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Our German Shepherd loves getting new toys. He is spoilt rotten but doesn't appear to have a problem with it! So when I came across the Petstages Twin Pull on eBay I thought it looked a little different and fun for him so purchased it for £3.99.
I had never heard of the Pestages brand before so I was unsure how reliable a brand they were but as with everything you have to give things a try otherwise you will just never know. Like most dog toy manufacturers the claims on the back of the toy gave the impression that Petstage toys were made for dogs on the basis of keeping them active in both the physical and mental capacity as well as helping to continuously strengthen the relationship between dog and owner.
The twin ball is basically two balls held together by stretchy multicoloured fabric in the middle. There are little fabric ties all around each of the balls making them look like little stars. All the little pieces of fabric are multicoloured. The balls themselves are brightly coloured; one is bright yellow with green bumps and the other is an aqua blue colour with green triangles. Each of the balls has something inside it to keep your dogs attention - one has a squeaker and the other has a bell (which my cats stop whatever they are doing to listen to when Ben is going into one of his mad shaking the balls to death frenzies!).
The balls are made of a strong vinyl like material and you do really have to press into the squeaking one to make it squeak. They gave the impression of durability which is what you need when you have a German Shepherd or a breed similar. The balls are also nicely sized. They are not too big and can easily be picked up and carried by your dog as they can get their mouths around them - saying that though, it would obviously depend on the breed of dog purchased for as a Yorkshire Terrier wouldn't stand much hope of carrying one in its mouth!
Ben really likes this toy. He tends to carry it around by the middle piece of fabric, leaving the two balls dangling out of either side of his mouth which looks quite funny when you see him doing it. His favourite game is tug of war and this fits the bill nicely for that sort of game due to the elasticated middle. He does also sit and gnaw at the fabric ties a little bit and I have found lose threads which I cut off to prevent him getting them off and swallowing them. You definately need to keep an eye out for that should you purchase this toy.
Other than the fabric ties, the elastic fabric in the middle and the balls themselves have shown no wear or damage and Ben has had this toy for about 3 months now which I think it really good. He hasn't managed to get his teeth through it and they are no visible marks to suggest that he has even come close to doing so.
Petstages are a company who aim to stimulate your dog, keeping them phyically and mentally active, through various stages in their life. You can buy their range in Pets at Home and various other online retailers, I have found thought that there is far more aimed at puppies and smaller dogs, such as this Petstages Twin Pull toy, but their full range can be viewed at http://www.petstages.com.
The toy is two soft plastic balls connected by a strechy fabric inbetween. Through out the ball there are fabric ties and one ball squeakes whilst the other has a ringing bell inside. The materials used and the design of the toy are suitable for puppies and small/medium dogs who don't aggressively chew.
Rufus our puppy really loves this toy and he even takes it to bed with him and carries it out on walks! I think he like is so much as there are many different textures(plasic, elastic, fabric), sounds(squeak, ringing bell) and movements(the elastic pulling, balls rolling and fabric ties) to explore and play with.
I feel he is quite safe playing with this toy as it is too large to swallow and the plastic/fabric have shown no sign of wear or breaking, because of this it is an ideal toy for him to amuse him self with when we are not around to aliviate bordem. But obviously I check the toy frequently for any sign of damage.
We bought this from Pets at Home for about £4/£5 and the toy has been played with almost constantly ever since. I think the toy has been such a sucess because it has so many thing to capture a dogs attention, for this I applaud petstages for creating such a fantastic range of stimulation toys and would happily reccomened Petstages TwinStage to any one with a puppy!