“ Brand: Petstage / Type: Dog Toy „
When we got our Chihuahua Murphy last October, I made the decision to get him about a week before he came to us, so I rushed around getting what bits I could for him to help him settle in. As well as dealing with his physical needs of something to sleep on, food, bowls and so on, I knew that I wanted to get him some toys to try and get him not to chew anything else. On the whole this strategy has worked. Although he does chew the kids little toys now and again, he has not chewed any of my furniture or anything.
This toy was one that he took to straight away. I think this was because it was quite small and light, being about 6 inches in length and made from a lovely soft material. He also really liked all the tassley bits that came out of one end of it. He could pick it up and run around with it in his mouth even when he was only 3 months old and very small indeed. As he has grown bigger, he still loves this one very much, though he is starting to destroy it a little. He has pulled off some of the fabric on the bottom, and there is no longer a care label on it. It was around £4 when we bought it, and I think this was money well spent indeed for nearly 6 months.
I liked the sound of this originally because I saw from the product description on amazon that this was a unique teething toy because you can freeze it to help the dog when they are teething, kind of like the toys that you chill for babies. I thought this a great idea, but in practise it hasn't been that well received by my dog. To freeze the toy, you need to wet the fabric that the toy is made from. You then freeze this before giving it to the dog.
Now, I wasn't that keen on my freezer contents being in contact with a toy that the dog had been slobbering all over, so I put it inside a plastic freezer bag to do this. I don't know if I didn't leave it wet enough, but I found while the fabric felt nicely chilled and had a crunchy texture, Murphy just wasn't interested at all until the toy had dried out again.
I feel this toy is great for smaller dogs as it is well constructed and is only showing signs of wear and tear after 6 months of daily use. He still loves ragging this about, and he enjoys playing a game of fetch with it inside. We are not worried about throwing it around inside the house as it is not heavy enough to do any damage to anything it hits.
A larger dog might destroy this in a lot less time, but they might also find it more beneficial as a cool teether. I don't think it has relieved any of Murphy's teething pains, but he has had a lot of fun playing with this one, so I do highly rate it and will give it 4 stars.
Petstages Cool Teething Stick Toy - price varies where you buy but mine was around £3.99
**** THE PRODUCT AND IT'S DESIGN ****
This petstages cool teething stick is only six and half inches long and about one inch across made into a round design. He is a bright multi-coloured array of spots and stripes with tassel bits on the front and back and a few stick up triangles on his back.
Made of polyester and cellophane paper with mould resistant stuffing inside, he should not be immersed in water but is ok to sponge down when dirty. I am not sure what it is, maybe the cellophane paper, but he makes a small crinkle sound when bend and twisted. So you see he is a very basic design and simple toy, but he has a little secret......you can put him in the freezer! When put in the freezer for a while I used to put him in there for an hour , he obviously gets cold. When then given to your pup to play with the idea is it soothes the teething gums.
????? WHY DID I BUY IT ????
I bought this petstages toy about 4years ago now when my Siberian Husky was a puppy. Yes I know this may seem an odd tiny toy for a big breed which can be destructive, however I was drawn in by the teething aspect of the toy which I had not seen in other makes.
Puppies tend to start teething at around 4-5 months and that can also be when you see an increase in chewing.
Well on arriving home the toy went straight into the freezer for an hour, then after being sufficiently chilled I gave him to Storm. At first he was a little apprehensive I have to say, I think he was miffed it was a cold toy and not a sausage coming out of the freezer for him but he soon got the idea and took it off to the front room.
At first he just poked at it with his nose but soon he started to half chew, half suck it, which I can only assume is how it helps to soothe his gums. I often gave the toy chilled to Storm when I went out and although it did not stop his chewing of items particularly, I do think it helped ease his teething.
With regards to how well made the product is - well Storm is now five and the toy although a little dirty and chewed around the edges is still a toy which he begrudgingly passed to his house mate Sky when she was a pup. The toy still is played with and can often be seen tossed around in the air across the room. This in itself I feel shows that is a good quality by the fact it is still relatively in one piece! A little of the stitching is going now and some stuffing appearing but I think it has well out lasted my expectations.
The toys all tend to have bright colours on which is nice and fun and I have bought several other products from the ranges since.
I think this is a toy which could be suitable for any breed to be honest. There is a smaller version I believe but to be fair this would be easily picked up by tiny breeds as it is so light and has plenty of scope to hold onto and throw.
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The toys are all designed with developmental stages in mind and are apparently vet approved too.
www.petstages.com is the website with a lot more information about the specific developmental toys that the make. Not only for dogs but cats too. You can't buy the products from here but they are available from Pets at Home and are found on websites like Ebay and Amazon and larger pet stores/websites.
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