“ Brand: Pets At Home / Type: Puppy Toy „
This Chew Ring is from the Buttons and Bear puppy range, which is available at Pets At Home. As I have said in previous reviews, I have a mini schnauzer named Sawyer who is just over a year old. This toy was one of the many items I bought in preparation for his arrival.
The chew ring is comprised of 4 plastic circular chews, which are bound together by a rope. As with all products in the Buttons and Bear range, its colours are brown, beige and cream. The plastic chews are coloured a darker brown and cream, and have a picture on each one - of a puppy, a bear, a paw print, and randomly, a butterfly. The plastic chews are slightly softer in the middle but the edges are firm. The rope is reasonably thick and strong, and the chew toy is overall very chunky.
DURABILITY, ATTRACTIVENESS TO DOGS, AND USAGE
Sawyer had almost zero interest in this toy when I first got him. He was 9 weeks old at that stage, and I got the impression that the plastic chews were just too tough for him. He couldn't even chew at the rope instead because the bits of rope that hold the chews together are very short, and therefore he could not put his mouth around them in order to chew them. Even when he was teething, this toy lay in his bed, unused.
Once he got to over 6 months, Sawyer started to take more of an interest, and enjoyed throwing it up and down, and across the living room. He also liked to lie down on the floor and have a good old chew at the plastic rings. Therefore this is definitely appealing to dogs that like to chew. The plastic rings are definitely durable, and it took Sawyer a while before he was able to make an impact on them - and he's normally excellent at being a destructive little ratbag.
However, once Sawyer HAD managed to chew through the plastic rings, they seemed to break apart and could leave rough or even sharp edges - he broke large bits off the plastic and I had to take the toy off him in case he swallowed parts, or even worse - choked on them. Pets At Home describe the rings as 'squidgy'. They are not squidgy, they are much harder than that, perhaps too hard.
This costs £4.99 which is fairly standard for this range. Value for money? I'm honestly not sure.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
I wouldn't recommend this, at least not for puppies. The plastic rings just seem too tough for younger puppies and I don't really feel this product is appropriate for the Buttons and Bear range, which is mainly comprised of soft toys.
As I said previously, the rope part is too short for puppies to get their mouths around - Sawyer loves chewing rope toys but he didn't get the benefit of the rope in this.
I would say that this is much better for older dogs who will enjoy the challenge of chewing the plastic rings more, but I would advise that you exercise caution if your dog is chewing this - if the plastic bits break off I would suggest you throw it away immediately.