Durability: Does this product last at the mercy of my dog’s teeth?
Absolutely! We’ve only ever had to buy a new Classic KONG when our dogs have lost them (I swear our house has a black hole somewhere). There has never been any signs that our dogs could possibly tear up this toy – no teeth marks, claw marks, etc. (They are also fairly easy to clean as long as they don’t sit outside for months. Oops.)
Playability: Does my dog care about this product?
Not really. But it’s partially my fault, I think. I’m not a huge fan of constantly occupying my dogs with food. That leads to the constant expectation that they get treats all the time, which leads to weight gain. When I put a treat in the center of this toy (which is what it’s made for), my dogs love it and go nuts for it. They are occupied for maybe a half hour or so getting the treat out, then move to a different toy. Not very often do they pick up this toy when a treat is not in it.
Cost: Am I getting the most bang for my buck?
These toys range from $7.50 to $25 depending on the size. Considering durability, I’d say this purchase is well worth it. If you are a food-occupier type of dog parent, I think the playability is an added bonus.
Overall, I give the Classic KONG a 4-star review. The durability of this toy is fantastic! My dogs like it when it’s used like it should be, but I really wish they were more interested in it without food in it.