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My Jack Russell Milo loves new toys. So when I was at Pets at Home, I decided to pick him up a new toy to play with. The Kong Wubba toy seems to be two rubber balls one on top of the other, one big and one small. The smaller of the balls has a squeaker inside and then the two balls are covered in some sort of woven fabric. The toy has tails of fabric coming out of the bottom, in order for it to be easier for a dog to grip onto and pick up, and also so that they can play tug of war with it presumably. After having a feel of the toy and seeing that the fabric seemed pretty tough and durable, I decided to get one for Milo. I got the extra-large version, so we could see it clearly when throwing it in the park and so that I wouldn't lose it, like so many other toys of Milo's. This toy set me back around £12.00, but at the time, I thought this would be worth it if it lasted him a while.
When I got home, I gave Milo the toy and we went to play in the garden with it. After a good half an hour of supervised playing, I went back inside and left him to it while I went to check on something. When I came back, there was Milo, in the middle of the garden, surrounded by long strands of purple thread, with the Wubba in his jaws, all the fabric hanging open and the rubber balls underneath exposed. He looked up at me and dropped the toy, as if to say "I don't know how it got like that." Okay, so even though I shouldn't have left him alone with the toy, I felt like after £12.00 and promises on the packaging that this toy was going to be durable, I needed to take it back to Pets at Home and ask them some questions. Also, I was disappointed that my small Jack Russell had been able to destroy this toy so easily, when I had got a size which would have been suitable for a much bigger and much more powerful dog.
So anyway, I took the product back to Pets at Home and asked them what they could do to help me. They agreed that this was not what should have happened and exchanged the toy for another Wubba. They advised me to just use this during supervised play. Wubba the 2nd, has lasted a lot longer. I do have to be sure that I take this toy away from Milo when I am not around, so that he doesn't get the urge to chew, but I still am on the hunt for a toy which I can let him play with alone. Sometimes I do wonder about this, because I think that the whole point of buying him toys is to keep him occupied when I can't so I don't know whether I would buy another Wubba just for that reason.
Overall, I am happy with the way the second Wubba has lasted. It is good fun to play with him with this toy, as we can each pull on the end of this and he will have hours of fun chasing after it when I throw it for him. He loves biting down on it when he catches it, to make it give a high pitched squeak! I would recommend this toy for owners with dogs who don't like to chew their toys as much as Milo does. The only thing I would comment on is that the price is slightly more expensive especially as it didn't last very long with us. However, if your pet likes squeaking a toy, and loves tug of war, then this could be the one for you!
I got one of these last christmas for my adult dogs to share as a christmas present; sad i know! I got an Extra large one, which is 17 inches long, as my dogs are on the large side and powerful chewers, so i wanted to make sure it wasn't small enough to be destroyed within a few days, as these toys aren't particulary cheap.
I'm not sure why i chose to get them this toy. I suppose it's a bit of a novelty really as i've never seen anything quite like them; they really are a bit weird looking! The best way to describe them would be to liken them to an octopus. Each one has two tennis type balls attatched to each other with long fabric leg-like tassles attached.
The toy is available in 4 colours; yellow, blue, green and orange. I chose the blue as my dogs are male and it's a nice and simple colour.
I purchased my wubba from the petplanet website and it arrived within a few days. My dogs loved it straight away, with the youngest who enjoys carrying teddies and soft furnishings around taking an instant liking to it. Ofcourse they all wanted to inspect the new toy though and things soon turned into a war. A tugging war, with the poor Wubba been pulled pillar to post by its legs and ball-head. It survived, miraculously with just teeth marks in the soft material, and is still in one piece today, almost 6 and a half months after purchase, although there is minor damage; one leg is a bit holey and dangling off, there are various stains and teeth indentions, however after 6 months plus of daily use, it's lasted longer than most soft dog toys.
The dogs get plenty of entertainment and use out of the Wubba. My mum has also told me my youngest labrador also takes Wubba out and about everyday with out fail, loyaly carrying it throughout the daily 6 mile walks to the next village and back. As i don't live at home anymore as i'm at university, i don't get to see the dogs as much or walk them as much, but whenever i'm back home again i'm always greeted by the dogs, one of which i can guarentee will always bring me Wubba as a present.
I've only walked the dogs once with Wubba in tow, and although the website i purchased it from does say that the toy is waterproof and is able to float on water, i always take the toy off of the dogs when they go in the lake and don't throw it in any deep water purely because i don't trust them to bring it back, and there's no way i'd be wading in to the smelly water to retrieve it! I'm sure they'd be fine, as they all love the toy, but i don't want to risk it.
Even though it isn't subjected to been wet through in mucky water, it does still get mucky and smelly. It's been buried, licked, kicked about and mercilessly chewed by big sloppy jaws, so it requires a bit of a clean up now and again. Whenever i'm back from uni i wash mine in the kitchen sink and hang it out to dry on the washing line by the 'legs', which takes around 2-3 days to dry. It doesn't hold unpleasent smells but does stain, especially with blood (dog nosebleed!), and food.
Throwing the toy about isn't a problem and it glides through the air with ease. It's also lightweight enough for dogs to throw about by themselves. The fabric is soft so it's not unpleasent for the dog to carry around with them or chew.
Overall it's nice and versatile, robust (even when subjected to a large dogs very strong jaw), and acts as a toy and also a comfort-blanket type toy as it's soft and easy to carry around. The toy's aren't overpriced but not excactly cheap either, and they vary from store to store. As said before i bought mine from petplanet, whos prices are as follows;
- Small £3.99
- Large £6.99
- Extra Large £10.99
These prices are all discounted and a few pounds less than the RRP's, so if buying instore, such as pets at homes etc, you will be paying considerably more.
I'd reccomend getting a size bigger than your dog; for example if you have a jack russel and were going to get a small, i'd get a large to be on the safe side.
I presumed that these were a Kong toywrapped in fabric. They areactually a hard plastic ball on top of a larger Kong squeeker balls then covered in a fabris with tassels.
It gives the shape of a kong but slightly different!
Once again I had to buy this to go in my Kong collect, or should that be my dog's Kong collection.!!
This once again was not as strong as the original Kong but for some reason my Rotti loved this toy. I think it was the fact when he shook it the tails hit his shoulders!
Slowly he went from shaking and throwing the toy around to pulling it apart and pulling the tails off!
it was funny watching him grab the Wubba by the tails and throw it across to room!
This was about £7 to buy and I did expect it to last longer. Had he not found pulling the tails off so much fun it may still be around!
It was good to take outside and fling in the air by the tails too, the dogs seemed to love chasing it and it moved differently to the normal tennis ball!
I really liked this toy and would think of getting another one for my two girls who tend to play rather than chew up toys.
They come in a range of sizes for different breeds, even a puppy size, and yes, I do have the puppy one, in pink!!
Seeing as our German Shepherd loved his Puppy Kong so much, we purchased the Kong Wubba Dog toy for him to take to the park and to just generally play with. We purchased for £3.50 from eBay.
Now just to clear something up - I am not Jonathon Ross and it is really called the Kong Wubba!
The Kong Wubba can be purchased from a variety of places and it comes in a variety of colours (our one is blue). It is basically two squeaky balls covered in a felt material with the words "Kong Wubba" on the main body and then the felt is tied just underneath the two balls and then teeters off to felt in little strip like tassles.
Our dog loved it just as much as the Puppy Kong. He was more than excited when it came through the post and his body actually trembled with excitement! As soon as it was out of the packaging, he pranced away with it, holding the ball bit in his mouth and flicking the tassles as he went. It looked very cute.
The Kong Wubba is great for throwing in the park and having a game of fetch with your dog. It actually goes quite a way. It looks fairly heavy but it is surprisingly light weight.
Like the Puppy Kong, the Kong Wubba is very durable. With a German Shepherd you need something strong and this doesn't fail. He has chewed and played with it continuously. I have noticed the felt starting to wear in places and fray a little bit but it is to be expected with sharp teeth tearing into it. The felt does get a little soggy too after being in your dog's mouth for a period of time and it feels horrible when you pick it up after they have finished playing wiht it but it does dry out!
The Kong Wubba also squeaks which my dog loves but it is a horrendous squeaking sound - it is high pitched and really pierces your ears. It is cute when your dog first starts squeaking it but if you have a dog like mine he goes mental for the squeaking sounds and keeps going with it the sound does become a bit unbearable!
The Kong Wubba is also easy to grab off your dog too because either the tassled end will be sticking out of your dog's mouth or the ball end so you can just get hold of it. My dog loves someone to chase him to try and grab it off of him.
Another great product from the makers of Kong.
My dog like many enjoys water, but being quite young we were advised to get him a water toy, specifically designed for water play. We had lost countless amounts of tennis balls from him not getting them and them floating off, whilst the dog also getting bored of stones but happy to chase other dog toys that don't belong to him.
You need to be aware you can buy a Kong Wubba and a Kong Water Wubba, the water one is designed out of waterproof material and is effectively the same toy but made for water play, it is designed to float on water and has extra reinforced stitching for extra durability.
The Kong Wubba comes is different sizes and colours, although all are quite bright purposely. We bought an orange one and it is very easy to spot in the local stream. We bought a large one because being a labrador we thought he is quite large. This fits perfectly in his mouth and is very durable. The size we bought is LARGE, you can get an even bigger size, EXTRA LARGE, but we felt we didn't need that one.
The style of the toy is like an octopus, it has a large bulbous top made up from 2 balls, then has loose legs that are strips of material hanging from the balls. It is quite good for throwing, if you hold the legs, then launch it, it does go quite far due to the weight behind the balls, I think it is quite aerodynamic.
This toy costs around the £7.00 mark and whilst this may seem expensive when throwing stones are free, this is quite a good toy and great if your dog likes a special toy for walks and swimming.
The only downfall is if you have a dog like mine that will eventually tire from chasing any toy, you will either end up getting wet yourself to retrieve it, or else it may float off down stream. So the fault is more with my dog than the toy but due to the price if this toy, I'm not prepared to let it float off.
"Wubba? Did I hear you right?"
Yes, indeed you did. A 'Wubba' is a type of toy which you can purchase for your dog.
There's a variety of places where you can get them from, and personally I bought mine at Pets at Home for the price of £5.49.
They come in different colours, too, and I happened to buy the baby blue version, my dog being male and all. Even if he is colourblind, I'm sure he appreciated the gesture.
We've had the Wubba ever since our dog was a tiny puppy, so around 11 months, now.
He still adores it to this day, and is constantly coming up each family member with it lolling out the side of his mouth, waiting to play fetch!
One of the many advantages of this toy is that it's such a durable product. Make no mistake - our dog is a strong fellow.
Being a German Shepherd, he's not shy when it comes to playtime, and loves to throw himself eagerly and enthusiastically into playing, so much so that because of his force the majority of his toys end up snapped or disfigured by his teeth in a matter of weeks, often days.
You'd expect the poor Wubba to be utterly mutilated by now. However, it's impressively stood its ground, and has remained one of the only toys in his collection he's had since being a wee bairn.
The shape of the Wubba is another advantage of the toy.
If you've got a dog and it's anything like mine, you'll also understand that with some toys, it's difficult to actually extract them from the clutches of their teeth when playing, as they're bounding around all over the place.
Yet with the Wubba, it's simple to just grab the tassle-y end or the ball end, depending on which part's in their mouth!
One disadvantage would be the noise the toy makes. There's two balls sewed inside the Wubba, and when pressed, they create a high pitched squeak.
At the beginning of play, it's entertaining, letting the dog chew it and make the noise "Aww, look he squeaked it all by himself!"
However, after a while, it does get on your nerves. Squeak after squeak after squeak after squeak.
This was our dog's favourite toy when she was a puppy. On our first shopping spree before she came home, we got her one and soon she was carrying it all around the house with her and shaking it from the tails like it was a dead animal.
Our dog is a lab cross staffie cross german shepherd cross collie (we think... she was a rescue pup!) and so she is persistent with a really strong bite, so these needed to be really strong. They are pretty strong as you'd expect of all things Kong - but these are fabric coated, and after a while the tails ended up ripping a little bit.
We do tend to play tug of war with them though which isn't the best idea I guess, but these are so reasonably priced and the dog loved them so much that we just replaced them a few times when they got worn out.
Now she's a bit bigger we've upgraded to the bigger version which she loves nearly as much (I'm sure that the smaller one would still be her preferred option!) and we've only had to get one replacement in a year so far.
I'd say any dog who enjoys chasing, tug of war, squeaking, throwing toys about themselves or what I call 'savaging' :) would find this toy irresistable. If you have a small /medium dog (up to 16kg I'd say) or a puppy then I'm sure they'll think this is the best thing you've ever brought home.
The first Kong Wubba I purchased was the small blue fabric type. I brought it from Pets At Home and it was reasonably priced at around £4.00. I have a large Labradoodle - Cross puppy who is very excitable and a dedicated chewer as he is having a hard time with teething. He absolutely loved this toy when I brought it home - he was approximately two and a half months.
The toy is made of tough durable woven material which I can only describe as a bit like rucksac material. The long dangle like legs are of this fabric whilst the body of the toy are two rubber balls covered in the material. The toy has two squeakers - both in the large ball of the body. It is waterproof and can be washed in the washing machine so very easy to keep clean.
The toy is great for retrieving games such as fetch and is good for tug of war. I have also used it as a treat when puppy training. It is very durable however, my puppy is now five months old and he has chewed one of the legs off. He has very sharp teeth so I think it would not be so easily damaged by an older dog who doesn't chew as much. I have cut the chewed leg off and the toy is still safe to play with. I also brought the large version for him but that lasted only two days before he destroyed it. Not sure why there was a difference but the larger version did seem to fall apart easier. I did get the large ball out of the body and remove the squeakers and he loves playing with it just as a ball.
Irecently purchased the large pink fleece version of the Kong Wubba. It cost around £6 from Vetuk website.
I have a 1year old large Black Lab x Lurcher who is very hyper and loves to chew. So far she has had this toy from xmas day 2009 to today 28th feb 2010 and it is still standing. The toy is made up of a classic Kong toy coated in material with dangly legs. it's great for playing fetch, chewing or as a tug of war. Mine is made from a lovely fleece material and they do waterproof and floating versions.
It is so far been quite durable, as most kongs are, however my dog has finally ripped through the material at the top but it is still intact and very much usable and playable. I'm impressed it has lasted this long.
Overall very durable, available in many colours and fabrics, also a waterproof version is now available, reasonably priced if you shop around.
*What is a Kong Wubba?*
This tug/fetch toy is the newest addition to the American pet company 'Kong' which is best known for producing the hugely popular classic red rubber dog toys. More recently a collection of tennis ball material toys has been brought out, and the Wubba is the most recent release.
*The product itself*
The Wubba consists of a small squeaky ball and a larger rubber ball covered in a tough, durable fabric and tied to create long 'tails' which make the toy easy for you to throw and for your dog to pick up. Stitched into the fabric is the product name and Kong logo, this toy is designed for playing either fetch or tug with your dog, the toy can also be used to chewing by smaller dogs although it will not withstand the strenght of a large, strong dog.
Like all Kong toys, the packaging for the Wubba is minimal. The toy comes attached to a small piece of white cardboard which gives a few lines of information about safety and the intended purpose of the toy.
*Price & Availabilty*
As the Wubba is fairly new it hasn't found its way in to many pet shops or on-line pet stores yet. They come in Small, Large & Extra Large sizes and three diffferent colours. I purchased the small (£3.99) and extra large size (£7.99) from Pets At Home.
*What my dogs think*
I got two of these toys- one for each of my dogs and they have become a real hit. Benson is toy obsessed and I've yet to buy him a toy that he doesn't like, so I knew he would like the Wubba anyway, Ruby on the other hand prefers soft toys to rubber/plastic ones so she too likes this toy. The long 'tails' are great for throwing the toy long distances for Benson, but like I mentioned earlier they do not withstand chewing from a large dog so his Wubba only has two of the original four 'tails' left. When buying toys for Benson I always look for ones that float in water as he is a big fan of swimming, the Wubba does so that is a real bonus.
*Ease of cleaning*
Fabric is hardly an ideal material for a dog toy to made out of, the Wubbas get covered in mud and dirt and when they get wet they take forever to dry and end up smelly. I put them in the washing machine on a low heat and then in the airing cupboard to dry which cleans them up quite nicely until the next time the dogs deciede to give them a mud bath.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ 'Tails' make them easy to throw long distances
+ Soft for your dog to catch, won't damage teeth
+ Three sizes available
+ They float in water
- They have a squeaker in, which no doubt your dog will love but will more than likely drive you mad within 20 minutes!
- They aren't very practical, they get wet & muddy and then are hard to clean and dry
- They don't withstand chewing
Designed to play fetch and other interactive games with your dog.