Durability Rating: (1/5)
Important note: We have gotten a lot of comments of dogs becoming sick after playing with this toy! For more information, see our followup post and comments from other readers.
The PawTracks TireBiter, from Mammoth Pet Products, has been in the dog toy basket since Cassie was a puppy. It’s basically an 8″ mini rubber reinforced tire with lots of nubbys like an actual car tire. It’s very durable, and is one of the oldest toys in the bin. So from a durability standpoint only, it’s a great choice. I’m sure there are dogs that absolutely love this toy. As you can see from the photo, it’s got quite a few teeth marks in it, but it’s in great shape even after 3 years.
Our dogs, however, rarely choose this toy to play with or chew. They are willing to play with it if I select it and roll it around for them, but they don’t pick it out on their own. Plus, they’ll switch to another toy if they have the opportunity.
I think the problem with this toy is the rubber smell. It is, after all, a real tire, and has that strong oily petroleum odor that doesn’t go away. The toy smells like a gas station. If I think this toy has a strong odor, I can only imagine how a dog’s sensitive nose reacts to it. They just don’t like it!
The TireBiter is also a heavy toy, making it a less than ideal interactive toy to play with in the house… it tends to land hard and bounce when thrown or rolled, so we need to be careful where we toss this toy for the dogs. It’s a much better outside toy, but because of the nubby texture, it gets filthy from being in the yard, and then I don’t even want to pick it up!
Finally, in researching this toy, I looked at other people’s reviews on this product and saw quite a few people complain that their dogs were sick after chewing this toy, so please do your research before buying.
I’d love to hear if other people have tried this toy and have had a more positive experience with it. It’s a great idea for a toy, but just not that appealing in our home.
Important note: We have gotten a lot of comments of dogs becoming sick after playing with this toy! For more information, see our followup post and comments from other readers.Chew Toys, Mammoth Pet Products