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Dog Product Review: Kong Squeaker

During my recent tour of the KONG headquarters and factory in Golden, Colorado, our friends there gave me a KONG Squeaker, which is essentially a classic KONG made from their puppy-strength rubber with a squeaker inside.

dog product review, kong squeaker, champion of my heart, dog blogThis review will be short because for Ginko, who will be 11 next month, and Lilly, who will be 7  next month, the classic KONG means one and only one thing … FOOD.

It’s kind of how I feel about chocolate being the only acceptable form of dessert.

At Chez Champion of My Heart, this dog toy is a non-starter.

Clearly, Lilly and Ginko do enjoy other squeaky toys, including their alligator dog toy with 20 loud squeakers, their all-time favorite fetch balls, and their invincible snake.

However, they remain completely befuddled by the KONG Squeaker.

Ginko seriously made a face like I had played a cruel, cruel trick on him.

“What no cheese? No peanut butter? No puppy treats?” he practically cried.

“Why I’ve NEVER heard of such a thing as a KONG without food,” Lilly chimed in. “It’s an abomination.”

[Lilly has a bigger non-food vocabulary than Ginko does.]

Dog Product Review: Kong Squeaker (details)

The toy is indeed made from KONG’S softer “puppy” rubber, and it’s not recommended for dogs over 9 months.

This makes sense for a couple of reasons:

  1. The softer rubber makes squeaking possible. (Even with the softer rubber, it’s nearly impossible to squeak by hand. Dogs jaws are clearly stronger, even as pups.)
  2. Puppies don’t yet know that KONG means food, so they’re less likely to feel robbed and more likely to simply enjoy teething and making noise.

Kong Squeaker Giveaway

puppy picture, latte, cowbirl by proxyBecause this toy received no joy from our on-site product testers, I knew from the get-go that I’d be giving away this lovely prize.

Now, I know we typically do drawings or contests, but a member of our Champion of My Heart community just adopted a new puppy in the last two weeks.

So, I’m sending this toy directly to Maery from Cowgirl by Proxy to her new puppy who is tentatively named Latte. You can read all about Latte’s arrival into Maery and Java’s lives and see many more puppy pictures on their blog.


FTC Disclosure

I received this Kong Squeaker for free to review. However, I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post, and I’m giving the toy away to a loyal reader.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Ben Schmid - June 15, 2011

Great product review, thanks! I love your blog. Check out for a bunch of great dog products.

Keep blogging!

Dream Valley Ranch - April 3, 2011

Wow…Lilly is quite the eloquent pup 🙂 The Guppies would be as horrified as Ginko and Lilly…perhaps they can all go to Kong HQ and protest the new cruel squeaky toy? 🙂

Latte is a wonderful choice as the recipient of the squeaky non-toy! She is soooo adorable! Woohoo!

Kristine - April 1, 2011

Heh, I have a feeling my dog’s reaction would be much the same. She does love a good squeaky but to her kong=food. No doubt there would be great disappointment. Good luck to the new puppy and her family!

Candy Blakeslee - April 1, 2011

Wow…if Betsy and Norman ever want to retire from the dog toy testing business they now know who they can hire. Lilly has an AMAZING vocabulary!

I am wondering if Kong gave you any of their new Squeezz (clear vinyl) squeak toys to test. I saw them at Global Pet Expo and they looked super fun!

    Roxanne Hawn - April 1, 2011

    Candy, I did indeed see the new Squeezz toys from KONG on our tour. However, at the time, information about them was embargoed (a big secret). The promised to send me some to try, but I’m not sure they’ll remember. If so, Lilly, Ginko, and I promise a full report.

Living Large - April 1, 2011

My dogs feel the same way about Kongs with no treats! I love the big vocabulary your dogs have! 😉

    Roxanne Hawn - April 1, 2011

    Thanks, Living Large, for noticing my attempt at humor.

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