Puppy Kong

Puppy Kong
The Puppy Kong has a special teething formula which makes the rubber softer for young, brittle teeth, but still as durable as the original Classic Kong. 


Ideal to use during a puppy’s teething stage, they can also be stuffed with tantalising treats to keep puppy happy and stimulated when left alone.


Suitable for puppies up to 9 months of age.


Sizes of the Puppy Kong:

Large: Suitable for breeds such as German Shepherd, Newfoundland.
 Puppy Kong


Pet Necessities recommends this product to:
  • Increase mental stimulation in bored puppies.
  • Relieve worries of being left alone.
  • Teach calm behaviour.
  • Give positive associations to areas such as crates.
  • Reduce play biting in teething puppies.
  • Help keep worried dogs’ minds off scary situations like fireworks.   
  • We also have a large selection of stuffing recipes on our website in our Toy Stuffing Recipes section.                                                                  
     The Puppy Kong helps to give positive associations to areas such as crates or cars.

Pet Necessities’ Training Tips:

  • Stuff and freeze the Kong to make it harder to empty and cooling on hot days.  Don’t forget that freezing your Kong also gives a cooling sensation to your puppy’s sore teeth and gums.
  • Microwave with contents of kibble and cheese until melted – yummy!
  • Don’t forget, daily food allowance can be used inside the Kong too. If using dried kibble then mix with something wet to help keep the contents in and make it a tougher challenge!

  The Puppy Kong will help keep your bored puppy occupied.


Pet Necessities recommends the use of this product with our natural training treats  and the Clix Puppy House Line.


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Kong Puppy Teething Stick Large

Kong Puppy Teething Stick

These are ideal to use during a puppy’s teething stage (2 – 9 months of age) and are great when used in conjunction with pet toothpaste. Simply squeeze a small amount into the grooves and let puppy enjoy.

The specially designed grooves close over teeth and gently clean and condition both teeth and gums, while the chewing action helps to alleviate sore gums as a result of teething.

The Large Kong Puppy Teething stick is suitable for breeds such as Golden Retriever, Dobermann.

As with all treats and toys, it is important to supervise use.

Pet Necessities recommends this product for:
  • Helping with teething, which will reduce play biting.
  • Keeping your puppy occupied and stimulated.


Pet Necessities recommends Kronch Salmon Treats and Fish4Dogs Super Star Training Treats for use with this product.  They can be inserted into the grooves to encourage appropriate chewing behaviour.


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The Importance of Chewing for Dogs

When we think of a dog that likes to chew, most of us think about inappropriate chewing, such as the chewing of furniture, clothes, children’s toys etc.  However, chewing in dogs is a completely natural behaviour!  Did you realise that it’s actually really important that a dog is encouraged to chew?  The trick is in making sure that they are chewing appropriately!  By providing a dog with plenty of appropriate chewing opportunities from a young age, you can help discourage inappropriate chewing and ensure that he or she has the chance to carry-out this vital behaviour.

The Importance of Chewing for Dogs

Biting and chewing helps a dog relieve stress through releasing endorphins.  Dogs that chew are exercising both mind and body.  Chewing also helps to keep the teeth healthy and clean. Biting and chewing are natural hard-wired behaviours that are an inherent part of being a dog.


The Importance of Chewing for Dogs

Dogs chew to relieve boredom, loneliness, stress, frustration and anxiety. The act of chewing has a calming and comforting effect on the adrenal-pituitary axis in the brain.  It triggers the release of endorphins, and as such is a tool that the dog has at his disposal in order to ‘self-medicate’ for anxiety and stress.

The Importance of Chewing for Dogs

As well as the behaviour benefits, chewing appropriate toys and chews can help clean a dog’s teeth, remove plaque or aid a puppy through the difficult teething period.   Adolescent dogs are also still teething and chewing often occurs at this time.


So, how can you encourage appropriate chewing?  That’s easy, by providing some of the numerous chew toys, mental stimulation toys and long-lasting, natural chews that are available!


Dog Chew Toys

The most popular dog chew toy has to the Kong range of toys.  Made of natural rubber, dogs find them irresistible to chew.  Known for being robust, they are available in red for average chewers, or black for power chewers.  There is also a puppy range, which has softer rubber for dogs under nine months.

Kong Toys

Mental Stimulation Toys

While not all toys designed for mental stimulation encourage chewing, many do.  Kong toys are perfect for stuffing with treats or some of your dog’s daily food ration.

Mental stimulation is essential if you want your dog not to chew

As well as the standard-shaped Kong toys, Kong Quest, Kong Traxx and Kong Stuff-a-Balls are all great toys for stuffing.


Zogoflex Tux toys also make great stuffing toys, as do the K9 Connectables and Beco Balls.


K9 Connectables brain puzzles for dogs


Long-lasting Chews

By far the simplest and most convenient way of encouraging appropriate chewing is by purchasing a natural, long-lasting chew.  Ensure you purchase one that is a suitable size for your dog and contains no artificial ingredients; go natural!


Our two favourite chews are completely natural, environmentally-friendly and sustainably sourced.


Deer Antler chews such as the Farmfood Antlers or Pure Dog Stag Bars are extremely popular (both with dogs and their owners!) and are very long-lasting.  They wear down slowly with the grinding action of the dog’s teeth and saliva, into tasty morsels. Eventually, the dry marrow is exposed as a lovely treat when the outside has been worn away.  For younger or inexperienced dogs, there are also Easy Antlers, which allow the dog to reach the marrow without working so hard.


Antler Bars are safe, won’t splinter or chip or cause blockages and they don’t contain nylon like some long lasting chews. They are not an ‘empty’ chew like rawhide and in fact, contain important minerals.  They clean the dog’s teeth, rather than bung them up like some dog chews and they’re great for dogs with sensitive tummies. Even dogs who are losing weight can enjoy Antler Bars because they only contain a tiny amount of fat. Naturally, they don’t contain additives or preservatives.


FarmFood Antler bars are popular with all dogs.


Anco Roots are a long-lasting chew created from an eco-sustainable source and completely natural.  Anco Roots are safe and won’t splinter or chip.  They clean the dog’s teeth and naturally, they don’t contain additives or preservatives.


Anco Roots give your dog a prolonged chewing experience


Toys suitable for teething

Arctic Freeze toys make perfect teething toys for puppies and adolescent dogs.  This innovative range of cooling and teething toys contains 100% purified water and are designed to be frozen.  Arctic Freeze toys are soft on the mouth, while durable and strong, therefore providing an icy chilled chewing sensation. The range also has special areas incorporated within each toy for treats to be inserted.  This adds extra interactive fun, too!


Rope toys such as Beco Jungle Triple Knot also make fabulous “teethers” for teething puppies and young dogs.  They can be soaked in a very weak gravy solution or salt-free stock and then frozen.  As well as the dog getting relief through chewing, the frozen rope will help to soothe sore gums.  Made from hemp which is a very eco material as no pesticides are used in the growing process. Most importantly though it’s better for your dog; unlike cotton and synthetic ropes it has very short fibres which are more easily digestible.  This means that if a piece of rope is swallowed it is much more likely to pass through the dog’s body without causing problems.


Dogs that chew may be experiencing separation distress or anxiety.  Should you feel that this is the case, you may need to seek help from a Clinical Animal Behaviourist who can help you resolve the issue.


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Handling Exercises for Puppies

Handling exercises for puppies

It is important to practise handling exercises with your puppy from day one.  Teaching your puppy to remain calm and confident whilst being handled, will ensure that as an adult dog he can cope with every day scenarios from being groomed to being examined by the vet.

Individual Puppy Training


The type of tools needed for grooming will depend on every individual pet, and the type of fur he has.  When teaching a puppy to accept being groomed, it is sensible to start with a soft brush, that won’t pull or tug his coat, to get him used to the sensation (a Zoom Groom is ideal).  Start by holding a treat in one hand under your puppy’s nose, whilst slowly and gently running the brush over him with the other hand.  It is important to verbally praise your puppy for remaining calm throughout the process.


To begin with, your puppy will need fairly frequent rewards to encourage him to remain patient and to learn to enjoy being groomed.  When your puppy is used to the process and is able to remain relaxed throughout, you can start to reduce the amount of food rewards he receives.  In time, you will be able to groom your puppy without food under his nose; although it is important to still reward him intermittently to reinforce appropriate behaviour.  Should your puppy begin to get wound up by the process, and start play biting for example, it may be necessary to go back a step, and increase the food rewards he receives for remaining calm.  This will help to keep him relaxed and without the opportunity to become frustrated and fidget.  Some puppies accept and enjoy being groomed very quickly, whilst others may take slightly longer, and may need higher value treats for this exercise.


Never tell your puppy off for becoming fidgety, but instead praise him when he is calm and relaxed. Grooming can be quite stressful for some dogs, so it is important to teach him to enjoy the process.  Always keep each grooming session short and end on a positive note (i.e. with him relaxed).

Puppy House Visits in Surrey, Middlesex and Berkshire


Throughout your puppy’s life, there will be many instances when he will need to be physically handled; for example, during trips to the vet, treating a cut paw, removing ticks, etc.  In order to ensure that such occasions are as least stressful and easy as possible for your dog to endure, it is important to teach him to accept being handled from as early as possible.


Start by holding a treat under your puppy’s nose to keep him occupied, whilst you run your other hand over his body.  Pick each foot up in turn, rewarding him after holding each paw for a second or two to start with.   Once you are able to pick each foot up without your puppy fidgeting, you can progress to examining your puppy’s paws and toes more thoroughly before each treat.  Whilst doing so, make sure you are verbally praising your puppy for remaining calm.  In the same way, you can practise examining his tail.  To examine his eyes, start by gently holding his head still for a second, before giving him a treat.  Once he has learnt to accept that, progress to gently examining his eyes, rewarding intermittently.  Similarly, you can inspect his ears and teeth in the same way.  Gently lift your puppy’s lips, praising him calmly as you do so, and give him a treat after a second or two.


In time you can increase the duration of the examination before rewarding him.  This is something your puppy will need to learn to accept and experience during his trips to the vet.  Therefore, it is important to practise such exercises to build his confidence, before expecting him to accept a stranger to do the same.


Teeth Cleaning:

Toothbrushes for dogs come in many different forms.  Some are similar to a human toothbrush, others are designed to sit over your finger like a glove, so using your finger to brush your dog’s teeth.  As always, it is important to teach your puppy to accept having his teeth brushed, rather than forcing him to endure it.


If you have practised handling your puppy as above, he should be confident having his teeth looked at before you start the cleaning process.  Start by allowing him to lick the toothpaste off the brush, so he learns that the toothbrush coming towards him is not a scary object.  Next, gently lift his lips, and brush the teeth at the front of his mouth for a second or two before stopping and giving him a treat.  Many puppies aren’t comfortable with the sensation of tooth brushing, so it’s important to keep the sessions short before rewarding.  This will teach him that if he remains calm and accepts his teeth being brushed, a positive reward will follow.


In time, you can increase the duration of the brushing before each reward, as well as progressing to brushing the molars at the back of his mouth too.  If your puppy becomes anxious or fidgety, go back a step.  Make the sessions shorter and more rewarding for him, before expecting him to cope with his all his teeth being brushed in one go.

Ear inspection and cleaning:

Whilst some breeds of dog are more predisposed to ear infection and dirty ears than others, it is important for all dogs to learn to accept having their ears examined and potentially cleaned.  Start by holding a treat under your puppy’s nose with one hand, whilst using your other hand to lift, stoke and touch your puppy’s ears.  If he accepts this without fuss, progress to examining his ears with both hands..  You should calmly praise him, and reward him with a treat at the end.


Once your puppy is able to remain relaxed throughout this process, you can begin to gently clean inside his ears with some wet cotton wool.  This will get him used to the sensation, before rewarding him.  As always, ensure your puppy is calm and relaxed before expecting too much from him.  If he struggles, go back a step, and make the process more rewarding for him.

Handling exercises for puppies


Once your dog is happy to be handled by yourself, consider asking other members of the family and friends to do the same exercises.  This should be closely supervised, but it should be done to ensure your dog is used to be handled by various people of different ages, genders, sizes, etc.


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Some dogs are more accepting of handling if they are occupied with something.  A stuffed Kong or Snuffle Treat Mat work well to take your dog’s mind off of the process and give them a positive association to it.  Some dogs are more tolerant of grooming if they have a toy in their mouth rather than using a food reward.


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Here at Pet Necessities we believe that your pet deserves only the best!  We are a Surrey-based organisation, driven to offer not only the best products on the market, but also the advice behind using them as well as useful training tips.  We specialise in products that are not only excellent quality, but help enrich our pets’ lives and increase the pet-owner bond.  We sell everything you need to clicker train your dog, cat, horse, rabbit, rat, etc; as well as fun, interactive pet toys that you and your beloved animal can enjoy together.  We also sell training aids that are recommended by behaviourists and trainers to assist in having a well-mannered pet, and items to keep your much-loved dog safe on walks or when travelling.

All of our products have been tried and tested on our own or friends’ pets, and we do not believe in using anything that would cause harm or stress.  With an APDT, APBC and ABTC* registered dog trainer and clinical animal behaviourist as part of the Pet Necessities’ team, many are products that are used daily in her training classes or behavioural sessions and are recommended to her clients.  Our dog training services work along the same ethics of kind, reward-based training, offering options to suit you and your dog.

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Pet Necessities Professional Dog Training is run by Sarah Hickmott BSc (Hons). She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT00930), meaning that not only has she been assessed for her standard, but she promises to conform to the association’s ethics of only using kind, reward based training methods. This is essential when looking for someone to help you train your best friend; anyone can state that they are a qualified dog trainer, but look for APDT membership as a seal of approval.  Sarah is also a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, and an accredited practitioner with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.


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