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Ruff Toy Reviews –

Welcome to Ruff Toy Reviews

For dogs who love their toys… to death! Our dogs, Cassie and Moxie, are rough on their toys! We are always on the hunt for dog toys that are as tough as they are. In this blog, we’ll test out dog toys for toughness, durability and fun, and let you know how they fare in real dog situations.

09 Sep 2015

A Really Tough Removable Tags Clip

1 Comment Great Dog Products

Nite Ize S-Biner Steel MicroLock

Rating: [Rating:5/5]

Nite Ize S-Biner Steel MicroLock

Nite Ize S-Biner Steel MicroLock

My first dog was a Rough Coated Collie.  He had such a thick coat that you couldn’t see his collar at all!  I never thought of changing out his collar just for vanity, but now that my dogs have slightly more neck showing under all that hair, I am more inclined to check out the collar aisle at my favorite pet boutiques for fun new collars for the girls.

The problem, though, is it is such a pain to remove the tags to switch them onto a new collar.  There are several removable ID tag clips on the market, but I’ve heard so many complaints that they aren’t sturdy and break easily.  I didn’t want to chance losing their id tags, so kept looking for a better solution.  I finally found it in the boat store!

Nite Ize S-Biner Steel MicroLockThe Nite Ize S-Biner Steel MicroLock is not specifically a dog tag holder, but it works great as one, and I’ve had these on for several months without a problem at all.  It’s very sturdy, made from stainless steel, with a locking gate closure to keep the clips secure.

It even comes as a set, so perfect for multiple dog homes, or if you have a separate set of tags for traveling, showing, etc.

Nite Ize also makes an item that is SPECIFICALLY for dog tags, but it is more expensive and only comes one in a pack…

25 Oct 2014

The Dog Dicer

1 Comment Just plain Crap!

Rating: [Rating:1/5]

Short and sweet: save your money and don’t even try this one.  I thought this was a great gadget, and ordered it as soon as I saw it.  This would be great for agility training treats!  My dogs go crazy for hot dogs, so I was eager to give it a try.  I ordered one from the “As Seen on TV” site, which took MONTHS to finally arrive.  The first time I tried to use it, the blades wouldn’t even cut through a single hot dog.   I even tried splitting the hot dog down the center so it was only half as thick, but even that didn’t work.  As I tried to cut through the hot dog, the blades began to bend, and then the top piece broke off and came apart completely.

A waste of money!  Very disappointed!

26 Dec 2012

‘Twas the Day After Christmas…

1 Comment Funny Stuff, Wordless Wednesday


Twas the day after Christmas… and all through the house
The stuffing was strewn and the squeakers chewed out…

01 Dec 2012

Sprong Dog Toy

2 Comments Ruff Toy Recommended, Uncategorized

Rating: [Rating:5/5]

Sprong Dog Toy Review

Sprong Dog Toy

There are two things you can plainly see from the video above:

  1. This is a very loud toy!
  2. Cassie simply adores it!

What you might not readily see though is that this is a TOUGH toy and has lasted in our “house where dog toys go to die” for several months.  Yes even that loud squeaker is still intact!

The Sprong Dog Toy by R2P Pet, Ltd is described on the package as “the fuzzi squeaki spungi chewi floati squishi velveti bounci smooshi dog toy”.  So, maybe these folks can’t spell worth a dime, but their product is priceless in our estimation! The Sprong that we got is shaped very much like a traditional “Kong” toy, but the texture is fuzzy.  Not quite tennis ball fuzzy, but similar. Like you know what velvet feels like after something spills on it and then dries?  Like that.  Cassie loves how it feels in her mouth, and the fuzz helps keep the slobber factor down.

The toy is light-weight, so we can throw it inside the house without too much worry. The package says it floats, although so far we’ve kept this as an indoor toy.

The dogs have played tug with it, and have been pretty rough on it, and yet it lasts. We’ve  used it as a training reward, played hide and seek with it, and yes have resorted to hiding it really well when we need a little rest from all that squeaking.  But Cassie is so giddy when she’s squeaking away that usually we just enjoy the show.

We are delighted with this toy and Cassie says “Thank you VERY MUCH” to the creators!

Usually I’m not all that sad to see the squeaker destroyed.  After all it brings a welcome peace and quiet until the next loud toy gets pulled out of the toy box.  But Cassie loves this one so much, that I’m glad to see it is so durable.

26 Sep 2012

Seamsters Rawhide and Rubber Puzzle Toy

3 Comments Chew Toys, Kyjen, Puzzle Toys

Rating: [Rating:1/5]
The Kyjen folks sent me a new toy for the dogs to try out recently; Seamsters, The First Rawhide and Rubber Puzzle Toy, by Dog Games Puzzle Toys™.  Touted to be a “Rewarding Long-Lasting Boredom Buster”, I thought this could be a great toy for my dogs.

Seamsters Rawhide and Rubber Puzzle Toy

Seamsters Rawhide and Rubber Puzzle Toy

The package states:

  • Restitchable for repeatable fun
  • Stands up to the toughest chewers
  • Cleans teeth and strengthens gums

It also claims that it is “a toy that’s meant to be ‘destroyed.'” Basically it’s a two piece rubber bone “stitched” together with rawhide stips.  The package comes with two refills for the rawhide stitching.  The bone is hollow so you can also add some kibble to the bone when you restitch it for added interest and fun.

When I gave it to the dogs, Moxie was all over it, and quickly carried off to keep it all to herself.  Cassie wanted that toy too, but Moxie was not feeling very generous.  She worked at the bone for over an hour, happily chomping away at the rawhide stitching and had a great time with it till she had all the stitching off, and the bone was opened up.  After that, she let Cassie take one half of the bone, once the “good stuff” was gone!  She’s nice like that!

Seamsters Rawhide and Rubber Puzzle Toy

Seamsters Bone is not very durable

Within MINUTES of Cassie having the rubber bone to play with, she had chomped right through it and started tearing bits of rubber off the edges. NO!  I was really excited about this toy and not at all expecting it to be destroyed in one night.  But there is was, in pieces on the carpet.  Moxie also had started to pull off pieces from the other half of the bone.

I took the bone away, much to their disappointment. The next day, I tried restitching what was left of the bone, just to get a complete review of the toy…

Soak the rawhide to restitch the bone together

The rawhide refills need to be soaked in warm water for a few minutes to soften them up.  Then you can put some kibble or treats in the middle of the bone, and stitch it up.  I was expecting this to be a messy/slimy process, but it wasn’t slippery at all.  I’m not seamstress, but I got the job done.  Would I want to do this often?  Probably not, even if the toy was more durable.  But it wasn’t the slimy icky project I was anticipating. Once the stitching is complete, you let the rawhide dry and stiffen up before giving it to the dog.

I did want to give Cassie a go at the toy, so the next day I let her have the bone to play with just until the rawhide was gone.  And I watched her like a hawk so I could take away the bone part as soon as she got it pulled apart.  After that, the toy got thrown out.

It’s very disappointing that the rubber part of the bone isn’t at all durable.  The toy itself is a good idea, but I can’t recommend it for enthusiastic chewers.  If your dog is not much of a chewer, it might work out, but do keep a close eye on it for signs of damage.  You can buy it here.

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