“ Brand: Kong / Type: Dog toy „
When we decided to get another dog I wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for the new puppy as it cannot be an easy transition to make from being taken away from your mother and siblings at such a tender age of 8 weeks. Therefore, apart from a comfortable bed which would offer sanctuary and security I also wanted her to have her own toys especially as our older dog has already claimed his. I wanted her to be kept occupied whilst having fun all at the same time but with her own toys in her new bed trying to make her feel as settled as possible.
My puppy toys of choice have mainly been from the brand called Kong. I have been buying their toys for years and years simply because apart from being very well made they are also incredibly durable. My older dog has a wide range of these toys and I thought it was only right that my new addition would have a wide selection also as they have definitely kept my older dog occupied and seem to last the test of time. Fortunately my local pet shop stocks a wide range of Kong toys both for the adult and young dog.
The toy of choice was the Kong Puppy Wubba. I opted for this because it is simply the puppy version of the bigger version for adult dogs. If you are familiar to with the Kong Wubba then the puppy version is no different it is just smaller! If you haven't heard of Kong and you own dogs (and cats) then this is a brand you should definitely become acquainted with! They are a global brand who supply the pet world with a wide range of well manufactured toys which are really supposed to keep a dog (and cat) entertained.
To look at the Kong Puppy Wubba looks just like a miniature version of the adult version. It consists of two balls being bound together in a durable fabric. The top ball is a tennis ball and underneath there is a squeaker ball. It is covered in a tough and durable nylon fabric which is reinforced, is knotted at the bottom and there are three long tails which make the toy easy to pick up and to throw. The toy can come in either pink or pale blue which is rather limited given the fact that the other Kong toys can come in a variety of colours.
Despite its durable nylon fabric the toy is incredibly soft and very light weight which makes it ideal for a puppy who needs a gentle enough toy to protect their teeth. The toy is ideal for throwing ad fetching due to the long tails as its lightweight to throw and it can go a considerable way once thrown but if collected by the dog picking it up at the tennis ball end then the tails make it ideal to hold on to, to get them to release the toy. The squeaker in the toy certainly does attract the dogs attention but I find that my dog hardly ever squeaks the toy!
My dog has had this toy right from 8 weeks and wasn't impressed with it at first and it was left at the back of her crate (her bed is a large crate in my utility room!). However, as soon as she became a little older to enjoy time in the garden without wanting to nap every hour and as soon as she saw my other dog playing 'go fetch' it suddenly twigged that she could actually have a lot of fun with this toy! Even though this toy isn't meant for chewing sessions the fact that puppies do so much little damage to their toys I have no hesitation with her having a good old chew on it but she much prefers chasing after it when out in the garden or in the fields.
Now at 6 months of age my dog is becoming rather large and the Kong Puppy Wubba now looks rather small compared to some of her other toys but she still plays with it regularly out in the garden and although she doesn't care for the squeaker aspect of the toy she much prefers to fling it in the air and catch it or let me throw it for her while she goes and retrieves it. Despite its heavy use in the past month or so the durable ballistic nylon material has lasted really well, there are no nicks or tears in it around the balls or even the tails which I did slightly expect after it gets played with on a daily basis.
My older dog has the adult version of the Kong Puppy Wubba and no doubt I will purchase one for my pup when older but she seems to love this toy. It's durable, strong and well made and provides my dog with hours of fun both outside and inside whilst she lies in her bed. I think this is the perfect toy for a puppy as it is soft enough yet still made from the high quality construction as the adult version, I would also think it is suitable for older dogs who need softer toys. I have also found that these wash well in the washing machine as mine has been in several times due to being so dirty! Definitely a recommendation from me and my pooch!
~ Useful Information ~
Price: from around £3.50 upwards
Availability: Kong stockists
Colours: pink and baby blue
My new puppy has been bought a selection of toys already to keep him entertained and to meet his chewing needs in the house. (Only somewhat working as he still likes the kids toys too, but that can't be helped I guess unless the kids learn and put them out of his reach.)
I have never owned a dog before, and would probably just gone and got some toys randomly at the pet shop if I were not a member here, because I have read reviews before on Kong toys and seen how highly rated they are by people who own dogs. So I decided looking on amazon because I had some vouchers, to see if I could find a Kong.
I was amazed by the array of kongs of different sizes and designs. Because Murphy is a Chihuahua, I know how important it is to buy appropriate sized toys so he can interact with them at all, so even though this was for a puppy, I wasn't entirely sure until it arrived how suitable it would be.
I paid £3.80 for the toy, which is a fabric covered squeaky ball in the shape of a figure of 8, with 4 longer tassles that hang underneath.Mine is pink, and it has embroidery on the toy to show it is a Kong Wubba, and it is for puppies. It is also available covered in blue fabric. I had no preference really to colour.
I know from reading other reviews that some of the Kong's have a space to put a treat in and the dog can then spend ages getting it out of the hole. This is not the case here, as it is just something to chew on, and carry round.
Murphy responds well to this one, so I have taken it with us when we have gone on a walk to get his attention and make him walk along beside me. He will also run to me in the house if I squeak it. If I shout fetch, he will pick it up by the tassles and carry it to me so I can play with him. The whole thing is about 20cm in length, about half for the squeaker and half for the tassles, so it is not too big for him to manouvere it himself.
With this toy, he likes it if I squeak it and then shake it, while he tries to grab the tassles. He also enjoys a game of fetch with it, where I am careful to throw it nowhere near him as it is quite a hard ball, which could hurt him.
For bigger dogs, they would also be able to make it squeak themselves with their mouths when they bite the ball. When fully grown, Murphy will probably also manage this as the figure of 8 means his mouth would fit round the smaller part.
The fabric has been well chewed, and I have noticed it is starting to fray round the edges. A bigger dog would probably not have this that long as they would do a lot more damage to it. I feel the price/length it has lasted/entertainment value is pretty good for what I paid. It has provided quite a bit of fun, and is something the kids can easily play with Murphy with and I am not too worried they will hurt him with it. I would also leave it in his cage overnight to play with knowing he can't really hurt himself on it. The worst I've found is he wee'd on it, and I had to wash it by hand. I found this initially meant the squeaker didn't work, but once it dried out, full use was restored.
I would definitely look at buying more products from the Kong range when this one gets more damaged.