KONG at the Dog Park

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As the summer heat begins to fade and the leaves start their colorful transformation, there is still time to enjoy the great outdoors. Fall is a perfect time to get out there with your dog and PLAY!

There are a variety of KONG toys that are perfectly conducive to a fun day at the dog park. We’ve come up with some games that we hope will inspire you and your four-legged friend this fall. Read on for our tips and let us know if you’ve got something fun to add!

FETCH & RETRIEVE (EASY)
Stand in an area with short grass with your furry friend at your side. Toss the KONG Classic a short distance at first and watch it bounce erratically. Get your puppy to chase and return the toy. If she needs a little encouragement, offer a small treat to drop the KONG at your feet. As you and your pup get the hang of it, gradually increase the distance of your toss. Remember to praise your dog for her efforts; she’ll have lots of fun making your proud!

ROLLING KONG DISC CHASE (ADVANCED)

Try rolling a KONG Classic Flyer on the ground, like a wheel. Roll the disc on its side using a roll toss. Hold the disc upright in the palm of your hand with your thumb on the gripping ridges, roll the disc back toward your bicep then fling it outward to the ground. Get your dog to chase after the disc. If he goes for it, be sure to praise or reward him with any KONG Stuff’N Treat. If your dog doesn’t go for the disc, don’t worry and don’t show any frustration. This is just learning after all. Just keep trying — eventually you’ll have a breakthrough. This same technique also works extremely well with the KONG Traxx tire toy.

CATCHING THE DISC (ADVANCED)
When your dog has mastered bringing the KONG Classic Flyerback to you, you’re ready to begin learning the catch. Stand a few feet away from your dog and gently toss the KONG Flyer into the air. While doing this, say, “catch!” Repeat this process until your dog catches the disc. Be patient. This can take some time to accomplish. As soon as your dog catches the disc, be sure to give lots of praise or reward with any KONG Stuff’N Treat.

Now you’re ready to move on. If you’re right handed, position yourself on your dog’s right. If you are left-handed, go left of the dog. Make sure the dog sees the KONG Flyer. From where you’re standing, throw the disc a short distance in front of you. When your dog gets good at catching short throws, go longer. If you have a dog that likes playing fetch with a stick or toy, you can expect an easy transition to catching a KONG Flyer. Good luck and have fun!

VERY IMPORTANT: BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT, THINK ABOUT THESE SIMPLE RULES TO KEEP SAFE:
Always play on a flat, grass field free of holes, rocks or other potentially dangerous obstacles. Don’t throw near trees, fences, posts or other obstructions. Only play during the day or in brightly lit areas. Always have water and shade available for your dog to prevent overheating during practice. Keep workouts short at first, allowing your dog’s stamina to build.

The KONG Flyer should be used for retrieving, not tugging, since tugging can be counter-productive to learning how to catch and retrieve. Also, don’t let your dog get too possessive of the KONG Flyer or show any aggression towards you while handling the disc. You should always control how and when games are played. Finally, the KONG Flyer isn’t meant as a chew toy. But of course, we have lots of other toys for chewing.