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So we’ve had Dobby a bit over a month now. It is unbelievable how quickly he is growing. When we’re home he has free run of most of the house. The bathroom is off limits because that’s where the cat box and cat’s food is. We have a large crate for him, but only put him in there when noone is home, or if there’s some reason he can’t be running loose like when I’m carrying bags of groceries and don’t have a free hand to catch the puppy before he runs out the door. The first time I put him into the crate he cried and cried and cried. It was so sad. The opportunity to try out some Kong products arose and I accepted.
I’ve heard for years the KONG products are great for dogs that get bored or anxious. I was about to put that to the test. I received a KONG Extreme, which is the most durable version there is of the KONG toy. It’s made of a very thick and heavy black rubber compound and is recommended for powerful chewers. The KONG Extreme is available in five sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL.
As with the classic KONG, the Extreme has an opening in one end. That’s where you put the treats. KONG Stuff’N Puppy Snacks are made with natural ingredients and are specially shaped and sized to fit in the KONG toy. The treats are meant to be partway in the toy, so the dog has to spend time working to get the treat out. Wanting to be sure Dobby had a fun time with his diversion, I not only put a KONG treat in the Extreme toy, but I also put KONG Stuff’N Real Peanut Butter on the treat first. KONG Stuff’N Real Peanut Butter is human-grade peanut butter packaged in an easy-squeeze tube with a long nozzle that makes stuffing the KONG toy easy.
Dobby really gets into the challenge of getting the treat out of the toy. After pushing and biting at the toy for a few moments he always tries to hold the toy still with his paw to get at the treat better.
Dobby has really been enjoying his KONG toy. The first time I went out and had to leave him in his crate I waited on the front porch for a few minutes, out of his line of sight. He only whimpered for a few moments and then stopped. I peeked in the window and he was going to town with his KONG. When we’re home we leave his crate open. Sometimes he goes in there and takes the KONG out. He’s teething and I think besides getting the treat out of there I think it feels good on his teeth. We (Dobby and I) are very pleased with our KONG experience. If you have a dog that gets bored or anxious it would be worthwhile to checkout KONG toys.
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