Product Type: Trixie dog accessories
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Trixie Natural Rubber Ring
Member Name: StampedingTurtes
Trixie Natural Rubber Ring
Advantages: Tough rubber, easy to clean, variety of games
Disadvantages: Looks a bit boring but your dog won't care about that!
My lovely little dog is old now and doesn't play quite as much as she used to. A couple of years ago when Bonnie was a little bit younger, we got this for he to play with and we were looking for something that could be thrown and also used in tug games and general rough and tumble.
~~~ Information ~~~
The Trixie Natural Rubber ring that I have measures 15cm in diameter and it is a dark red colour. It's about 3 inches thick and feels really tough. My dog has really sharp teeth and she can chew through just about anything, but she hasn't left anything more than very shallow, vague scratches on this!
The Trixie Ring is a really basic but versatile dog toy that requires some imagination from the owner. I don't know about you but my dog seems to like the smell of rubber - sniffing car tyres etc. So this ring really interested her from the start.
~~~ Games ~~~
We like to play fetch and this ring is brilliant for that. If you throw the ring so that it lands vertically it bounces very nicely giving your dog a little bit of challenge in catching it. It's also great to throw horizontally like a Frisbee. The dog can run and jump to catch it in her mouth. We didn't often do this as Bonnie is a Sheltie and they are quite small and fine boned wee things. We felt that the ring was too heavy for her to catch in a Frisbee fashion so we mostly threw it so that it would bounce before she caught it.
As with all games of fetch...sometimes she brought it back...sometime it morphed into another favourite game.
Yup, Bonnie would catch the Ring and bound off round the garden, running in huge loops and circles to avoid being caught with her treasure! Eventually she would get fed up and drop the ring for a while and go and sniff around.
Bonnie also liked to chew on the ring and play tugging games. It is a very strong rubber and tugging games do not seem to put any real stress on the rubber. It is flexible and malleable to an extent but afterwards it bounces right back to its original shape.
Hide the ring
We got hours of fun from hiding the ring and getting Bonnie to go and look for it. She would sniff around and really use her brain to move things or search in completely random places until she found it. This game always inevitably led to the chasing game for a while!
~~~ Convenience ~~~
This is a really convenient toy to take with you if you go anywhere with your dog because you can play such a variety of games - it's like having a ball, a chew toy and a tug rope all in one. It is great if you are, say, going away for a short break with your dog and have very little room to pack.
Yes it's not particularly pretty or interesting to look at but dogs couldn't care less, all they want is someone to play with them, so this toy fits the bill nicely as it lets you play a lot of different games with your dog. I guarantee you your dog won't mind that it's the same toy you use for all of the games, dogs just don't think like that!
The Ring is really easy to clean, we've had it tailed through mud and sand and all sorts but a simple rinse with plain water gets everything off.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
Overall this was an excellent value purchase which game us hours of fun playing a wide variety of games. The material is tough and safe of dogs, although Bonnie chewed at this; no little pieces came off to choke her. It stayed whole and soft and bouncy.
I think this is a great toy if you are willing to use your imagination and come up with a variety of games to play with it. It's basic, yes, but your imagination can make it into something really fun and active. Dogs love to use their problem solving skills so playing games where you hide the ring, mixed with games of catch and fetch are not only great fun, but they are really good for your dogs overall wellbeing, and who can argue with that!
I got our Ring in a local pet shop for about £3.50 but you can get them online for £2.
Summary: A great, multi-use toy