Kongs are a very useful tool and they can help solve several solutions. The following below are Kong solutions.
Chewing. Without an acceptable outlet for the natural instinct to chew, many dogs turn to destructive chewing in the home. Prevention is key! Teaching dogs acceptable chewing behaviors with Kong helps avoid destructive chewing from the start.
Teething. Puppies have 28 baby teeth that erupt through the gums, sometimes causing pain. Just like babies! You parents know how rough it is to take care of a teething baby! Chewing soft rubber helps alleviate teething pain.
Separation Anxiety. Separation anxiety occurs in the first 20 minutes after your leave a dog alone. A simple solution is to help the dog develop a positive association between being left alone and good things, like a treat-stuffed Kong.
Boredom. To combat boredom, a dog will always find something to do- often this leads to problem behavior. Stuffed and frozen Kong toys extend playtime and create a healthy, long-lasting challenge.
Digging and Barking. Digging and barking are typically outgrowths of boredom or fear. Creating good behaviors start with productive play, which allows dogs to expend excess energy.
Crate Training. Crates provide a sense of security for dogs and also aid in house training. As the dog chews on the Kong inside the crate, they begin to feel more comfortable and create a positive association with the crate. Repeat this until your dog is happy to settle in the crate on their own.
Weight Management. Weight management is an important part of dogs' overall health; it's estimated that 35% of dogs are overweight or obese. Feeding your dog from the Kong classic or Wobbler will not only slow their eating, but provide a satisfying mental and physical challenge.
How to Stuff a Kong-- For more experienced Kong users freeze it before giving it to your dog! This makes it more challenging and the treat lasts longer. Also, its a great summer treat. Fun recipes can be found at: https://www.kongcompany.com/learn/stuffing-recipes
How to clean a Kong. It's important to clean the Kong after every use. You do not want any left over peanut butter and other food to remain in the toy. Luckily, it's easy to clean them!
Step 1: Rinse with warm water and dish soap.
Step 2: If peanut butter and other hard to get food get stuck and do not want to come out, soak the Kong in warm water until the food loosens.
Step 3: Use a bottle brush to scrub the inside of the toy.
Step 4: Be sure to rinse thoroughly.