Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Dogs Playing in the Park

Welcome back to this wonderful doggie blog that covers the many aspects of the many mighty Kong toys for dogs that all bring a great deal of fun and pleasure to so many happy dogs and their extremely contented owners.

This outing is more of a doggy ramble than anything else, as with the sunny summer days with us now, there is so much to do outdoors and taking the dogs to the local park is one of life's true pleasures. The two Yorkies of our household are getting on in years, but despite them being 12 years old, they still think they're puppies and act like they don't know how old they are.

There's no problems getting them to go running all over that park chasing their own small sized rubber toys that they still haven't managed to put a dent in yet, even after over a year of owning them! They love to go playing with other dogs too and often end up with all the other local pooches, size no object, in their own extended family pack running around the park like a bunch of demented loonies!

Some of the dogs have their own playthings, including balls, rubber bones etc and there are a few from the Kong company in amongst the rabble. Funny thing is, the dogs all seem to know which are there own things and although they all swap while they're playing together, our two always seem to come back with their own ones every time.

For dogs, this is the greatest part of the day and they all love it immensely.

So enjoy the sunny days and the warm summer afternoons with your dogs in whatever wide open spaces you have near to you. Remember to take some water with you so they can have a drink as they'll get hot and thirsty with all that running around

And enjoy your day, because they sure will!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Kong Dog Toys for Tough Dogs

Welcome back to this great canine themed blog covering all aspects of the mighty and amazing Kong dog toys that bring such fun and immense pleasure to all the happy dogs and their contented owners.

I'm going to be a little more general on the topic of those very handy tough playthings for pooches by talking about the ones made especially for those very tough breeds of dog that have a tendency to rip to shreds just about any canine toy that they come across. That will include ripping up things that to a human certainly do not fit the description of playthings. But to a dog, they are fair game!

I'm talking about many things that you would normally leave laying around the house without thinking about their vulnerability to the chewing instinct of a certain four legged family member!

So we're talking such things as shoes, boots, items of clothing, anything made out of wood including nice ornaments or even wooden handled tools for that matter, anything made of tough plastic, again that includes tools and eating utensils such as knives and forks with chunky plastic (or wooden for that matter) handles. Oh yes, they are all fair game for that inquisitive dog of yours!

So the best course of action is to replace anything that looks like it might be an interesting canine plaything to your tough terrier or bulldog, with a real tough doggie toy made by Kong. Such a product will probably stand a good chance of lasting a lot longer than anything that is not meant to be played with by your pet!

So when I say tough dogs, what breeds in particular are we talking about?

Mainly the ones with tough jaws that love to chew stuff, such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pit Bull Terriers (and most of the thickset bull terriers come to think of it), Rottweilers, German Shepherds (don't I know it!) etc. There are plenty of other breedsthat I'm sure you can come up with as well, but I just don't feel like writing about a long list of them right here or I'll be here all night!

They all need to chew stuff so you're better off making sure they get their sharp teeth and strong canine jaws into a really tough toy rather than your best cutlery or screwdriver set (like my little darling did!). Or worse still, that expensive pair of nice designer leather boots that to a dog will resemble a very tempting propriety hide chew from the pet shop that you probably give your pet all the time as a treat!

Little things you might not think of but you'll be surprised at the incredible memory of a dog when he has a mind to...

Happy doggy playtime!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Kong Dog Toys for Big Dogs

Kong dog toys for big dogs come in a really comprehensive range of tough rubber dog toys and as such are extremely tough dog toys. I talked about Tough Dog Toys in the last post as these are what the Kong brand name has built its reputation upon.

The popularity of Kong toys right now is through the roof, mainly because people with big dogs with powerful jaws were getting fed up with their pooches obliterating any toys they got them within minutes of opening the package! When the first Kong dog toys appeared in the shops, they certainly looked strange, in that dull red colour and really odd shape. But it soon became apparent that they were almost indestructible in the teeth and jaws of strong dogs that seemed to have finally met their match when it came to yet another "something that must be destroyed".

Dog owners everywhere were waking up in the morning to a happy dog still chewing away at the same toy he was chewing away at when they went to bed and the thing was still intact! Not only that, but it was still perfect for playing fetch with and the dog couldn't get enough of it!

One of the best parts of this game is when you fill the hollow part of the dog toy with some doggy treats that he can spend a while removing and eating once he has caught the toy. So the red Kong dog toys act like a dog treat dispenser as well, giving you two dog toys in one, if you like!

There is, of course that other really important point about the original Kong dog toy and that's in its crazy shape. The design was no accident. It was deliberately made that way so that when you threw it for your dog it would not bounce and roll in a straight line. The reason for this was that most bog dogs are very easily trained to reinforce their natural instinct to chase down and kill their prey. This is done by playing with a normal ball, such as is produced in the Kong tennis toys range or their tough rubber dog ball in red. When you throw a ball for your dog, it behaves just like the dog's natural prey running away at speed. The dog naturally gives chase and of course will catch it, whereupon he will then "kill" it by chewing it until its in several pieces.

The original red Kong dog toy was designed to break that training by not mimicking the dog's prey running away, but instead to bounce all over the place like a demented Mexican jumping bean which stopped the dog from chasing it down. The dog now had to learn a new way of playing that game by switching direction in short bursts which is contrary to its natural instinct to chase in a straight line. It proved highly successful in re-training big dogs not to chase and kill, thereby reducing the potential to chase and maybe even maul a frightened child.

This was the main reasoning behind the design and it has worked incredibly well.

So next time you're looking for some extremely tough dog toys that you can also train your dog to be less aggressive with, the original red Kong dog toys are perfect for this.

Just in case you have a dog that is more than a match for the original red Kong dog toy, they have created an even tougher dog toy in the black extreme Kong dog toy. This is the same shape as the red dog toy, but is made from an even tougher material that will beat almost any dog's jaws. So if you really want some different kinds of dog toys that are totally extremely tough dog toys, these black extreme Kong dog toys are in every sense true durability toys for dogs and certainly the ones to go for!