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I think Ian Dunbar is working toward getting puppies started chewing acceptable toys rather than other things. The problem for us (we tried it too) was that Kodi just couldn't get the food out of the Kong when he was little, and would simply give up and not eat.
When he was older, we had a different problem. He learned that he could just chew the small end off the darned thing (yes, even the black ones) and get at the food more easily that way. The problem being that the small rubber piece left behind was a real choke hazard. Kodi has ALWAYS avoided hard rubber toys like the plague if there is no food in them, and he's only slightly more interested if they HAVE food in them.
Like others have said, this might work for some puppies, but it didn't work very well for us. I liked Dunbar's book very much, but I didn't follow it like the bible. I chose what made sense and worked for us, and modified what didn't.
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