VIP Products featuring the Tuff Scale Ranking
VIP Products states they have the “World’s Most Durable Soft Dog Toy” They put a lot of information on their tags and even more on their website about the durability of their toys. They even offer a “Tuff Scale” Ranking to help dog owners know what the toy is intended for and how durable it is. VIP Products offer the following information on their website about the SEA Creatures Shark:
For interactive play with one or multiple dogs. This toy will entertain dogs who like to whip their toys and play fetch for hours! Easy to toss and Floats! — soft edges won’t hurt gums. Each Sea Creature toy is made with 4 layers. 2 layers are made of industrial grade luggage material, 1 layer of plastic coating, and the other layer is made of soft fleece on the outside. All of these layers are sewn together to make one super strong layer of material. Each toy is sewn together with 2 layers of cross stitching and then 2 layers of linear stitching. After the toy is sewn together an additional piece of black trim is added to cover the four rows of stitching. This extra piece of black trim is sewn with 3 linear stitches to give the product a total of 7 seams! These toys are machine washable (air dry) and float.
The SEA Creature Shark is given a Tuff Scale Ranking of 7, meaning “A really tough toy, but still vulnerable”. Fair enough. We thought we’d give a try, based on good luck with other toys from this company.
Both dogs love the toy and we’ve had a great time playing catch and hide and seek with the toy. The dogs also play tug and keep away with the toy. It gets a lot of play here!
Funny enough, the Jaws is the weakest link in this toy. After several days, the dogs had torn the mouth, which has 2 layers of material, and pulled out the squeaker and stuffing. However, the rest of the toy has remained intact for over a month now and still gets play. Of course it no longer squeaks, but it is still chosen quite often for tugging play.
We really like this brand of dog toys, and appreciate the Tuff Scale Ranking, so we are looking forward to trying out more of their tougher toys. And on that note, check out a very cool feature of their website — a Toy Tester program! You can sign up to be a toy tester on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and get their toys for 50% off! Once you have signed up, you can add products to your wish list and then select your shipping date. I’ve signed up for the program and am starting with some Tuff Scale 9 and 10 Ranked toys, and will report back on how we make out. What a great marketing program and a great bargain as well!