KONG Wobbler Dog Toy Review

In our never ending search for the perfect slow feeder dog bowl we came across an interesting new dog toy that we think might be the perfect feeding device for Stetson – our fast eating dog.

ENTER…the KONG Wobbler Dog Toy (affiliate link)!

KONG Wobbler Review

Apache Modeling The KONG Wobbler

Yep!  It’s not a dog bowl!  This time Stetson is going to test a new treat dispensing device.  At first we didn’t think it would be a very good dog bowl replacement until we came across the large version of this giant KONG!

So without further adieu lets get down to the details on this bad boy!

KONG Wobbler Dog Toy Review

PetSmart.com Product Description

KONG Wobbler Dog Treat Dispenser and Feeding Toy

KONG Wobbler Dog Toy Review

The Ginormous KONG Wobbler (affiliate link)!

The Wobbler is a KONG-shaped food dispensing toy and feeder that sits upright until pushed with a dog’s paw or nose, then dispenses treats as it wobbles, spins and rolls.

The Wobbler unscrews for quick filling and easy clean up, and is top-shelf dishwasher safe. It is great for playtime, providing challenge and physical activity the whole family will enjoy watching. It also presents and excellent alternative to the traditional food bowl, extending the joy of feeding time and preventing unhealthy gulping. The Wobbler is made of a durable, FDA food-approved, high strength polymer and can accommodate up to two cups of food.

Directions:

Twist off top to open
Fill Wobbler dish with dry dog food or favorite small treats.
Twist on top. Encourage dog to rock Wobbler to dispense reward.

For dogs 25 pounds and up.

Made in the USA.

Here are a few more things I got off of the “Official” KONG Wobbler packaging:

  • Dispense food and treats for hours of fun – “Uhhh…I hope it doesn’t take hours for Stetson to finish a whole meal of food!”
  • entertaining wobble action
  • Supervised use only
  • Inspect toy frequently – Remove toy if damaged
  • Twist off easy fill dispenser
  • Prevents rapid eating – “This is the number 1 reason why we’re reviewing this doggy toy!”

It even came with some simple directions on how to use it on the packaging:

  1. Twist off top to open
  2. Fill Wobbler dish with dry dog food, small KONG Stuff ‘N Snacks or favorite small treats.
    • For treat dispensing fun, add a handful.
    • For mealtime feeding, feed normal amount, up to 1 cup per filling
  3. Twist top on tightly. Encourage dog to rock Wobbler to dispense reward

Top Shelf Dishwasher safe.

A Few Pics Of The KONG Wobbler

I always like giving my initial thoughts of all our dog toys and products before I let any of the pups start their own interactive review prodding, playing, and sometimes destroying these toys.

First of all, this is not you’re regular sized rubber classic KONG as you can see below.  On the left is your standard sized KONG (as you can see it’s well used by my pups) and on the right is the ginormous (this is the Large) KONG Wobbler!  This thing was a lot larger than I expected and according to the PetSmart.com (affiliate link) description it can hold up to 2 cups of food!  That’s awesome because Stetson’s normal feedings are 1 1/2 cups of food!

KONG Wobbler vs KONG

The KONG Wobbler vs. The Regular KONG

Here’s a shot of the KONG Wobbler next to our recently reviewed Martha Stewart Pets Slow Feeder Dog Bowl (affiliate link).  As you can see the KONG Wobbler is similar in size to the Martha Stewart bowl.  I was hoping to include a few pictures next to familiar objects to give you an idea of the size of the Wobbler.

KONG Wobbler vs Dog Bowl

KONG Wobbler vs Martha Stewart Slow Feeder Bowl

Tops off! Here’s our final picture of the Wobbler with it’s top off. It’s very easy to unscrew and looks like it will be very easy to load up with Stetson’s kibble.  In fact the lid portion of the Wobbler almost looks like a small dog bowl.

KONG Wobbler Tops Off!

KONG Wobbler Tops Off!

My Initial Thoughts On The KONG Wobbler

When I first saw the KONG Wobbler I thought it was just a giant hollow KONG with a nice treat dispensing hole, but as soon as I had one in my hands I knew it was a completely different kind of dog toy, treat dispenser, feeding device.

  • First of all, it’s not made out of the same material as your standard Classic KONG.  The red KONG toys I’ve had in the past are made of a soft, durable, rubber that usually last a long time even with heavy chewing dogs (they also have more durable versions, but the most common is the red classic KONG).  The Wobbler is made of a hard plastic and according to the PetSmart.com(affiliate link) description: “The Wobbler is made of a durable, FDA food-approved, high strength polymer” If you haven’t felt one of these then just think hard plastic as opposed to the normal soft rubber KONG.
  • The base of the KONG Wobbler is weighted.  If you shake the bottom it sounds like there is sand on the inside.
  • I played around with it for a little bit and after screwing it back together it always stands upright no matter which direction you push it.
  • There’s one circle hole the dispense treats, but there are a couple notches that I believe are meant as cutaways.  However, cutting away at those holes would definitely require some work.

After checking over the Wobbler up and down, back and forth, left and right I have a feeling it is going to take Stetson a while to eat 1 1/2 cups of food out of this treat dispenser.  It took Stetson about 1 minute to eat 1 1/2 cups out of his normal dog bowl and 2 minutes to eat out of the Martha Stewart Pets Slow Feeder Dog Bowl(affiliate link).  My prediction is that it will take well over 5 minutes for Stetson to get every last morsel out of the KONG Wobbler.

Of course, the true test and review will come from Stetson my black Labrador Retriever.  He will get his chance to poke, prod, and play with the new KONG Wobbler over the next few days and we’ll put together a nice video review next week.

I’m excited to see how well this new product works.  So far it looks like a great dog product because it’s not only a dog toy, but also a possible dog bowl/feeder, and it’s also interactive and will make Stetson think.

The KONG Wobbler Giveaway

It’s simple to enter!  We want to hear your thoughts about the KONG Wobbler.  Just leave us a comment in the comment section below and tell us 2 things:

  1. You’ve seen the pictures and my initial thoughts.  What do you think about the KONG Wobbler.
  2. How long do you think it will take Stetson to eat 1 1/2 cups of food using the KONG Wobbler.

We’re going to do this giveaway “Price Is Right” style.  Whoever gets closest to Stetson’s time for eating 1 1/2 cups of food without going over using the KONG Wobbler will win a brand new KONG Wobbler (affiliate link) for their dog(s).

We’ll announce the winner late next week.

Special thanks to PetSmart (affiliate link) for providing a free product sample in order to do our review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Comments

  1. Allison says

    I can’t wait to see Stetson using the big Kong feeder! It looks HUGE next to the normal size Kong! Seems like a lot of work to eat your dinner though…I wonder if he’ll get frustrated because it will take so much longer than what he is used to. Can’t wait to see the video!

    • says

      Hi Allison!

      I can’t wait to see him using the new KONG Wobbler too! Don’t forget to tell us how long you think it will take Stetson to eat 1 1/2 cups of food using the Wobbler so you an enter the free drawing.

      I hope you’re having a great weekend!
      Colby

    • says

      @Allison, Stetson did get a little frustrated using his new Wobbler. If you watch the KONG Wobbler video at one point he sat down and started playing with it like it was a chew toy. It took a little bit of training, but eventually he got it and he did much better when he was on the carpet.

  2. Irene says

    The Kong Wobbler seems like a good idea but if the kibble doesn’t come out easily, I’m afraid the dog will get frustrated. Also, since the dog will be rolling the Wobbler around, it will leave crumbs all over the room.

    My guess for Stetson eating his food with the Kong Wobbler is 6:32.

    Looking forward to watching the video to see how well it works.

    • says

      Hi Irene,

      It’s Stetson! He doesn’t leave crumbs :) The kibble we’re using for our test should fall out of the KONG fairly quickly.

      Thanks!
      Colby

    • says

      @Irene, Stetson’s Wobbler had a round hole, but I’ve heard others have a larger KONG shaped hole. Also, we used triangle shaped kibble and I heard that round kibble falls out much easier. Stetson didn’t leave crumbs on the tile floor, but it was a different story when he was on the carpeted floor.

  3. emi says

    The Kong Wobbler looks pretty solid. I wonder if the smaller one will work for my cats and Ralphie, my small dog who has a voracious appetite. I have a small plastic ball with a similar concept but it does not screw open so you have to tediously put the kibbles in one at a time…..too much trouble.

    My guess for Stetson eating his food with the Kong Wobbler is 7.

    Can’t wait to see the video.

    • says

      Hi Emi,

      I think the smaller one will work with smaller dogs like Ralphie. I’m not so sure how it would work with cats.

      Thanks!
      Colby

    • says

      They have a Cat KONG Wobbler you might try with your cats. I think even small dogs like ralphie could use the large KONG Wobbler. I haven’t seen the small KONG Wobbler yet so I’m not sure about it’s size.

  4. Alina says

    Hi,

    We are using the Kong wobbler ourselves(however, ours does have a different opening, in a kong shaped) , and while small kibbles falls out quite easily, bigger kibble especially ones that are not roundish in shape do take a while… actually nice to be able to vary it up I guess, but it makes it hard to guess about Stetson…

    However, a wild guess would be 8:40

    Alina

    • says

      Hi Alina,

      The kibble we plan on using is small and roundish in shape. I did notice that the opening is round and not KONG shaped so I think the kibble may not fall out as fast. By the way, we’ve never used a product like this to dispense food so I really have not idea how long it will take Stetson to eat all of his food. I’m excited to see how it goes.

      Thanks,
      Colby

    • says

      Stetson’s kibble was triangular in shape. I think that made a big difference along with the round hole versus the KONG Shaped hole.

  5. Cindy M says

    Fun! For first time wobbler…I’m going to guess 4 minutes. Our boy finishes 1 cup in under 2 minutes. Irene~ the kibble comes out easily as the dog paws it and it wobbles…or does like our boy…he likes to push it around the room with his nose and vacuum up the kibble as it falls out.

    • says

      Hi Cindy M,

      1 cup in under 2 minutes! That’s pretty fast! I think Stetson is going to have fun with his new Wobbler!

      Thanks
      Colby

    • says

      Stetson didn’t use his paws an he liked pushing his large KONG Wobbler with this nose, but it didn’t wobble as much as expected. Also, Stetson was much more gentle then I thought he would be which made his time slower then I expected.

    • says

      Hi Sherrie!

      Apache (my Golden) doesn’t eat quite as fast as Stetson or the other Labs, but he’s definitely not slow. Good luck with your guess!

      Colby

  6. Miko says

    What a great toy! I think initially he might not understand the concept though and it is going to take a long time to get ALL the food out of the Kong. I’m guessing he will need a bit of assistance. But with practice I bet he will get pretty fast at it.

    Therefore, my guess is 15 minutes.

    • says

      Hi Miko,

      15 Minutes! I guess I might be waiting around a while for Stetson to finish his meal. I better make sure I have enough disk space on my camera :)

      Colby

    • says

      Stetson’s first time took infinity so I guess that’s a long time, but his second try on the carpet was a more reasonable time.

    • says

      He never gave up, but my video recorder ran out of disk space :) Stetson was huffing and puffing after more than 20 minutes! He still had about a half cup left which I think would have easily taken another 20 minutes (as long as he didn’t pass out). It was a totally different story when he made his attempt on the carpet which was the time we used for the contest winner.

  7. says

    I absolutely love the Wobbler. And Honey does too. We’ve only ever fed her from food toys since she was a puppy. We started with a plastic soda bottle we’d stand on end and teach her to tip over. We progressed to alternating between the Wobbler and a Tug-a-Jug.

    Both slow down feeding time, teach problem solving skills (especially the Tug-a-Jug) and tired the pup out a bit.

    The one issue we’ve seen with the Wobbler is sometimes it becomes stuck under a piece of furniture. Honey is a mild girl so she’d just leave it there and not get the rest of the food if we weren’t around. But I could see a more high-energy dog causing some damage trying to get to it. It’s probably best used under supervision.

    • says

      Hi Pamela,

      Thanks for stopping by! I do like the fact that it slows feeding down and teaches problem solving skills. When it’s time to eat Stetson is very high energy (as seen during meal times and when we work on his sniffer training), but through out the rest of the day he is very low energy. Stetson is very food motivated so even if the Wobbler gets stuck under something I think he will do his best to retrieve the wobbler or as you mentioned might damage something along the way. I’ll make sure and keep a close eye on him anytime we’re feeding him with the Wobbler.

      Do you want to take a guess at how long it takes him to eat his food?

      Thanks,
      Colby

  8. Heidi says

    I am currently using the Wobbler. I am betting 3 minutes tops. Humphrey easily learned how to put a topspin on his that dispenses more, albeit the food fans out in a spiral type pattern. Can’t wait to see what Stetson’s signature technique will be.

    • says

      Hi Heidi,

      Humphrey sounds pretty smart. Putting topspin on the Wobbler must be the way to go. I’m interested to see what Stetson’s technique is too. He doesn’t usually use his paws too much, but he does punch things with his nose. I guess we’ll see soon.

      Take care,
      Colby

  9. Kathryn says

    Well, I have bought two in the past month. It took my 7 month old WeimeranerBentley less than 2 minuets to eat all of the food. I bought the larger size. On his second try he was able to open it up with his paws. Smart dog! After the third day he open it, eat all the food and used the dispenser as a chewing toy and distroyed it. On the second week bought a second wobbler and kept watch. But by the end of the week he was quicker than I was and chewed that one too.
    So much for strong plastic…
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks

    • says

      Hi Kathryn,

      You have one smart puppy. I can’t picture Stetson figuring out how to open his Wobbler, but I guess we’ll see. I’m pretty sure the Wobbler was not meant to be a chew toy so once Stetson is done eating the food I will pick it up off the floor. We have a regular KONG and a black extreme KONG that our dogs use for chewing. However, they aren’t big enough to dispense a whole meal of food. If you’re looking for another type of slow feeder dog bowl or toy I listed a few that we’ve liked here http://puppyintraining.com/does-your-dog-eat-too-fast-our-top-3-slow-feeder-dog-bowls/

      Thanks for telling us about your experience.

      Take care,
      Colby

      • Kathryn says

        Colby, thanks for the link… Will look for a slow feeder.
        Bentley loves the Wonbler, he loves to play and chew on it once the food is all gone. I guess I am not fast enough for him. Last week when I gave it to him, I sat and watched him swing it around and then laid down and grab it with his paws and watched home twist it around. I grab it wobbler and made sure it was secured. But he was able to open it. I have contacted Kong company and they are presently trying to figure out a solution. Possibly sealing it with Peanut Butter and then frizing it. Will post what ever they come up with specialy if it works.
        Kathryn

  10. Heidi says

    Kathryn, I hope you don’t mind me butting in but if you get one or two of the black extreme Kong toys. Fill them with food and seal the top and bottom holes with peanut butter. When pop them jn the freezer to harden the peanut butter that might slow you pup down a bit. That and those Kongs are meant to be chewed. I just run mine through the dishwasher to make sure there’s no festering peanut butter left hanging around. Best of luck. Heidi

    • Kathryn says

      Heide, yes, the extreme toys work good with Bentley, except, Bentley seams to be alergic to PB.
      I have been looking for some kind of Lamb paste which I could use to seal his Kongs.
      Does anyone know of something like this?
      Kathryn

  11. Kyley says

    Kongs are awesome! George loves digging at food inside of toys and it keeps him busy for hours. I’m getting one!
    Kyley

    • says

      George may have to try out a KONG Wobbler. Do you have a guess for how long it will take Stetson to finish off 1 1/2 cups of food with his Wobbler?

      Thanks,
      Colby

  12. Naomi says

    I can’t wait to see Stentson try this out! I think it will be amusing a bit :)

    I give him…. 10 minutes

  13. JoAnna says

    I have 3 dogs and one is a very fast eater! Right now,I have 2 rocks in his bowl because it’s cheaper than buying NEW BOWL! What is the retail on the WOBBLER? I will have to buy one. My best guess for Stetson’s time is 5:23. WHAT A SUPER IDEA FOR A CONTEST AND I CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH THE VIDEO. Your site helped me with my dog,Foster back in the fall / winter,of 2008. He passed on 12/2/1208,of melanoma cancer. Foster’s picture is still on your archives. I love watching your videos and reading your blogs! GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL WORK YOU DO!! GOOD LUCK,MR. STETSON! HuGs,JoAnna

    • says

      Hi JoAnna!

      Congratulations on choosing the closest time for Stetson and his Wobbler review! If you have a moment we’d love to hear how your dogs do with their new large KONG Wobbler.

      Thanks,
      Colby

  14. megan says

    Hey Colby!

    I love the idea of this toy! By the looks of it I think it’s something I think Tucker would love. He has a smaller KONG and he loves to try and get his treats out of it. I hope that Stetson enjoys eating from it. I’m going to guess it will take him 6:14. I’ll be excited to see the video

    Megan

    • says

      Hi Megan,

      Stetson loves going after food so I’m pretty sure he’s going to love wobbling the KONG Wobbler.

      Good luck!
      Colby

  15. Vanessa Lombard says

    My cavoodle has one of these. She loves it. It is so cute to watch her having a go and pawing at it to get the food out.
    I think you dog Stetson will take 7minutes 30 seconds.
    VAnessa

    • says

      Hi Vanessa,

      I can’t wait to see Stetson in action with his new Wobbler. I just know he’s going to love it.

      Good luck!
      Colby

  16. Rissa says

    This would be great for Sienna….she is smart AND hungry so it should be fun to see how long it will take her to get the food out. I think Stetson will take 5 minutes to get the food out.

    Rissa

    • says

      Hi Rissa,

      It sounds like Sienna would love a KONG Wobbler. We finished videoing Stetson now all we have to do is edit the video and create the blog post. Results are coming soon!

      Take care,
      Colby

  17. Joel Rogers says

    Hi colby,
    Great review, we recently got a 2 month old vizsla and are looking to purchase this toy since it looks great and time consuming !

    My guess is 17 minutes :)

  18. Kelly Ann T. says

    I think it will take your dog about 3:45 minutes to eat all the kibble. I love the look of the Kong, and getting one for our new rescue dog, Artie is a real possibility.

    • says

      Hi Kelly Ann,

      Thanks for guessing! We hope to get the results posted tomorrow. A few technical difficulties. Once Stetson figured out how the KONG Wobbler worked he loved it.

      Take care,
      Colby

  19. JoAnna says

    I won the wobbler and love it! I use it to feed my youngest of 3 rescue dogs,every morning and every evening! This slows him down and he loves the challenge and is really good at it! ~~~~ I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE FOR TREATS,GAMES OR FEEDING THAT SPEEDY EATER! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!~~~~ HuGs, Jo Anna

    • says

      Hi JoAnna!

      I’m glad you dogs are enjoying to KONG Wobbler. Stetson enjoys his as well and we actually received a few similar dog toys from Busy Buddies that we’re trying out as well.

      Happy Holidays!
      Colby

  20. Ana Silva says

    Hello everybody!

    i bought a large Kong Wobbler for my dog and he hates it! The new hole is way to small, just to small for the size of the Kong, and the food is really hard to get out. He gets frustrated, bites the Kong and growls at it while he bites the Kong…

    I regret the money I spent on it!

    Bye,

    Ana

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