The Kong brand has been synonymous with pet toys the world over for quite some time now. However, do you really know how it all started? Here’s a sneak peek into the world of the Kong Company.
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An Introduction to the Kong Brand
Founded by Joe Markham, the Kong Company was a result of necessity over passion, and more so, a solution over business profit. The ideology revolved around designing toys that could act as a food dispenser while giving your pet a decent workout at the same time, and who would complain if your hyper active pet is getting some exercise too, right?
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Have you ever observed that dogs usually like to play with the simplest of things, like a water logged stick, or chasing a rubber ball, or catching Frisbees, or running behind random strangers, and the list goes on. Hence, it was important to design a simple product that keeps all these things in consideration. Kong’s products over the years have stood the test of time and there’s a good reason for that.
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They’ve always believed in focusing on quality, originality and safety as three primary factors for making toys and these are things that stand out for them. If you do happen to visit their website, you’ll know that they also make loads of other fun products beyond the toys they are famous for. Whether it’s interactive toys, grooming collars, knots, treats, rubber toys, or any other product, Kong has them all.
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The Kong Wobbler
The KONG Wobbler is typically used as a fun way to treat and dispense food to your dog. It sits upright until pushed by a dog’s paw or nose and then periodically dispenses tasty rewards as it wobbles, spins and rolls. The unpredictability of the movement keeps the dog guessing as to the direction of the wobble. The Wobbler can also be used as an alternative to a dog bowl to help slow and extend mealtime while providing exercise for your dog.
Now that we know a bit about the Wobbler, it’d suffice to dig deeper and explore the features of this simple yet brilliant toy. Essentially, the Wobbler is made of high grade polymer for durability. You can also easily unscrew it and place it in the dishwasher for cleaning. Tasty treats can be filled by simply unscrewing the top from the bottom. Moreover, it’s fun for your dog to play with, jump around and growl at it.
To summarize concisely, the Kong Wobbler -
- Is made of high grade polymer
- Is durable
- Can be easily unscrewed for cleaning and filling
- Is available in 2 sizes (Small & Large)
- Made in the USA
- More features & details, check here
To make optimum use of the Wobbler, and treat your dog to a fun time, ensure that your dog watches right from the start. Unscrew the empty Wobbler and fill the food. Ensure your dog is watching you do this. Now screw the top on tightly. Place it where your dog can sniff it initially. Once done, push it, wobble it, and roll until some food pops out. After doing this a couple of times, your dog will gradually pick up the action and start doing it himself leading to a fun filled mealtime coupled with good exercise.
- Great toy for dogs that eat fast
- Gives your dog a physical and mental challenge to get rewarded with food
- Makes the activity fun
- Easy to fill, clean, and is dishwasher safe
- Makes a loud sound sometimes
- Due to wobbly nature, food can’t be filled fully. The base has to be held upside down to fill food
- The large size may be too big for some breeds
- Stronger dog breeds like the bullmastiff can break it into halves within minutes
All in all, this is a great tool, especially for dogs that eat too fast and gobble up food in no time as also for those who enjoy some stimulation and reward that goes with it.
General customer impression of Kong
I bought the Kong Wobbler last year for my Doberman and trust me when I say I was sceptical at first. I thought that my Doberman would tear it to pieces after I left it with the Wobbler for a few hours. But to my surprise, now that it’s over a year, there isn’t a single scratch on it. And I’ve read zillions of reviews that back this theory. The customers elsewhere also find this toy and dispenser truly durable, and fun to play with. It’s also fun since the mental and physical stimulation is incorporated during mealtime. It also gives the impression that it is super easy to clean and refill. What more can you really ask for?
Very few products have the capability to combine food, fun, and exercise in a simple design, and the Kong Wobbler certainly does that so well. Until there’s a better product out there, let’s keep wobbling. Check out more details + the price for Kong Wobbler here.