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lone Ranger 12-03-2012 07:59 PM

Here in Australia, Pet Shop talks up KONG chew toys, that the best?
These are blue mottled white in colour, and supposedly the best toy for teething puppies to be directed to for chewing...

I bought two, one cylinder about 1"x 4" with grooves, they say to put something like peanut butter in the grooves for interest... Peanut butter? Not a wild dog food, allergies? Anyway, some tasty paste maybe... Semi-dry sticky meat gravy or paste?

The other is a set of balls together in shape like a snowman fallen over, maybe three inch down to one inch, all hollow inside for a rope through, and again they talk about putting something tasty and smelly on the inside to get the puppy's interest.

Picking my new pup up at 10 weeks old on Jan 15... Already raised 2 GSDs, and want to do better with this pup.. Kongs sound OK? You use them?

Best regards from Australia

FlyAway 12-03-2012 08:56 PM

Almost everybody uses Kongs, don't they? I usually have a variety when there has been a recent puppy. And all the dogs love those mottled blue puppy Kongs because they are a little softer.

A lot of people fill them with food and freeze them for the dogs to work on when left alone.

For durability, the black ones hold up the best. I usually have 2 or 3 around the yard. Probably have 8 more buried in holes someplace. I don't know where they go to.

This guy never goes anywhere without his Kong.

Jack's Dad 12-03-2012 09:11 PM

My two love their kongs.

When your dog is bigger you might try a jolly ball also.

Mooch 12-03-2012 09:56 PM

My 2 looooove their kongs :) especially the one that floats on a rope - it's really good to throw.
And the Kong frisbee is a favourite too :)

bianca 12-04-2012 03:56 AM

Mine are a bit so-so about their various kongs. They do last but then the ones here only get the occasional gnawing. Just for your info, have at a look at overseas sites (Amazon etc), usually even with the freight it is heaps cheaper than here.

Mooch 12-04-2012 06:52 AM

Ebay - search for Little family members - super cheap postage and really good prices - the pet shops in AUS charge you a fortune :o

TrickyShepherd 12-04-2012 09:54 AM

Yep! All of my dogs love them, and pretty much every dog I've had before these loved them. Kongs are very popular here in the US... sold at every pet store. Definitely worth their cost. I've never had one destroyed and they've been tested by our obsessive goldens and pit bulls, and all of my shepherds. Great toys, I love that brand.

Kyleigh 12-04-2012 09:59 AM

All of my other dogs loved their kongs ... Ky could care less - and I bought 5 of the dang things for her ... SIGH ... but she loves her jolly ball!!!

If your dogs don't like the kongs, they will be the 2 or 3 in 5,000,000 that don't!!!

AngieW 12-04-2012 08:03 PM

My golden didn't want anything to do with Kongs, but Kylie LOVES them.

I have 4 Kongs (only 3 different shapes). I have two sizes of the hexagonal-ish one, the large puppy size of the sort-of snowman shaped one, and the medium or large size of the dumbbell.

I mix her kibble with either canned pumpkin or butternut squash that I have pureed (just started the squash today) and then spoon it into the kongs. For the dumbbell, I have to seal one end with peanut butter first and set that end down before stuffing from the other side. I always freeze them so they will take her longer to get through.

Kylie gets the majority of her food in her Kongs. The rest of her food is hand-fed for training.

lone Ranger 12-04-2012 10:01 PM

Thank you all for your considerate answers....

KONG it is... I have not had a pup, since before they were in Australia, and the bulky heavy shapes had me doubting..

Kong it is, I will get some more and play with the food inside routine mentioned.. Keep the puppy working on it..

Kind regards from Australia

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