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When your dog has a serious set of chompers, it can feel like they rip through anything (and everything!) in minutes flat.
Toys. Shoes. Furniture. Your sleeve. If it’s chewable, your dog may very well chew it—and quickly.
If this sounds like your dog, you already know that not all toys are created equal. You want to keep your dog entertained for more than a few minutes at a time (and keep yourself from having to replace your pup’s toys on the daily), so you need toys that are durable. You need toys that can withstand your dog’s epic chompers. Toys that are virtually…indestructible.
KONG dog toys have a reputation as being some of the toughest and most durable on the market—even for extreme chewers. So, what’s the deal? Can KONG dog toys withstand your dog’s bite? Are KONG dog toys indestructible?
The Different Categories Of KONG Dog Toys
So, before we jump into answering the question “are KONG dog toys indestructible?” let’s quickly cover the different categories of toys the brand has available.
There are four categories of KONG dog toys, each with various levels of durability: KONG Puppy, KONG Senior, KONG Classic, and KONG Extreme.
KONG Puppy is the least durable toy. It’s manufactured for beginner or light chewers and uses a soft rubber designed for puppy teeth and gums.
KONG Senior is also made out of a soft rubber (although not quite as soft as KONG Puppy). This KONG dog toy was designed for light chewers and older dogs with potential tooth or gum issues.
KONG Classic is the KONG brand’s go-to toy for average chewers. The Classics are made out of a super durable rubber and can withstand most chompers.
KONG Extreme is a great toy for—you guessed it—the extreme chewer. Made from the most durable rubber KONG offers, these dog toys are specifically designed to deal with strong (and constant!) chewing.
Are KONG Dog Toys Indestructible?
So, now that we’ve covered the different kinds of KONG toys, let’s get to the million dollar question—are KONG dog toys indestructible?
And the answer is—almost.
It would be really, really, REALLY difficult for your dog to chew his way through a KONG, especially a KONG Extreme. But over time (and over millions of chews) they may eventually wear down the rubber—but it will certainly take longer than most other toys.
If your dog is a super chewer, you’re definitely going to want to go with the KONG Extreme. The extra durability is going to make a huge difference (and seriously extend the life of your KONG).
KONG dog toys are a great toy for extreme chewers. But if you want to keep your dog’s chompers occupied (and out of your shoe closet), you may need to give them some other options as well. If your dog is crazy for KONG toys, Super Chewer Dog Toys will definitely get two enthusiastic paws up.
Just like KONG toys, Super Chewer dog toys are extremely durable and can withstand serious chewing. And, just like KONG toys, you can stuff the center of many Super Chewer Toys with treats. It’s like a chew toy and a puzzle toy in one!
If you’ve got a super chewer on your hands, you need to keep hthemm stocked with plenty of toys (and chews and treats!) to keep their chompers occupied. So why not get them a subscription to Super Chewer BarkBox?
With the Super Chewer BarkBox, you’ll get 2 super-durable toys, 2 meaty chews, and 2 yummy bags of treats—all carefully selected with the extreme chewer in mind. It’s the perfect fit for your pup (and his chompers!).
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I spotted this little red cutie on our sister site Design Milk last week and, I have to admit, I’m a little envious of this pup’s minimalist, Ola Studio-designed digs! Black houses are my F A V E and this one in Melbourne, Australia is pretty rad.
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Weimaraners are an adorable combo of high energy and intelligence contained in sleek gray bodies. The Weims were originally known as popular hunting dogs in Germany. These strong and elegant pups desire constant attention and stimulation. First time dog owners and apartment dwellers should think twice before welcoming a pup from this very demanding breed into their home.
These extremely loving pups are happiest when with their humans and can often be found at the owner’s side or lying at their feet. The worst mistake a Weimaraner’s owner can make is to leave this pooch to their own devices. Weimaraners are rambunctious, like most intelligent dogs, and they are motivated by prey. Although they’re domesticated, the hunting instinct could always be in their nature and cause them to be a handful! They may try to test boundaries to see what their human will allow, which could be very frustrating.
Don’t worry, though – toys are a great way to burn off that energy and give Weimaraners the quality time they crave. So, what are the best toys for your “Grey Ghost”?
Weimaraners have boundless energy and tons of stamina. Exercise is a top priority when it comes to this highly active breed. These dogs will always prefer to be outside where they can stretch their legs and run around until their hearts are content.
Allow your furry one to let loose with a good game of fetch. Put a spin on the traditional with tennis balls that also squeak, like the “Best Balls Ever.” You can let your Weim tap into its hunting nature with “Launchable Landon” or play fetch at night with glow in the dark toys like the “All Glowing Eye.”
Weimaraners have strong jaws. These powerful maws are needed to hunt down forest prey, so it’s no wonder your pooch is making short work of the plush toys. Rubber based toys will be sure to give your pup more of a challenge and would last much longer than the fluff filled variety.
KONGS and Super Chewer Dog Toys like “Meghan’s Mug of Cocoa” are great for this breed. They’ll be fun to chew and the rubber makes them last longer than other toys. These bouncy and durable toys are also (often) treat dispensing, which will keep your pal occupied for a while. Toys with texture, such as “Sven the Sweater Hedgie,” are great chew items for your pup since they massage the gums, are made of stronger material, and aren’t easy prey like the plush toys.
Channel your Weim’s energy and time constructively with a fun game of tug. This breed loves to pounce on anything furry that looks similar to prey. Toys like “Mouse Click” help scratch that itch and make tug a little more exciting! The rubber ball covered in fur hanging from a nylon rope will definitely get your pal’s tail wagging! Rope toys are an easy go-to and the “Rope Pretzel” puts a slight twist on the classic by covering the rope with nylon for the best game of tug-of-war.
It’s always great to have a Thinker Toy on hand, especially on rainy days when you’re housebound. Keep your Weimaraner’s mind busy by challenging them to seek out a drool-worthy treat. Most dogs are easily motivated by food and dog puzzles, like the “Dog Casino Puzzle,” and treat-dispensing Thinker Toys such as the “Treat Lock Tread Ball” will make sure your Weimaraner is using their vast intelligence constructively.
Finding the perfect toy for your dog isn’t always easy, especially with a demanding Weimaraner. Your super smart Weim will quickly get bored with toys and want to move on to the next one within a few weeks. No worries, BARK has you and your pooch covered with the Super Chewer box starting at $29 per month.
Each month a carefully curated box comes straight to your door with 2 durable (non-fluff) toys, 2 all natural chews, and 2 bags of yummy treats! With the ability to tailor the Super Chewer box to your pal, the monthly variety will surely be a great fit for you and your Grey Ghost. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the BARK Happy team with any questions on Barkbox.com or with email at Happy@Barkbox.com. BARK is always happy to help you spoil your pup!
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You want to keep your dog stocked in plenty of toys. Toys that will have them running off all their excess energy, toys that will keep them entertained while you’re away, and toys that are just plain fun for your pooch.
But you also want to make sure that those toys are actually good for your pup. It doesn’t matter how much energy it helps work off, how entertaining it is, or how much fun your dog has with it. If a toy is dangerous, unhealthy, or all-around not good for your pup, it’s not something you want to add to your toy collection.
KONG toys are one of the most popular dog toys on the market. There are plenty of pups (and their owners!) out there who swear by them.
But it doesn’t matter if they’re popular—it matters if they’re safe. So, what’s the deal? Are KONG toys good for dogs?
What Are KONG Toys?
Before we answer the question “are KONG toys good for dogs?” let’s quickly cover what, exactly, KONG toys are.
KONG toys are rubber toys that are in a shape reminiscent of a snowman. But these toys are more than just rubber chews. The center of KONG toys is hollow. The hollow center allows you to stuff the KONG toy with food (like treats or peanut butter).
When the KONG toy is stuffed with food, it’s almost like two toys in one. The rubber acts a chew toy. But your pup has to figure out how to get to the food in the center—which also qualifies the KONG as a puzzle toy.
KONG toys come in four sizes—KONG puppy, KONG senior, KONG classic, and KONG extreme. The KONG puppy is made from the softest rubber that’s ideal for puppy teeth and gums. KONG senior is made from soft rubber (although not as soft as the KONG puppy) that’s good for aging chewers. Made from a durable rubber, KONG classic is the best fit for most adult dogs. If your dog takes chewing to the extreme, the KONG extreme (which was designed for—you guessed it—extreme chewers) is the best toy to withstand their epic chompers.
Are KONG Toys Good For Dogs?
So, now that you know what KONG toys are, let’s answer the million dollar question—are KONG toys good for dogs?
And the answer is—yes!
KONG toys are a great fit for pups. They’re made from non-toxic rubber, they provide hours of chewing and treat-finding entertainment, and they’re dishwasher safe—so when it’s time to clean out all the slobber and treat residue, all you have to do is pop them in the dishwasher. (Just make sure to wash them in the top rack.)
KONG toys are great. But it doesn’t matter how great a toy is—eventually, your pup is going to want to mix things up and play with something different! If your dog is head over heels for KONG toys, Super Chewer Dog Toys will definitely get their tail wagging.
Like KONG toys, Super Chewer Dog Toys are super durable and can withstand even the most extreme of chompers. And, like KONG toys, many Super Chewer Dog Toys allow you to stuff the center with treats—giving your dog a delicious puzzle that will keep them entertained for hours.
And if your pup isn’t too keen on the super-durable rubber toy experience, Super Chewer Dog Toys have you covered! For example, Nylon toys like Bacon Benebones or the Bark Benebone Pretzel are basically impregnable, really tasty, and really good at cleaning your dog’s tough teeth.
If you’ve got a dog that loves to chew, you want to keep them stocked with plenty of toys (not to mention treats and chews) to keep those chompers occupied. And the best way to do that? A subscription to Super Chewer BarkBox.
With the Super Chewer BarkBox, you’ll get two toys, two bags of treats, and two chews—all of which are carefully curated with super chewers in mind.
Featured image via KongCompany Dot Com
That dog favorite, the KONG toy, is a a versatile one. Fill it with something delicious, hide a treat inside or just let your dog chomp down on these sturdy toys and they’re sure to have a little fun.
Why Fill A KONG Toy?
Dogs don’t just love treats – they love a challenge, too. Pups love these toys on their own, as they’re durable and perfect for chewing. They’re great as fetch toys, too, as they bounce around inside or outside, and as a plus for pet owners, they’re easy to clean, too.
Dogs love mental stimulation. They’ll have to search for whatever you’ve filled their toy with, use their jaws and their paws to maneuver their way to treats and spreads like peanut butter. Depending on what you use, you can also fill a KONG toy or cover it with a spread like canned pumpkin and keep it in the freezer for a while. Once it’s chilled, your dog will have a bigger challenge trying to make their way through a delicious snack.
Using a food-filled KONG toy is also great if you need some time on your own without your dog jumping at you and demanding a good belly scratch. When you sit down with your laptop to do some work only to have your pooch jump on the keyboard, grab a KONG and fill it with something tasty. It’ll distract your energetic dog and buy you some time alone.
Another benefit? Not wasting your leftovers. There are some foods dogs shouldn’t eat, of course, but if you’re down to a last bit of yogurt that won’t do you much good, you can pass it on to your dog for a healthy treat they’ll have to do a bit of digging for.
What Can You Fill A KONG With?
Peanut butter is a classic choice to fill a KONG with for a reason: dogs go crazy for it. You can slather some on the outside of the toy as well as filling the interior with peanut butter to give your dog a bit of a challenge. It also freezes well without making too much of a mess, so pop it in the freezer for a while to give your dog even more time with their toy.
Canned Dog Food
Dinner and a distraction all in one. Give your dog some canned dog food in their KONG and they’ll be a happy one.
Greek yogurt is healthy for dogs, making this spread a great option for you to fill your dog’s toys with. It spreads easily on the outside of the toy, as well.
Didn’t use that can of pumpkin last Thanksgiving? No worries – your dog will take care of that. It’s a cheap spread that dogs love, and you can get several uses out of one can.
Whichever spreadable treat you’re using on the inside or outside of the KONG, toss a few pieces of kibble alongside it to give your dog the satisfaction of a good crunch.
Small training treats are perfect for KONG toys, as they’re already dog favorites and small enough to fit easily inside a KONG. They’re also light enough to readily stick to just a little spread if you feel you’ve overindulged your dog with something high-calorie like peanut butter lately.
Before you give your dog any type of fruit, make sure they’re safe to eat. Grapes, for example, are toxic for dogs, but blueberries are an excellent source of vitamins that will make your dog happy, too. Combine with a little Greek yogurt and you’re basically giving your dog a KONG parfait. Lucky them.
Official KONG Stuffing
There’s also an official KONG stuffing product that comes out of a spray can, with a variety of flavors including Peanut Butter and Bacon & Cheese. Check it out here.
What Are Other Toys Like KONG?
If your dog loves a sturdy chewing toy like a KONG, try out BARK’s Super Chewer Dog Toys. Good examples include the “Treat Lock Ball,” “Cal the Caterpillar,” and the “Orbee Globe Ball.” They’re durable, fillable, and tons of fun for the dog in your life.
If your dog really loves the more durable dog toys, you may want to make sure they have plenty on hand. And the best way to do that? The Super Chewer BarkBox.
With the Super Chewer BarkBox, you’ll get a carefully curated selection of 2 toys, 2 bags of treats, and 2 chews delivered to your door each month. And because each box is curated by size, you can rest assured that every toy, treat, and chew delivered will be the perfect size for your tough-chewing pup!
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Wondering if your dog can safely eat apples? While your pup may be interested in anything you’re preparing in the kitchen, it’s good to be cautious about which “people” foods also make good treats for Fido. Fruits and vegetables are increasingly recognized as smart supplements to our furry friends’ regular diets, but that doesn’t mean all produce is equal or even safe for dogs.
Fortunately, the answer is yes: apples are a safe, healthy and delicious addition to your dog’s diet. Therefore, next time you visit the grocery store (or an orchard!) pick up a few apples to set aside to slice up for your pup. While not all dogs will dig the flavor or texture of this low calorie sweet treat, many pups adore them.
The Benefits Of Apples
Not only do most dogs enjoy the sweet crunchiness of apples, but they’re also a great source of vitamin c, vitamin a, fiber, phosphorus, and calcium. And, if your pup will eat it, apple skin especially contains much of those healthy vitamins. It’s also perfectly safe to eat! Just remember to cut off and discard brown or rotten spots, just as you would for yourself.
Like other fruits and vegetables, apples can also help with weight management. Meaning, when looking for a supplement to your dog’s regular diet, reaching for an apple can be a smart, low calorie choice. Given their health benefits, the occasional addition of apples to your pup’s diet will help build a stronger immune system.
Can I Feed My Pup A Whole Apple?
There is one drawback to feeding your pup this fruit. Apple seeds are not safe for dogs to eat, as they contain tiny traces of the toxic substance cyanide. While accidentally swallowing a seed or two is unlikely to hurt your dog, over time, the consumption of apple seeds could lead to poisoning.
Thus, when feeding your dog apples, it’s important to always throw away the core first. In fact, given that the apple core is a choking hazard as well as contains unhealthy seeds, it’s best to cut the fruit into small pieces before serving. The hard stem should be removed as well!
What If My Dog Eats Too Many Apples?
Furthermore, just like humans, dogs can suffer upset stomachs or even diarrhea when fed too many apples—especially tart ones. (A.k.a. an apple a day will probably not keep the veterinarian away.) Therefore, it’s advisable to just use apple slices or pieces as occasional healthy treats. Or, supplement your dog’s regular diet with a bit of apple sprinkled in.
Also keep in mind that raw apples are very different from apples that have been processed. Canned or jarred apples are often preserved in high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, thus rendering them an unhealthy no-no for any dog. Likewise, applesauce also contains sweeteners, such as honey, sugar or corn syrup. Due to these additions, it’s best to stick to whole fresh apples or pre-sliced apples only.
Feeling creative? If you’re in the mood to bake, fresh raw apples can be repurposed into homemade apple-based dog treats for your favorite pup. This recipe for apple carrot dog biscuits, for instance, calls for apples and carrots (of course) plus oats, eggs, and a few other ingredients. Or try these simple pumpkin apple dog treats, which combines two main ingredients that most dogs love.
No time for making a mess in your own kitchen? Or maybe your pup’s not a fan of raw apples? No need to worry! BARK has an abundance of treats that might be more palatable to a non-fruit loving dog. From crunchy biscuits to freeze-dried, jerky style, or soft baked treats, BARK’s treats are all natural, delicious and conveniently shipped to you. (No mixing bowl or apron required!) While not all dogs are fruit-eaters, there is something here for everyone to love.
If your pup’s treat tastes go more to the crunchy biscuit/jerky-style/freeze-dried/soft-baked kind of treats and less to the fruit variety, consider getting them a BarkBox subscription! Every month, a box filled with 2 fun toys, a meaty chew, and 2 bags of tasty treats will be delivered straight to your door. And all for as little as $22.
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Many dog parents have, at one time or another, had to give pills to an ailing pup. Nothing is worse than seeing your dog sick and/or in pain. You’re eager for them to get better soon and giving them the proper medication can help do that. The only problem is that sometimes your pooch doesn’t want to swallow that much-needed pill, leaving you frustrated and worried about their health.
Don’t worry. We’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of treats and some helpful advice that’ll make the medicine go down in the most delightful (or at least tolerable) way!
Pill Pockets & Pouches
Probably one of the best ways to coax your dog into eating that pill is to hide it inside a tasty treat. A few companies make treats specifically for built for masking the smell and taste of pills. These pill pockets or pouches are cylindrical in shape and are super flavorful. Just place the pill inside a handy hole and squeeze the ends to cover the pill completely. Your dog will think you’ve just given them a tasty treat, not a yucky-tasty pill.
Two of the more popular treats are the Greenies Pill Pocket Soft Dog Treats and the Milk Bone Pill Pouches. Both are chicken flavored, easy to use, and aim to mask the smell and flavor of the pill so your dog can enjoy it without the medicine flavor. Another good option is the VettIQ Pill Treats that are also chicken flavored and made with all-natural ingredients. Your pooch won’t taste what’s hidden inside and you’ll rest easy knowing that they’ve gotten the medicine they need to feel better.
Hide The Pill In Something Soft
For a good money-saving hack, hide the pill inside a common food item you probably already have in your cupboard or fridge such as peanut butter or soft cheese. If your dog loves peanut butter, place the pill inside a tablespoon or more to mask the smell and taste and give it to them at mealtime or as a treat. Alternatively, you can hide the pill in a generous portion of soft cheese – maybe wrap it in Swiss – and again give it at mealtime or as a treat.
Bake Your Own
If you want to make something you know will be both tasty and healthy for your dog, try making pill pockets yourself. Most are made with just a few ingredients like flour, peanut butter and milk like the no-bake recipe we found here. Mix the ingredients together and pop them in the fridge. They’ll last as long as the milk expiration date. A simple google search of “homemade pill pockets for dogs” will provide a list of recipes for homemade treats.
After your pup feels better, you may want to search out even more treats for them to enjoy. Lucky for you, BARK has a variety of treats to choose. Check out the premium treats for the discerning pup. Not sure what to get them? Peruse the top-reviewed treats to help you decide. Does your pup want something with a bite to it? Try the crunchy biscuits. Or maybe something with less of a crunch? Check out the soft-baked treats.
BarkShop has every kind of treat for every kind of dog, and they’re all-natural, grain/soy/corn-free, and made in the U.S.A.
Looking for tasty treats and fun toys to entertain your pup isn’t feeling so well? BarkBox has you covered! A box filled with 2 fun toys, a meaty chew, and 2 bags of all-natural treats will be delivered straight to your door each month. BarkBox is great for all kinds of pups and can be tailored to meet your dog’s needs. Feel free to reach out to the Bark Happy team at Happy@BarkBox.com if you have any questions!
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Currently on Kickstarter after a much anticipated reveal at SuperZoo Expo 2018 in Las Vegas, the Doggy Bathroom is the only indoor potty solution designed specifically for small dogs that offers both horizontal and vertical pee pads. What does that mean? Whether your little pup squats or lifts their leg to go, the Doggy Bathroom is there to help them take care of business. While obviously not a substitute for daily walks, there are many reasons a small dog may need access to an indoor potty, including senior dogs, dogs with mobility issues or illnesses, small dogs who need frequent breaks, or even extremes in weather!
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