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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2016, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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I've been seeing lots of talk about Kongs here lately, so I decided to post some questions I have here.

I really like the idea of using them as a training device/distraction. As I understand it, they help train a puppy what is ok to chew and what isn't. Are they also helpful to train out any separation anxiety? What other things can they be used for when it comes to training?

I also enjoy that they can be used to shake up the dog's diet a bit. We feed Mario (and will feed new puppy) mostly kibble, but we like to give little goodies like greens and chicken on occasion. I've seen some "Kong recipes" online and was wondering if you guys use Kongs to replace full meals, or if they're just snacks. Has using them as a meal caused any upset tummies in your dogs? Does anyone have experience feeding a puppy a meal in a Kong? What's safest/the most gentle for them?

Sorry I'm so full of questions; joining this website has opened my eyes to a whole new realm of possibilities for making life for the dogs more fun, healthy, enjoyable, etc. It's been a blessing.

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I have tried quite a few options with the kongs: snacks and meals, frozen and fresh and all went over well with the dogs and their tummies. Mostly I put kibble in the kong with a little topper to seal it such as pumpkin or yogurt or cottage cheese. Sometimes I add no-sodium chicken stock or water and freeze, sometimes I just serve it fresh. I find that the frozen is less messy and takes more time for the dog to work through. This week I am trying the dehydrated Honest Kitchen food in the kongs. In the past I tried pushing the frozen raw food tidbits into the kong but it hurt my fingers so I gave up on that. I tried it with canned food once but it was too smelly. The dogs love kong feeding so much that now I am feeding all meals via kong. I divide up their food in 6 servings (breakfast, 1st snack, lunch, 2nd snack, dinner, 3rd snack). It has become a major chewing activity for them. Some experts say that since dogs are grazers in the wild that multiple small meals is a natural way of eating for them.

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google Kongs and you will find all sorts of good things about them.

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How do you clean them? I was going to try them, but afraid bacteria would grow in them.

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How do you clean them? I was going to try them, but afraid bacteria would grow in them.
yes clean them well , with brush and soap. Soak in container of mouthwash .

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The problem is that some dogs just don't take to them. Kodi was never able to work anything out of them other than Kibble (which, of course, just poured out once he licked (whatever) off the open end. Anything that was a little more challenging to get out... he couldn't seem to manage. If it was low value, he just ignored it, if it was high value, he just chewed the end off the Kong (yes, even the black ones for aggressive chewers) and got at the food that way. Pixel steadfastly ignored them, and I haven't even bothered trying with Panda.


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How do you clean them? I was going to try them, but afraid bacteria would grow in them.
The kongs do well in the dishwasher and this specially designed brush is great for cleaning.



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