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Kong Dog Toys are widely used and recommended for therapy and prevention of understimulation, boredom, separation anxiety and other behaviour problems. One of the most common techniques is to stuff a Kong.
Unstuffing Kongs has become a very popular activity, because it can keep dogs contentedly busy for hours while they crunch up and lick out the food nuggets and tasty treats stuffed inside.
We LOVE this article from the great doggy website DogStarDaily. It lists 50 things to do with the Kong Toy to keep your dog entertained.
This Video is also a fantastic guide on how to introduce a stuffed Kong to your dog by increasing the challenge gradually.
Kong's exclusive natural rubber compound is unmatched for resilience, durability and bounce. It is chewer friendly, non toxic, non abrasive and does not become sharp or splintered when chewed. Surveys show Kong is the most recommended dog toy by veterinarians and trainers worldwide.
The Kong Extreme Black is designed to satisfy large, tenancious power chewers. It is even tougher than the already sturdy classic red Kong toys.. Now used worldwide for police and military dogs and competitive trainers.
Please be aware that because this is even harder than the red kong it has less malaebility and so some dogs will find it too hard and not be as interested in it as the Red Kong. We must also remind people that we have yet to find a truly indestructible toy and even these tougher toys can be chewed through if the dog is extremely persistent and has power jaws.
Available in two sizes:
Medium - suitable for small to medium breeds
Large - suitable for medium to large breeds
If unsure we recommend opting for the larger of the two sizes.)
In the shop there is much discussion regarding what is appropriate and safe to give your dog as a chew. We don’t believe that there is a black and white answer to this one but thought it would be handy to provide a guide to some of the most discussed items we provide in the shop and their pros and cons to allow our customers to make a balanced and informed choice about what they give to their dogs.
With regards Kong toys (& other durable treat dispensing toys...
To Chews: We usually recommend these as being the safest, most versatile chew toys around. If you are worried about the risks associated with any of the other chew toys / edible chews below then stick with this option and you generally can’t go wrong. The Classic Kongs are great to stuff and can keep your dog occupied for hours. We often recommend these as safe for leaving your dog with unsupervised so they can be good to give to dogs if you are popping out without them for an hour or two and they can be a useful tool if you are working on a programme to alleviate mild separation anxiety.
Some dogs need a bit of encouragement to relish the Kong challenge and it is all about being inventive and experimenting with the stuffing (starting with something that is relatively easy for your dog to get out).
Our top tip is to give your dog some of their meals from the Kong. This means they will be more stimulated at meal times and you will not be over treating them with too many other goodies but there are LOTS of ideas for stuffing a Kong.
Not to Chews: We don’t really have any cons for the Kong Toys. It is important to make sure you select a size appropriate for your breed (if you go too small there is a choking hazard) and also for the really aggressive chewers you may want to opt for a Black (Extreme) Kong which is even tougher than the usual Classic Red Kong.
As mentioned above, dogs that are not used to Kongs may need gradual introduction to get them interested in the Kong – use easy-to-destuff, very tasty fillings first to teach them how it works before increasing difficulty.
We have a wide range of Kong Toys available in our Edinburgh store and also via our website.
For more information about choosing suitable things for your dog to chew on please see our article, To Chews or Not to Chews - Just Dogs guide to the pros & cons of chew treats & toys
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