Kong Puppy Toy review

The Kong Puppy Toy isn't just the perfect way to soothe sore gums, it also provides hours of physical and mental enrichment that will help your fur baby thrive

Kong Puppy Toy review
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PetsRadar Verdict

The Kong Puppy Toy is ideal for teething fur baby's and its hollow center and unpredictable bounce means it also doubles up as a food puzzle and fetch toy to provide hours of fun and amusement


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    Great for soothing sore gums

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    Can be stuffed with treats

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    Ideal for physical and mental enrichment


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    May be too small for larger puppies

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Customized for a growing puppy’s baby teeth and gums, the Kong Puppy Toy will help provide some much-needed relief as your puppy loses their baby teeth and gets ready to welcome their adult ones. 

One of the best teething toys for puppies, It’s also a great way to help your young fur baby learn appropriate chewing behavior, get them to settle in their crate at night, and help to make the times when they’re separated from you that little bit easier.

We love how this hollow toy can be stuffed with treats, making it great for mental enrichment, and its unpredictable bounce means it also offers plenty of fun physical stimulation. 

Durable and long-lasting, this affordable toy comes in a range of sizes to suit every breed, but is the Kong Puppy Toy really one of the best puppy toys on the market? Let’s find out! 

Kong Puppy Toy: Features

Made from a gentle and natural rubber formula, the Kong Puppy Toy has been specifically designed to meet the needs of your pup’s 28 baby teeth with a soft feel that will reduce a lot of the pain that comes from the inflammation that occurs during teething.

Hollow in the middle, the Kong can be stuffed with kibble and peanut butter for a great mental enrichment activity that will occupy your young pup’s mind. It also has an unusual shape that offers a fun unpredictable bounce, making it ideal for games of fetch and keeping your puppy physically stimulated.

A chew toy, a fetch toy, and a puzzle toy all rolled into one, the Kong Puppy Toy ticks all the boxes when it comes to versatility, durability, and longevity,  and it’s also dishwasher safe, meaning clean up is a breeze. Available in small, medium, and large sizes, and a choice of pink or blue, there’s a Kong toy to suit every puppy regardless of breed or gender.

And although it makes an especially good teething toy, that’s not the only way you can use it. You’ll find the Kong Puppy Toy equally effective for helping to ease separation anxiety, alleviating boredom, and keeping your young fur baby company during crate training.

Kong Puppy Toy: User reviews

With over 20,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, it’s clear that the Kong Puppy Toy continues to be a big hit with both pet parents and their young pups with one reviewer calling it the ‘greatest dog toy of all time’.

It’s a sentiment echoed by thousands of happy customers who praise the toy’s ability to keep their puppy happy and content. One reviewer writes: “The buzz is beyond deserved! Maple absolutely loves her Kong and will spend hours bouncing it around and trying to get all the yummy treats we put in it.”

Another delighted puppy parent says: “Our 17-week old puppy has never loved a toy so much! We adopted her from the Humane Society at 8-weeks old and her teething/mouthiness (biting our hands, clothing and feet) was a nightmare. I should have caved in and bought this KONG toy then instead of waiting until now.”

While there are plenty of people raving over the Kong Puppy Toy, as you’d expect, it’s not for everyone. The main complaints amongst pet parents are the sizing (which is smaller than a lot of people were expecting), and the difficulty in keeping it clean (the grooves mean it’s easy for bits of food to get stuck). 

That being said, the ratio of positive to negative reviews is strongly skewed in favor of the former, and given how affordable this toy is, we reckon it’s well worth a try if you’re wanting to ease some of the pain and discomfort that comes with teething.

Should you buy the Kong Puppy Toy?

When it comes to teething, play, and mental enrichment, the Kong Puppy Toy ticks all the boxes. We love that the soft rubber design soothes sore gums, while the hollow design and unpredictable bounce means the toy can also be used as a food puzzle or in a fun game of fetch.

While it is slightly on the small side and the grooves can make it trickier than other toys to keep clean, we feel the affordability, durability, and sheer range of uses that the Kong Puppy Toy can fulfil make it well worth the purchase. 

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.