Kongs

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by LB2007, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. LB2007

    LB2007 Guest

    What is the deal with Kongs? What are they really for and what purpose do they serve? I almost bought one, but said I will see if others use them and what for and how effective they are.:hail: :hail: :hail:
     
  2. Maxy24

    Maxy24 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    8,070
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Cats, Dog, Leopard Gecko, Gerbils, Fish, African C
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    TONS of people here use them. They basically keep your dog busy and out of trouble, but if you don't put stuff in them most dogs won't touch them. You can fill it with kibble, wet dog food, yogurt, peanut butter and cottage cheese. You can fill them and then freeze them to make them last longer. It's great for when dogs are home alone or in their crate.
     
  3. Buddy'sParents

    Buddy'sParents *Finding My Inner Fila*

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2005
    Messages:
    25,376
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Kongs are the greatest of inventions.

    We stuff them with goodies, freeze them and give them to the dogs as treats or to calm them down, to give them something to do when crated... they even get their dinner in them sometimes, to make them really work for it.

    :)
     
  4. LB2007

    LB2007 Guest

    But it looks like a cone shape with a huge hole in the bottom and top, how are things like kibble or yogurt staying without coming out:yikes: my dog is 3lbs waht size should I get him?
     
  5. malmo

    malmo Here to learn

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2007
    Messages:
    676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    1
    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Even the small one will be big for a 3-pounder, but she may grow into it. There is a puppy version that is blue/white. You can put something in the small end of the cone to plug the hole -- a liver treat or a piece of apple. Then you can fill it with whatever you like. The squishier and smellier, the better.

    The only problem we have is that if Milo gets a treat that he is REALLY excited about, he waits until I am home before he eats it. So, I do a lot of Kong stuffing to try and help him occupy him when I'm gone that goes sort of, well, by the wayside. He waits til I am home unless I give lower-priority treats.
     
  6. Maxy24

    Maxy24 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    8,070
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Cats, Dog, Leopard Gecko, Gerbils, Fish, African C
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    It's supposed to come out, but slowly. If it didn't come out they would not be interested in it and if it came out too fast they would be done with it too fast and it would not be very useful to keep them busy. Freezing it keeps them busy even longer and it reduces the mess...sometimes. If mess bother you then stick with kibble.
     
  7. Buddy'sParents

    Buddy'sParents *Finding My Inner Fila*

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2005
    Messages:
    25,376
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I seal mine with medallions from nature's variety or freeze them with yogurt or peanut butter sealing them. They range in sizes and have size recommendations for size of dogs. :)
     
  8. LB2007

    LB2007 Guest

    They really do get attached dont they. I will have to get one that will suit his muzzle. I saw the blue and I also saw one for yokies that is reddish. but on the bigger side of the hole dont they get all the goodies out quickly?
     
  9. LB2007

    LB2007 Guest


    All the peanut butter here has salt in it, is this still good for him? I didnt know they can eat that:D now it will be a fight cuz I love my peanut butter:mad:
     
  10. LB2007

    LB2007 Guest


    No, if you have a dog you have to like mess as that is the nature, they leave bits and pieces behind and mine is so furry I have to constantly clean his mouth and bid fur:lol-sign: his room is tiled so he can messy it up all he wants
     
  11. Buddy'sParents

    Buddy'sParents *Finding My Inner Fila*

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2005
    Messages:
    25,376
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I use natural peanut butter, it only contains peanuts. :)
     
  12. LB2007

    LB2007 Guest



    I will have to ground some myself then because the majority has salt or sugar or saccarin
     
  13. cyclefiend2000

    cyclefiend2000 head mugwump

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2007
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3 (not counting the fish!)
    Location:
    Taylors, SC
    i seal the small end of the kong with a swipe of peanut butter.

    i have never filled the kong with peanut butter. i figured that was way too fattening. i usually fill ours with yogurt. sometimes i mix in some crushed up treats or fruit or veggies or a combination of that.

    we have bought the red ones, but after getting the black ones last time... i think we are sticking with the black ones. right now emma has a puppy one, but she will be due for an upgrade eventually.

    an email list i am on did a kong recipe email a while back. here are some of the sites that have kong recipes...
    http://www.hcfrgroup.com/newsletter/august2007/kongcontest.html
    http://www.labmed.org/catalog/kong2.html
    http://dogs.thefuntimesguide.com/2006/02/dog_recipes_for_kong_chew_toys.php
    http://www.geocities.com/joan_sinden/kong.html
    http://www.perfectpuppytoys.com/kostre.html

    there were also some individual recipes posted. if anyone is interested, i will post them too.
     
  14. Psyfalcon

    Psyfalcon Fishies!

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    Messages:
    2,434
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    Dog, Dog, Cat, Fish
    Location:
    Oregon
    I like cheese. Add one slice to a medium to large kong (half for a small?) microwave for 5 seconds. Let it cool a while and serve. Its like 10 calories and keeps them busy for half an hour since it sticks to the sides as it cools.

    I froze wet bread in it once. THAT worked to keep them busy. But it was messy.... and took a day to freeze since there was also peanut butter involved.
     
  15. Whisper

    Whisper Kaleidoscopic Eye

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    13,747
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    4; 2 dogs, 2 cats
    My dogs love their kongs, even Millie who is selective about the toys she really loves. You can fill it with all kinds of things, most mentioned above already.
    Anything I'm fine with my dogs having I stuff in there. :p
    There are sizes and textures to suit pretty much any dog.
     
  16. bubbatd

    bubbatd Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    64,812
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I have a medium size one that I could shove a medium dog biscuit in for Chip .... Ollie doesn't bother with it at all ! Rather have a fresh bone .
     
  17. houndlove

    houndlove coonhound crazy

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    711
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I mix kibble with plain whole milk yogurt and stuff and freeze. I seal the big end with a dog cookie. The small end doesn't need to be sealed with that particular stuffing because it doesn't run out if you just use like a spoonful of yogurt per a whole kong's worth of kibble.
     
  18. Toller_08

    Toller_08 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Messages:
    8,359
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    My guys just play with their Kongs. They like to chase them, chew on them, etc. Sometimes I stuff them with something, but more often than not, they're just laying around incase they feel like playing.
     
  19. noludoru

    noludoru Bored Now.

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2006
    Messages:
    17,830
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    1 Dog
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Home Page:
    HOW, How, how do you clean them? It's freakin' impossible. I end up sticking my finger down it and scrubbing with a rag. *sigh*

    Usually I dump some dry kibble in Middie's to make him work for his dinner. It also means that lazy old me doesn't have to scrub a large ceramic bowl--all I need to do is run water through the kong to get the crumbs.

    Sometimes frozen peanutbutter, yogurt, etc. I'm checking out those kong recipes. :D
     
  20. houndlove

    houndlove coonhound crazy

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    711
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Kongs are dishwasher safe, my friend!
     

Share This Page