An introduction to KONG Toys
While the Kong company now manufactures several lines of dog toys including dental chews, pull toys, frisbees, squeakers, and balls; it is best known by pet owners and enthusiastic dogs for the original KONG toys that resembles a snowman-like structure of three balls pushed together.
Originally developed by founder, Joe Markham, after noticing his German Shepherd damaging his teeth chewing on rocks; Kongs are virtually indestructible rubber toys with a hollow center that can be easily filled with delicious treats to keep dogs happily chewing safely and mentally stimulated. Aside from being available in various sizes for different dog breeds, Kongs also come in four rubber types to accommodate all types of chewers.
Types of Kong Chew Toy Rubber
- Red = Known as KONG Classic, the original red rubber made for the average chewers
- Baby Blue/Pink = Known as KONG Puppy, a special formula made for teething puppies and help soothe gums
- Purple = Known as KONG Senior, it is made of a gentle but durable rubber formulated for aging teeth and jaws
- Black = Known as KONG Extreme, made of the most durable and toughest rubber compound recommended for the strongest chewers
Reasons why KONGs are the best dog toys
Besides providing long-lasting enjoyment, stuffed KONGs fulfills your dog’s natural desire to “work” and encourages positive chewing habits. In addition to keep your dog busy and content for extended periods of time, it can increase confidence in anxious dogs by making them feel more accomplished after successful ‘hunts’ of the stuffed toys over time.
Regular use of KONG chew toys may improve your dog’s oral health and wellness. While playing with the toy, the natural rubber helps promote clean teeth, help control plaque, and remove food particles.
Unlike many toys, KONG chew toys also stimulates mental exercise for your dog’s mind which is vital to overall health and minimize destructive behavior due to boredom.
Sedentary dogs can often be enticed to become more active and play more with the use of interactive toys. Due to its unique shape, dogs can be lured with its unpredictable bounce into games of catch, chase, and fetch — especially if it’s filled with rewarding treats!
KONG dog toys can be effective in preventing boredom and entertaining dogs that are alone for long periods of time (such as during work or running an errand).
Dogs with separation anxiety and other behavioral issues can benefit from KONG toys. By distracting your dog from the “bad behavior”, your canine companion can focus on the rewarding experience of the stuffed KONG. This form of therapy/behavior modification can also be helpful for crate training puppies and skittish dogs. By diverting their attention onto the gratifying toy, your dog will become more comfortable being crated and less anxious.
The list of things a KONG can be filled with is practically endless. With the wide variety of ‘goodies’ and treats available, your dog will always look forward to discover what you have stuffed inside. As a result, it is a toy that your dog will never get bored with!
KONGs can be used with dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds, and chewing levels. There are several styles and sizes of KONG chew toys to accommodate young puppies to older senior dogs comfortably.