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KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Black

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  • Ultra-strong, ultra-durable, black rubber compound is recommended for the most powerful chewers
  • Perfect for stuffing with KONG treats; Helps reduce boredom and separation anxiety for powerful chewers
  • Unpredictable bounce for games of fetch
  • Used worldwide by police, drug enforcement and military K-9 teams; Also used by Schutzhund and AKC competition trainers
  • Made in the USA
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Product Description

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It's not just a dog toy; it's a KONG.

KONG Extreme is the most durable version of our original KONG toy. The ultra-strong, ultra-durable, black rubber compound is recommended for the most powerful chewers. Our super-bouncy, black natural rubber compound is unequaled for dogs who like to chew. Stuffing healthy treats into a KONG keeps dogs happily working and out of trouble for long periods of time.

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Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety typically occurs in the first 20 minutes after you leave a dog alone. A simple solution is to help the dog develop a positive association between being left alone and good things, like a treat-stuffed KONG. Stuffing a KONG toy with a mix of wet and dry ingredients creates a challenge that typically lasts 20 minutes, engaging dogs during the time when anxiety is at its peak. A KONG can even be frozen so that getting all the food out takes even more time.


For adult dogs, chewing is nature’s way of keeping jaws strong and teeth clean. Chewing also combats boredom and can relieve anxiety or frustration. Without an acceptable outlet for the natural instinct to chew, many dogs will turn to destructive chewing in the home. Success comes when teaching dogs acceptable chewing behaviors from the start. KONG toys come in a variety of formulas from puppy to adult to senior, so they can grow with your dog. For all dogs—regardless of chewing temperament—supervise play until you’re confident the dog won’t destroy the toy. Be sure to replace any toy with cuts, tears or rips.

Barking and Digging

Dogs bark to communicate and dig when bored or afraid. Creating good behaviors start with productive play, which allows dogs to expend excess energy. Every time you throw a KONG toy, the unpredictable bounce ensures no two games are ever the same, keeping the dog engaged and excited for more. A stuffed KONG is also helpful for a dog left outside to play. Directing their energy toward something positive, like working for the food inside the toy, diminishes bad behaviors.

Crate training

Crate training is an effective way to house train a puppy or new dog. In this critical time, you can help relax your dog with a treat-stuffed KONG to create a positive association with the crate. Start a dog’s crate training by stuffing a KONG toy with a favorite treat. Let the dog see and smell the stuffed toy, then place the KONG in the back of the crate leaving the door open. As the dog chews on the KONG inside the crate, they begin to feel more comfortable and create a positive association with the crate. Repeat this until their dog is happy to settle in the crate on their own.

Power chewers need durable toys.
Dogs Need to Play.

For dogs, physical and mental development, emotions and behavior are all influenced by healthy pay. Play helps dogs expend excess energy, which is important for appropriate behavior. KONG dog toys encourage play, satisfying dogs' instinctual needs and strengthening the bond between dog and owner.

There are three basic chewing styles when it comes to dogs and their toys.
  • Gentle Chewers – These dogs are easy on toys and prefer plush or fabric toys. They usually like to lick or suck on their toys, but rarely ever destroy their toys.
  • Average Chewers –These dogs love to play with all kinds of toys and will often carry toys around with them. They can be destructive with plush and fabric toys but rarely are destructive with rubber toys.
  • Power Chewers – These dogs are usually strong, determined chewers who require more discretion when it comes to selecting toys. Choose durable, interactive play toys along with hard rubber toys. Sizing up is also helpful when picking toys for Power Chewers.

Product Details

Size: Small | Package Type: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.8 x 1.8 inches ; 1.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001MUVYO8
  • Item model number: K3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,080 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)

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382 of 388 people found the following review helpful By UlrikeDG on April 7, 2009
I got the Extreme Kong (black), because my rat terrier had already torn apart a Classic Kong (red). He goes through plush squeaky toys in no time flat. He has chewed pieces out of one Extreme Kong, but not the other two. What have I learned to keep him from shredding Kongs?

1) Always supervise your dog with this toy (at least until you know how well it will hold up). Yes, the instructions say this. It's not just CYA legal BS. Until you know for SURE that *your* dog can't chew through the Extreme Kong, don't leave him unattended with this toy. (Unfortunately, this means that I can't give it to him in his kennel to alleviate boredom when I leave the house.)

2) If your dog has already destroyed other toys, consider sizing up from the "recommended" size. My dog weighs 25 lb, which is solidly in the "medium" range, but the Large Kong is better for his extreme chewing. The Extreme Kong he tore apart was a Medium. He hasn't managed to tear apart the Large yet.

3) Don't fill it all the way with peanut butter. Stuff the bottom 1/2 - 2/3 with dry food or treats and the clog the top 1/3 or so with something soft like peanut butter. If you fill the whole thing with something that's impossible to get out without tearing the toy apart, your dog will tear the toy apart.

4) Wash it on a regular basis. I have more than one Kong so I can still use one while the other is being washed. I like to soak mine in warm, soapy water for a few hours before sticking it in the dishwasher. This seems to get it clean even if there's peanut butter in the crevices. Dried on cheese can be a bit harder to clean out (I use the pointy end of a spoon or even a toothbrush to get at those bits).

5) If you notice your Kong is showing wear, replace it.
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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Kaholeenah on August 1, 2010
Size: LargePackage Type: Standard Packaging
I do pit bull rescue and I'm ALWAYS looking for durable toys. This Kong is my favorite of all. I like to have three per dog so that I can mix up batches of Kong stuffing (peanut butter, bananas, and oats) and then freeze them. They are AWESOME for crate training.

Now that I've said how awesome they are, there is a drawback. They DO stink when they first come. They DO smell bad. So I always wash mine (with a bottle brush) and soak them in soapy water for a few days before their first use. The smell goes away after awhile, but it never seems to bother my dogs.

We LOVE the Kongs!

(If you're looking for durable toys you should also check out the Nylabone dinosaur and deer antlers. They are big hits at my house. And if you buy in bulk, [...] is good too!)
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Todd S. on May 8, 2012
Size: LargePackage Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
I'll just touch briefly on some of the concerns that others have mentioned in their negative reviews.

*Is it counterfeit?*

I compared to a Kong I bought several years ago from a local pet supply chain store.
The Kongs are identical in every way although the graphics on the packaging has changed. That style of the packing, however remained the same. And yes, I actually did save the packaging because I can never remember what size it is.

* Did they make it smaller?*
As I said above, these kongs purchased through Amazon in Apr 2012, were identical to kongs I purchased locally in 2009 from a pet supply store. Picture the courtroom tire analysis scene from the movie My Cousin Vinny... I-(claps hands)-dentical!

*Why doesn't my dog want to play with it?*

If your dog is anything like mine are, they aren't interested in rubber chew toys. They're into bones and stuffed animals that they can destroy in 2 seconds. However my dogs were kong & chew-toy trained at an early age. More on that in a bit. I give them a stuffed kong. I used to put all kinds of goodies in there like kibble and peanut butter but now I just put a little piece of sliced bread in there. If I want to make it extra challenging, I'll break off about one quarter of a piece of a hot dog bun and wedge that in the kong. That'll take some work to get out.

"Working" on the kongs is sort of a mental exercise. Not just chewing. One of my dogs learned the best way to get the treat out of the kong is to throw the kong down the stairs. Once my dogs get the food out, they lose interest in the kong completely. That's normal. But it's a piece of rubber folks, not a beef bone. It does however serve another valuable purpose and that's mental stimulation.
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141 of 152 people found the following review helpful By David W. Straight on June 11, 2008
Size: LargePackage Type: Standard Packaging
Important note: the extreme Kong is NOT the same as the red Kong, which apparently is much flimsier. I got this for my neighbor's good-natured pit bull Major, after seeing him shred everything else. Thin rubber squeaky toys last only a few hours, nylabones perhaps a day or two, and even the thick rubber chill pill got shredded. But the Kong Extreme has (to my surprise) remained intact. I had begun to think that only a chunk of cinderblock would survive...maybe. Extreme Kong takes funny bounces (which apparently is part of the idea. Toys with rope handles made for better slobber-avoiding toss-and-fetching, but handles got chewed off very quickly. You can throw this by poking your finger in the holes and tossing--it's marginally better in terms of slobber than many other toys. Kong comes in different sizes--the largest may outweigh your toy Chihuahua, so be judicious. If a neighbor has a pit bull, getting on his good side is important, even if he is as good-natured as Major!
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