“ Manufacturer: Petstages / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Toys „
Over winter, I have not managed to get out walking quite as much with my pet Chihuahua, so I was looking for a toy that would encourage him to chase around a bit at home and burn off some energy.
I spotted this toy from Pet Stages in the supermarket. At first I was a little unsure whether to purchase it or not because I was a bit unsure how long it would last. I have had toys from petstages before and my dog has managed to destroy them quite quickly because of the fabric material that they are made from. However, I decided it still looked a suitable toy so I bought it anyway.
This is essentially a ball made from bits of rope and fabric strips that are tied into a knot. Each bit of fabric or rope is then knotted on the end. It is quite a lightweight toy, and although quite large in size, it is the sort of toy that is easy enough for a smaller dog like my Chihuahua to grab and carry round in his mouth without it being dangerous to him.
The cost of this toy was £7. I think this is bordering on a little bit high, as our toy is showing signs of wear after about a month of use, and I can't personally imagine it lasting any longer than two months. However, I cannot deny that it has not been well loved and played with and it has certainly met the purpose I bought it for.
The ball is good for tug of war type games with your dog. It is also good for playing throw and catch indoors as it is not so heavy it could really damage something if it hit it. The dog also likes to sit and just chew at it. If I wanted to prolong the life of the toy, I could just stop him doing this, but he has fun doing this and will sneak off into his crate with the toy when he wants to play by himself with it.
Negatives to this toy are that the ropes and fabric strips do seem to wear quite quickly. Somehow my dog can undo the knots and this then causes the material to fray. I have re-knotted the ends quite a few times now, but he has definitely got the knack needed to keep doing it. Also, I personally would prefer this to be made entirely from ropes as I think these are a lot harder wearing for a dog toy than the fabric strips. I can see more wear on the fabric sections of the toy where the dog has chewed through the fabric.
While this has been really good, I would not feel comfortable leaving this with him if he was on his own in case he manages to chew a bit off and swallow it.
Overall, I think this has been quite a good purchase. It has out-lived many similar toys that I have bought my dog to play with, and nothing apart from a Kong toy is completely indestructable. It is likely I will replace this for him when he does manage to destroy it as he has had so much continuous use out of it, and its been nice to have a toy we can play along with him too.
I would recommend this, but would urge caution if your dog is a strong chewer, and I wouldn't leave a dog alone with it.