10 of the Best KONG Dog Toys That Offer Unlimited Entertainment for Your Pooch
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As dog parents, we work hard to ensure that our pups lead their best lives. Part of this is filled with a routine filled with enriching activities that include play time, socializing, exercise, and mental stimulation. Without the right balance of these four activities, dogs can force their minds and bodies to engage in some more undesirable behaviors – like chewing on your favorite shoes or licking themselves endlessly – to dissipate their boredom. But with a little diversion to one of these KONG dog toys that cater to dogs’ instinctive needs, you can help your pooch activate his brain and body so he is less likely to chew, dig, or lick things that it shouldn’t have to.
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What are Kong dog toys?
KONG toys are a safe dog toy option designed to provide pooches with the physical and mental stimulation they need to thrive, as well as strengthened bond with their humans. (Speaking of win-win!)
“KONG toys are a great complementary toy option for dogs because the company offers a variety of ways to meet their dogs’ needs,” said Joan Hunter Mayer, CBCC-KA, a California-based professional dog trainer and behavioral coach, told Daily Paws. “The toys are available in different sizes, shapes, styles, chewing strengths and age of the dog. They are also easy to clean!”
How to choose the best Kong toy for your dog
With over 100 KONG dog toys to choose from, it’s easy to get lost buying one that your dog likes best.
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Mayer says pet parents should choose a KONG toy based on their dog’s age, ability, chew strength, and size. “Some toys are too big for smaller dogs, and some dogs can destroy even the toughest toys available,” he says. “It is best to supervise your puppy to make sure they are safe while they are having fun and enjoying themselves.”
A Guide to KONG Colors and Sizes
While you might have bought a red KONG toy in the past because you thought the red would go well with your decor, the brand says it actually has a rhyme and reason for the colors, shapes, and sizes of each type of Toys exist based on the pooch’s “chew style”.
The light pink and light blue KONGS are intended for teething puppies. These have the softest rubber of all KONG toys and are designed for beginners and light chewers.
The KONG Classic is the red option designed for the average chewer and most adult dogs. It has durable rubber. So, if your adult dog isn’t a toy shredder, this is probably the best option for you.
Super Chewers, this is for you! The KONG Extreme is the black option designed for the toughest chewers and made from durable rubber.
For our cute white-faced puppies, KONG Senior is the purple option specially designed for aging teeth and gums.
In terms of sizes, KONG recommends the following: XS and small sizes for puppies 5-20 pounds, medium size 15-35 pounds, large size dogs 30-65 pounds, XL size dogs 60-90 pounds and XXL Size for dogs over 85 pounds. The company says when in doubt, choose a size just to be safe.
With that in mind, here are 10 Kong dog toy options that we think your canine companion will love.
Our 10 most popular Kong dog toys
KONG Classic dog toy
Paws Down, this is the brand’s most popular dog toy. The KONG Classic has been loved and chewed very much for over four decades. (Yes, we said “decades”.) Made from all-natural red rubber, this endless playtime toy is sure to stimulate your pup, especially when filled with a treat or a touch of xylitol-free peanut butter.
Shop Now: Kong Classic Dog Toy, from $ 7; chewy.com
Red colored Kong Classic toy on a white background
KONG Extreme Goodie Bone
Is your canine companion a chewing machine? Maybe he’ll hit his match with the KONG Extreme! Thanks to its natural, extremely black rubber formula, this toy is particularly robust and durable. A bonus? The toy’s goodie grippers can be filled with your power chewer’s favorite snacks!
Shop Now: Kong Extreme Goodie Bone, $ 12; amazon.com
Black Kong Extreme Goodie Bone on a white background
The KONG Wubba is an ideal throwing and pulling toy for your playful puppy. This toy uses ballistic nylon to cover a tennis ball and a squeak ball to keep your dog always entertained. It also has long, fluttering tails, perfect for fetching games. The Wubba toy is available in red, purple and blue.
Shop Now: Kong Wubba, $ 12; amazon.com
Purple Kong Wubba toy on a white background
KONG puppy toy
If we know one thing about puppies, it is that they love to chew, chew, chew! The KONG Puppy Toy is made with a natural rubber formula, which is the gentlest of all KONG products for your puppy’s baby teeth. Your puppy can enjoy this bouncy toy and chew it for both physical and mental enrichment. It can also be filled with croquettes and peanut butter for playing, and even used for exercise in the box.
Shop Now: Kong Puppy Toy, $ 14; petsmart.com
Light blue and pink Kong Puppy Toys on a white background
KONG Senior Dog Toy
The eternally young bitches will surely have their tail-wagging fun with the KONG Senior. Designed specifically for your older dog’s teeth and gums, this Kong dog toy uses a soft, all-natural rubber formula. Stimulate your longtime friend’s senses with this bouncy, chewable, and stuffable toy that will help him feel like a puppy again.
Shop Now: Kong Senior Dog Toy, $ 7; chewy.com
Purple Kong Senior dog toy on a white background
KONG Squeezz Ball dog toy
Does your dog rage while squeaking? The KONG Squeezz Ball dog toy offers your furry friend lots of fun. Made of non-toxic thermoplastic rubber and a recessed, durable squeaker, your dog can safely play with this bouncy ball for hours.
Shop Now: Kong Squeezz Ball Dog Toy, $ 2; petco.com
Blue Kong Squeezz Ball dog toy on a white background
KONG Flyer dog toy
Known as the best soft rubber washer on the market, the KONG Flyer makes it easy to get your dog’s teeth and gums out, so your pooch can play as many games as he likes! This flexible and durable flyer is a safe disc option for large dogs 30-65 pounds.
Shop Now: Kong Flyer Dog Toy, $ 11; amazon.com
Red Kong Flyer toy on a white background
KONG puppy activity ball
One of the most puppy-friendly KONG dog toys is the puppy activity ball. The natural, soft rubber formula was developed for teething puppies and helps soothe aching teeth and gums of your little one while promoting positive chewing behavior at the same time. The grooves on the toy are designed to help clean your pup’s teeth and gums, and can also be filled with snacks for a very special play experience.
Shop Now: Kong Puppy Activity Ball, $ 9; amazon.com
Pink Kong Puppy Activity Ball on a white background
KONG Cozie Marvin the Moose Plush Dog Toy
If you want to pair your adorable pup with a cuddle buddy, the KONG Cozie Marvin the Moose plush toy is an adorable option. It also doubles as a toy to play with! This squeaker-filled cozie consists of an extra layer of material and minimal filling for softer chewing sessions and even naps.
Shop Now: Kong Cozie Marvin the Moose Plush Dog Toy, $ 5; chewy.com
Kong Cozie Marvin the Moose plush dog toy on a white background
KONG wobbler dog toy
The KONG wobbler takes playing with your food to a whole new level. The toy is positioned upright and will randomly release treats if your dog wrinkles its paw or nose, causing it to wiggle, twist, and roll. The wobbler provides hours of entertainment and fun. In addition, it can be used to slow your dog’s meal time if you have a quick eater!
Shop Now: Kong Wobbler Dog Toy, $ 20; chewy.com
Red Kong wobbler dog toy on a white background