Company: Kong Company – famously known for the Classic Kong Toy made with natural KONG rubber.
Product: The New Off/On Squeaker toy
What it is: KONG OFF/ON Squeaker is a dog toy that has an “off switch” for quiet play. It’s made with the popular AirDog material which is a high-quality tennis ball material that is made with a special non-abrasive felt and will not wear down a dog’s teeth. The OFF/ON Squeaker toy allows pet parents to switch the squeaker on and off for loud fun or quiet play.
The toy comes in five different shapes – the bone, bear, dog, rattle, and whale which all come in different sizes. According to the package directions, this toy is not a chew toy and should be supervised when played with. I also noted that the package states that although the toy was designed and tested in the USA, it was made in China. You can find the Off/On toys at popular pet retailers for $12.99 to $14.99 each.
We received the Bear toy in a size large which is actually quite large. You can see in the photos that the large Bear is about the size of Penny’s head – which makes it impossible for her to do anything but nudge it with her nose. Luna on the other hand can just get her mouth around the small section, and even though she can’t catch it like she would with a ball, she finds the squeaker too hard to resist and generates a hilarious howl whenever we squeak it. The squeaker in this toy is loud!
The squeaker is easily switched off and on and is integrated flush enough into the toy that Luna doesn't really notice it. I could only guess that Luna would have a hard time removing the plastic piece (unlike some other aggressive chewers I know) but this is not a toy that we leave lying around and only pull it out for supervised playtime.
I do think that the large Bear is actually too large for Luna and would purchase the bear in a medium size or go with a shape that she can easily fit into her mouth. The product page on the Kong’s Website does not give any dimensions regarding the different sizes, so maybe purchasing the toy in a store would be the better way to guarantee the appropriate size for your dog.
Over all I really do think this is a fun toy that Kong has made and would purchase it in a store or gift it to a friend. It definitely has a different sound than the normal squeaky tennis ball and I think it would be great toy for any dog that gets excited by toys that make noise. Of course I always recommend supervised play (with any toy) but feel confident that this will last us for a while.
Here is a video of Luna playing with the Kong Off/On Squeaker. You will definitely get a feel of what the squeaker sounds like.