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With a name like Hol-Ee roller I was intrigued by the dog toy we saw in Pets at Home about a year ago and decided for the cheap price of £4.00 to try our dog with it, which if you have read any other or my reviews on dog toys you will know that not many survive his teeth!
The Hol-Ee Roller is a rubber dob ball made up of a framework of rubber and full of holes which are designed to encourage and entertain your dog to shew on the ball rather than anything else! It is 100% rubber and ours is a red colour. It is a decent size at 15 cm round and seemed quite sturdy despite also being flexible. The toy is unusual to look at but makes a good ball as well as chew toy. Fino our German Shepherd seemed to prefer using it just as a ball as opposed to a chew toy.
The Hol-Ee is meant to be indestructible but with Fnio you never know how true this will be, so we were surprised when despite countless attached of chewing on it, the ball remained intact. The design of the Hol-Ee with its rubber framework also allows the ball to be good for dogs teeth as the rubber when chewed helps to clean and maintain teeth.
Fino loved the Hol-Ee and did tend to use it as a ball for fetch more than to chew on but nevertheless loved it. It was one of his favourite toys and it lasted very well. It even survived a number of tug-of-war battles between us and Fino without snapping or stretching out of shape. Eventually is did break in a few places as the rubber became weaker but it had lasted nearly a year with a lot of use and we did go out and buy another straight away as we had been so impressed
The Hol-Ee is strong but flexible and a great toy for your dogs to play with and chew on, and the price makes it great value for money!
The aptly named Hol-ee Roller has simply been the best buy ever for my Labrador bitch, now 14 months old. Dog owners will be all too familiar with expensive dog toys that last only a few days, or sometimes only hours or minutes, before they are destroyed by relentless canine chewing and have to be retrieved - that's doggy talk for removed - before the pieces are swallowed and an expensive trip to the vet is required. Either that or your offering is completely ignored while your best friend continues to seek out your favourite slippers, shoes, socks, etc and innocently destroys these. Then it's time to roll out the Hol-ee Roller.
In appearance the JW Pet Hol-ee Roller is rather like those cheap plastic balls used for playing beach tennis. But unlike these, the Hol-ee Roller is made from natural rubber a good quarter inch thick. The holes in fact are formed by interlocking hexagons of two sizes. The result is a light, flexible ball that is easy to throw and won't cause any damage or injury if your aim is poor, unlike solid rubber balls which are heavy and tend to bounce very high. The Hol-ee Roller bounces in a more controllable way. In fact I found I was developing tennis elbow from throwing balls for my dog until we got this one. The only disadvantage is that because of its light weight and less perfect aerodynamics, the Hol-ee Roller won't go as far, not with my arm anyway.
I can't end this review without adding that the Hol-ee Roller has proved to be my dog's absolute favourite toy. Ever. Every morning it is the first thing she looks for to take to greet the family with, while she invariably wants to take it to bed with her at night. Generally she doesn't chew it but simply likes to hold it in her mouth. The holes make it easy for her to grip onto without biting hard. On the other hand in the six months or so she has had this ball she has given it plenty of hard chewing yet it is almost unmarked. Certainly not cut through anywhere. Perhaps a more powerful chewer could destroy this ball but its strength seems to be in its flexibility in a rather Zen way: it bends rather than breaks. It is also more difficult for your dog to get to the back of its mouth where its chewing power is greatest.
Last but not least, the Hol-ee Roller can be used for playing tug o' war games. I know some trainers say these are bad for your dog's teeth but I seriously doubt it. Those teeth are really strong. I was worried initially that the ball would tear used in this way but my worries have been fruitless. It is certainly strong enough to take 27 kg of Labrador pulling with all her might. I can't vouch for that St Bernard though.
The Hol-ee Roller comes in the following four sizes:
Small 3.5 inch diameter
Medium 5 inch diameter
Large 6.5 inch diameter
X-large 8 inch diameter
Various colours seem to be offered, including blue, green and yellow, which are seen better by most dogs.
Availability is good with Amazon and Pets at Home stocking them.
As a rider, I should add that it is always possible that your dog will be able to chew this ball to pieces, so please supervise them when playing with it. Much better safe than sorry.