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I went on a dog training seminar and was given a £20 voucher for Kong, but I could only use it on one product - and at £14.99 this Kong was the dearest product they had - so this one it was.
I don't have a big dog, only a small collie, but she eats everything so I thought this would keep her occupied. My other collie only has the medium sized red one and that keeps him quiet so it stands to reason. I wasn't disappointed.
It came the next day, which was during one of hottest weeks. It's very simplistically packaged - basically in just a cardboard backing, so environmentally it is very friendly and stands out on the shelf with bright coloured display.
For anyone that doesn't know the Kong is an interactive dog toy, that is reward based play. The toy is stuffed with treats or food so the dog basically has to simply get the food out. As my dog is very food orientated it is the perfect toy, and has she is very chewy this being made of extremely durable rubber is ideal. Also as it's rubber it bounces, so it is also a fabulous toy. Luna picks it up, chews it for a bit, then picks it up and drops it watching it bounce and then proceeds to chase it.
I fill it with either squirt-able cheese, soft cheese or peanut butter. To make them last longer I also add some of her dog food nuggets in between the soft treat. I also freeze the kong which not only makes it last longer but also on a hot day cools her down.
As this Kong is the giant one, it lasts longer for Luna, which as far as I am concerned is no bad thing. I would say that they are a must for any dog owner. Whilst this particular kong may appear pricey at £14.99 that is the dearest in the range, they do do smaller ones. The thing to consider is how much would otherwise be spent on either treats, or items the bored dog has chewed.
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This is my second Kong product that I have purchased the first was a Kong feeder which is also a great product.
Like all dogs my border collie loves treats and two seconds after giving him one he is wanting another, my dog rolls over or sits up with his paws in the air for his treats, but that only adds another second to treat time, with this the treats can last upto 20mins and he loves it.
The product itself is basically a hollow lump of rubber, it is quite solid when new but does get more flexable after use, I have had it for six months now and is still in good condition which is very good as used everyday plus my dog is a chewer.
The treats themself can be anything that fits in the hole at the bottom, if they are too small they will fall out making it too easy, if they are very difficult to get in they will be very hard for the dog to get out this makes the fun last longer but if the treat is not on of there favourite he will give up.
Getting them out is the challenge and the treat is the reward, to get them out my dog firstly picked it up in his mouth then threw it down in the hope that the treats would pop out, most treats would thats when I tried the slightly larger treats, to get these out he would krush the kong in his mouth and eat the crumbs as they fell out, after a few weeks he has learnt that if he holds it with the hole facing down and squeezes the treat will fall out, this means it takes him five minutes to empty instead of the twenty at the start but still very good for him.
We have a gorgeous chocolate lab but unfortunately have to leave him "home alone" for a few hours each day. Now whilst he seems perfectly happy, I worry that he will get bored without us to keep him stimulated so steps up this great invention. Please don't be put off by the price of these toys and instead go to the pound shops, if your dog is like mine he will have have destoryed the cheap toys by the time you are in and have put the kettle on. So instead of buying lots of cheap toys buy one of these.
In my experience, the best way to use the kong is to fill it with some of your dogs kibble or if you prefer some fruit or vegetables cut to size and slotted in the top opening then use a dollop of squeezy cheese to seal the opening (I use Primula). Then I pop the kong in the freezer for an hour or two before I am due to go out. When it's taken out the cheese has frozen meaning that your dog has to work at getting to his treat inside. This keeps our boy busy for ages and he seems to love these treats, it never breaks no matter how hard he chews or how far he lets it drop, they seem indestructable. Once he's finished I wash in warm soapy water and let it drip dry. These can also be used empty if you prefer and are perfect for go fetch type games as it stays intact even when thrown down the garden.
Kong Extreme dog toy Review
I absolutely love the Kong Extreme it keeps my dog busy for hours. I have a 2 year old large black lab who usually destroys every toy I bring home with the kongs extremely strong black rubber my dog was unable to chew through this one or rip it apart. I usually fill the inside of the kong with peanut butter or treats and give it to my dog if I am going out and leaving him alone. the kong extreme is ideal for dogs that love to chew or rip apart toys, I suggest getting the one for larger dogs even if your dog is a medium sized dog, and a medium for A smaller dog. All dog owners can benefit from the kong toy whether it be used as a distraction or even just a treat it provides mental and physical stimulation for your dog or puppy. The price is reasonable considering this is a very durable dog toy and will last forever!
When I first got my dogs, I bought them the original red Kongs assuming that would be sufficient, sadly they were both completely destroyed within a matter of months and I needed to find a tougher solution!
The Kong Extreme is a tougher, hardier version of the original Kong designed for bigger dogs, dogs with more powerful jaws and dogs who are just really really determined chewers! The basic concept is the same, its a rubber hollow toy that you can fill with food and that provides a fun challenge for the dog trying to get the food out as the kong bounces irregularly and they try to get to the nooks and crannies.
The Extreme is much much tougher than the original red. Its quite a bit bigger but not huge, and the rubber feels completely different, more like a tyre than a dog toy! Mine have had theirs for nearly a year now and despite their best efforts they haven't managed to destroy them, in fact they're nearly as good as new still.
Kongs are great for if you have to leave your dogs on their own at all, as they love them so much they'll be completely distracted by trying to get the stuffing out, or chasing them around the room as they bounce about unpredictably like 'prey' that the dog will hardly notice you're gone. I regularly come home to be greeted by two dogs with their kongs firmly in their mouths who have no intention of letting them go just to say hello to me!
The Kong Extreme is a little bit more expensive than the ordinary one, but I think its well worth the extra outlay as it will last much longer and be practically indestructible. Get used to hearing the 'thud' of a dropped King as a constant background sound to your life though, and be careful of leaving them behind doors, they can get 'wedged' and trap you in the bathroom (or maybe that's only happened to me...)