You might have seen Kongs in the pet store and wondered if you should get one of these dog toys for your own dog. Made of nearly indestructible rubber, these hollow toys are designed to provide fun and mental stimulation for dogs of all breeds and sizes. Kongs are among the most popular treat-dispensing toys out there. Is this the right toy for your dog? Here's what you should know about the Kong dog toy.
About the Kong Dog Toy
Kong toys are treat-dispensing dog toys made of nearly indestructible rubber. They are cone-shaped with a hollow center. The hollow center allows you to stuff the Kong toy with food and treats your dog enjoys. Dogs need to figure out how to get the treats out. This dog toy is intended to provide dogs with mental stimulation and an outlet for chewing. You can customize the filling you put inside the Kong toy to accommodate your dog's need for chewing and mental stimulation, making it easier for moderate chewers and more difficult for expert chewers. The Kong is available in several sizes to meet any dog's needs. There is even an "extreme" variety that is extra-durable for the most powerful chewers.
Filling can be customized to fit the needs of individual dogs
Offers mental stimulation to dogs, preventing boredom and stress
Come in a variety of sizes so there's a toy for dogs of any size and breed
Nearly indestructible; even the strongest jaws would have trouble destroying these toys
Can be hard to clean the inside
Items you fill them with may stain carpets or furniture
May not be ideal for dogs who are overweight or have other health issues
Kong Dog Toy Review
We recommend Kong toys to every dog owner. They are a great source of mental stimulation. Start off with something easy in the Kong toys. Drop several small dog treats inside and seal the opening with peanut butter or cream cheese. We have yet to meet a dog who doesn't immediately start chewing and pushing the Kong around to get to the treats.
Many dogs will become experts at getting treats out of Kong toys, so you can make things more difficult for them. Take an end of a roast or an inexpensive cut of beef and cook it until it's well done. Cut it into pieces that are almost too large to squeeze into the opening of the Kong toy, and stuff it inside. Seal the opening with cream cheese or peanut butter and put the Kong in the freezer for awhile. Dogs can spend hours happily working to get the filling out of these toys, and they will be tired when they're done. And to keep things interesting, you can change the filling you put inside every time you give it to your dogs.
If you are concerned about giving your dog too many treats or table scraps, you can give him his meals in the Kong toy instead. Drop the kibble inside and seal with some wet dog food. For dogs who need more mental stimulation, try mixing dry kibble with wet food, and stuffing it into the Kong. You can even freeze it to add to the difficulty level.
We love that these dog toys are made to meet the needs of all dogs and that they're virtually indestructible. It's not hard to lay out the money for this dog toy, knowing it can last for the lifetime of your dog. Dogs give Kong toys two paws up!
Note: As with any dog toy, supervise your dog when chewing. No toy is 100% indestructible. Dogs with very strong jaws may be pull off pieces of any toy.
Edited by Jenna Stregowski, RVT