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My dog is a little Chihuahua. He is now 9 months old and pretty much fully grown, but he still has a bug urge to chew as all of his baby teeth didn't fall out and he has too many teeth. I like to provide him with lots of different toys to play with so he is less likely to chew my children's toys, and the Kong is one toy I have bought for him.
The current Kong we have is actually our 3rd one. We started off with a fabric covered one aimed at puppies. He loved this one, but the fabric wore, and he kept dropping it on the newspaper in his crate, which he had wee'd on, so in the interests of hygiene I eventually upgraded to a puppy version which was like the normal Kong shown above, but in a mottled green and white colour. He absolutely loved this, but I noticed last month that this was starting to wear away in places and small bits of rubber were actually beginning to break off, so I upgraded to the one shown in the picture above.
The Kong is essentially a hollowed out chew toy that is made from a tough rubber, and is a good toy to give to dogs who like to chew as it will withstand a lot of rough treatment and it will keep a dog entertained for ages.
I had to buy the smallest Kong available, as my dog could have hurt himself on one of the bigger ones. You might also find a big dog would destroy the small Kong we have if they were to chew it. They are available in small, medium, large, and extreme. They range in price from about £4.50 to £7.50.
The Kong has a larger hole at the bottom, and a smaller one at the top, and you can put treats inside this hole for hours of chewing fun. This makes a Kong a good toy to give your dog if you are about to go out as it will keep them busy for a good bit trying to get the treat out. I am mostly at home with my dog, but I have one morning a week when I do some volunteer work, so I stuff it with something he will like. He must like it as he eagerly jumps around at my feet while I am stuffing it, then he runs and gets in his crate and lies down till I give him the toy.
You can buy different pastes to put in it from Kong, but I have found that my dog likes normal dog treats in it, and I sometimes put a little bit of cheese spread in there for him too. By the time I come home, all traces of the food are completely gone. I have tried putting pedigree milky bones in, and that entertains him for ages as one end needs forcing into the toy, and it is very hard for him to get out, and I found the same for a pedigree dentastix. These are not something I give him often as if he can't get the remains of the food out, it is then a pretty disgusting thing to do myself.
I find I can keep the Kong hygienically clean by giving it a wash in warm soapy water, and this removes all traces of saliva from him chewing the toy.
He loves to chase this round, but I have to be careful not to actually throw this toy for him as we have hard laminate wood floors downstairs, and if the Kong hits the floor in a certain way, it will bounce at an unusual angle and if it hits him, it is really quite hard, and it must hurt him as he yelps. Small dogs like mine can easily get concussed, so I am not wanting to let him get hurt when we play.
This toy is said to help brain development, and promote jaw strength, and chewing has helped my small dog make one of his extra teeth fall out. I keep giving him the toy in the hope it will save him from needing surgery to extract them, and he will play with this for hours especially if there is a food item hiding from him. I can't recommend the Kong enough. It is not indestructable as our new one has already got teeth marks within a month, but it is relatively hard wearing and the play value versus cost is great. I also have no qualms leaving him unattended with this toy as even if a small bit does wear away, it is unlikely that he could bite off a bit big enough to choke on as long as I inspect it before I give it him. A bored dog is a destructive dog, and this keeps my dog happy, so it keeps me happy too.