“ Brand: Kong / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Toys „
Last year we got a rescue dog called Banjo who is a Staffie cross. On first meeting him it was apparent he liked to chew his toys within an hour of him being home he had chewed through his rubber toy the homing centre had given him. So it was an internet search to see what we could get him that wouldn't be in bits after an hour. I had heard of the Kong make and after searching saw they did an extreme version which they state is their most durable version of the original Kong toy. So we purchased one and gave it a go.
*****What is the Extreme Kong*****
If you are already familiar with a Kong this is basically a stronger version for powerful chewers which our dog is! For those of you who are not familiar with the Kong it is basically a weird rounded looking product measuring about 11cms in length which is made from rubber. At the widest end there is a small sized hole to fill the hollow object with treats. This particular version of the toy is made from very strong non toxic black rubber compound and they state it is designed for the most powerful chewers.
The extreme Kong does come in a few different sizes dependent on your dog's size. There are actually five different sizes in this range, small, medium, large, extra large and double x large. Going by our dog's weight we opted for the large version which is suitable for dogs who weigh thirteen to thirty kilograms.
My first impressions of the item was it looked a bit small for our dog even though he is at the bottom end of the weight sizing. It did feel quite strong when you squeezed it with your hand though and it had a good thickness to it.
Banjo instantly took to it even without treats in it. The shape of it means when it is bounced on the floor it ends up anywhere. As we have wooden floors downstairs he loved chasing it around the house.
Placing treats in the Kong was easy as the hole is plenty big enough to get things in. It didn't take me long to notice that Banjo had worked out if he tossed it up and let it drop to the floor the treats would drop out. We soon put a stop to that by putting something in the bottom then wedging the end of a bonio in the end. It does take a bit of squeezing but you can just get one in!
*****Using the Kong*****
Banjo did use his Kong daily and it was a toy that was just around the house available to him whenever he liked. We did not always fill the Kong with treats but he had nearly as much fun with it tossing it around the house and chasing it. He hasn't mastered fetch yet but for any dog who has this would give a good twist as when it bounces it could end up anywhere!
We would fill it with many different treats and one that was suggested to me was peanut butter which I occasionally gave him and he absolutely loved it.
Banjo loved his Kong and I have to admit in the three months we have had him he hasn't left it alone. Before we bought him the Nylabone it was the only thing he had to chew. From the day we bought it, it wasn't long before teeth marks became apparent on it. But it seemed to be holding out quite well. A week ago it lived no more as he finally got through it. As it is a little bit coned shaped with a thinner end, which was the end to give in. We knew over time it was going to go as more and more teeth marks where visible and a tiny crack appeared so it did well to hold as long as it did proving it is an extreme toy. Even though it didn't last I am very pleased with the product he didn't manage to destroy it instantly like other toys. I will be buying him another one now it has had to be chucked as he got so much enjoyment out of it.
Kong's are extremely well known and most pet shops stock them. They are widely available on the internet our first one was purchased from PetPlanet but you can get it from Amazon. Amazon stock a large extreme Kong for £7.45. This is in my eyes a fantastic price for something that will keep a powerful chewer occupied.
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I have a 2-year old Labrador who is definitely a power chewer! We have had him since he was a tiny puppy and he has never been able to keep a toy longer than a couple of days. Most toys that we have bought for him haven't even lasted for 5 minutes before the stuffing is out or they have been chewed into little tiny pieces! We therefore decided to get him the Kong extreme when he was about 9 months old - with little hope that it would last very long! This is one of only 2 toys that he still has and he still plays with it every day. He hasn't even managed to chew any pieces out of it - not through want of trying!
As he gets bored very easily, if we leave him alone in the house for any period of time, we stuff his Kong with treats and some water and freeze it. The Kong has a hollwo centre to allow you to stuff it with treats. We don't buy the special paste, we just stuff it with his own treats. This keeps him entertained for hours - he is still trying to get the treats out when we get home.
As the Kong is shaped wierdly, it cause it to bounce in an unpredictable manner which keeps the dog entertained and stimulated.
As some of you may know from a previous review I have a Black Labrador dog called Ness who unfortunately enjoys the wonderful past time of chewing! If you have read my previous post then you will also know that my walls have also suffered from this hobbie! So as a result whenever I go to pet shops I am always keeping an eye out for new toys that will keep Ness out of trouble especially when I have to pop out of the house for a couple of hours.
Many of the soft or cheaper toys never seem to last long with Ness. I'll return back to the house to find a teddy/toy massacre in my living room. Either fluff and thread or piles of small bits of rubber everywhere! That is until I found the Kong extreme. It is a strong and durable rubber, almost cone shaped dog toy. The rubber is so much stronger than your average dog toy or at least I have found with my dog Ness, as she hasn't managed to chew it into small pieces which is very unlike her.
The Kong itself has a hole at either end, a small one and a larger one. The larger one being where you can stuff treats in. I think this is the reason Ness loves it so much is because whenever I give her the Kong it has some sort of treat in it. You can buy Kong treats and snacks which can be stuffed inside and are specifically designed for the Kong toy. These tend to be more expensive so I don't usually bother with them but instead buy Bakers Allsorts or the pets at home alternatives. They don't fit as well as the Kong ones but it's so much more cheaper.
Another couple of ideas which I recommend, one being peanut butter. All you need is a small bit of peanut butter spread on the inside of the Kong. Its really easy and Ness loves it. Her other favourite although needs a bit more preparation is well worth it as it will keep her busy for at least 45 minutes. I'll mash up a banana and stick a couple of treats and if needed a tiny bit of water. Then fill the Kong with the mixture and stick it in the freezer. I find this is a really good treat especially during the hot summer months.
The only thing I don't like is the cleaning of the Kong especially if its had something sticky and wet inside! The outside of it is easy however, on the inside I find it a bit of a pain. It may be because the one I have is black and so it makes it hard to see whether you've cleaned all the inside out. I've also found the small hole on the one end will get slightly clogged. Its not impossible to clean but just a bit of a pain.
The price varies due to the size of the Kong you're after. I have the Large Kong Extreme which at the moment is priced at Pets at home for £9.29. Obviously it is at the more expensive range of dog toys however I think it is well worth the money especially if you have a dog like Ness who goes through toys like there is no tomorrow. All in all not a bad buy.
Kong extreme is a brilliant toy for any dog because it can be used as a toy for there desire to worry and chew on something and can be used as a receptacle for placing treats for the dog. This gives the owners the illusion of making the dog work for their treat but in reality gives another layer of engagement with their pet at treat time.
Kongs are relatively large rubber toys which are bottom heavy and therefore stand up if left alone, they wobble on their base and have a large hole at the top of the toy. The interior is hollow and the hole at the top big enough to allow treats to be placed in but small enough to retain them for a while making the dog work for his little treats. The top can be sealed with cream cheese or something similar to make the effort of getting the treats take even longer.
One downside of this toy is the dog does tend to think that there is always a treat left in there long after they have eaten everything available. That could be considered a pain but it also keeps the dog amused for a while as he looks for the non-existent treat.
The toy costs around £7-8, which is a fair amount for a dogs plaything but as a means of making your dog work for his treats then its a brilliant little toy. The rubber of course makes it water resistant so if the dog does take it outside then you don't have to worry about it getting ruined. Though my dog has tried to bury it on a couple of occassions, the rubber also makes it easy to wash and it can be used indoors as well.
All in all, a great piece of fun and a nice little toy.
Ever came home after a hard day of work and found your favorite shoes wrecked in 1000 pieces? Behind the leftovers of your shoes, your lovely dog is still drooling over them. You're about to get really mad but... Just in time you realize it's you're own stupid fault. You neglected to give the dog something to keep him busy, the dog got borded and found himself a lovely toy. You can't blame him, he has a good taste! However that was not you're idea of a dog toy so now you really should go looking for a descent dog toy.
***What's a Kong?***
A Kong Extreme is the Toughest dog toy around. It's made of black rubber. The Kong is hollow on the inside. That hollow space can be filled up with some nice dog treats. The rubber runs around the cylinder in a blobby shape. The top of the toy is Small, at the bottom it's broader. This odd shape makes the Kong bounce in unpredictable ways. The Kong can handle many temperatures, it can be put in the microwave or in the freezer so it can be stuffed with anything the dog likes.
***What can you do with it and how do I use it?***
The Kong can be used to keep the dog busy with some treats or to chew when being bored. There are a lot of possibilities to fill it up but keep the dogs health in mind so don't go stuffing it with greasy food. When giving a Kong, give him a bit less food that day, you don't want to get a fat dog!
As a quick treat just put some dog biscuits or even his daily dry food. The dog will play with the Kong to get those nice bits out.
On a hot day the Kong can be stuffed with some wet dog food, fresh meat or fresh chicken bouillon. Put the toy in the freezer for a couple of hours until the inside has frozen. Before giving the Kong to the dog, first rinse it with some water so it won't stick to the dog's tongue. This refreshing treat can become somewhat messy so I prefer to give this one outside.
Dogs love cheese, dough I personally never give it because it's way too salty. Put some cheese in the Kong and put it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Let it cool down so the the dog won't burn himself.
After using the toy it's best to clean it to avoid bacteria and mould. The Kong is dishwasher safe.
The manufacturer also sells its own stuffing, which I find way too expensive. For anyone who wants to know more about Kong, they have a website: http://www.kongcompany.com/
A warning for dog owners! Do not put chocolate, raisins or nuts in the Kong, they are poison for your pet! Be careful with peanut butter, dogs can get anaphylactic response if they are allergic to them. Never ever give raw pig meat, dogs can get Aujeszki virus, witch is lethal! Be careful with sugar containing foods. The packaging says to never leave the dog unattended when playing. When choosing a Kong, keep in mind to choose it big enough, otherwise your dog will brake it or might swallow it! If the Kong should brake down in the first 6 months, you get a brand new one!
My dog came out of a kennel, he is extremely scared. I've had him for 6 months now and he does not want to play with people yet. Because he's somewhat depressed and sleeps all day I decided to get him some toys. I tried different things but nothing really drew his attention, until I bought a Kong. I bought it in the local pet store and it cost me Euro 14 witch is about £ 11,5. Because my dog was neglected and had lack of food, he's always in for a treat. I stuff the Kong with whatever I find healthy and tasty enough for the dog. Once I gave the Kong it does not need my personal interference so he can play however he want. The dogs finds it interesting and plays with it until it's empty. Because of the enormous possibility's, the toy never becomes boring. Although the dog prefers a real bone, he sometimes uses the toy just to chew it. I can imagine this toy could also be used as a throw and catch item, however my dog is not yet ready for that. I would recommend this toy to any dog owner but it does need some creativity to stuff it up with different things so it does not get boring for the dog.
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Being the owner of 3 dogs it was only a matter of time before I purchased one of these well known Kong toys, and when we became the owners of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier I knew the Kong Xtreme would be a great buy.
The Kong Xtreme is a more durable version of the original red Kongs. Seeing how my Staffie can destroy a knuckle bone in no time at all, I realised the Xtreme version would be the wisest choice. They come in various sizes ranging from small to giant. I opted for the large size which cost me about £13 from an online pet store.
When the Kong arrived I was very impressed at the size and weightiness of it. It turned out to be the perfect size for our Staffie and is made of thick, black rubber. There is quite a lot of room inside the Kong to stuff some exciting treats. You can buy other Kong products for filling your Kong, pastes and biscuits, although I find these a little dearer than other very similar items. I like to put dog biscuit shapes into ours with a little sandwich paste as a treat. You could even fill it with biscuits and paste and then freeze it for a summer treat.
The great thing with a Kong is because of its shape and material it has a decent bounce on it. At first our Staffy just used to roll it round the floor trying to empty it, but now he has mastered the art of picking it up and throwing it round the room. I love to watch him as he makes it bounce around the room trying to get his biscuits out. You may be a little weary of having anything breakable within any distance of it, as it is rather heavy. Though if your like me, your home will be dog proofed of anything they can knock with a wagging tail anyway, let alone anything else.
These Kongs are a very good buy. I have never known a dog who isn't interested them, even if it's only when they are full of food. They provide some stimulation and entertainment and best of all the Kong Xtreme can withstand some pretty hefty chewing. I bought our Kong nearly 2 years ago and it is still in great quality and so worth every penny of its £13 unlike many other dog toys I have purchased.
As my golden is a chewer, I thought this would be a worthy investment. I also chose the extreme over the regular purely because he is a chewer and I want the toy to hold out a while! For a large one (I have a golden retriever), it cost me about £8/9 I think.
My dog was actually quite impressed when it had no food in, which was a surprise to start with! Due to the Kong's shape, it rolls in circles and really does bounce, and my dog has much fun outside with this when I don't put treats in it!
In mine, I tend to put natural yoghurt with bits of kibble, which I freeze, else I put in some kibble and seal it with peanut butter or something. The yoghurt does leak out of the smaller hole, so I stuffed some kitchen roll up it while it was in the freezer to prevent mess.
For cleaning, it is quite difficult to do by hand. I used an old toothbrush and a knife as we don't have a dishwasher, but I think a dishwasher would probably do the job very well.
*What is the Xtreme Kong?*
This toy, produced by the world famous Kong company, owned by the Company of Animals is part of the legendary Kong range of strong and durable rubber toys for dogs and puppies with various other versions available for cats, small animals and birds too.
*The product itself*
If you own a dog, then you are more than likely to be familiar with the Kong toy, perhaps the greatest invention in the canine world! They are quite strange looking things, and pretty hard to describe, kind of like three rings on top on each other gradually getting smaller, with a hollow centre, a large opening at one end and a smaller one at the other. They are designed to provide entertainment and relieve boredom and frustration in dogs, and can help prevent destructive behaviour when dogs are left home alone. There is the normal red version designed for dogs with average jaw strength and then this black version, made from even tougher natural rubber for dogs with extremely powerful jaws or ones who normally chew toys to bits in a matter of minutes. Both toys have the same basic principle though, they are designed to be stuffed with food or treats, and the dog must work for his food, figuring out a way to get the food out through the larger hole in the Kong, this provides mental stimulation as the dog must use his mind, physical exercise as the dog rolls the Kong around trying to release the food and lastly, provides a workout for the jaws, helping to strengthen the muscles as the dog chews the toy.
Mental stimulation can wear the dog out twice as fast as physical exercise, the dog needs to use his mind which is why the Xtreme Kong is very successful in preventing destructive behaviour in dogs home alone or kennelled ones, the dog can take his frustration out chewing the toy and the strong natural rubber of the Xtreme Kong can withstand chewing from even the strongest of dogs. It makes an excellent fetch toy too, the Kong has an erratic bounce which sharpens the dogs' reflexes as he needs to change the direction of his running when the toy hits the ground and bounces.
Although extremely strong, the rubber is still soft enough not to damage dogs' teeth when they chew on it. It has a very flexible texture which means when the dogs chews their teeth will sink into the rubber without puncturing it and then bounce back into its correct shape. Although not a specific dental toy, the chewing action involved with the Kong toy will also help keep teeth clean and strong.
The Xtreme Kong comes attached to a piece of white cardboard which tells us a bit about the product, a contact address for the Kong company and details stating the size and intended use of the toy. A small leaflet is also included which tells us everything there is to know about the Kong, all safety information, a guide explaining what size is needed for different breeds of dogs and a little about how the toy can be beneficial to your dogs health. All packaging can be recycled but I recommend keeping the leaflet as it contains lots of useful information that you may need in future.
*Price & Availability*
Kong toys are extremely popular and you should be able to find them in most pet shops and online stores. There are three different sizes available, but they tend to go on jaw strength rather than the size of the actual dog. For example, a smaller dog with extremely strong and powerful jaws such as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier will need a larger sized Kong than larger dogs with less powerful jaws, such as a Greyhound or Retriever. I purchased my Xtreme Kong- the extra large size for £11.49 from Pets At Home. A large version is also available for £7.49 and a 'giant' size for £13.49.
In my house, I (well, not me personally) tend to go through dog toys very quickly, each one I buy is usually chewed or ripped to pieces within minutes of giving them to the dogs and as anybody else in a similar position to mine will know, this can be very disheartening, not to mention extremely expensive to keep buying toys for them to be destroyed just minutes later! I am constantly on the look out for toys that I think will go the distance, or even last a bit longer than a few minutes and when I saw this Xtreme Kong, I brought one without a second thought.
Grace and Benson have had the regular red Kongs before, they've lasted a little while but within a few days they go the same way as all the other toys. This Xtreme Kong though, is advertised as being 'The Worlds Strongest Dog Toy' and that's exactly what I needed! When I got the toy home both dogs were keen to try out their new present, they spent a good ten minutes each having a chew, and chucking it around the place and actually looked quite disappointed when they realised that no matter how much they chewed it, they wouldn't be able to kill it. They didn't give up though and kept going back to it over the next few days, having another chew but still the Xtreme Kong refused to give in, and I was very happy that I might have just found something to keep my two entertained without being chewed to bits. It states on the packaging that you shouldn't leave your dog un-supervised with the Kong until you are confident it can withstand their chewing, my dogs are very rarely left home alone as they come to work with me during the day and then either me or my finance will be at home with them evening and weekends, so they are only really left when we both go out shopping or meeting friends, so by the time they were next going to be left alone I was positive that the Kong could stand up to them. They both enjoy chewing the toy as it is but as an extra something to keep them amused whilst they were alone I decided to fill the Kong with a portion of their regular kibble, then fill with gravy and pop in the freezer until frozen before giving it to them, so they had to really chew at the Kong and use their minds to figure out how to get the food out, which kept them both happy for quite a while (thankfully my two don't fight, but bare in mind that some dogs aren't willing to share food, so if you have two dogs who can sometimes fight or get possessive over toys or food, I'd suggest getting two Kongs and putting the dogs in separate rooms whilst you are away). You can use your imagination when filling Kongs- use whatever things your dogs like. But some ideas which are popular with my two include:
- Chop up bite sized chunks of apple, banana, melon and strawberries, add a few doggie chocolate drops and then mix with natural yoghurt before filling the Kong, this can then be frozen or given how it is.
- Mix chopped raw carrots with cooked peas, broccoli and pasta and then fill the Kong with gravy, place upside down in a cup to keep upright (with a small biscuit blocking the small hole) and freeze before giving to your dog.
- Canned tuna (in sunflower oil or spring water, not brine) and sardines in tomato sauce mixed with cooked brown rice. A bit smelly so perhaps one for outside feeding!
- Broken dog biscuits with a small dollop of canine tooth paste. Very good for the teeth as when the dog crunches the biscuits, the toothpaste will coat the teeth.
- Cornflakes soaked in goats' milk (not cows) then spooned into the Kong and frozen. Then take out and smear a thin covering of smooth peanut butter around the opening of the Kong before giving to your dog.
- Slices of cooked chicken breast mixed with stock then frozen. Sometimes I add veggies or rice and pasta too.
- Spread a little bit of salmon oil (available from pet shops) or cod liver oil on sliced toast, and fill the Kong before wedging a slice on squashed up brown bread in the opening.
- Boil some fresh cod, block the small hole of the Kong which a piece of raw carrot, then fill the Kong with the cod and then spoon in a few spoonfuls of the water you have boiled the fish in, then freeze.
- Soak a slice of bread in stock or chicken soup, then bake at a low tempature in the oven until very crispy and crunchy, then cut up and mix with canned dog food before filling.
- Fry minced beef in a little olive oil and then mix with grated cheese whilst still hot. Wait until the mince has cooled before giving to your dog.
- Spinkle an oxo cube over warm mashed potato before filling and then block the large hole with a small boiled new potato. Be careful not to use this filling too much though as oxo cubes are very salty.
- Mix a whole raw egg with your dogs regular kibble, crush the shell finely (this is very good for dogs) and then add a very tiny amount of garlic- a little bit is benefical to health, too much is poisonous.
Use whatever your dog likes basically, just remember to reduce your dogs main meal food intake to prevent them becoming overweight and to wash the Kong thoroughly in warm water and washing up liquid and leave to air dry after each use.
Overall, I'm extremely impressed with the Xtreme Kong. The dogs use it as a general toy every day and each time they are left alone- two to three times a week- I fill it with food for them and they get great pleasure figuring out how to get it out, they never have been dogs to be destructive when left alone but it defiantly will help prevent any problems that may arise in the future. Its certainly money well spent too as after 3 months or so there's barely a teeth mark on the toy, and as you can appreciate the jaws of a Bernese Mountain Dog and in particular, a Rottweiler, are extremely strong and powerful and the toy gets a good battering everyday being played fetch with too!
Strong, rubber dog toy