“ Manufacturer: Petstages / Type: Dog Toys „
I came across the Petstages Healthy Hoops at Pets At Home and after being really impressed with another of their toys I thought I would pick these up for our German Shepherd as again, this toy looked slightly different to anything else Ben had ever had before. I paid £5.99 for them.
The Healthy Hoops are three hoops made of three different materials all held together with little pieces of fabric. One of the hoops is purple and green and is a twisted rope sort of material, another hoop is aqua with green spots and is felt type of material which is not as hard or harsh feeling as the twisted rope and then the third hoop is made of the same material but is orange with red spots on it. All of the little pieces of fabric which hold the three hoops together are also different colours. and these are stitched on the underside to hold each bit in place. I didn't see any other variations of colour when I purchased these but that doesn't mean there isn't.
At first glance I felt that these hoops were really well made and of a good quality though I did find myself thinking that each of the materials aside from the twisted rope one did feel a little flimsy.
Ben played with these hoops a good bit and he really liked them. He preffered to play tug with them and loved the fact that he could really test his strength with them by him holding one of the hoops in his teeth with me holding another hoop and my husband or daughter holding the other (though we never let him win as you're not supposed to give your dog that idea of power). There was nothing more Ben liked than having a proper good tug of war game with these though I will be the first to say that he made the fabrics really soggy and not at all pleasurable to play with until they had dried out completely again (much to his dismay!).
He also liked to use the hoops as a giant sort of frisbee. To be honest though it doesn't fly particularly well and sort of crashes to the ground because of the weightiness of the rope hoop.
With these Healthy Hoops, I noticed that Ben took to chewing them a bit and that the rope one in particular frayed a fair bit causing me to have to bring out the scissors again to trim it up so he didn't get any remnants in his throat.
The problem came when we were playing tug of war with it one day and Ben was tugging one way and I was tugging another and we all heard a ripping noise and the fabric which holds the hoops together just tore completely, leaving Ben with one hoop in his mouth and me with two in my hands. I have to say I was a little disappointed as it just said to me that this product was not made well for the games it was made to play. I have since taken the other little bits of fabric off and it has left Ben with three hoops but he has sadly lost interest in them since they are no longer three together.
All in all, very disappointing.
Petstages Healthy Hoops
I bought these healthy hoops for my puppy about a month ago from Pets At Home. They cost me around about £5 and they have provided him with a lot of fun but they are falling apart now after what I would consider a short time for something to break and fall to pieces. These healthy hoops were one of the very first toys that we bought for our new furry addition to the family and were an immediate success with him. In the time that he has owned these he has gotten quite a lot of play from them.
These hoops have a mixture of textures and colours, some of the hopes are harder and made from a thick rope while the other hoops are made of softer (but still firm) material. The healthy hoops are fun to play a small game of tug with, or they make a great Frisbee type toy, I also have notice that my puppy finds these fun to just sit around and chew.
These hoops have taken a lot of chewing, throwing and general puppy play but they have not lived to tell the tale. Already he is one hoop down (the orange hoop) and the other two are quite frayed and not looking like they will last all that much longer.
I was a bit disappointed that this hoop toy didn't last that long, I don't think I have a particularly destructive puppy and although he has been known to be a bit rough on the majority of his toys, this is the only one that has started to fall to pieces.
I would like to have given this toy a higher rating but it's nearly ready for the bin. This is a great toy apart from one very important factor - longevity. Personally, I think that this toy only deserves a two out of five star rating, low but I think fair.
Sadly I wouldn't recommend these to anyone, unless you have a dog that is very gentle on his toys.