On a recent shopping trip for puppy supplies, chew toys were at the top of the list. There are so many to choose from, but in the end, we opted for the ever popular Kong in small puppy size. The Kong is a hard, slightly flexible rubber toy which comes in several different shapes. We chose the 3-tiered version, which resembles the shape of a snowman, inside of which you can place a treat for the dog. The goal is to put a treat inside for which the dog has to work towards removing, thereby occupying the dog for a short period of time. The small puppy Kong that we purchased came with a free treat called a “Ziggy” which is long and fits snuggly inside the large hole (in this case about the diameter of a dime) in one end of the Kong.

Initially, the puppy Kong was used as a play toy and to keep the puppy from chewing on our fingers as most puppies are prone to do. This worked very well. The Kong could also be used a a chase toy, throw it and the dog chases after it. This also worked quite well. Problems arose when we decided to start putting treats inside, as was intended by the toy manufacturer.

The first treat used was the Ziggy that came with it. This treat is about 3 inches long and the same diameter around as the large hole at the end of the Kong (about the size of a dime). Unfortunately, because the shape of the Kong gets smaller at towards the opposite end of the hole, the Ziggy itself would only fit about 2/3 into the whole leaving a full inch protruding. Thinking the dog would be able to chew and pull more out as she went, the Kong was given to her. She loved the Ziggy, it disappeared in no time flat. That is, the end that was protruding disappeared, the 2/3 of the treat that was inside the Kong was stuck there and the dog nor it’s human owners could retrieve it!

Now the Kong does have a hole in the opposite end, smaller in diameter than a pencil. So, to remove the Ziggy from inside, a small instrument such as a very small screwdriver needed to be inserted into the small hole to push the Ziggy out the other end. Well, this is work for the human and no fun for the dog, not as it was designed or what he had intended when we purchased it. This process was repeated numerous times until the Ziggy was gobbled up. Not exactly the plan we had in mind when the small puppy Kong was purchased. This method was occupying our time more than the time of the dog.

While the Kong itself is a great product as are the Kong treats, the small puppy size Kong cannot be recommended by this puppy owner unless you are planning to use it without treats only. If you plan to use the Kong with treats, I would suggest moving up to the large puppy size Kong. There are also several larger sizes for full grown dogs.