Finding the right toy for my dogged little Staffy proved an uphill task. The pink cuddly rabbit got disembowelled, the tennis ball got stripped of its green fluff and the frisbee got mangled into a wreck of twisted blue plastic. Eventually I resorted to this robust tug of war toy.
Dogs are highly social critters and love to play together with their pet humans. Any interactive game is always a winner for them, and for you if you are sneaky enough to slip some training into the game!
I bought a bright orange Happy Pet Tug of War Rubber Toy from Pets at Home. It was barely out of the bag before the Staffy had a firm grip on one end and was yanking on it for all she was worth. Clearly, it met with her approval as it refused to break, snap, shred or fluff under her attentions.
She wasn't prepared to let it go and so, faced with a stubborn stand off, I decided to use a treat to reward her for dropping it. The treat was wolfed down as she kept her eyes firmly on the real prize, the toy. Gradually, I taught her to only latch her mouth onto it on my command. The command I used was, 'let's play' ..... And it really did mean play! She soon figured out that waiting calmly for the command meant that we would have a great tug of war game.
The tug of war toy stood up to many hours of being stretched to almost double its length as we both yanked on each end of it. The rubber loops are comfortably rounded and I could fit both hands around it without them getting sore or blistered. The design also did not harm my dogs mouth.
The only reason this toy does not get five stars is that, one afternoon, I forgot to return it to the cupboard and came home to find it had been chewed into hundreds of tiny Cheeto sized orange rubber bits. I went and bought another one.
One of my dog's toys I found whilst sorting out their box was this Rubber Dog Toy.
~Happy Pet Tug Of War Rubber Dog Toy~
Rather a strange looking thing, the one I bought for my dogs is yellow, made of very tough rubber in the shape of, well a bit like a lopsided bow tie I guess. It's about 13 and a half inches long and about 4 and a half inches across, measured from the widest part of the toy. The general idea with this toy is for Red to pull one end while I pull the other and play a sort of tug of war game together. Not the case here though, I pick up the toy to play and Red curls up and goes to sleep. Yes this toy is that interesting to him. Even Pippa's not that impressed with this toy. It seems like it's probably to much like hard work for them.
To be fair though, my dogs are extremely lazy (they're just like me!) but for most dogs I'd have thought a game or two with this pull toy would be quite fun for both dog and owner. I would imagine a dog to get quite a bit of exercise from using this toy correctly, or in my dogs case using it at all!
It is very strong and hard wearing, but I guess a dogs toy would have to be, I'd like to say that this dog toy has lasted well with lots of use but I cannot say that as my dogs have hardly even looked at it in all the time I've had it. I guess I should get rid of it really but I just can't bring myself to throw away something that hasn't a mark on it. I do think though, this toy would still have lasted just as well had my dogs played with it more, it's very well made, well it's just a bit of rubber really, but it's strong and seems very durable.
~Where to get one........if your dog can be bothered~
I bought mine quite a while ago now and to be honest had forgotten about it, till I started to sort out the dogs toy box. I bought it from a pet shop and paid around £2.00 for it. After doing a quick Google search I found these dog pull toys available from an online store called Pet Favorites and it's priced at £2.49. The toy comes in various different colors.
So for me buying this dog toy was a waste of time, but if you have a dog that can be bothered to play games with a toy such as this, I'm sure both you and your dog would have fun with one of these.
I'm giving this Happy Pet Tug Of War Rubber Dog Toy 3 stars, it's a sturdy enough dog toy but not a lot of use to me.
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The Happy Pet Tug of War rubber toy was first bought for our pooch when he was a puppy, and has provided him with endless hours of fun and enjoyment.
One advantage of the toy is the rubber itself it is made out of. It's just so strong and durable, that even the toughest of dogs will struggle to take chunks out of it! If your dog is anything like ours and can get a bit eager and boistorous during play time, you'll find it reassuring that the rubber material is very sturdy and will not snap and break like other flimsy toys have done so easily in the past.
On a more superficial side, the tug of war toy comes in a range of different colours for you to pick and chose from. Your dog may be colourblind and probably won't appreciate this nice gesture of being given the choice, but I know I appreciated being able to chose my favourite colour (orange) from the range they had available. Also, to it's advantage, the toy comes in two different sizes, either 16.5 inches or 13 inches long, so you can pick whichever according to the size of your dog.
In terms of how entertaining it is, I've found it's a really fun toy to play with, both for the owner and for the pet. It amuses me having a tug of war contest with the dog, and judging by the joyfully wagging tail every time this toy comes out of the drawer I'm guessing he loves it just as much, too! Furthermore, you don't have to enjoy the toy just as a tug of war game, even though that's the intention. My dog also likes to play fetch with it too.
Sadly over time this toy has been worn down by my dog's relentless play with it, but it lasted well over two years which we were very happy with, like stated before other flimsy toys have succumbed to our dog's enthusiastic ways only after a few days, so a lifespan on a toy that has lasted this long is very very impressive!
In terms of prices the 16.5 inch toy currently costs £4.99 at Pets at Home, which is a little on the pricey side, yet for the the time it lasts and the joy it provides I'd deem it a worthy investment.
Even though it unfortunetely did end up being torn apart, i cerrtainly would not hesitate to purchase another one! 5 stars!
The idea of the Happy Pet Tug Of War Rubber Dog Toy is that the dog will clamp onto one end of the rubber, and then I will hold onto the other end - and essentially we will have a tug-of-war challenge! I got the toy from Pets at Home for £4.99 which was a reasonable price in terms of toys for dogs.
The Happy Pet Tug Of War Rubber Dog Toy is made from very durable yellow rubber and can take a lot of punishment. We have had the rubber toy for around 12 months and two dogs haven't really been able to make much impact into the structure of the rubber, despite their very best efforts! This is a toy that is made to last a long time - although I guess the life of the toy may be shorter with a bigger dog.
The product itself is large for a small dog and is probably about the right size for a large dog. As I have two small dogs (a chihuahua and a westie), the toy is large for them - although the westie manages to use it in the way it has been designed to be used, but the chihuahua can't get enough purchase on it and so just chews on it. I haven't seen this toy in different sizes, which is a shame because I think very small dogs will struggle with playing tug of war with it - as evidenced by my chihuahua.
It certainly gives my westie (and me!) a good workout and after fifteen minutes or so of playing with this, we are both exhausted. But she does really seem to enjoy it - and it gives us both a focus for playtime.
I do find that, over time, the rubber gets a little slobbery - but because it is rubbery then it is washable. To wash, I just use washing up liquid with a little bit of Dettol in it and this cleans the rubber really well and neutralises that doggy breath smell (ugh!).
I think this toy is good for medium to large dogs but that very small dogs may find the rubber a bit thick. It is certainly good quality and will last a significant period of time.
For the most part we are a nation of pet lovers. Many of us look upon our domestic pets as extended family members, we celebrate their birthdays and buy them Christmas presents. Choosing the right type of toy for any animal is important and over the years I have made both good and bad purchases. We have a Pets at home store a few miles away and it is a lovely shop to take a look around. They cater for every pet imaginable and have a wide range to offer their customers.
Sophie ( my daughters Jack Russell cross) is a smashing pet dog but she has so much energy it has to be seen to be believed. Sophie is happy to lay on her pet bed and snooze for an hour or two, look around her pet food dish and graze on the contents but then she decides that a walkies is next on the agenda. As every dog owner knows walking their animals is essential but time consuming, especially when Mum has a hundred and one other things that need to be done. A bored pet who has too much time on their hands quickly becomes a bit of a minx and that is when the collection of pet toys come into play.
The lovely bright yellow Tug of War pet toy from Happy pets was well worth the money. It cost just under £5 and it has given Sophie many hours of pleasure. The idea for the rubber toy could not be more simple, there are two large `V` shaped rubber parts ( each `V` shape) has a rubber strip running along the top end of it and in the middle of the contraption there is a wide rubber band. Both ends of the rubber pet toy have grip areas and believe you me you need them!. The idea is that you hold one end and entice the dog to grab the other end between his/her teeth. You pull your end and then the pet starts to tug at his end, hence a tug of war begins.
Sophie is a relatively small and playful pet who adores the yellow rubber toy. In fact the tugging sessions have become such fun that she now brings it to you and dumps it at your feet. The rubber is firm but soft and it expands as it is pulled. As soon as the dog begins to pull the toy the rubber gets covered with saliva. I often have to turn my head the other way as I am pulling the toy because I can smell the wet toy. Sophie often drops the toy and sometimes that means that we exchange ends! Oh the delight of picking up a toy that is covered in dogs dribble is wonderful.
The Happy pets rubber tug of war toy can be used indoors and out and it is a great toy for tiring a small dog. I would imagine that large dogs would have just as much fun pulling the toy but I have only tugged with Sophie. As she tugs she jerks and shakes the rubber toy as if it were a rabbit, if the rubber toy starts to pull her jaws too much then she will drop it there and then. Sophie is young and she has strong teeth and bones so she is well able to take the strain. I would imagine that an older dog could find the toy too much like hard work.
If the rubber tug of war toy is used outside then it can be washed off and it comes up as good as new. Periodically pet toys do need to be washed or wiped over if at all possible. Sophie has tried to chew the tugger but all of her attempts have failed. If she is on her own then the toy has no appeal whatsoever but as soon as she gets a playmate the tugger comes out of her basket.
This rubber toy has nothing that a pet could choke on. I do remember buying numerous dog tugs that were made from rope and our dog always managed to wear the rope into strands. Those toys always ended up in the bin because she got the cotton strands in her throat. The Happy pets rubber tug of war toy has no sharp edges that could cut the soft skin inside of the pets mouth either.
Ten minute tugging is a certain way of tiring an energetic pet if you cannot go `walkies` for a while. The smell of the wet and slimy rubber is a small price to pay when you see Sophie snoring away on her bed.
OK, I love my dog more than anything, he is a rather large German Shepherd, 2 and a half years old. One thing my dog loves to do is chew!! I managed to train him to stay away from my shoes (4 pars later) and that when I put things on the floor, they belong to me and not him! Therefore I look for things that will engage him, things that he knows are his to play with and things that will keep him mentally challenged and stimulated. He got this toy last Christmas, dogs love to play tugs of war and he loved this toy. I say loved as it only lasted 2 days. The toy is strong enough to take a good tugging, me holding the other end and he the other - it does not hurt his teeth and gums. However, if you have a dog with snappers like mine I'd recommend playing with this toy WITH your dog and not leaving it to him to use as a chew toy. Within a few minutes of him being left to his own devices I came in to find it in 5 pieces! So its strong enough to play with but the teeth easily break through this rubber. I did, however but one for a beagle and its still going strong. This toy is definitely made for the smaller chompers with less power behind them.
Another good thing about this toy is that it dos not hurt your hands. So many tug-of-war toys give you rope burn and dig in to your fingers; this one is soft enough that this does not happen. Its got nifty little finger grooves so you mange to keep hold of it long enough so your dog does not win straight away - though in my case it doesn't take him long. This toy does not take up much room at all either so it's a good one for the toy box, also its very easy to clean. Since there is no fabric or stitching to this toy its ideal to play with if your dogs a slobber-er - it wipes clean in all of two seconds. While it lasted my dog and I had great fun with this and it definitely kept him amused. I would absolutely buy this toy again, it only it were made of strong stuff!
Overall I would rate this with three stars, what it lacks in durability it maks up for in fun.
Dogs hey love or just put up with them, they give without thought and all they ask for is a bit of food and occassionally a bit of man and dog time. Therefore with every dog comes the inevitable collection of toys of which some of them the dogs love and some the dog thnks are beneath him.
The happy pet tug of war rubber toy is a game which I'm afraid means that the owner has to interact with their dog. The tug of war is one toy which the dog finds a bit dull on its own but gets very exciting if there happens to be a human at the other end. Saying that if the dog loves this toy then its owners will soon develop strong upper arms and a good grip because at its heart this toy is very very simple. The toy is a large plastic toy with two grips, one has a ball hanging at the other end and the other has a grip for the human.
So very quickly the dog will learn that if it's owner feels like it grabbing one end of the toy will give minutes of absolute choas whislt the dog bites the other and worries the toy until usually the human gives up and pleads that their arm is wearing out.
Seriously, this toy is quite important because firstly the dog needs to have a bit of playtime and any toy which reinforces the bond between dog and owner will help the dog become stable and not a danger to others. The chewing end for the dog also helps keep their teeth in good condition, and the act of chewing, twisting and biting will stop the dog having to undergo dental problems later in life.
The other angle is the exercise, yes I know we all would love to live the country gent with a couple of hounds living in a sprawling estate in which the dogs can run and play all day, however, the reality is that we all live in houses have to work and other than walks at the ends of each day a dogs exercise is lower than needed. This toy with all the twisting, pulling, jumping and general excitement leads to the dog exerting himself in terms of a short burst of exercise which will help him keep fit and healthy.
Generally these kind of toys are good for your dog, this one made of plastic also gives the option of being washable and as it's relatively small and easy to use will help your dog stay fit and therefore live a longer and happier life.
The toy usually costs a couple of pounds and it really is well spent, especially during winter exercising your dog is a problem this toy will at least help him keep active and fit and that's more important than the latest dog treat.
With tug of war being one of our German Shepherd's favourite past times it was absolutely inevitable that he would end up with one of those rubber tug of war toys. The one he has (or had) is the Happy Pet one but these toys are readily available in most pet shops and supermarkets as well as the majority of £1 shops too. The prices range from £1 up to about £6.
The Happy Pet Tug Of War rubber toy comes in a variety of colour - blue, red, black, green, yellow, pink - you name the colour and you probably be able to find one in it.
The Happy Pet Tug of War rubber dog toy is pretty self explainatory in its title - It is a toy which enables you to play tug of war with your dog and it is made out of rubber. The toy has two ends - one for your dog to hold and the other for you to hold to enable a game of tug of war. Each end is triangular in shape and they meet in the middle where there is a square piece of rubber which acts as the middle ground which you nor your dog can pass.
We didn't buy this toy for Ben, it was given to him as a gift by my Mum as she knows how much he loves to play tug of war.
The first thing I noticed about this toy was that the although made of rubber (and smelled like it too!) that it looked a little bit on the thin side of things especially considering it is made for a dog as a pulling toy but regardless I didn't want to judge by appearances as we all know they can be very deceiving. The other thing I noticed was that there are little grips on parts you and your dog will hold (though I very much doubt any dog will need grips!). The grips are made to fit your fingers into and I will be the first to admit this made the prodcut feel alot more comfortable when playing with it with our dog.
Sadly, we only got the chance to play with this toy twice with Ben as on the second game of tug of war one of the sides of the triangles gave way and snapped completely rendering it completely useless. It didn't bother Ben much, he just trotted off and picked up another tug of war toy for us to continue our game! On the plus side though when he did actually use it, the tug of war toy fitted into his mouth nicely and easily.
Our experience of this toy was not a particularly good one and my first reservations about the toy were right - the rubber is just much too thin. I do think this toy would be okay for a smaller breed of dog which isn't as strong as a working dog like mine. I do not recommend it for larger dogs at all.
Based on our experience I can only give this toy 1 DooYoo star as it was completely useless and just couldn't do the job it was meant to do.
Happy Pet Tug Of War Rubber Dog Toy
My mum gave us this toy after we first brought home our little puppy home, my mum's dog just never took a liking to the toy and my mum thought we might have better luck. At least initially it would pad out his then meagre collection of toys. Essentially, this toy is a red rubber band that is joined in the middle and has two hand hold sections at either side. It is a pretty classic designed tug toy.
It's not a bad dog toy and it has withstood a lot of little puppy teeth bites, but it isn't his favourite toy or mine. My biggest complaint with this toy is that after playing with it for a while my hands smell of rubber. I know this isn't a huge issue as I always wash my hands after playing with his toys, I think anyone would when they see how grubby a puppy's toys can get would. However, I just find the smell rather unpleasant and would prefer to play with one of his other rope toys.
The big plus points of this toy is that it is easily washable, just wipe it down and it's not as clean as new, but it is at least a lot better. This makes it a great toy to play with outside. We have been doing a bit of gardening lately and there has been muck everywhere at least I didn't cringe as much when the puppy has been out to play with this toy as it just goes in the sink for a good scrub.
This is available in a range of colours and sizes, we own a red medium version and although I am not sure what my mum paid for it you can currently purchase it for a very reasonable £3.29. For the price of this toy, we have probably gotten our money's worth and a lot more out of it.
Personally, I wouldn't buy another one of these rubber tug toys, but I have had quite a lot of use out of this one. It is good as an outdoor toy, but this still isn't one of his favourites or mine.
We may now be the proud owners of a beautiful sleek black cat but up until a year ago we had the pleasure of being `Mum and Dad` to a Jack Russell terrier, he was more than wonderful in all ways and a faithful and loyal little dog until he passed away aged 18.
Like most domestic pets he was spoilt rotten, every Christmas we had to hunt for new toys that would offer him new challenges and he too was quite childlike because he often used to nip under the tree, sniff out his pressies and rip them open when he though that we weren't looking. It never ceases to amaze me just how intelligent animals are.
Snowy had toys he liked, toys he adored and toys that we had to discard after a few playtimes owing to the fact that they had become choking hazards.
The temptation to pick up the cloth tugs at the markets and £1 stores was too great but time and time again those toys ended up having thread sticking out out the tassels that could have proved fatal. Time taught us that cheap pet toys were a sheer waste of money, Snowy was a tough little terrier with enormous strength and he liked something to get his teeth into.
Happy Pet products Ltd are an on-line company, they have a comprehensive website and you can request a catalogue so that you can have a good browse. Happy Pet products can provide your pet with a stylish `Doggy coat` or if you were like us we just wanted to buy some tough toys that Snowy could safely enjoy to play with.
Initially we ordered a couple of long-necked vinyl animals, complete with squeakers but it only took Snowy a couple of minutes to get his teeth tucked into that vinyl, rip the squeaker out and destroy the toy, so we had to find an extra strong toy that would hopefully last more than five minutes.
In the meantime we had bought him a tug rope which to a certain extent was far more successful. The Happy Pets tug rope is quite expensive but at least it stood the test of time, as the dog tugs and fetches and carries the tug rope the fibres help to keep his teeth clean. The only fault that we found with the tug rope was that the fibres tended to nick the soft skin inside of Snowy's mouth and make his mouth bleed.
That was when we came across the Rubber Tug of War and this seemed a much better idea .
The red Rubber Tug of War is strong but it feels soft, the toy is rather like a giant extra thick rubber band which is drawn together in the middle by a wide rubber bar.
So there are two `V` shaped rubber sections - one for you to grab hold of and the other for the dog to pull between his teeth.
Snowy liked you to play with the rubber tug of War in the lounge, he could get a good solid grip on the carpet and his `pulling` power was far better. If we used the toy in the kitchen then Snowy ended up skating along on the slippy kitchen tiles and that too some of the fun away from the game.
The Rubber Tug of war was invaluable when the weather was exceptionally wet or cold because we were able to let him let off some of his steam with an indoor play session.
The Rubber Tug of War is very strong, the rubber gives as the dog pulls away on his end but the soft rubber caused no damage to Snowy's mouth.
If he could dig his back legs into the carpet and use his claws as an anchor then he was ecstatic, this meant that he could pull and shake until he was exhausted !
We had endless hours of fun using the Rubber Tug of War, if the weather was good then we often took it to the field for him to play with too.
The tug ropes can get quite smelly after a while and they constantly need to be changed but the rubber tug of War can easily be washed in the sink, once the dog has used it for a good tugging session it is usually covered in stringy saliva anyway!
The toy is transportable, lightweight and if you are taking it to the field to play with then you can squash it up and stick it in your pocket.
We paid around £3 for our Rubber Tug and it was definitely money very well spent.