As some of you know I have a white toy poodle called Daisy. I rescued her from a couple who gave her no love or stimulation as they crated her all day and night. Daisy was a very withdrawn little girl when she first came to live with me she didn't know how to play or what a cuddle was! Now all that has changed she has a big personaility for a little dog and has come on leaps and bounds.
I grew up with a little border terrrier cross called Emma she lived to the grand old age of nineteen. Toys of these sort wasn't available in the 80's whan I was growing up, all there was really was balls.
Made by Armitage this toy comes clipped to a piece of card; as seen on the picture above. The headline tells me that it is a lob it space lobber. All pets should be supervised at all times, to avoid choking etc...
I bought this toy from my local asda store costing me around £1.50. the other night as I left some of her toys at my best mates flat.
The toy is like a miniture space hopper that were first invented in the 1970's for kids however they have made a come back in recent years. The toy is made from a rubber material. It stands at about a foot fall and is orange. It has handles at the top to make it easy for your dog to grab hold of espeically if your pooch is only small like mine. There is a picture of a dog on the front of it.
My Daisy just loves this toy. She not happy I have it while I write this review she wants it back lol. It has a loud squeek to it that can become rather annoying after a while. It keeps Daisy amused for hours at a time. I think If Daisy could speak she would give it a five.
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My sister bought the giant space hopper for Rafa for his birthday- I knew they weren't cheap and knew how strong Rafa is, so i deliberately waited until she left to give it to him because i 'knew' it would be demolished in seconds. It looked like a very thin rubber, with the exception of the handles.
It made a very loud squeeking noise at first, and this lasted approximately an hour. I assumed he must have puncture it but on inspection he hadn't so I'm not sure why the squeek just stopped (OK, he did shake it quite violently).
However, over a month later Rafa still hasn't punctured it and has great fun shaking it still. It is bigger than his head and when it shakes from one side of his face to the other it still makes a rubbery wobble sound which he enjoys. It must be made of incredibly durable rubber because it hasn't punctured and normally a toy doesn't last 30 minutes with him. I believe it is a rather expensive toy, but i'd argue good value as although it doesn't squeek anymore (some can argue thats a relief as it was horribly loud!) he still plays with it and it is still in one piece!
They do 2 sizes- the large one is ideal for any dog from a staffie upwards, the little one is for toy dogs really.
My mother bought this as a gift for my 10 week old Jack Russell Terrier and he loved it. I believe she bought it in Morrisons for about £3 and given the hours of play my pup got out of this it was excellent value for money. This breed has a strong prey drive and love chasing anything that bounces and squeaks, but the little ears on this toy were a real hit as he could get these between his teeth and give it a good shake.
At the time this was bought my puppy was too young to go for walks and this really was ideal for making sure he got enough exercise around the house. He would tear round the kitchen with it in his mouth and never got bored of playing with it - he could have played with it all day without tiring. My one criticism is that 'hunting' the toy, though excellent exercise, could sometimes bring out a very aggressive side of his personality which I haven't seen when he plays with balls or sticks, and for that reason I would advise caution if your dog has any problems with dominance or aggression.
Eventually, this went the way of all dog toys and the rubber tore (about 8 weeks after purchase) - by this point he was off out for walks and I was trying to help him adjust from being an excitale puppy to a well-mannered toddler, so I would have ceased using this toy at this point anyway. It is filled with some kind of synthetic fibre - make sure to catch and bin the toy if it tears, because your dog will want to eat this (at least mine did). I have not replaced the lobber as he now has one of Good Boy's squeaky Turkey toys instead, which he adores and which he can play with much more calmly, sometimes just curling up to chew on his wing, instead of tearing round the kitchen in a squeaking frenzy. Even though I wouldn't give my dog this toy again now, it was ideal in those early days when he was cooped up in doors and gave hours of entertainment.
Rocky loves to play and loves toys so over the last twelve months we have brought him a variety of different toys this being one of them, I paid £6 for this toy.
The first thing I love about it is its bright colour as it is very easy to see even in long grass due to the brightness of it but seen as dogs are supposed to be colour blind I doubt this helps rocky much.
It is lightweight so easy to throw or kick for your dog to fetch and the handles on the top make it easier to hold for you and for the dog as rocky prefers to carry it around by the ears on the top.
Rocky loves the toy to squeak at him too but Henry doesn't,
This is a fab toy to play with your dog with as it was intended for you to throw it like I do and for the dog rocky to go and fetch it then bring it back to you to throw it again but I have heard some people complain that these didn't last long as there dogs chewed them up and it is made of a soft rubber so I do think left to his own devices rocky would damage this quite quickly as he is destructive but as I said this wasn't designed to be used as a play alone unsupervised toy.
I believe this toy is available in three sizes to suit all dogs from small to large but our pet shop only had the one size in but that suits rocky and it was the medium size so I should imagine the smaller one would be cheaper and the larger more expensive
When choosing toys for my dogs I only ever normally buy Kong toys because they are indestructible and last forever with my very destructive dogs however I couldn't resist this good boy space lobber toy when I spotted it in Asda last month. I had one of these bright orange space hoppers when I was a child ,even had the same cheesy black face on it.
After having a good feel at the space lobber I was sure that my dogs would get a few days of fun with it before it got chewed to the death at £2.49 I was willing to pay that.
Apparently you can buy the good boy space lobber from pets at home, healthy pets even ebay sell these super cool toys.
The space lobber is bright orange in colour with a black printed dog face with the big cheesy grin on it. Its made from thick rubber material and has a very load squeaker inside it.
Good boy space lobber is a good size too, it measures around 9 inches long. It comes packaged on cardboard and you can have a good feel of the lobber before purchase.
To throw the space lobber it has two rubber handles at the top and these are slightly ridged for good grip also rubber and can be thrown as hard and far as you arms can manage. It is quiet lightweight luckily for me as I can never throw my dogs toys far enough for them but this being lightweight makes it much easier for throwing a good distance away.
My dogs go mad with this space lobber from shaking and ragging it around via the handles , squeaking it in their mouths to the point of me wanting to hide the toy in the cupboard. This is a great fetch toy and my dogs have been playing with it for three weeks now.
The toy has no rips or chew marks yet. I like the bright orange colour because it can be found easily even on longer grass. Because the toy is made of rubber it can be washed in warm soapy water and not get damaged or fill with water.
I am really please with the space lobber apart from the very loud annoying squeaker sounds like a childs ear piercing scream, and it has lasted much longer than expected. My dogs are thrilled with it too.
I highly recommend the good boy space lobber dog toy.
After browsing around on line for some time I stumbled across the Good Boy Lob It Space Lobber on firebox and the first words that came out of my mouth were "how cool is that!?". I ordered it around Christmas time and when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised, the packaging was very colourful and the space lobber itself was actually the same; nice, bright orange as shown in the pictures on the site. It was a little bigger than I expected but thats a good thing as you can't lose it easily under the sofa like most balls and toys. It's also a lot louder than I expected too, it sort of sounds like someone is murdering sweep (from sooty and sweep) and although you might think that would put a dog off our puppy loves it! He even left his jumbone because he was too busy flinging it around the room, knocking over peoples cups of teas. In the end we had to take it off him. 4 months on and it's still intact unlike the rest of his toys. The thick rubber material it's made from is still very strong even after playing tug of war with it. The squeak is just as load as the day we brought it, annoying for us yes but Toby really seems to like it. Sometimes he will kick it just to make it squeak! This toy has provided both us and the puppy hours of fun, my mother-in-law liked it so much she brought one for her brothers dog too.
As soon as I saw these come into the Pet Store i was instantly attracted to the bright packaging and colour (can find it in the grass!!!) as well as it reminding me of many happy days as a child bouncing on my own space hopper.
Despite being a soft latex-rubber material, I was amazed at how stretchy this item was which was fabulous for us as my dog is an incessant chewer and normally rips any toy to bit. 6 months later our space hopper is still, incredibly, 100% intact!!!
Its also great for taking on walks as its light enough to throw and incredible distance and is easily carried, due to its shape, by dogs of all shapes and sizes.
I was so impressed I have bought another 4 since to 'keep in' in case they ever get discontinued as this is the most fun and comprehensive toy we have found for our dog to date!
This latex/rubber squeaker dog toy brings back memories of hopping around as a child on a full sized space hopper! The toy is around 9 inches long, is stuffed with something which makes it feel quite weighty and solid, but is still a lightweight and softish toy. Mainly it's the noise when squeezed which is one of the main selling points for me, it will really get your dogs attention. (useful for attracting them away from other dogs, or ensuring a good recall!!)
The retro space hopper design will also get you a few good laughs in the park from other dog owners, and the handles mean you can really 'fling' it quite far for your dog to go and chase. the dogs also seem to like to be able to pick it up from the handles or the ball part, and it bounces quite irregularly on the floor, which will also peak your dog's interest in the toy.
It is a rubber/latex type construction which feels quite tactile in your hands, and of course most importantly will rinse and wipe clean very easily!!
My dog is the kind of dog that will gladly accept any gift with grace and enthusiasm; he will never disappoint you with a blasé reaction and will always show appreciation, no matter how naff the toy, bless him (that's why we love him!)
I like to think we have bought him some good and really enjoyable toys though (although the humble slipper remains ever popular); he has the standard squeaky toys, tug ropes, stuffed toys, a mega nylon chew bone, a kong, tennis balls, old slippers, etc, etc.
One day, however, my brother came to visit with something he and his girlfriend had picked up at TK Maxx. As I examined the gift, it took me a while to figure out that it actually was a dog toy and not just something that they thought would make a good dog toy as I was somewhat distracted by the Space Hopper appearance, however, it is indeed a space hopper toy designed for dogs by the company Good Boy, which I generally have found to be a great company for both treats and toys, this toy being one of the main reasons for me being a fan of them, along with their white chocolate substitute puppy buttons!
My brother then demonstrated the toy; at the slightest touch, the soft rubber squeezes to make a lower (than usual high pitched squeaky toys) squeak...well I say squeak, but it's basically the sound of the air inside escaping through the small hole in the bottom of the toy when you sqeeze I think. Not sure if there is a technical term for this though, so I'll call it a sqeak (but it actually sounds more like s high pitched Formula 1 car!) Looking at it, although my dog isn't particularly rough, he does like to play a lot (he's a Labrador) and I thought being so soft, he would puncture it straight away and it would last about five minutes; how wrong was I!
5 months later and it's still driving my dad mad (it seems to disappear mysteriously for days on end!) but Rolo absolutely adores it! It's the first toy to be selected from the toy box, or if you're playing with another toy and he runs passed this one, he'll drop the other toy in favour of it.
At first he wasn't sure about it, prodding it with his nose and jumping back and picking it up ever so carefully as not to make it squeak, and my sister thought maybe he had taken pity on the woeful-sounding thing and was trying to put it out of his misery. To be honest, when he first got it, we weren't sure whether he loved it or hated (my dad knew straight away that he hated it, ha!). The squeak is quite strident (the harder you squeeze, the higher and louder the squeak!) and I worried it might irritate him, but he always initiates play with it himself, he could just leave it be, but he does genuinely seem to love it; I believe it's his firm favourite (although with Christmas just around the corner, who knows, it may lose its place!)
So although soft and not harsh in the mouth, the toy is very durable; we have thrown it, tugged it, squeaked it. Oh yes, it has been well tested. It has space hopper ears which provide added grip and somewhere to grab hold of the toy without getting in your dogs' mouth's way. It has a cute little space hopper face on it and the packaging claims that it is a 'cool funkadelic toy for your dog dude' or something along those lines! The whole thing really is very amusing for humans and canines, although beware, it does grate on some people, and obviously your dog will always want to play with it when
a) you have guests
b) are trying to watch your favourite programme on the telly which you have waited all week for
I would highly recommend this toy for its fun and durability, and it is reasonably priced too. The going rate seems to be £4.99, but can be found cheaper if you shop around, and can be bought at the PDSA shops, where I presume some of the profit will go to the charity (?). But it is well worth it considering how well the toy seems to be standing up to rough play. The face is just beginning to wear slightly (but has been bitten and slavered on profusely in its defence!) and I would definitely replace this toy should, God forbid, the worst happen!
It's also great as a present for friends with dogs who are maybe into the whole retro thing as it is a good talking point and a good visiting gift for people with pets. Incidentally, my baby nephew also seems to love it, so it doubles up, although I'm not sure of its suitability as a baby toy!
All in all, very recommended; I think most dogs would love it and it seems to have a great level of durability and although it's soft to the touch, doesn't seem to get as dirty and embarrassingly bedraggled as other dog toys, and, as it is rubber, is easy to clean anyway! The squeak isn't as high as other squeaky toys, which is nice and also provides a change for the dog. I'm sure every dog would love to at least try it!
This bright orange dog space hopper caught my eye in Pets at Home recently due to its awesome bright colour. When I picked it off the shelf I soon relised that it was incredibly squeeky, you only need to touch it lightly for it to create a loud noise. It is made of a rubbery material, which feels quite thick, we have inface a similar toy made by the same company in the same material which has not ripper or torn despite been thrown around for the last 3 months, and so far this one hasn't either. Because it is made of the plastic rubber it is very easy to wipe clean if needed and this hasn't rubbed off the quirky little face printed onto the front of the space hopper.
This toy drives the dog mad! He loves to pounce on it, let it squeek, then run away and repeate the process all over again. He could play with it for hour if we let him, but I always take it off him over night or if we're doing something important as it really is very noisey and distracting. It is very good to break his bordom if we're going to be out of the house for a while. It can also be thrown and fetched very well as it is almost a ball with handles. It is smaller than a standard football but about 3 times larger than a tennis ball so it is a resonable sized toy for a dog and can't be easily swalowed.
The £5 I paid for this was well worth the money as Rufus gets so much fun from it, even if it is a bit nasty on the ear drums after a while. It hasn't broke, is easy to clean and the squeek is still superbly loud! However I think any dog that aggressively chews things could manage to rip the plastic open pretty quickly! For me this was 5 star buy as if makes my little dog very happy and has lasted a long while.