“ Brand: Petstages / Type: Dog Toy „
Petstages toss and shake toy is aimed as an interaction toy for small dogs. The only reason I bought it for my dogs which are large is that I have previously been very happy with Petstages toys and thought this would be a fun throw around the room thing for them to catch. It also had the added advantage that it was on sale at just 38 pence! RRP is £5.99 from www.Amazon.co.uk and leading pet suppliers but you can get some bargains on www.Ebay.co.uk as low as £1
The toy is similar to that of a child's hand rattle with a big circle which can be picked up and five separate triangle pieces of material coming off it each with there own ball attached to the end. The balls have different properties like a bell or crunchy noise material. All of this is in a very bright and colourful array of spots, stripes and block colours.
The idea is that either you or your dog tosses the toy in the air and the bright colours, sounds and floppy material attracts your dogs attention to catch it and shake it about. In idea it is a fun game for you and your dog or even your dog on it's own.
The circular part it made of a soft material made of two opposing colours and has a stuffing inside, whilst the stripes of material are of a raincoat material which is slightly crunchy when touched by the dog. The balls are made up of a cotton but in section like a traditional ball. Inside as I have found by it's destruction by my dogs are some with just stuffing, some have a small' plastic ball and bell and others a pocket of crunchy beads.
This in my part it where the toy losses marks.
Yes I agree the toy was not designed for large dogs and it does clearly state on the packet to inspect the toy for damage and throw away if noted - so top marks for that, however, the inside parts are small due to the size of the toy the small beads are easily crunched into tiny pieces of plastic and the plastic balls are slightly smaller than the size of a five pence coin round with a bell inside. Now with my big heffalumps of huskies this is certainly not an ideal if swallowed , but as large dogs and trust me they have eaten larger items in the past, have made there way through the digestive system unscathed, but it is still a concern. My issue is that for small dogs as the toy is intended these parts could get stuck in the throat or stomach area or cause damage to soft mouths.
As I have said the manufacturer DOES clearly state this needs to be regularly looked for but I feel if given to a dog it is perhaps a toy that should only be given when you are around to inspect as you go and not given when you are going out for a few hours.
For these reasons I do recommend the toy but with the caution that you should use only when you are around and perhaps not for overly destructive dogs.
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