Kongs are fun toys for puppies, but they need to be chewed regularly. If your puppy doesn’t chew their food or if it isn’t chewed often enough, then it will become hard and painful to swallow. A soft chew toy helps prevent tooth decay and makes chewing easier. There are many different types of Kongs available at pet stores today, but there aren’t too many that are made from real bones! Some Kongs are made with plastic, some are made from wood, and others are made from other materials. They all have one thing in common though: they don’t provide much stimulation for a puppy’s teeth.
In addition to being boring, Kongs that contain bones may cause choking hazards when chewed too frequently. Bones can break down into small pieces which could potentially choke your pup out if swallowed whole.
So how do you make sure your puppy gets enough stimulation?
Well, here are my top recommendations for the best Kong fillers for puppies:
1) Kong Baby Bone Chews (KBB): These are made from baby bones and are very mild in flavor.
They’re great for puppies because they’re not too strong, yet still provide enough stimulation to keep them interested. You can purchase these Kong chews online or at most pet stores.
2) Natural Rawhide: Certain kinds of rawhides are okay to give to your puppy because they are softer than others.
I recommend the “Pressed” rawhides sold at most pet stores. They are made from pure beef or pork hide that has been through a process to make it safe for consumption. These are not like real bones and should be treated as a regular chew toy.
3) Other food items: There are many other things you can put in a Kong for your puppy to keep them interested.
For instance, one of the favorite Kong fillers is plain old peanut butter! You should avoid using human snacks that might be unhealthy for your dog, but peanut butter is fine. There are many other human foods that are fine for dogs in moderation. Other fillers include cooked meats, fruits and vegetables, and even some canned dog foods.
It is important to regularly replace your puppy’s Kong with a new one. If you don’t, the unused portion will become too hard for him to chew and he may lose interest. I recommend replacing your puppy’s kong every 2-4 days or when half of the contents have been eaten.
Puppies are fond of chewing because it helps them relieve their teething pain. They will eventually lose their baby teeth and grow new ones up to several times before reaching adulthood. This is a normal process for dogs, but if your pet is experiencing extreme tooth pain, talk to your veterinarian about finding a suitable chew toy or otherwise alleviating the pain.
This article should provide you with a good overview of how to use a KONG toy for puppies. I hope you found it interesting and that it helps your relationship with your new furry friend.
Caring for a New Puppy
Puppies are a lot of work, but they are also a lot of fun! Here are some tips to help you care for your new four-legged friend.
Tip #1: Puppies need a lot of attention, but don’t get too overprotective. It’s great to play with your puppy and spend time with him, but you have to teach him not to become dependent on these interactions. You’re going to have to leave the house every now and then, so your puppy will need to learn to entertain himself from time to time.
Tip #2: Puppies need plenty of stimulation, both mental and physical. It’s important to take your puppy out for walks and to play with him regularly. Set aside a hour or two each day where you can engage your dog in play and training sessions.
Tip #3: Be consistent with rules and discipline. You need to teach your puppy what behaviors are acceptable and what aren’t. This doesn’t just mean not letting him get into the trash. It also means teaching him things like not to chew on your fingers or slobber all over you when you’re walking him. Your puppy needs to learn discipline, but he doesn’t need to be punished every time he does something wrong.
If you’re consistent in applying rules and rewards for good behavior, your puppy will learn them quickly and easily.
Tip #4: Be careful about teaching your puppy bad habits. For instance, if you continually encourage him to jump on people despite your warnings, then he’s going to think that all he has to do is jump up to get attention whenever he wants it. You need to be just as consistent in rewarding good behavior as you are with punishing bad behavior.
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