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This was one of the first toys i bought for my dog when she was a puppy. She is now an 8yr old German Shepherd who still goes crazy with it.
It isn't just the dog who gets enjoyment out of it, the owner and everyone else will find it good fun too, playing alongside the dog.
The kong is made of tough rubber, so it is indestructable, no matter how much it gets chewed. My dog loves to chase it when i throw it and will then lie and play around with it on the floor, pushing it under furniture and watching it spin around.
Another bonus with it, is that you can stuff treats inside it, so the puppy can spend much longer playing with it.
After 8 years the kong is still as good as ever, though a little faded, after spending a couple of years at the bottom of the fish pool. It still bounces and the rubber hasn't cracked, despite it being in water for a long spell.
Overall, a good investment, this toy is for life, not just for puppy's
When we got our new puppy in 2008, we knew we'd need loads and loads of toys. Especially as our puppy was a Cocker Spaniel/Patterdale Terrier mix; hyper and crazy! Puppies are also notorious for chewing on anything and everything, so the first thing we did was head down the toy aisle at our local Pets at Home store.
We came across the Puppy Kongs; a super tough rubber toy with many uses. The Kongs come in three sizes which are small, medium and large. My dog was a medium sized puppy, so we got him the medium sized Kong. At present, the small size is £4.99, the medium is £6.99 and the large is £7.99. They also come in pink or blue; very apt depending on what gender your puppy is!
The Kongs have a hole right through the centre, just big enough to put it a small amount of treats. The idea is that you stuff them in there and the puppy rolls and bats the Kong around trying to get them out. There is also a paste you can buy to put inside for your puppy to lick. The Kong also works as a puppy 'teether' and helps to soothe sore gums, and gently clean your puppy's teeth.
I found this Kong was very good in training my puppy in knowing what he could chew and what he couldn't. The Kong is made to be so, so robust and impossible to chew through or destroy. My puppy through to dog- hood could not chew through the Kong at all. I think for the price and how tough this toy is, it is a perfect toy for any new puppy.
Kong are well known as the leader of the pack when it comes to quality, durable dog toys- and for good reason. If, like me, you have a dog or puppy that can destroy a tennis ball after one throw, or dismember a cuddly toy in mere seconds, then you may want to consider Kong's line of rubber toys.
The puppy version of the classic Kong is no exception in terms of durability. My German Shepherd is still chewing his at nearly two years of age, and cracks are only just beginning to show in the rubber (although, since I upgraded him to a Kong Extreme at 12 months old, bear in mind that it has only had occasional use since then.) which is impressive, given he's quite the power chewer!
Whilst I rate the quality and longevity of the product highly, it is the application that is the real winner here. We all know how much puppies just love to chew, especially when they hit the teething stage, and the damage they can do whilst exploring what is and isn't made for chewing. The puppy Kong is great in this regard as you provide an alternative item to chomp on, and make it more enticing than the furniture by stuffing yummy edibles inside. Once filled with nice smelling treats it provides a good distraction for young puppies who may otherwise be stressed when left alone (or, to be honest, if you just want some peace and quiet for an hour!).
Kong sell a paste that you can use to stuff your puppy Kong, but bear in mind that it's much cheaper to make your own 'stuffing'. The easiest and cheapest method is to stick a handful of your puppy's dry biscuits in a bowl, and pour boiling water over the top. Let them soak a short while, mash them up, and then spoon it into the Kong. For very young pups and smaller breeds, this will keep them going for a while. If your pup is a little older or a larger breed, I'd recommend freezing it for a few hours (cold Kongs are particularly nice for sore, teething gums). Anything you can mash (and is safe for dogs) can be fed this way to keep your pup content and occupied. Chunks of cheese and meat provide a great incentive to keep working away at the toy!
Due to the durable rubber, this is one toy that you can safely give to a pup knowing that they're not going to tear it to shreds and swallow something harmful. Check it regularly though to ensure it isn't starting to crack, and supervise the first few times (I can't imagine any puppy destroying this toy quickly, but who knows, there may be one or two out there with truly Herculean jaws!).
The shape of the puppy Kong allows pups to get a 'grip' on it with one paw, whilst they work on getting the nice stuff out of its hollow insides. It isn't a firm grip though, and there can be much squirming and wriggling in the prolonged attempt :) Do prepare for it to be picked up and dropped repeatedly, bashed with paws about the room, paraded around with proudly, and occasionally tossed around in the effort to extract the stuffing, particularly if frozen :)
In summary, I really do recommend this toy for puppies, and I think it's well worth the price. It's safe, durable, and enjoyable for your pup. For you, there's hours of peace and quiet in a stuffed puppy Kong. Mine will still chew and toss around his Kong even without stuffing it.
The only downside, as far as I can see, is that some dogs work out it can also be used as a throw toy (and better yet, it bounces oddly and excitingly due to its shape) resulting in being randomly presented with a slimy, slobbery Kong whilst watching telly!
(Review also posted by myself on Ciao.co.uk under the username PiratePix)
My boyfriend and I recently got a new puppy called Suzie. I did everything the right way so researched the breed, looked for a good breeder and of course bought a pile of puppy books. The two books I found the most useful both heavily recommended the Kong toy by brand. Considering neither of these books have anything to do with the brand it made me take notice. Also when watching "Its Me or The Dog" Victoria Stillwell mentioned it a few times in different episodes, this made me think I must get one in preparation for the new addition to our family.
I chose the light blue marble colour but it is also available in light pink marble. I think the colours available are really sweet with the baby pink and blue options for puppies as the standard Kongs are only available in red and sometimes blue. I doubt my pup cares but its nice to have the option as I have been buying all baby blue accessories.
As we decided on a tiny dog I chose the smallest option of the the Puppy Kong. It is especially designed for puppies in mind to help with teething and to sooth gums so I don't need to worry if its too hard for her little teeth. When i first tried to get Suzie to play with the Kong she showed no interest at all! Even when i filled it with treats she was not fussed so it was left unplayed with. And i thought that was that.
Suzie is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Yorkie, so when we got her at 7 weeks she was tiny and I now realise the toy was just to big and difficult for her to move. She has grown a fair bit in the past few weeks and is now 10 weeks and has recently rediscovered her Kong, and she thinks its brilliant! I now think it was a really good buy and i am starting to see what all the fuss is about! She can now pick it up no problem and trots around with it in her mouth with her chin held high. She finds it easy to pick it up from either end too as the rubber seems to be pretty grippy so even with her little jaw she is ok.
Suzie mainly plays fetch or play fights with her Kong which she really enjoys. Its a great toy to play fetch with as it bounces round in all kind of crazy ways. Its far more bouncy than you would think, its kind of like an odd shaped bouncy ball. And because of the odd shape it is very hard to predict what direction it is going to bounce or roll off in. This keeps Suzie interested and means she can even play with it on her own for some time as it swirls and rolls round a lot without much encouragement.
Another great aspect of the Kong is that it is hallow to enable you to stuff it with treats and so can be used to keep your pup entertained for hours even when you are out. This is the reason it was recommended in the puppy books; as a boredom preventer. You can even buy specially made "Stuff'n" from Kong to stuff the toy with. I think this is a good option if your short on time but from looking at the ingredients list i'm not too impressed so would probably not buy this.
As recommended on "Its Me Or The Dog" I filled Suzies Kong with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. When i gave it too her she was very intrigued and really got into playing with it and trying to get the contents out. I'm trying to train her to be independent so last week i left her home alone for a few hours. I was feeling guilty about this so mixed in some ham with the peanut butter and a bit of dry dog food to stuff the Kong with. When I came back she was absolutely fine and there was no sign of destruction! just a nearly empty Kong. So it did the trick of keeping her occupied when she was home alone.
I think we will get a lot of use out of this toy and may move on to the standard Kong if she grows up big and tough enough to need it! I bought our Kong from the website pet planet which I found sold it for the best price, far cheaper than a regular pet supermarket so would recommend them as a supplier.
Thanks for reading my review! xxx
Puppy toys are brilliant and Kong puppy toys are even better!
A got the pink one for my Mali pup who, once big enough, would carry it around with her for ages. She loved this and it has a spcial teething material which assists in their painful teething time. So much better than then chewing your hand!
The Kong is smaller than the original ong and looks very cute. It is my flexible so that it can be chewed by the pups but still durable that it lasts. I bought mine 2 years ago and even after puppy chewing it is still in good working order.
My Lab has now adopted it as she has a really soft mouth (trained as a gun dog originally) and doesnt like the original Kong. She loves the puppy Kong and plays with it as her favourite toy! So even after the puppy has grown up the toy is still being used. More than I can say for the other puppy toys which are either put away in the cupboard for the next pup or destroyed by my Rotti!
These Kongs are lots of fun for the dogs, they bounce erratically and the dogs love them.
I got mine for about £4 from Pets at home so more pricey than other puppy toys but having it two years on definitely makes it worth the money. I would not hesitate getting this again.
Non-destructive chewing is something that we are actively trying to encourage with our puppy and so we bought Eddie a variety of different chew toys for him to have fun with. One of the toys we bought for him was the puppy Kong chew treat toy. I had read about this in a puppy training book before we got Eddie and so was on the look out for it in Pets at Home.
This toy is an interesting one. It is shaped like a cone with three round bulb shapes to it with the largest one on the bottom and then they get increasingly smaller as you get to the top of the toy. The middle of the toy is hollow and this is to allow for treats to be inserted inside. The Kong is made out of pretty heavy duty rubber but is not completely hard. I think it lends itself well to puppy chewing and is definitely very durable and hard wearing, something it has to be in all honesty. Apparently, according to the box it is a special teething rubber formula, which is uniquely designed for puppies.
The Puppy Kong Chew Treat Toy is described as an innovative treat dispensing dog toy. Like I said, the middle of this toy is hollow to allow you to stuff treats inside it. This is great fun I think for a little puppy as not only do you get to chew on something you get a treat at the end if you chew properly. I have to say Eddie does like this toy but at the moment even though I have the puppy version of this chew toy I think it's still a bit too big for his mouth. I think if I give it a few weeks this will probably become one of his favourite ones as he will then be able to get all of his jaw around it.
I like to use the Kong Stuff'n snacks in this toy. They are like little dog biscuits and are especially made just for this toy which is nice. In order to stuff your Kong with this treats all you do is squeeze the bottom of the toy so the hole opens like an oval and then insert them in. The box of treats suggest you leave two smaller segments (the treat is shaped just like the Kong itself) exposed to encourage your puppy to nibble off the protruding end and challenge him to retrieve the remaining portion!
The Kong toy is supposed to help to soothe sore gums, and gently clean your puppy's teeth so this is also not only a great toy it helps with their teeth and gums too at a time when they will definitely need help with this. These toys are priced at around £7 so a bit expensive but a well made, long lasting toy in my opinion.
After our poor experience of the Kong small dog toy my friend gave me her Kong Puppy toy because her own dog had outgrown. As it was free I thought I would give it a go! Thinking that my King Charles puppy might be more intrigued with this one. These cost 3.08 pounds on Amazon at the moment.
It is made of hard rubber and very durable. Even with sharp puppy teeth this thing hasnt had one dent. If your dog likes to chase things they will love this because if thrown on a hard surface it will bounce all over the place.
There is a slot on the end that can be stuffed with a treat. This can either be stuffed with your own dog treats or those sold by kong. I would recommend you use your own because the Kong treats can cost 10 euro for a pack of treats. They are cute looking though as they are the same shape of the kong toy but still not worth the extra expense in my opinion.
My puppy is four months old now and is full of the joys of life. She has been spoilt with a lot of toys so I was interested to see how she reacted to this as she seems to love bouncy balls. She didnt take any interest in the original small dog kong. She actually loved this though! She loves when I bounce it on the kitchen floor and can spend hours trying to bite this toy to get the treats out. I usually use small pieces of puppy biscuits because she seems to like these better than Kong treats.
I would recommend buying this Kong specifically for puppies as I have tried the small dog version for my puppy and she showed more interest in the puppy kong.
When our dog was a puppy he became an avid chewer overnight. Anything he could get his teeth around, he would chew to within an inch of its life. So off we went to find something to put a stop to his chewing frenzy which I put down to teething. We came across the Kong Puppy Kong which is supposed to help with teething so we purchased it on the recommendation of the sales assistant. The Puppy Kong is suitable for puppies from 2-9 months old. Once this age is up, it is usually time to invest in the Kong for adult dogs.
The Kong Puppy Kong is a hollow rubber oblong ball - it is very hard to describe so I do suggest looking at the picture! It is available in three sizes - small, medium and large which all depend on the breed of dog you own. We went for the large size as we own a German Shepherd. Seeing as our dog is a boy, we purchased the Puppy Kong in a blue though you can purchase it in pink.
The Puppy Kong comes in white cardboard packaging which tells you which size you have purchased along with what it actually is. You can see and touch the actual Puppy Kong through the packaging.
The Puppy Kong is hollow for a particular reason - so that you can fill it with food or treats so that your dog concentrates on chewing the Puppy Kong and trying to get the treats out rather than taking it out on the wall, sofa or anything that is jaw sized (or not!). The Puppy Kong does remind me of a babies teether in that you can chill or freeze it to help soothe the aches and pain of teething your puppy may well be going through. To the touch, the rubber is quite soft but it is very strong so that your pup doesn't just go straight through it.
Our dog loved his Puppy Kong and spent many an hour chewing it and chasing it when we had been out in the garden throwing it - it is nice and lightweight though looks wise it looks as though it would be really heavy. As I previously said, Ben became a chewer overnight but once he had the Kong it all stopped. He actually had something of his own he was able to chew on until his heart was content.
The other thing I would do for him was either fill it with little treats for him to get out and in the summer months, I would fill it with gravy and then freeze it for him to use like an ice lolly type of thing in the garden - he loved it (and still does with his adult Kong), spending hours just gnawing and trying to defrost it.
The Puppy Kong is very easy to clean, even after it has been filled with food and what not as there is a hole in the top and bottom for you to just stick under the tap and let the water run through it. I cleaned Ben's one with hot soapy water but always make sure that it is throughly rinsed after you do this otherwise you will be greeted by a not so pretty surprise!
We paid £6.00 for the biggest Puppy Kong and it was one of our best buys for Ben when he was a puppy. Not only did it keep him distracted from his newly acquired chewing but it also kept him entertained and became a much loved toy.
My initial thoughts upon embarking on a quest for the perfect puppy toy were to wonder if they were gold plated or came with a free diamond ring. I wasn't expecting them to be cheap but almost everything on the market is in excess of £5 with some as much as £20. For a piece of rubber for a teething puppy to chew this seemed ludicrous. Pretty much everywhere you turn the tempting toys offer a variety of enhanced rewards over their competitors from the virtually indestructible Nylabone to cotton rags, Frisbees, floating squeaking thing, the choice is seemingly endless and then things are additionally complicated by the sizings. Too small and your puppy may choke, too big and it'll never get its jaws around it. What should have been a very simple task suddenly became a whole lot harder. Armed with a little knowledge it was a process of elimination;
Frisbee - no good indoors and since the puppy in question had three more weeks to go before her release into the big world outdoors that was impractical
Squeaky things - possibility of choking on the squeak
Nylabone - rumoured that shards appear when the bone deteriorates
Rawhide - apparently not good for dogs with potential for choking
Too small - yet more potential for choking
Since the hairball in question is a monster sized puppy and at 8 weeks was bigger than a spaniel with a predicted final bodyweight of 60kg (10 stone) an awful lot of things weren't suitable.
In the end I opted to pay £6 for a large Puppy Kong on the basis that the rubber was very thick but mostly because I could cram it full of food and leave her to kick it around the floor. Little did I realise how much fun or mess this would be.
Firstly the Kong in question is cone shaped and very very bouncy, although erratically so. You have absolutely no idea where its going to go and when thrown by the puppy in question it can bounce five or six times in any direction it feels like reaching heights of up to 4 feet. On more than one occasion this has been the cause of mild panic as OHs beloved plasma screen came perilously close to being hit. We have since upgraded our house insurance to cover accidental damage.
Our puppy is very content just to sit and gnaw on the kong, especially after its been filled as it retains some of the smell. For the moment were sticking with dry puppy food but I'm assured that filling it with gravy and freezing it prior to giving it to her will keep her quiet for hours. I'm not overly convinced that a house covered in melting gravy is worth the peace gained. I'll certainly be trying that in the garden as soon as possible though.
Kong offer an aerosol meat paste with which to fill the kong but I get the distinct impression that it could be very messy to use and whatever goes in has to come out, not necessarily into the mouth or drool of the puppy in question. The idea of meat paste on the floors simply does not appeal.
The Kong in question cost £4.50 (plus P&P) from E-bay where a choice of pink, blue or green was available. Its certainly been worth the money as its kept the four legged fiend occupied for hours without showing any signs of wear or tear. I'll definitely be replacing it with the tougher adult version when she develops her adult teeth.
This is a great toys for toy dogs eg lhasa aspo etc.
I bought this a couple of days ago for my 3months old lhasa apso pup as she was starting to get quite nippy as she was teething and it is the best product i have bought so far combined with biscuits.
you stuff some treats into the middle of the kong which your puppy will go nuts for and spend hours trying to get them out! Also helps any part of there mouth as the toy is made up of sort of rings in 3 sizes!
i would recommend this to anyone with a new pup that is trying to chew anything it sees as it is prob down to teething.
you may think that it is a bit pricy at £5-6 but this toys is basically indestructable and will last for years and the biscuits are roughly about the same price but you can obviously will this with any treats that your dog prefers!
The Kong. This is the best toy I have ever bought for my dog. As a puppy my Patterdale Terrier had to destroy everything he could get his paws on, and even now still does. We went through so many teddys and balls anything we could thing of until we discovered the kong. Its brilliant, and he cant destroy it. We have the paste to put inside and it keeps him occupied for hours. They are so durable its the only thing we found that he cant rip apart.
We recently bought a kong frisbee and again another brilliant toy. He has chewed it and played tug with my other dog and doesnt even have a mark on it. They are both so versatile and strong and even though he has many other toys both kongs toys we have are definately his favourite. Even if he does manage to break one of them we have had them so long that they are definately worth them money spent.
These toys are also ideal for dogs who have to be left alone for a significant amount of time as they keep them occupied with a task to do of getting the food / treats out! You do not have to spend a lot on the filling, just their general wet dog food will do, then freeze it to keep them busy for hours. The dried dog biscuits can also be used so that the dog has to move the kong around in order for the biscuits to fall out.
Great buy and will last a long time
Having brought our new puppy into the family, we had to stock up on new "puppy safe" toys.
In Pets At Home we found the Puppy Kong toy and having read previously good reports and feedback about Kong we purchased it along with the Puppy Kong paste to squirt inside.
Basically this toy is a kind of hollow cone shaped toy, made from softer rubber than normal Kong toys so that a puppy has a chance of being able to chew it and get rewarded with whatever treat has been stuffed inside.
When your puppy starts to teeth and get adult teeth, the kong toy can be frozen making it even more of a relief to chew on with the freezing rubber soothing their gums.
We have the biscuits and the paste to stuff inside but I have found the toy holds more interest for my dog with the paste inside. He is 3 months old and finds it easier to lick at the inside and taste the paste than to try and get any biscuits out at the moment. As he gets older and uses his noodle more I am sure he will figure out how to get at the biscuits and retrieve them but for now the paste works well.
It easy to wash through by running under a warm tap and poking your fingers or a thin "bottle" brush inside. The paste is slightly more of a pain to clean but not too bad.
These toys are fairly expensive though - or at least the Kong treats for inside are. The initial expense of the toy, £5.99, can be offset by the fact that it should last your puppy through until they are big enough and strong enough to use an adult toy, but the treats are too expensive if you use the Kong version. The paste is worth it, although at £6.49 for a tube which would probably last a couple of weeks it is still fairly high, but the biscuits are around the £5.00 mark for a smallish box and to be honest I will use ordinary dog biscuits, broken up to push inside from now on.
Overall I am pleased with this Kong puppy toy and Max seems to enjoy it when I need him to be calm and concentrate on something other than my trouser legs for a while!
Is it just me? I bought this for my mini schnauzer puppy after the rave reviews from friends at my local puppy club.
The idea is to fill the bottom bit up with the gooey food like substance provided with the kong and the pup enjoys playing and chewing for hours. You can also put this in the fridge to help sooth sore gums when they teeth. Now my little boy took absolutely no notice of this he loves his food and he loves playing but he had absolutely no interset in this at all.
Certain that it was just my pup I went and bought another one for my 2 dobermann pups a couple of years later. They did have a bit of a chew and certainly put it to a lot more use than the schnauzer and enjoyed it more than other toys so maybe it is horses for courses. Buy one becasue 90% of the time they are a great toy for your pup (I have lots of friends who's dogs get on great withh these) but if not try and old fashioned ball (these can always go in the fridge too!)
This is without a doubt the best toy we bought for our labrador puppy. He can spend ages trying to get the various treats out of it and is especially good to keep him busy if we have to leave him at home for a little while.
He is a really strong chewer now and this is the only toy that is still in one piece and not ended up in the bin. I'm not sure if it is because he can't chew through it or because he knows he gets yummy treats in it when he is good.
Its great for putting things like pate or peanut butter and other treats like markies etc. A dog trainer told us to put it in the freezer then let it thaw a bit before you give it to them and it lasts even longer.
You can also clean it easily by putting it in a bowl with some boiling water and leaving it for a while.
Our pup loves her puppy kong. It is a rubber toy that has a hole in where if you choose you can pop treats into.
The puppy kong that we have is pink marble in colour. It is made from an unique rubber which is to help your pups teeth and gums as they play with the toy. The packaging of the Kong states that the toy will :
Assists in teething.
Aids in healthy development of your dog's mouth.
Promotes essential play.
Encourages proper chewing habits.
Soothes sore gums.
I read this and thought it sounded like a great investment as a toy. Our pup loves to bite and chew on the kong toy. However I must say it does not seem to be her favourite toy. The shape of the toy makes it difficult to be held by her paws as she plays. Due to the circular shape of this particular kong it tends to roll around a lot. The only time I would say that she goes to play with the Kong is when we place one of the Kong treats into the opening at the top of the Kong. The Kong treats are small biscuit type treats that when you squeeze the opening at the top of the Kong you can slip one half way in and it holds fast in the toy. Our pup does enjoy biting the treat out of the Kong but she mostly only manages to get half a treat!
I must say the toy is very robust and she has not damaged it or chewed it to pieces at all. I would buy her another Kong toy in the future but I would choose one of the different shapes that are available. The Kong is available for different breeds on different sizes and shapes.
The Kong is available from pets stores and the Pup Kong costs £4.99 (with the treats to fill it at about £3.99)
Made in a special teething rubber formula / recommended for puppies aged from 2 - 9 months.