a word about kong
Some dogs can find a way to destroy just about any toy. When nothing else can withstand your dog’s heavy chewing, Kong is the best company to turn to. Kong’s founder, Joe Markham, ran into the same issues dog parents run into to this day. His dog chewed up everything, and nothing could satisfy his dog. One day, while working on his car, Joe tossed a piece of rubber to his pup. The dog found the bouncy and durable rubber to be a great toy, and even better, he couldn’t destroy it. Joe was then able to produce a quality rubber toy that was not only fun and bouncy for dogs, but incredibly durable. Even aggressive chewers get a great deal of play out of all of Kong’s products.
The Kong Puppy Activity Ball
Looking for a great interactive toy for your puppy? The Kong Puppy Activity Ball is your answer! You can fill the grooves and the inside with treats, food, or snacks for your growing pup. This toy is made of a high quality, durable rubber material that can withstand your puppy’s aggressive play. Fortunately, it’s not excessively easy for the treats to be taken out so your pup will stay engaged for a decent amount of time. This puppy toy comes in a small and medium size and either pink or blue in color. If you’ve got a growing puppy on your hands you could find this to be a perfect fit for them. The activity ball is great for pups who have too much energy and owners looking for a toy to keep their pups occupied.
The toy is designed to hold KONG Stuff’N Puppy Easy Treat paste, Puppy Snacks, or Puppy Ziggies; however, there are plenty of treats you can try to see what works best for your pup. Beyond those Kong brand treats, however, there are plenty of non-Kong treats that can fit into this interactive dog toy that works great. The inexpensive, and well reviewed Charlee Bear treats fit well into the Small size Kong Puppy Activity Ball, while the premium dog treats Real Meat Lamb Jerky Treats fit well into the Medium sized ball, and are quite healthy to boot. These activity balls are also an unusual shape which makes them great for bouncing around even after your pup gets the treats out. The ball is made for puppies learning to chew, with Denta-Ridges to help clean their teeth, and special rubber to soothe your pup’s gums as they chew.
Looking for a home-made treat solution for your new interactive dog toy so you’re not breaking the bank? Try hot dogs! Are pieces falling out too quickly? Cut the hot dog pieces larger. Falling out too slowly? Try smaller pieces! A greatly customizable solution that won’t break the bank!
What are the health benefits?
Keeping your pup engaged and occupied can prevent them from engaging in destructive behaviors caused by boredom. Interactive toys such as this puzzle ball relieve boredom, anxiety, and prevents puppies from eating their food too fast. Beyond that, your pup’s desire to chew while they are teething is incredibly strong. Soothing your pup’s gums through chewing on his toy means they aren’t chewing on your favorite pair of shoes!
Is this the right toy for my pup?
The dimensions of the ball are 5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches. They’re made for puppies up to 9 months of age as they learn to chew and fetch. If you have a toy breed or smaller dog, they’ll be able to play with the ball even as they become full grown. They’re great for heavy chewers and pups with too much energy.
Fortunately, this is one of the few activity balls on the market that is both quiet and effective. The treats won’t simply pour out of the ball as it rolls, which will keep your pup occupied as they try to figure it out. It’s rubber material also makes it a great toy for teaching fetch, for both indoor and outdoor play.
Advanced Play: What If My Puppy Needs A Bigger Challenge?
Have a “smarter than the average bear… .er, um, dog” in your home? Well, grab some flatter biscuit type treats, pinch the ends of the toy together to widen the slits, and slide the treat inside the slits for a greater challenge. Treats such as the top 4 of Kai’s Top 5 Organic Dog Treats are all great candidates for this type of play if you need some treat ideas here.
What about the mess?
The mess will definitely be dependent on the type of treat you decide to stuff inside; however, this is a fairly easy dog toy to wash out if in need of cleaning. For most any treat that gets stuck in this puppy toy, a 30-minute soak in water should do the trick to dislodge any bits of dog treats left behind.
In general, the toy itself is not very likely to fall apart from your pups heavy chewing so you shouldn’t need to be too concerned there. As always though, supervise your dog (especially puppies) when they play with toys to ensure they don’t destroy any toys and choke on the resulting pieces.