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I do pit bull rescue and I’m ALWAYS looking for durable toys. This Kong is my favorite of all. I like to have three per dog so that I can mix up batches of Kong stuffing (peanut butter, bananas, and oats) and then freeze them. They are AWESOME for crate training.
Now that I’ve said how awesome they are, there is a drawback. They DO stink when they first come. They DO smell bad. So I always wash mine (with a bottle brush) and soak them in soapy water for a few days before their first use. The smell goes away after awhile, but it never seems to bother my dogs.
We LOVE the Kongs!
(If you’re looking for durable toys you should also check out the Nylabone dinosaur and deer antlers. They are big hits at my house. And if you buy in bulk, […] is good too!)
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Important note: the extreme Kong is NOT the same as the red Kong, which apparently is much flimsier. I got this for my neighbor’s good-natured pit bull Major, after seeing him shred everything else. Thin rubber squeaky toys last only a few hours, nylabones perhaps a day or two, and even the thick rubber chill pill got shredded. But the Kong Extreme has (to my surprise) remained intact. I had begun to think that only a chunk of cinderblock would survive…maybe. Extreme Kong takes funny bounces (which apparently is part of the idea. Toys with rope handles made for better slobber-avoiding toss-and-fetching, but handles got chewed off very quickly. You can throw this by poking your finger in the holes and tossing–it’s marginally better in terms of slobber than many other toys. Kong comes in different sizes–the largest may outweigh your toy Chihuahua, so be judicious. If a neighbor has a pit bull, getting on his good side is important, even if he is as good-natured as Major!
I got the Extreme Kong (black), because my rat terrier had already torn apart a Classic Kong (red). He goes through plush squeaky toys in no time flat. He has chewed pieces out of one Extreme Kong, but not the other two. What have I learned to keep him from shredding Kongs?
1) Always supervise your dog with this toy (at least until you know how well it will hold up). Yes, the instructions say this. It’s not just CYA legal BS. Until you know for SURE that *your* dog can’t chew through the Extreme Kong, don’t leave him unattended with this toy. (Unfortunately, this means that I can’t give it to him in his kennel to alleviate boredom when I leave the house.)
2) If your dog has already destroyed other toys, consider sizing up from the “recommended” size. My dog weighs 25 lb, which is solidly in the “medium” range, but the Large Kong is better for his extreme chewing. The Extreme Kong he tore apart was a Medium. He hasn’t managed to tear apart the Large yet.
3) Don’t fill it all the way with peanut butter. Stuff the bottom 1/2 – 2/3 with dry food or treats and the clog the top 1/3 or so with something soft like peanut butter. If you fill the whole thing with something that’s impossible to get out without tearing the toy apart, your dog will tear the toy apart.
4) Wash it on a regular basis. I have more than one Kong so I can still use one while the other is being washed. I like to soak mine in warm, soapy water for a few hours before sticking it in the dishwasher. This seems to get it clean even if there’s peanut butter in the crevices. Dried on cheese can be a bit harder to clean out (I use the pointy end of a spoon or even a toothbrush to get at those bits).
5) If you notice your Kong is showing wear, replace it. Once it starts to give, your extreme chewer can destroy it pretty fast. Don’t let him get that far!
No toy is indestructible, but the Extreme Kong lasts longer than anything else I’ve found. Read the insert that comes with your Kong and follow the recommendations to keep your dog safe and entertained.
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