Getting Started with KONG Flying Disc:
Kong Flyer User Guide
Before you head out with your new KONG Flying Disc be pro-active in ensuring the health and well-being of your dog. There are some simple rules you should follow in order to protect you and your dog, ensuring a safe and enjoyable play session.
Always play on a flat, grass field free of holes, rocks or other potentially dangerous obstacles. Do not throw near trees, fences, posts or other obstructions. Only play during the day or in brightly lit areas. Always have water and shade available for your dog to prevent overheating during practice. Keep workouts short at first allowing your dogs stamina to build.
The KONG Flying Disc should be used as a retrieval toy not a tug toy. Tugging can be counterproductive to the retrieval game. Also, do not allow your dog to become too possessive of her KONG Flying Disc or show any aggression towards you while handling the disc. You should always control how and when games are played. The KONG Flying Disc is not a chew toy.
Rolling KONG Disc Chase:
Rolling the KONG Flying Disc on the ground, like a wheel, is the best way to get your dog interested in chasing. Roll the disc on its side using a roll toss, see illustration.
1) Hold the disc upright in the palm of your hand with your thumb on the gripping ridges.
2) Roll the disc back towards your bicep.
3) Fling outward to the ground. Encourage your dog to chase after the disc. If your dog obeys, be sure to provide praise or reward with any KONG Stuff’N Treat. If your dog doesn’t go for the disc, don’t become discouraged. Never become angry or frustrated with your dog during a learning experience. It is important to your dog that you always keep this time fun. Just keep trying, eventually your dog will get it.
KONG Disc Retrieve - Once your dog is interested in chasing and picking up the KONG Flying Disc, you are ready to teach your dog to retrieve. Play your usual game of rolling the KONG Flying Disc, but this time when your dog picks up the disc, call your dog’s name. Tell her to bring the disc back to you. If successful, praise or reward with any KONG Stuff’N Treat. After repeated retrievals, start asking your dog to “give” or “drop” the disc. Always rewarding with praise, or any KONG Stuff’N Treat, when correct behavior is shown. If your dog does not bring the disc back when called, try the following:
1) Tempt your dog to return the KONG Flying Disc by offering another KONG Flying Disc in exchange. Roll the first KONG Flying Disc. When your dog has picked it up, call the dog’s name and tell the dog to bring it to you. Once the dog returns, show the other disc and prepare to throw. Most dogs will drop the first disc. If successful, praise or reward with any KONG Stuff’N Treat.
2) If your dog proves to be a little stubborn, then you may have to resort to using a 30-foot training lead. After you roll the disc and your dog picks it up, call her name and tell her to bring the disc to you, then gently pull her back to you. Praise your dog as you pull her towards you. If your dog drops the disc, stop pulling your dog toward you, retrieve the disc and start again. Never throw over 30 feet with this method.
Catching the KONG Flying Disc:
When your dog has mastered bringing the KONG Flying Disc back to you without the offer of another disc or the aid of a lead, your dog is ready to begin learning the catch.
Stand a few feet away from your dog and gently toss the KONG Flying Disc into the air. While doing this, say ”Catch.” Repeat this process until your dog successfully catches the disc. Be patient. This can take some time to accomplish. When your dog manages to catch the disc, be sure to give lots of praise or reward with any KONG Stuff’N Treat.
You are now ready to move onto the final step. If you are right handed, position yourself on your dog’s right. If you are left handed, reverse position. Make sure the dog sees the KONG Flying Disc. From this position, throw the disc a short distance in front of you. When your dog masters catching these short throws, you can then progress to throws of greater distance. If you have a dog who likes playing fetch with a stick or toy, then you can expect your dog to transition easily to catching a KONG Flying Disc. Dogs love the challenge of chasing and catching the KONG Flying Disc. Catching and retrieving a KONG Flying Disc can be a great way to keep your dog healthy and stimulated both physically and mentally.
Clean and Inspect KONG Frequently
No Dog Toy is Indestructible.
Look for cracks, separations and/or missing pieces. Flex your dry KONG Disc and inspect it from all angles. Loose disc pieces larger than a food nugget can be harmful if swallowed. Worn and damaged KONG Discs must be replaced immediately. YOUR DOG’S SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. If you think your dog has swallowed a disc fragment (for example: If the toy was damaged, and you cannot find every piece larger than a food nugget), promptly inform your veterinarian.