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Old 01-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My dog and I don't understand the kong

I got him a "Planet Dog/Orbee" eggplant -- a very rubbery toy that looks like an eggplant, and is the same shape as a kong but works better for him, so we use that as he doesn't care much about kongs.

So, anyway, if I put anything in the eggplant or the kong that doesn't dribble out easily, he loses interest immediately and won't even go back to it. I guess that is just him, I see other GSDs who aren't that into kongs.

But what I don't understand is where past threads talk about filling it with PB, wet dogfood, cream cheese... I don't understand how he is supposed to get that out of there? Maybe the one I have is too small because I don't see him trying to put his tongue in there when I put a cookie in that's too big to just fall out...

I wanted to say something about PB. Lots of people were talking about salt in the PB, or getting it without much sugar, and I just wanted to say there are several PBs that have no salt or sugar, nothing but peanuts. Smucker's/Laura Scudders has one, Krema, and places like Whole Foods have fresh ground (just make sure it's regular peanuts, sometimes they use spiced up ones.) Just had to say that!
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i don't put anyhting in my dog's Kong and he plays
with them. when his nails are trimmed sometimes i'll
put peanut butter in a Kong or on a plate. it keeps
his attention.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Glad you posted this, we have not had success with Kong things with our current or previous dog. I felt like an idiot, especially after going to one of our auto repair accounts and seeing their white Lab totally self absorbed with the Kong.
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I've had dogs who were not that interested in Kongs, and some that like them but only if there's something in them. With Cassidy, if it was too easy to get the goodies out it only entertained her for a few minutes, and when it was empty she didn't care about it anymore. If it's too hard to get the stuff out some dogs will just give up.

Keefer and Halo like Kongs if I put a smear of peanut butter on the inside (I don't actually "fill" it), but don't go out of their way to play with them. Both of them would much rather chew on an Orbee ball - they have what seems to be an irresistible squishiness to them.
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Oh good, -- glad I'm not the only one. After he is done with a marrow bone I'll clean it off and stuff it with PB or cream cheese, and he likes to get that out. He really likes a bone, sometimes he will bat it around and stalk it like they it's a live animal, jumping up in the air and pouncing on it. It is hilarious and adorable, he is such a nut.

I like the idea of PB on a plate (or in something) while nails are being done.

Cassidy's mom, you are right, those orbee balls (and the other toys) are fascinatingly rubbery and squishy, and so far indestructible.
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Lucky is not a fan of the Kong or the food puzzles. He will chase a kong all day and apparently loves its bouce but to try to get something out just doesnt work w/ him.
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Duke has no interest at all in his kongs. He with fight soft toys for hours though
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My two love their kongs. I pretty much make this nasty mixture of peanut butter, bananas and kibble with various little treats thrown in, stick it in the freezer for a couple hours and let them have at it. Keeps them busy for a couple hours. One of my fosters a couple years ago wanted absolutely nothing to do with a kong. It just depends on the dog i guess.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My two love their kongs. I pretty much make this nasty mixture of peanut butter, bananas and kibble with various little treats thrown in, stick it in the freezer for a couple hours and let them have at it. Keeps them busy for a couple hours. One of my fosters a couple years ago wanted absolutely nothing to do with a kong. It just depends on the dog i guess.
KZoppa, Buck would probably love that mixture, but HOW do your dogs get it out of the kong? This is what we apparently don't understand. Maybe I can help him if I know... he does like getting little pieces that fall out. I'd love it if he could be intensely occupied with a kong or his "eggplant" for a hour or so!
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it says for chewers. but all my dog does is lick at the cheese or pb on the inside. then he'll stand up and keep dropping it on the floor, over and over and over, in hopes that something else bounces out.
sometimes i stick frozen veggies or meat inside and seal it up with pb or cheese, let it freeze over, he likes that. otherwise he ignores it. i also stuff marrow bones, but those are easier for him to clean out than the kongs.
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