The Kong Wobbler is one of my favorite interactive food puzzle toys for dogs.
Kong is a U.S. brand that specializes in natural rubber and hard plastic dog toys. All of its toys are designed as enrichment toys that stimulate dogs mentally.
I am personally a big fan of challenging my pup Wally to prevent boredom, and one of our go-to dog toys for this is the Kong Wobbler.
I’m Barbara and I write regularly for That Mutt.
Kong Wobbler Review – Food Dispensing Dog Toy
Kong makes many different dog toys, and the Wobbler is their largest food dispensing toy. It’s red, available in two sizes, and made of dishwasher-safe, hard plastic.
You can order a Kong Wobbler here.
Wally has a large Wobbler. We’ve had it for over a year and I’m pleased to say that he hasn’t destroyed it yet!
Here’s how it works: Fill the Kong Wobbler with food or treats and give it to your pup. Once he starts to move it around, it spins, wobbles and rolls around unpredictably while dispensing its content. It’s an easy, but entertaining concept!
What To Put In A Kong Wobbler?
You can fill the Kong Wobbler with treats, kibble or dehydrated dog food.
If you feed kibble, the Wobbler is a fun alternative to your pup’s food bowl. It’s a great way of slowing your dog’s eating down, and cleanup is easy too because it’s dishwasher safe.
I personally feed raw dog food, so I choose dehydrated treats for Wally’s Wobbler.
If you want to challenge your pup a little more, you can also mix his food or treats with a little peanut butter. That way, they’ll stick together and won’t fall out as easily.
You can also fill the Wobbler with a mix of small and larger treats in order to make the treats fall out more slowly.
How much food does it hold?
The small Wobbler holds 1/2 cup of food, and the large Wobbler holds 1 cup.
How do I get my dog to use the Kong Wobbler?
Most dogs can figure the Kong Wobbler out by themselves. They’re naturally curious, so they’ll likely use either their nose or paw to push it around.
As soon as they see that it dispenses food, they’re ready to push it around some more!
For dogs who do need a little help, place the filled Wobbler on the floor and give it a gentle nudge with your hand while your dog is watching you.
Move it just enough so that some of the treats or food fall out. When your dog starts to show curiosity in the Kong and makes contact with it, praise warmly and say something like “Good job” or “Good boy.”
Most dogs will take to it right away because they will smell the treats.
You might choose smaller treats when you first introduce the Wobbler to your dog. Smaller treats fall out more easily and faster than larger treats.
Once you pup has mastered the Wobbler with small treats, you can take it up a notch and fill it with larger treats. That way, it’s a more challenging game.
If your dog generally doesn’t seem very food motivated, I’d try the really smelly goodies.
For example, green tripe or fishy treats. Dogs are a lot more interested in smelly food, so you may just have to step up your treating game.
I learned this lesson with my previous boxer mix Buzz. He was never motivated by food and treats until I made the switch from kibble to raw, and also introduced single-ingredient, smellier treats.
Ever since then, he’s NEVER turned down his food or treat rewards!
What Size Wobbler Does Your Dog Need?
The Kong Wobbler comes in two sizes, small and large.
The small size works for small and medium dogs up to 25 lbs. For example, beagles, bichons or French bulldogs to name just a few.
The large size is great for medium to large and extra large pups over 25 lbs. For example, boxers, Labs, Weimaraners, shepherds, or Irish wolf hounds.
However, I will say that the Wobbler is a fairly large toy overall, even in small. That’s why I personally wouldn’t recommend it for dogs who weigh less than 15 lb.
Why I recommend the Kong Wobbler toy
- Made in the USA.
- Great interactive dog toy
- Trainer recommended
In my opinion, the Kong Wobbler ticks all the boxes of a fun, interactive dog food puzzle. I can use it to entertain Wally when it’s crappy outside as well as when I need some me time.
The best part is that it’s easy to fill AND clean since it’s dishwasher-safe.
That comes in really handy when I forget to bring it back inside from the yard and it’s accumulated some dirt on the inside. All I have to do is just pop it into the dishwasher, and it comes out looking like new!
Can the Kong Wobbler go in the dishwasher?
Yep! One of the best things about it.
Pros of the Kong Wobbler
- Made of FDA food-approved, high-strength, plastic polymer
- Dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning
- Unscrews for easy filling
- Available in 2 sizes.
- Made of durable, hard plastic
- Moves around unpredictably
Cons to the Kong Wobbler
In my personal opinion, the Wobbler is not a good option for most small and tiny dogs who weigh less than 15 lb.
For those pups, the Wobbler is too heavy and large. I recommend the Kong Puppy toys instead.
It’s also not a good toy to leave out around power chewers. The Wobbler is pretty durable, but it’s not meant as a chew toy. I recommend to supervise its use and to pick it up once it’s empty.
The plastic material means that it makes a lot more noise on tile or wood floors than rubber Kong toys do, so if that bothers you, don’t buy it. Or you may want to give the Wobbler to your dog outside in the yard or on carpeted floors.
You don’t want to freeze the Kong Wobbler
I like to freeze the rubber Kong toys, but the Wobbler is not ideal to fill with food and then freeze for extra long entertainment sessions.
If you’re interested in those, I recommend the natural rubber Kong toys that are hollow on the inside. For example, the Kong extreme for power chewers, the Kong classic for regular chewers, or the senior and puppy versions.
Wally has the Kong classic and extreme. I can easily fill both with ground raw dog food and freeze overnight.
That way, he’s busy licking the contents of the Kong for quite some time! Another benefit of freezing it is that it makes a refreshing summer treat during the hotter months.
Where To Order A Kong Wobbler
A great place to get your paws on the Kong Wobbler here in the U.S. is Amazon or Chewy. They carry both sizes.
Thank you for reading!
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Some of our favorite dog toys:
1. KONG WOBBLER:
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2. KONG EXTREME:
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3. SNUFFLE MATS:
Work your pup’s nose and brain with a snuffle mat puzzle toy!
Barbara Rivers writes regularly for That Mutt. She is a blogger, raw feeder, former dog walker and maintains the blog K9s Over Coffee.
Monday 3rd of May 2021
We have tried many different types of toys. Would love to try this one. He quickly figured out puzzles and we have different wobble type toy.
Sunday 2nd of May 2021
I have a pup that loves to eat and this would be a great way to fill time without too many calories.
Saturday 1st of May 2021
I would love to win one for our dog, Burgess. His first Gotcha Day is coming up and he would be happy to play with his food in a Kong. He loves it when we hide treats for him to find. Thank you for the chance to win.
Friday 30th of April 2021
I bet all three of our dogs would enjoy this, especially with the bigger size
Madalena E Hutcheson
Thursday 29th of April 2021
My Beagle would love to have one of these!