Possibly the best-known dog toys in the world are the Kong dog toys. The classic design of the Kong toy is shaped a bit like three fat rubber rings stuck together, one on top of another. The toys also come in several variations for dogs of different ages and sizes. Made of rubber, they are hollow in the middle, and can be stuffed with healthy treats for your dog.
Kong Dog Toys are suited for every stage of your dog’s development. There are four sizes pink or blue for puppies, red for average chewers, purple for seniors, and black for tough chewers. Other than the typical Kongs, there are other types of dental chews, balls, tug toys, frisbees, and various interactive toys and accessories. As dog owners we do not want unwanted chewing behaviour but chewing is a natural behavior, which plays a vital role in your dog’s physical development. It is important that every dog be taught what items are acceptable to chew so teach this in a positive, fun way using these remarkable toys.
1. Separation Anxiety – These toys are fun and keep your dog occupied and interested. Give your dog his Kong dog toy stuffed with healthy treats so he has something to do when you have to go out or want to get on with your daily tasks. Think of Kong toys as a fun/educational project to keep him busy.
2. Training aid – its versatility as a behavioral and training tool – Give your dog his favorite Kong toy as a reward when he has responded to basic commands. In effect finishing the training with a game with his favorite toy stuffed with healthy treats.
3. Chewing – Introduce his favorite Kong toy stuffed with treats and provide constant praise when your dog plays and chews on that instead of your possessions.
4. Teething – Using these toys stuffed with healthy treats will help ease teething pain, these toys are strong yet durable so won’t harm his gums.
5. Fun time – Your dog is a social animal that craves human contact. Use the Kong toy at playtime “fetch” and “find” making the game fun with his toys.
Be patient with your best friend and constantly try to keep up with his education. Reward his good behavior with healthy treats and continue interactive play with his Kong toys. Growing/maturing puppies should have longer play periods with their owner as this is good exercise and helps strengthen the bond between you. At this stage you may now need to have larger sized Kong toys but using a variety of toys will make playtime more enjoyable.
At 12 months dogs are considered to be adult. His Kong toys and a variety of other toys can keep him from being bored/stressed. Vary and rotate your dog’s toys regularly and make only a few toys available at any one time. Enjoy!