Of course most people know about the KONG, but it really is a great toy to keep pups busy. I like to fill Devyn’s with some treats and top it off with peanut butter so it’s challenging to get. You can buy edible paste made by KONG in different flavors if you prefer, but I find peanut butter to be cheaper and works just fine. KONG also makes a variety of different toys in various shapes to keep dogs interested. They’re considered to be indestructible, which is a very good thing for strong chewers.
Devyn gets bored with food. She’s not super food oriented, and since she’s so active, I try to keep her interested in food so she eats enough (not a common problem for Corgis!). Besides feeding her different kinds of foods, we’ve collected some wonderful foraging toys that make eating a game. These toys are also great for dogs who eat really fast as it slows them down by making them figure out how to get to the food. Foraging toys give more opportunities to work a dog’s mind!
If you think the KONG is a magical toy all dogs should have (which they are), you’ll adore this wonderful foraging toy. It reminds me of those Weebles toys for kids that wobble but don’t fall down. This toy has a large space to put a meal’s worth of food and a small hole to let out only one or two kibbles at a time. Dogs have to figure out how to knock it in just the right way that a kibble falls out – like magic! Unlike most foraging toys, this one stays interesting because it’s unpredictable. The KONG moves in different ways every time it gets knocked around, making it a constant challenge for pups that get bored easily or are too smart (like Devyn). Devyn has figured out that if she picks it up by hooking a tooth in the hole and then throws it on the ground, several kibbles fall out and she can reap her rewards for being so smart!
Kyjen makes a wonderful assortment of foraging and other toys that keep dogs active and engaged (their motto). This star spinner foraging toy has two levels with 5 small chambers each to place little bits of food. Dogs have to figure out how to spin each level to expose the food. On the bottom of the star, you can change the resistance to make it harder or easier to spin the levels, which makes this a great toy for dogs of all sizes (and muzzle strengths).