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My daughter has bought a Staffordshire bull terrier puppy who I have to say is adorable but so strong and bitey at the minute because she's teething! She's got so many toys including balls, teddies and rope toys but manages to destroy quite easily, especially the poor teddies. My daughter wanted to get her something a little more hard wearing so she could have a good chew without destroying it. I recommended the kong range as my dog used to have one a few years back.
I had a larger red version of this for my dog that was older and bigger than my daughters pup. I've seen them in different sizes to suit different breeds and sizes. They also do a few other types of toy and a ball too I believe but I think this is the most popular one from their range as it has a hole that you can stuff food in to maintain the dogs interest.
The toy itself is rounded and pink in colour. I'm not sure how to describe the shape but you can refer to the picture in the product description. It isn't particularly hard rubber and is somewhat flexible so you can squeeze treats into the hole. It is very bouncy and because of its unusual shape it bounces all over the place much to the pups amusement.
You can buy a paste from the long range to use in toys that have a hole in them like this which might be a good idea, I think it's liver flavoured, but I'm yet I have tried it with Mia.
You can get these toys from pet shops like Pets at home or online on eBay, amazon etc. Shop around as they're bound to be cheaper online than in store. My daughter paid about £5 for hers. You will pay more for the larger ones.
Overall this is a great toy that Mia loves to play with, whether we out food in it or not. The rubber wipes clean so you don't have to worry if it gets dirty in the garden and its so hard wearing. She's had hers for about two weeks now and with a lot of throwing, chewing and cleaning, it still looks the same as when we bought it (unlike poor bunny who's now missing an eye).
I would definitely recommend this, particularly with stronger breeds that destroy normal toys.
I have a JackaChow called Hunter and he is a very active little boy who loves to play and while I love playing with him too sometimes it is nice to be able to have a break and leave him playing with a toy on his own.
Unfortunately not a lot of toys hold his interest for too long but he loves his Kong and I know when he is pestering me to play I can usually distract him with it for half an hour or so.
I have the puppy version of the Kong as although he is a sturdy little dog he does have a small jaw and as he is so vigorous with it I didn't want him to hurt himself. The puppy version is made from a softer rubber than the normal version.
To be honest the toy is a little bit weird looking and resembles some bedroom toys for humans that I have seen in Ann Summers but don't let that put you off as it is a fantastic toy. Hunter loves to chew the Kong on its own and I like the fact that it actually cleans his teeth and gums as well as being really sturdy so no matter how much he chews it the Kong doesn't rip or become jagged.
It has a hole in the middle where you can put treats in which is difficult to get out so it keeps your dog amused for even longer. I originally used to buy special treats made by the same company to put in it and Hunter liked these but I read about putting peanut butter in instead and he absolutely adores this and it keeps him entertained for absolutely ages trying to get it out.
This is an absolutely fabulous toy for Hunter and he really enjoys using it. This is my go to toy to use when he is bored and I haven't got the energy to entertain him myself and it has been a revelation in the fact that I know I have something to keep him entertained and out of my hair when he is being more active than I can deal with. It is one of the best £5 I have ever spent.
I brought this for my puppy just over a year ago when he was 3 months old. At the point in time he was going through cheap toys quite quickly. He basically liked ripping them to shreds and most of his toys lasted hours, sometimes days. I had read good things about Kong and so decided to invest in one
I ordered mine off Amazon for £9, which I did think was expensive, all his other toys were £1/2/3 price range so I expected it to be of good quality. It arrived about a week later and I was not disappointed. The packaging was very good and the toy itself looked very solid and like it was built to last a while. I first filled it with the special Kong paste they used to do, however this was discontinued which was a shame as he liked it quite a lot! we then started using peanut butter (smooth, low fat from the supermarket) and he appears to enjoy this very well.
My boy is now 15 months old and he still loves his Kong, all accept this toy has been destroyed in the year I've had him and its still like new. As I've said above the toys are not cheap, they do them on Amazon and pets@home but are definitely worth getting because they really do last quite a while. I would recommend starting on this puppy size, there are other larger sizes available but my cocker spaniel still uses his puppy one and he's 15 months old now. I buy cheap smooth low fat if possible peanut butter from the supermarket and spoon in with a mixture of small treats, its easy to fill using a small spoon to push it all in. It keeps my dog occupied for a good hour sometimes so its worth getting if you have guests round as some dogs can get unsettled or start misbehaving but this is a good distraction. Definitely recommend for all dogs
~ Why I Bought It~
My dog George is a rescue dog and he has separation anxiety. I mentioned it to the nurse at the vets and she said that filling a kong full of tasty treats may help to distract him, and I thought if a vet recommended it then it must be a good product!
~ Kong ~
Kongs are basically hollow rubber balls (they're not ball shaped, but I can't really think of any other word to describe them other than balls!) Kongs come in many different sizes but I decided to buy the medium puppy sized one as George is only a small dog (westie) so I knew it would be big enough for him but not too small that it would be a choking hazard.
~ Price ~
I bought this for George over a year ago and I can't remember how much I paid but I remember it been quite expensive! I think it was around the £10 mark from pets at home. I have just looked online though and amazon have it for just under £8 - still a bit expensive, but definitely worth it!
~ My Opinion ~
I bought this for George over a year ago and was a bit skeptical. It seemed very boring and basic considering the price. The design is nothing special and I thought he might just ignore it or not know what to do with it!
As soon as I took the cardboard backing off and gave it to him though he pounced on it and had a whale of a time batting at it with his paw and chasing it around. It is quite solid feeling and durable, it isn't too heavy and the toy has a very slight bounce to it, which he loves. He struggles a little to pick it up with his mouth as it is bulky, but he does still manage and he tends to hold it in his paws in front of him while he's laid down when he is eating something out of it.
I tend to put peanut butter or cheap meat or fish pâté inside it, which is a bit messy as I find that a teaspoon is a bit too big to fit in the opening so I have to put it on a teaspoon above the opening then use another spoon to scrape the food off of the spoon and into the kong. I'd say it takes him around an hour before he has licked all of the contents out and even when the food is gone he will spend a while sniffing it and pawing it around trying to get any remainders of food out so it keeps him busy.
When I am going out I will fill it with food and when I come home after a few hours he will be happily sat there with his kong. He used to howl and pine for me and my fiancé but I asked my neighbour the other month if he had been howling when we were out and she said that he hadn't so this clearly works and I am definitely going to thank the nurse at the vets who recommended it to me when I next see her.
~ All in All ~
A durable and good quality toy which entertains my dog.
The Kong series are fantastic - with the same basic idea every time. The toy is kind of pine-cone shaped, with smooth, undulating sides that make it easy to grip. It's made of a soft rubber that can be chewed, but is strong enough to withstand even the most persistant teeth without coming apart into pieces. When thrown, it reacts like a rugby ball, bouncing around unpredictably and giving the dog a real run-around when chasing it.
This version is essentially the same as big (red) Kong; the only real differences are that it's slightly smaller, a different colour and made from a slightly softer rubber - which is supposed to be beneficial for puppies' development. There's not much of a difference, and this is more or less the same product, although you can feel that this is a softer, more pliable material - though it's still tough enough for little, bitey, inquisitive chomping.
What's nice about the Kong as well is that there's a hole that runs through the middle which can be used to house little treats. Dogs can really enjoy chasing down the Kong, and they like digging out the treats as well. After years of use, ours was a little scarred and pock-marked, but was basically still fine and undamaged. Plus, it's easy to clean.
One thing I would say is that it's a relatively heavy product, so I wouldn't throw it, as it could hurt your dog - if you roll it, though, it's fine. All in all, I love this toy, and so did my dog!
The newest addition to the Sandemp household is a gorgeous bundle of white, fluffy mischief in the form of eleven week old West Highland Terrier, Bubbles. Bubbles is a loving, playful little boy, but being a puppy he likes to chew and being a terrier puppy he likes to "kill" his toys by shaking them to death. We bought him a dense foam ball that he managed to tear to pieces within seconds and he was threatening to turn his attention to the table legs, computer wires, my two year son's toys and even my feet. It's not his fault, the poor thing is teething and only satisfying a natural urge, so I decided that I needed to buy him a toy that was specially designed to satisfy and survive this urge to chew and picked him up a Puppy Kong.
The Puppy Kong is just one in the Kong range of pet toys that have been specifically designed to survive the rigours of being chewed and played with while adding an extra element to occupy the animal's mind. I don't plan on going into detail about the origins of the first Kong, but suffice to say that as is often the case necessity was the mother of invention and it was created by a dog owner to provide his dog with something to distract him from chewing stones while providing him with stimulation. (If you want to read the full story then it's here : http://www.kongcompany.com/the-world-of-kong/the-kong-story/). The original Kong is made of a very tough, almost indestructible rubber, which is greater for older dogs, but a little too tough for puppies with their baby teeth, but the Puppy Kong has been specially designed for puppies under nine months.
The Puppy Kong is available in three sizes (small/medium/large) and two colours (blue/pink), as Bubbles is most definitely a boy dog I chose the blue colour for him, but choosing the size was a little more difficult. It's important to get the size right, as if the Kong is too small there's a chance that the puppy will try and swallow it and if it's too large then they won't be able to get their jaws around it to chew. Although Westies are considered small dogs they are very often described as being big dogs in a small body and certainly Bubbles doesn't seem to consider himself "small", so after looking at the different sizes I decided that the medium was the one for us. Prices for the Puppy Kong vary from place to place and size to size but I paid £4.89 for a medium blue from Amazon with free super saver delivery (I actually paid extra for next day delivery as it cost the same as it would have for me to get to my nearest pet shop).
The Puppy Kong isn't the easiest thing in the world to describe, but I'll give it a try. Imagine three bead shapes of graduating sizes stacked one on top of the next. Then imagine these beads are made of a tough rubber and welded together and you almost have the idea. Or you could just look at the picture above this review, that's a pretty much perfect representation. The rubber the Puppy Kong is made from feels tough and yet still has a lot of give. When thrown the Kong bounces erratically, meaning that the puppy needs to think about where it will end up. As well as being great for playing fetch, being chased round the room and chewed on, the Puppy Kong can also be used as a food dispenser that makes the Puppy work for his treats. This works as the Puppy Kong is hollow, with a small hole at one end and larger hole at the other. You can buy brand specific treats to fit in the Puppy Kong, including biscuits and a spray filling, or you can fill it with your own treats. You could fill it with puppy treats, wet food, dry food or pieces of meat, you can even fill it with gravy and then freeze it to give your puppy a cooling treat on a hot day. Obviously if you put food in the Puppy Kong it will get a bit mucky, but it is very easy to rinse out under the tap to be left looking like new.
==Bubbles Vs Kong==
As I've said previously Bubbles is a rather enthusiastic chewer and even at eleven weeks he can be quite destructive, so the Puppy Kong was going to be seriously challenged. The first challenge was whether or not Bubbles actually liked it and I must say he doesn't just like it he loves it. Whenever he starts chewing something that I don't want him to (my foot for example), I distract him with the Puppy Kong and he will spend a good ten minutes chomping away. Other toys have been destroyed in well under this time, (the tennis ball lasted all of a minute) and yet the Puppy Kong showed not a single tooth mark, quite impressive really. But Bubbles isn't one to simply lay back and allow a toy to defeat him, he enjoys shaking it in true terrier fashion and finds it fits well in his mouth, but that he still can't kill it. During one of these play sessions, Bubbles discovered that he could throw it in the air and that it would bounce wildly so he could chase it. I have to say that watching him throw it in the air, then pounce on it before giving it a good chew before throwing it again, is fantastic (and hilarious) to watch and from the way his tail wags ten to the dozen it's obvious how much fun he's having and this is without adding food into the mix.
When we fill the Puppy Kong with food, he has even more fun and gets to fill his tummy at the same time. Now I do not use the Kong branded biscuits or squirty fillings in the Puppy Kong, instead I make my own fillings. With one meal a day (out of three) I fill the Puppy Kong with dry food out of his meal and then give him the Puppy Kong so that he has to work for his food and use his brain. By doing this his dinner lasts a little longer and he can have fun chasing the Puppy Kong around the kitchen until every last piece has worked free. I wouldn't say I can get a huge amount of food in there though, maybe a third of his meal, but I do feel it gives him that little bit more stimulation. The only other time I put food in the Puppy Kong is when we will be leaving Bubbles on his own for a short period of time, to give him something to occupy himself while we are out and so far (fingers crossed) this has distracted him from chewing on the kitchen units and table. An absolute favourite was a mix of cooked turkey and puppy treats, squashed in tightly, that lasted him over two hours.
Although the Bubbles' war to kill the Puppy Kong has only been raging for a few days, there have been a large number of battles each lasting for an extended period of time with the Puppy Kong not having taken a single injury. So far it has survived treatment that has destroyed lesser puppy toys within minutes without showing a single sign of wear or distress. This fact alone makes the relatively high price more than worth it, but the serious fun Bubbles has while playing with it makes it more than worth twice the price. As with all puppy (and dog) toys it will need to be regularly checked for wear and tear such as splitting and cracking, but I know of dog owners that have had Puppy Kongs in their dog's toy collection for over a year without it being "killed".
If you have a puppy under nine months then I can't recommend the Puppy Kong enough. It's unique shape means that it can provide relief from teething pains no matter where in the mouth they are. It's toughness means that it should survive even the most ardent junior "killer" of toys (Bubbles has destroyed not one but four toys in the last couple of days), while it's versatility means that it provides hours of fun without the addition of food and even more fun with. It can be used to distract puppies when you want to leave them alone for short periods, or to make them use their natural intelligence to work for their food.
From softer rubber than the red Kong especially suitable for puppies and dog breeds with weaker jaws