- Interactive dog toy provides multi-sensory appeal to keep your pet engaged
- Durable non-toxic material withstands prolonged play
- Textured rubber wrap cleans teeth
- For dogs over 40 pounds
- Treats sold separately
- New packaging, same great product
★★★★★ Five StarsSize: Small
I have searched high and low for a toy that is actually challenging for my two very clever Border Collies. When I found the small size at TJMaxx, picked it up--it's actually bigger than I thought it would be (see picture I posted). For reference, both our dogs are about 35lbs. Most of the time we give them "brain" toys and they figure them out in 3 minutes and then that's it for that toy. I really do love Kongs for our dogs...they just take planning (i.e. you have to fill them and let them freeze) for them to take any time and even then they're usually empty in about 15 minutes. We also have "treat balls" which are great, but again are empty in about 15 minutes, not to mention the noise. When those things roll around on the hard wood floors it's like a train coming through the living room. This toy, however, is fun for the dogs, isn't noisy and doesn't really take any planning on my part at all. I just used it for the second time to feed one of our dogs dinner. It took her about 30 minutes to empty a cup of food. 30 minutes! That's unheard of!!!! I just ordered two more (one for our other BC and another for my parents' BC) and I can't wait for them to arrive!***UPDATE 5/21/2013***The threading on one of ours broke after about a month due to my dog's persistent, not to mention a rough, methods. We have since purchased a new one and have been using it nightly. We've tried crumpled paper and putting a tennis ball in each jug to slow our dogs down, but they both appear to have it down. It takes them about 15 minutes to finish them now. I miss the week where it took them 30 minutes, but oh well. It turns a 15-second meal into a 15-minute meal. That's something, right?
★★★★☆ Four StarsSize: Small
I'm glad I got the small size, even though we have a 65 lb border collie mix. It holds more than we would normally feed her in 1 meal. She loves playing with it. The food comes out a little too easily, but following other reviewers advice we added a wadded up piece of paper towel in with the treats, and that slows it down and makes it harder for the food to come out. She's a fairly aggressive chewer, but hasn't destroyed the rubbery part yet, which was a nice surprise. It is quite noisy rolling around on our wood floors, but we give it to her in 1-2 hour increments, and it's tolerable for short periods. The one downside is washing it - I would prefer to have it easily washable in the dishwasher, but because of the rope that isn't possible. It's pretty easy to wash by hand though, so all in all, a nice toy that has held up well so far.
★★★★★ Five StarsSize: Medium/Large
I LOVE these. I have two, and both are still fully functional with ropes :) I've had them for quite a while. The first I bought about 8 months ago and the 2nd about 2 months(I tend to misplace toys so it works well to have both!)Here's my breakdown of this toy!My dog (for comparison)- I have 4, but only 1 truly plays/uses this, although that is intentional to avoid jealousy/fights. A 11 m.o. hound/working border collie mix, about 50lbs - very active, very clever.The rope- Aria has not shown interest in chewing on this rope, despite being an avid and somewhat heavy chewer, and going through teething with this toy. However, this may be because she always has numerous bones. I will say, the rope is NOT heavy duty- the small amount she has chewed on it does show. Since she doesn't chew on it, it's never shown any signs of mold. It DID get covered in poop at one point- I rinsed it off and called it good, but I didn't see a need to soak it, which probably helped with the drying. If it did get to that point, you could fairly easily remove andreplace the rope with another one.The plastic- Fairly durable. One of ours has cracked, but the plastic is thick enough that it's more of an "inner crack" rather than actually being a gap in the plastic (like a double layer reusable plastic cup/tumbler might get).The difficulty/play level- Pro- She doesn't need to smash/wobble it around the house to play with it, which is a HUGE benefit since I work from home or if I'm watching TV since it is much quieter. I can also give it to her in the crate, and I feel (personally, after watching her with it numerous times) that it is safe enough to give to her and let her keep when I leave her in the crate.