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How to Crate Train Your Dog With a KONG

Dog in crate Published: 2021-12-09

...If you are a pet parent and you have a dog, you probably have a KONG somewhere in your home. As many of you probably know, a KONG isn’t just a toy, but can be used to solve many different things such as boredom, separation anxiety, and chewing, just to name a few.

Teaching Your Puppy to Settle and Be Happy at Home

Dog sleeping in a bed Published: 2021-04-20

...Teaching your puppy to settle and to be home alone and happy is one of the most important steps in puppy training, though for many it is also the most overlooked!

Socializing Your Dog in a Changing World

Dog kissing a woman Published: 2021-03-09

...Since March 2020, our world has been transformed in numerous ways. Some people reading this may have experienced profound changes in their lives due to Covid, while others less so. Regardless, everyone has been impacted by lockdowns and social distancing requirements.

Pet Dental Health

Checking a dog's teeth Published: 2021-02-02

...Periodontal or oral disease is common in most pets and can show signs of some type of dental disease by age 3.

DIY Pet-Themed Holiday Ornaments

Snow globe with KONG toy inside Published: 2020-12-21

...Looking to switch up your holiday décor with a fun, inexpensive activity you can do at home? You can easily add your precious pets to the decorating fun with these simple DIY ornaments.

A Happier, Safer Home for the Holidays

Dog smiling in front of a fireplace Published: 2020-11-22

...While holiday celebrations may be scaled down this year, chances are you will still be planning to gather for special meals with close loved ones—including furry family members. Here are some tips to ensure that everyone at the table—or under the table—safely enjoys their time together.

The Benefits of Stand-Up Paddle Boarding with Your Dog

Dog with a life vest on a kayak Published: 2020-07-12

...We all know that Dogs Need to Play! There’s some awesome KONG toys that are meant for water fun like the Training Dummy or the KONG Aqua, but we thought it would be fun to kick it up a notch!

Simple Tips to Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated

Dog playing with a treat ball Published: 2020-06-26

...Mental enrichment is critical for your dog’s health to help release energy, learn more efficiently, decrease separation anxiety, and relieve boredom. Getting your dog mental enrichment doesn’t have to be difficult!

KONG Tips for Training Your Dog at Home

Dog playing with a KONG toy Published: 2020-06-18

...Now that you are home with your dog more, you can practice some things to improve the quality of life for you, your family and your dog.

Tips for a Great Groom at Home

Dog getting washed Published: 2020-06-10

...Want to learn how to get your dog clean and pretty without having to leave home? Maybe your schedule is too packed or your dog hates the car. Whatever the reason, you’d like to be able to groom your dog at home.

Step-by-Step: How to Walk Your Puppy on a Loose Leash

Dog on a leash Published: 2020-05-22

...Teaching your puppy to walk on a loose leash starts the very first time you clip the leash to their collar. While it may be the thousandth time you’ve put a leash on a dog before, keep in mind this is an entirely new experience for your puppy.

Tips for Shopping Local

Dog in a store Published: 2020-05-12

...As much of the United States remains a patchwork of openings and closures, the needs of both people and pets continue. Choosing to shop at locally-owned stores is a great way to fulfill your pets' needs, as well as make a positive impact on your community. Here are some tips for making the most of your pet supply shopping during the pandemic.

2 Creative Spring Recipes You Can Make at Home!

Dog playing with a holiday treat Published: 2020-05-08

By: Taylor McDonald of @bindisbucketlist ... What came first, the chicken or the egg? Spring is in the air, and we can feel it! With the days getting a little longer and the birds out and chirping, it has us feeling all the spring vibes that this season is beginning to offer.

How to Manage Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Dog looking out a window looking sad Published: 2020-05-05

...Much like humans, dogs love routine and what is familiar to them. When there is a big change or things go out of process it can be unnerving and scary for our four-legged friends. Dogs that act out in different manners when their human companions leave are displaying the common behavior known as separation anxiety.

KONG Solutions – How to use KONG to Help Solve Unfavorable Dog Behaviors

Dog holding a chew toy Published: 2020-05-01

...KONGs aren’t just a dog toy, they can also be used as a tool to help eliminate certain unfavorable dog behaviors as well. Even though dogs have since become part of our family, instincts that developed in the wild many years ago can still lead to problem behaviors in your home.

How to Alleviate Your Dog’s Stress When Going to the Vet

Kid playing with a dog Published: 2020-04-28

...Having a dog in your life can be rewarding on many levels. Emotionally, they bring a richness to our lives. Physically, they can be a catalyst for increased activity which is important for health and fitness.

Cat Fostering 101 – Guide to Fostering Basics

Cat in a foldable play house Published: 2020-04-23

...Taking in a foster kitty in need is one of the most rewarding, and stressful, things you can do. By stepping up to volunteer, you’re not only helping to free up space in your local shelter, but you’re also providing a safe space for vulnerable animals to develop into loving pets; free of the diseases and other stressors they might encounter in the shelter environment.

X2: For the Exceptional Chewer

Dog chewing on an X2 KONG toy Published: 2020-04-20

...Do you have a dog that seems to be the heaviest of chewers? No toy to them is indestructible? Do all their toys need to be fluff-free? Some dogs may even be labeled as "toy-destroyers"!

Dog Fostering 101 – Guide to Fostering Basics

Dog laying on its back on a couch Published: 2020-04-16

...Fostering programs are a foundational part of animal shelters and rescues across the nation. Animals need foster homes for a variety of reasons like; lack of space in shelters, injury, illness, environmental stress and around the clock care. Animal lovers with the right home environment, time and training are able to lend a helping hand to make a positive impact on the lives of animals and their community.

Springtime Safety - Pet Friendly Plants

Dog sitting in a flower bed Published: 2020-04-06

...As the weather starts warming up, the colors of the landscape become more vibrant, we all know that feeling that spring has sprung upon us! With this welcome change in weather there also comes potential threats for our furry friends.

Beyond Peanut Butter: What to stuff in a KONG

Dog chewing on a treat stuffed KONG toy Published: 2020-04-02

...KONGs and Peanut Butter are an iconic duo and a go-to for most dog owners. It’s an easy and delicious pair that keeps dogs occupied and satisfied. But what else can you stuff in a KONG?

Boredom Busters for Your Dog

Dog laying it's head on a laptop Published: 2020-03-20

...Trying to work from home but your dog thinks you’re just having an extended weekend to play with them? Here are some tips and tricks to keep your dog busy as a bee!

Give Your Puppy a Smart Start with KONG

Puppy playing with a puppy KONG toy Published: 2020-03-19

...A brand-new puppy is one of the greatest joys in life. Between their fluffy fur, puppy breath and kisses it’s hard not to fall in love. But soon those sweet puppy kisses turn into nibbles and those sharp puppy teeth hurt!

What Can You Put in a KONG Besides Peanut Butter?

Bamboo cutting board with ingredients on it Published: 2020-03-12

...22 Easy KONG Stuffing Recipes! From "Earth Day" to "Fido's Farmhouse Feast!"

Pets and Home Decor: Incorporating Your Furry Family Members Into Your Interior Design

Group of pictures on a wall Published: 2020-02-26

...Pet parents love showcasing their furry friends. They truly are a part of the family, so here are some fun ideas for tastefully incorporating your pets into your home decor!

Start smart: How to introduce your dog to KONG

Kid playing with puppy and a KONG toy Published: 2020-02-25

...While people may know that a KONG can be key to hours of enriching, mentally stimulating fun that satisfies dogs’ instinctual needs, a dog who has never played with a KONG might not know exactly what to do. Don’t worry, it’s easy to get them on the right chewing track. Follow these steps to explain KONG to your dog in a way that helps maximize fun and safety.

Style Points: What's your dog's chewing style? Why does it matter?

Dog walking and holding a KONG toy Published: 2020-02-19

...From pint-sized Chihuahuas to pony-sized Great Danes, nearly all dogs love to chew. Not all dogs chew the same way, however. Different dogs have different chewing styles.

5 Signs of Dental Disease in Dogs

Dog getting a dental check Published: 2020-02-07

...(and Fun Ways to Fight It). While your dog (usually) can't tell you about a toothache in words, their behavior can raise a red flag if you know what to look for. Why should you be concerned? Because good dental care can extend a dog's life.

The Relaxation Station

Dog playing with a kid in front of a Christmas tree Published: 2019-11-04

The sounds, smells, and activity of the holiday season are exciting for people and pets alike. So what can you do to keep things from going from fun to frightening for your dog this season?

The Key is Three

Large dog holding a KONG toy Published: 2019-11-01

Make sure your dog always has a KONG ready to go by following The Key is Three.

Training Cats? Yes Really! (Part 2)

Cat sitting inside a travel bag Published: 2019-10-15

In my previous blog I discussed some common cat behavioral challenges and their solutions, while hopefully debunking the myth that cats can’t be trained. Having been in the training world for over 3 decades and being somewhat of a skeptical soul in my own right I understand that not everyone reading the last blog was entirely convinced.

How to Stuff a KONG

Dog chewing on a KONG toy Published: 2019-09-06

While bouncy, durable KONGs are irresistibly chewy on their own, stuffing them with your dog’s favorite treats kicks up the fun.

Training Cats? Yes Really!

Cat sitting in a foldable play house Published: 2019-09-04

Mention training your cat and people get a strange look. Common comments include; “Can you train a cat? Cats can’t be trained! Cats are too independent to be trained. Cats don’t care about pleasing you like dogs!”

Are KONG Dog Toys Indestructible

Dog holding a KONG toy Published: 2019-08-23

Legends of the indestructible KONG toy bounce around dog parks and social media like, well, a bouncy KONG.

Are KONG toys dishwasher safe?

Small dog chewing on a KONG toy Published: 2019-07-19

Why Do You Need to Wash KONG Rubber Toys?

Summer Essentials

Dog sitting behind a clear bag with dog toys Published: 2019-06-10

Summer is finally here! Just like humans, pets also need fun summer accessories to help make the most out of the long summer days. Here’s some of our favorite grab-and-go items to keep your pet busy this summer.

June is Adopt a Cat Month

Cat chewing on a soft toy Published: 2019-05-28

Summer, the height of the notorious kitten season, is the perfect time to welcome a new feline friend (or two—kittens love having a companion!) into your home.

Pet Photoshoot Tips

Dog kissing a woman Published: 2019-05-24

If you’re anything like us, your social feed is constantly flooded with hundreds of insta-cute pups. How do you set yourself apart to make sure your dog gets the attention they deserve?

Enjoying the Outdoors with Your Furry Friends

Dog walking while holding a KONG toy Published: 2019-05-08

The weather is finally warming up, which means you’re probably starting to plan more outdoor adventures with your furry friends.

7 Tips for Road Trips with Rover

Dog sitting in the backseat of a car Published: 2019-04-11

Hitting the road with your best friend? Follow these suggestions to make your journey safe and comfortable for your 4-legged copilot!

Spring Cleaning – Toy Organization

Dog and cat searching through toy bins Published: 2019-04-05

Spring is a time for fresh starts – this includes tackling the overflowing pet toys, treats and accessories...

Dog Instincts

Pack of wolves in a field Published: 2019-03-28

Looking at your beloved dog it can sometimes be hard to imagine that all dogs, large and small are descended from wolves...

KONG & the Myth of Indestructibility

Large dog holding a KONG toy Published: 2019-03-05

“You’ve got to get your dog a KONG. They’re indestructible!”

You’ve heard it. We’ve heard it. It’s simply not true.

Good Dog's Guide to Getting Adopted

Dog sitting on a couch Published: 2019-02-15

This article was brought to you in partnership with Sidewalk Dog Media, your one-stop shop for dog-friendly culture and authentic local expertise. Don’t miss their award-winning newsletter!

How to Clean a KONG

KONG toy in a dishwasher Published: 2019-01-17

(For humans, dogs already know how)
Even the most talented dogs may leave a bit of food at the bottom of their KONG. Don’t worry, cleaning the toys is easy...

New Puppy Tips

Kid playing with a puppy Published: 2019-01-10

Congratulations! The addition of a new furry family member can add so much joy to your life, but it comes with some learning and training for both you and your pup.

Pet Parents Guide to the Holidays

Dog chewing on a KONG toy Published: 2018-12-05

The holiday season has snuck up again! Between family, friends, food and travel the time from Thanksgiving to New Years can be incredibly stress inducing not only for you, but especially for your pet. Whether you are staying home and hosting guests, travelling across the country or going to your neighbor’s house - the holiday craze can cause even the happiest of pets to feel overwhelmed.

Cats Need to Play!

Cat playing with a feathered toy Published: 2018-10-16

If you’re a cat parent, you know that the cat nap is a very real thing. Sometimes it might even seem like your cat spends all day asleep. Well, it’s true that cats do sleep quite a bit—an average of 12-16 hours a day, which is much more than we humans do. However, that means that she is awake for upwards of 8 hours daily, leaving plenty of time for activities such as eating and grooming. But what else should your cat be spending time doing in order to be living her best life?

Crate Training

Dog sitting in a crate Published: 2018-09-02

Your dog's crate is their den of serenity, a safe spot of their own where they can relax away from the outside world. And though the instinct to curl up in a secure place stretches back to wolf ancestors, today's dogs benefit from correctly introducing crate time and teaching them to enjoy their sanctuary. Once they learn to love their crate, it's invaluable for house training, as well as keeping dogs from finding mischief when pet parents are away. Portable crates even provide a safe place and a great solution when travelling.

Prevent Your Dog's Back to School Blues

Two kids walking a dog on a path Published: 2018-08-23

For families with non-furry kids as well as kids with wagging tails, this time of year can mean lots of change and excitement. Keep in mind that when students head back to school it means big adjustments for the entire family—including your dog. Here are some tips for easing the transition.

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