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Advantages and Benefits of using a Kong Ball
There are many balls and sqeeky toys in pet stores and pet shops Most toys were originally made for children, but some clever manufacturers put them into pet type presentation packs. For chewing toys, I do not recommend any type of ball other than the Kong Chew Ball products. The Kong is indestructable, and many have been known to last up to a decade of pet chewing.
It has been scientifically tested and proven that Kong balls can help relieve boredom even for kennelled dogs and provide the needed outlet for the energy of active individuals. The Kong is moulded at 300 tons, to give just the right amount of resilience to dogs' teeth. The Kong's wild, unpredictable bounce makes it a superb exercise and fetch toy. The natural rubber taste and smell encourages chewing. Better to chew a Kong than chew your furniture. The Kong deflects a dog's natural killer instincts into joyful pursuit and harmless chewing.
The classic Kong resembles a snowman-like structure of three balls pushed together. Kongs also come in several variations for dogs of different ages and sizes. Made of rubber, they are hollow in the middle, and can be stuffed with treats or frozen to provide long-lasting distraction for anxious or high-energy dogs.
They come in four rubber types; red for average chewers, pink or blue for puppies, purple for seniors, and black for tough chewers. Other than the typical snowman-like Kongs, Kong has also made a very successful line of dental chews, balls, pull toys (such as the Kong Wubba and the Kong Tugger Knots), Frisbees, a dog binky, floating toys, squeakers, and various interactive toys and accessories. For cats, Kong also has a line of toys including a cat version of their "Wubba", as well as scratching boards, catnip, and other chew toys.
The toys are produced by the Kong Company of Colorado. The company owner, Joe Markham, invented the Kong in the 1970s, when he noticed his German shepherd Fritz damaging his teeth by chewing rocks. He found that Fritz enjoyed chewing on a hard rubber Volkswagen Bus suspension device, and spent about six years experimenting with different compounds to produce a chew toy of similar size and shape that he could sell to pet owners. Originally, Markham sold most of his products to Israel, Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom, but the Kong began gaining popularity in the United States in the mid-1980s, and have remained popular there ever since. The 2005 book Planet Dog describes the Kong as "possibly the best-known dog toy in the world"