Bella has a Kong she loves. But I am starting to get a little concerned. She keeps putting her lower jaw deep into the hole and I'm worried that one day she may not be able to get it out (especially as she is still growing). Even right now she sometimes comes to me with it hanging there and I don't know if she just wants me to throw it or if she's having trouble. Did I buy the wrong size? I got the one for her weight range. I was going to leave it in her crate with her while I was gone but haven't for this fear.
If she is puppy get a puppy kong...They are best for puppies only and they are small enough for them to play with as she gets older than you purchase new ones to accomodate her needs...the one you have is way to big so of course she may injure herself. The also come in pink and blue..I purchase my Baby 2 teethers which came with treats and I squeaky Kong and we have a ball...The teethers I stuff with peanut butter or yogurt for her when I am gone for a little while and I crate her..Look for all puppy Kong toys.
I pledge to be a responsible dog owner...I Pledge to take care of my baby for the rest of her life...
Mine never did like their kongs. They are just laying in the toy box. What they did like was a ball I got Max for Christmas last year and they roll it to get their treats out. Its big, hard plastic and holds lots of treats and really to me seems safer than the kongs. I forget where I bought it but that might be something you could consider. That way there is nothing anyway that I can see they could get hurt.
I (really Cricket did) got it as an 'adoption' present from my sister-in-law 4 years ago. She said she found it on a website but I'm not certain where. It's called a talk to me treatball if that helps. Cricket that it was okay, but wasn't too into it. Bella will play with it until she hits it under the furniture and can't reach it. Of course I think it would be really cool if I could get a cat's meow recorded, but maybe that would teach Bella the wrong lesson...
You might check with Foster & Smith. I can't remember where I bought theirs, but I do think they carry them in their catologs. Its so easy for them to get choked or anything happen when they are little. Tina got her teeth hung in Mandy's collar one day when she was chewing on her. Mandy was just pulling her and Tina was screaming. Scared me to death. I guess they can get into so much when they are little you can't even watch them enough. Good luck with the kongs. A smaller one will really help.
If you have a large dog, the largest 'talk to me ball' is a danger and a waste of money. I returned 2 of them to the manufacturer for a refund along with a warning about the larger dogs playing with their largest sized product. Smaller dogs could always go up a size for safety.
They are a very cool toy and it's alot of fun to watch your dogs play with them. My german shepherds loved them, especially hearing my voice from the ball telling them by name to find their cookie,
...BUT... Jazz, the larger of the two, at 80lbs, used it as a chew toy once her treats were gone. She got enough of her mouth around enough of the ball so that her teeth punctured the recorder/sound plug. She then REMOVED the plug which was about 1-1/2-inches round - a tragedy waiting to happen if she got it stuck in her throat or swallowed it. We thought it was a freak act but she then did the same with Freddie's ball. She did not 'work' to get the plug out - she put her mouth on the ball and popped that plug in about 20 seconds flat. It was fortunate I saw her do it.
The plug is not a push in plug, it was screwed (threaded) into the ball and held with a screw - do not underestimate the ingenuity of your pet.
The same principle would apply to any size dog - my suggestion would be to buy a larger size ball - don't just go by the weight listed when buying - also consider the size of your dog's mouth - so there is no possible way your dog can get his/her mouth around any part of this toy.
If you get these balls, please stay with your dog as they play with them until you are absolutely sure there will be no tragic accidents.
***Edited By: lovemygirls on 8/20/2007 1:19:24 PM*** Reason: *
Okay I checked out the puppy Kongs and the for Bella's size has the same size opening as the adult Kong (I checked). The smallest Kong is too small for Bella so I guess I just need to wait and see if her lower jaw grows with the rest of her.
I have a Kong Stuff-a-ball. The shape is much different than the traditional Kong. Maybe it would work for you? I have a small dog so I use it for treats, but it looks like it is made of the same red rubber so it should be able to handle being gnawed on.