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How Does a Kong for Dogs Work?

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: October 22, 2018
How Does a Kong for Dogs Work?

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You'll find a wide range of toys and accessories in specialist pet product shops, among which you will find the Kong - a very special dog product that every owner should know about.

It can be used by both adult dogs and puppies, and is a really useful tool for dogs with special needs.

Do you want to know more? Keep reading this AnimalWised article on how Kongs for dogs work and what you need to consider before getting one.

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How does it work?

The Kong is an accessory or toy which can be used and manipulated by dogs of all ages, from puppies to adults. It's an intelligence toy; a rigid accessory available in a range of sizes to suit the your particular dog.

Within the Kong there is an empty space which you should fill with food that your dog likes. In turn, your dog strives to manipulate the object so that they can find their way to the food.

Ethologists usually recommend filling the Kong with various layers of food, such as dog food, soft treats, another layer of dog food, dried biscuits etc., until the Kong is full. Your dog will find the variety to be stimulating.

How Does a Kong for Dogs Work? - How does it work?

The benefits of using the Kong

It is more than just a source of food. The Kong also stimulates intelligence of dogs by making them work hard to extract the hidden contents. This whole process keeps the dog distracted and makes them concentrate intensively for 20 minutes on their new accessory: the Kong. It's ideal for dogs with anxiety problems, separation anxiety, nervousness, lack of concentration etc.

The Kong is a game which tests the dog's physical and mental capacity, and rewards them with a nice prize: namely, food.

How Does a Kong for Dogs Work? - The benefits of using the Kong

Types of Kong

As mentioned, you'll find a wide range of Kong products on the market, tailored to the needs and characteristics of each dog. As such, don't be surprised if you find Kongs in different shapes and sizes in your regular shop (such as a bone-shaped, ball-shaped, rope-shaped, etc.), as all of them are able to capture your dog's attention.

It's a low cost product (it costs between 6 and 10 dollars). For this reason, we suggest that you buy a kong. However, if you insist on making your own, check out our DIY kong tutorial on the AnimalWised YouTube channel.

How Does a Kong for Dogs Work? - Types of Kong

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