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Stuffed Kong safe unattended?

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Capt. Roxy, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Hi all,
    I have to leave my puppy home alone tomorrow for about 2-3 hours. Can't take her to camp until her fecal float is back so I'm forced to leave her in her crate until I return. I have made a peanut butter stuffed Kong treat and it's being frozen as I type. Can I leave her unattended with the stuffed Kong in her crate? I only put peanut butter and some of her regular kibble. There would be no water.... is that okay? She's 8-9 months old and I usually always watch my dogs when they eat just in case for choking hazards. I'm assuming since it's frozen she can't eat it super fast anyway so it should be okay. I've never had to do this with my other dogs so this is all new to me. Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Love Kongs, and PB stuffed, they can be great treats. Nonetheless, IMHO, I would not leave her unattended with it. From experience, I find that any 'stuff' left with a juvenile canine can create all kinds of issues.
    Which type of Kong do you have for her?
     
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  3. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Hi, I have the Classic Large Kong. I didn't opt for the puppy Kong because she rips through everything so fast. I leave the Kong in her toy bin all day/night she plays with it on and off without stuffing.
     
  4. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Is the Classic the black, military style Kong - if so, those can hold up to a lot?
     
  5. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    No, it's the red one. I put about 1 1/2 tablespoon with 1/4 cup kibble and it was stuffed.
     
  6. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    I wouldn't leave anything out other than maybe a NylaBone or something. I really doubt a Kong could be a problem but i wouldn't leave it out. Both of my dogs never gave the Kongs a sniff after i put peanut butter in them, i had to clean them out and just use kibbles.
     
  7. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    I personally wouldn't leave anything out with a dog unattended. Also, if crated while you are out, I would not leave a collar on the dog either. The collar could get caught and the dog could choke.
     
  8. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    The only things I will leave unattended with my dogs are large, extra-strong Nylabones and antlers. Those are things I know for sure they can't break or swallow. Anything else would make me too nervous.
     
  9. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Definitely remove the collar as it can get hung up on a dog trying to get out of its crate. I leave antlers with mine as I feel they are safe.
     
  10. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Okay, thanks all! I bought deer antlers for her. I did not know about the collar issue so thank you so much for that. I will remove her collar and leave her with her antler. For those of you who use antlers how long does on last? It's not split in half like some of the ones I've seen. It's a whole antler about 7 inches long 1.5 inch in width. They don't splinter like bones?
     
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  11. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    The antlers last over a month with my dogs. They wear down from the ends and don't splinter.
     
  12. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Mine last several months. Neither of mine are super hardcore chewers, but they're hardy despite being chewed on daily. Mine are not split but they are cut into 7-10" sections.
     
  13. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Deer antlers don't last here. Buddy can eat one in no time, and if he's really in chewing nirvana it can get splinters. Oddly, it doesn't happen with the elk ones. The elk antlers last a lot longer, and I've never seen one splinter. Having said that, I don't leave chews out when no ones home. I just don't think it's safe.
     
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  14. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    The Elk ones I wanted to try those too but wasn't sure if she would even like any type of antlers. Seems to love the deer so I will try the Elk antlers as well.
    You guys are all so great!!! Thank you so much for your help and advice.
     
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  15. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Oh boy, the whole leaving the collar on when crated. We used to breed pugs about 20 years ago, we kept one (still a pup), named it Rosy. One day we put her in her crate for about an hour when we went for groceries, came home and i went down too let her out and she was dead hanging from the side of the crate. It literally killed me inside, her little tongue was hanging out and everything, it's something i will never forget and to this day i NEVER leave a collar on my dogs when crated..
     
  16. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Stuffy, so sorry to hear about your pug. That must have been so terrible.

    I tried leaving a stuffed kong in Tonka's crate but she hurt herself because she got so excited that she kept pushing it out of the crate. Then she got all worked up and tried busting out of the crate. It didn't work for her. Hopefully, you can exercise your pup a bit before leaving her?
     
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  17. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Oh my gosh!! Staffy, I'm so sorry about Rosy. That must have been horrible!!! :(

    Thank you for all your advice. I now crate her without her collar with a big antler.
     
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  18. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    It was horrible, it crushed me. I learned a very hard lesson that day.
     
  19. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    I am sorry, St@ffy. Wish it would have never happened to you and the pup, it was too hard a lesson ...
     
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  20. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Yeah, being the big animal lover i am, it really hurt me and she was the one i picked out of the litter. Very hard lesson learned.
     

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