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Product Review – KONG Extreme KONG Flyer

Do you have a dog that likes to chew up their toys?  Do you have a dog that catches a Frisbee and then keeps it and chews it to pieces instead of bringing it back to you?  This Frisbee may be your answer.

KONG makes many Frisbees, but this one is made especially for dogs that are aggressive chewers, who might destroy most other Frisbees.

This is a soft, yet durable Frisbee, black in color, and seemingly flys faster and further than other Frisbees that I have used.  It is great for taking your dog and exercising them when they have a little extra energy that you are trying to get out of them.  Make sure your dog knows the fetch and bring commands before using this.

Sasha is an aggressive chewer.  So far, there are minor tooth marks in the lip of the Frisbee, and a small tear, but it is still very usable and durable.  It also stands up to the cold weather.  I prefer the softer Frisbee than the harder one as it is easier on your dog’s mouth and in the cold, it does not crack.

Final verdict: This is a purchase with caution.  If your dog is an aggressive chewer, know that it will not stay pristine for the duration that you use the toy.  We have had ours for over two months and just recently there are marks on it.  It is for sale on wag.com and for a limited time, it is on sale.  Try it out and hopefully your dog will love it!

 

KONG® Extreme Flyer

Product Review – Firstrax Carpet Chase Cylinder Base Swat Toy (For Cats)

The swat toy is a cylinder shaped toy with a spring and a furry ball at the end that the cat is supposed to bat at and it will bounce right back up to give hours of playtime fun.  The carpet covering encourages the cat to use it as a “scratching post” in order to not use furniture to scratch on.

The idea of this toy is great, and if you have a kitten or a cat that likes toys that pop right back and there is no real “catch and win” with the toy, meaning the cat cannot catch the ball and drag it away, then this is the toy for your cat.  Your cat will be able to grab onto the ball but then when they release it, it pops right back up in place.

This toy…annoyed Isis to no end.  We knew it was time to get rid of it when she actually hissed and growled at it, which she NEVER does to anyone or with anything else.

We showed her how to play with it, encouraged her to play, we played with it to get her to play with it.  We put her favorite catnip on it to get her interested.  Finally one day she started to play with it and then just hissed at it and growled.   Every time she would pass by it, she would go around it with a wide birth and just never got into playing with it.

Final verdict: I would not recommend this as it sees that not many cats are interested in playing with it (after reading the reviews from other pet parents on the website).  It did not provide any fun for Isis, it was far from anything she would ever play with.  If your cat likes toys of this sort and doesn’t mind not being able to win, this is the toy for them, otherwise, steer clear of this toy.  Not recommended.

The toy is available on wag.com for $8.99, at least it wasn’t a huge waste of money.

 

Product Review – Kong Extreme Kong

If you have a dog that loves interactive, treat-filled toys, the Kong may be right for your dog, but with reservation.

Sasha loves toys that have treats in them, she goes nuts for them.  Sasha is also a chewer.  She has calmed down considerably from when we first adopted her over a year ago, but she still has her moments.

The Kong Extreme is another toy in the Kong toy line that promises it is virtually indestructible.  You can put a treat inside and your dog can figure out how to get it out, thus making the dog think, and play at the same time.

For Sasha, we bought both the large and king sizes just to make sure she would have something that wouldn’t destruct in a matter of seconds.  (We won’t discuss how it took her  30 seconds to rip apart a plush toy she received as a present…ahem, anyway!) We placed a Bully Stick that was thick enough to fill the hole at the bottom of the Kong.

We gave her the treat and watched her carefully.  We tried the large size Kong first.  It seemed all right for about two minutes and then it happened, she chewed on the Kong for a very short time and it started to come apart.

The next day, we tried the king size Kong.  Same type treat inside it, gave it to Sasha and watched her.  For about ten minutes, all went well.  Then it happened again.  The Kong was chewed on (and not much, just softer mouthing and not back teeth chewing, which usually is the more aggressive type chewing) and it started to come apart.  Talk about frustration.

The Kong would be a wonderful toy for dogs that are older, and ones that aren’t so…mouthy or that love to chew.  Sasha had them wrecked within minutes and that’s a bit too quick and too expensive for us.

Final verdict: Overall, I cannot recommend this toy for people who have dogs that love to chew.  Sasha loved it, but we didn’t want to chance her eating the pieces of rubber that were coming off the Kong.   Right now on Wag, the Kongs are on sale they range in price from $5.99 – $20.99.  If your dog is not a chewer and likes toys with treats in them, this might be a perfect match.

Weekly Trick – Jump Through Hoop

This trick may not be very advanced, but it sure looks cool once the dog is able to do it.  It is great exercise and uses their agility in order to perform the trick.

First, get a hoop big enough for your dog to fit through.

Next grab one of their favorite toys.

With the hoop touching the floor, move the toy through the hoop back and forth and use a command word such as “Hoop” or “Through” each time you move the toy back and forth through the hoop.  Make sure to let the dog play with the toy every once in a while, while in your hand because they have been doing such a good job.

Once the dog is comfortably going back and forth through the hoop, lift the hoop off the floor an inch at a time and keep moving the toy back and forth through the hoop while using your command word.

Once the dog is comfortable with one inch off the floor, lift it up a bit higher and continue to do so until they are literally jumping through the hoop.

If the dog misses, take a step back and bring the hoop back down an inch, or until they are able to easily go through the hoop once again.

Always give rewards and huge praises when they do the trick correctly.  Have some treats handy as well and use those in moderation.

It’s a great trick for any dog to learn and it looks great when they are doing it!

Here is a video to show you how to do the trick.  Again, this is NOT me in the video.  Just a good way to show you how to do this trick.

I hope your dog has great fun with this trick!