really quite hard, and it must hurt him as he yelps. Small dogs like mine can easily get concussed, so I am not wanting to let him get hurt when we play.
This toy is said to help brain development, and promote jaw strength, and chewing has helped my small dog make one of his extra teeth fall out. I keep giving him the toy in the hope it will save him from needing surgery to extract them, and he will play with this for hours especially if there is a food item hiding from him. I can't recommend the Kong enough. It is not indestructable as our new one has already got teeth marks within a month, but it is relatively hard wearing and the play value versus cost is great. I also have no qualms leaving him unattended with this toy as even if a small bit does wear away, it is unlikely that he could bite off a bit big enough to choke on as long as I inspect it before I give it him. A bored dog is a destructive dog, and this keeps my dog happy, so it keeps me happy too.
After hearing great things about the Kong dog toy we decided to buy one for our 2 year old German Shepherd thinking it would be something to keep him amused when we were out of the house. We've
been really lucky as he thankfully doesn't tend to see furniture as a snack and the only thing he really chews are his toys although he does have an occasional shoe or sock fetish if he can find any but at
least they are cheaper to replace than a sofa.
On advice from the pet shop we bought the Kong Extreme which is supposedly a tougher compound
and more likely to survive a German shepherd chewing on it. The Kong Extreme is a black rubber toy
which to me looks like a black snowman it's made of 3 squashed balls stuck on top of each other with
a hollowed inside that you can stuff with treats.
The idea of the Kong is your dog will knock the toy about trying to get the treats out and keep himself
amused rather than eating an armchair or 2 because he is bored. Okay so that's the idea in theory but
my dog took a bit of persuasion to actually get the idea of what he was supposed to do with this.
When we brought the Kong home we didn't initially fill it with treats we just played fetch with it this
part was great because the toy bounces at all angles when it hits the ground so my dog was really
excited by it. A few days later we were going out so I decided I would try filling it with treats to keep
him happy and amused while were out.
To be honest I'm not sure if my dog is far too intelligent for his own good or just amazingly thick but
cute. He sat happily in front of me with his head cocked to the side giving me strange looks as I filled
his new toy with some meat paste we'd bought from the pet shop and some gravy bone treats. I
had great expectations of his reaction when I threw him the Kong but he just brought it back to me
like he would any other toy. After dropping the Kong at my feet he sat down and gave me a paw as
he usually does when I bring the treats out almost as if to say you've given my toy treats can I have
He did eventually get the hang of the Kong and work out it was his to eat as when we came home the Kong was empty and Floyd looked quite pleased with himself. The only problem now is he thinks if he brings the Kong to us it should be filled with treats every time and looks rather rejected if we don't
So far the Kong has stood up to being thrown and chewed with only minor marks which is pretty good
for a toy in the jaws of a 50 kilo German Shepherd mind you we've only had it about 3 weeks so I
can't comment on long term survival yet.
We paid £10 for this from a local pet shop which at the time seemed a bit expensive but so far it
seems to have stood up better than most of his other toys which are usually destroyed and binned
within a fortnight!
These dog toys are special in that they can be filled with various fillings for your dog to try to get at and are a good way to keep your dog occupied, particularly while they're still youthful and full of energy. With a little creative thought this can be turned into a very fun toy for a dog as well as satisfying their need for mental stimulation by filling it with food/treats that will come out but not without some manipulation - your dog will then spend some time trying to work out how to get the food out.
You can also fill this with something like peanut butter or a meat paste and freeze it so that your dog will then have chance to spend a few hours slowly licking out the goodies. A mixture of meat paste and treats also works quite nicely and the Kong website contains a few other ideas.
The hard rubber is extremely durable and the size of the toy ensures that it cannot be accidentally swallowed by most breeds. For very large breeds some care will be required for safety purposes but for average breeds this should be ideal, although the small dogs may not be able to pick it up in their mouths but can still play with it by batting it around.
Obviously, like all dog toys, this won't keep your dog entertained indefinitely and changing which fillings you use between use is a good idea to keep the dog surprised. Over time, your dog may associate the toy itself with food and begin to play with it whether it is filled or not.