Warning: Declaration of kclass_description_walker::start_el(&$output, $item, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker_Nav_Menu::start_el(&$output, $item, $depth = 0, $args = Array, $id = 0) in /home2/boxfordw/public_html/rufftoyreviews/wp-content/themes/habitat/framework/classes/kclass_description_walker.php on line 44
Ruff Toy Recommended

Archive for Ruff Toy Recommended

07 Jan 2011

Tuffy’s Mega Creature Octopus and Mega Ring

Comments Off on Tuffy’s Mega Creature Octopus and Mega Ring Ruff Toy Recommended, Stuffies, VIP Products

Durability Rating: [Rating:5/5]

Tuffy Mega Creature Ring

We have two AWESOME tough toys to review this week.  The Tuffy’s Mega Creature Large Octopus Dog Toy, Tiger Print and the Tuffy’s Mega Ring Dog Toy were Cassie and Moxie’s birthday gifts this past November. They’ve had tons of play now for about two months and both toys are showing no signs of wear.  We are so happy with these toys and the dogs love them!

The Tuffy’s Mega Ring Dog Toy is a big toy at 13″ x 13″ and the donut hole is large enough for both dogs to grab the middle and wear it around their face like the dreaded “cone of shame”.  They’re both clowns and know how funny we think it is, so they do it a lot!  It gets a lot of play as a tug toy and a throw toy, and even though it gets a lot of rough play, it’s still in perfect condition.

The Mega Ring’s tag boasts “Tiger Tested, Dog approved! Extremely durable pet toys that are great indoors and outdoors.  Great for training and won’t hurt teeth or gums.” The VIP website has several videos of tigers, bears and wolves playing with these toys, so this will give you an idea of how tough they really are.

The Tuffy’s Mega Creature Large Octopus Dog Toy, Tiger Print is HUGE! At 23″ long, this toy doesn’t even fit in the toy bin. This is one of the dogs’ favorite “tug of war” toys because of all the legs to grab and shake.  Cassie likes to shake this toy up and over her head as though she’s giving herself a good flogging.

The Mega Creature Octopus is a Giant Toy

The construction on these toys is impressive:

Seven Rows of Stitching Each toy’s seven layers of material are sewn together with two rows of linear stitching and two rows of cross stitching. The four rows of stitching are protected with an industrial grade luggage material that is sewn 3 more times.

Seven Layers of Material Three layers of 600 Denier industrial grade material, three layers of plastic coating and finally one layer of soft fleece. All seven layers are rolled together and then sewn with a one inch cross pattern to prevent layer separation.

Protective Webbing Additional industrial grade luggage material is sewn around the outside edge with three rows of stitching to cover and protect the first four rows of stitching.

Squeaker Safety Pockets Each Squeaker is safe and quiet because they are sewn into a nylon safety pocket beneath seven layers of material.

These toys are machine washable (air dry) and float.

Both toys are rated 10 on the “Tuffy” scale. We haven’t tried them as pool toys, and probably won’t, since they are so popular as house toys. But we can enthusiastically recommend both these toys as TOUGH and FUN toys that will get a lot of play. They are a bit more expensive than other toys we’ve reviewed, because of their size, but I think it’s worth paying extra for a toy that lasts!

14 Dec 2010

Criss Cross & Toss by Schnoodleware

2 Comments Ruff Toy Recommended, Schnoodleware, Tugg Toys

Durability Rating: [Rating:5/5]

My friends who run Canine University suggested this toy for review. They have a large pack of active Golden Retrievers (including Cassie’s Mom, Cameo), and they love this toy. Schnoodleware.com is a local company that makes fleece dog toys, blankets and dog coats. We decided to try the Criss Cross & Toss toy because the website suggested this toy for multiple dog households. That’s us!

The Criss Cross and Toss by Schnoodleware is a good value and long lasting

We’ve had the Criss Cross & Toss toy out for over a month now, and it hasn’t shown any signs of wear, even though it gets a lot of enthusiastic playtime.

This is a very simple toy design, just two “tubes” of double-layered fleece tied in the center, and with knots at all four ends.  No squeakers are used, so the dogs haven’t been tempted to tear into it. The ends are finished nicely, with no frays or loose stitching.  Both dogs love this toy.  At about 16″ long, it makes a terrific tug toy for dogs to pull together, but it’s so soft, it’s not harsh when a human allows the dog to tug too.  The fleece does get a bit slobbery, because it doesn’t absorb liquid. However, the fleece is fast drying, and easy to clean.

I have seen this toy at our local dog supplies store, but you can also order it online directly from the company at www.schnoodleware.com.  We like this toy a lot and are putting it into our “recommended” category.  Another great toy for ruff dogs!

27 Nov 2010

Top 10 Durable Dog Toys for 2010

1 Comment Chew Toys, Chuckit, Kong, Nylabone, Planet Dog, Pool Toys, Rubber Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended, Stuffies, Throw Toys, VIP Products, Zanies

Here is Ruff Toy Reviews 2010 Top 10 Durable Dog Toys List of the most durable, safe and fun dog toys out there for dogs who love their toys to death.  We have personally tried all of these toys with our dogs, and wanted to share the top dog toys under $20 that would make a great holiday gift for any dog that loves to play rough! Here are our favorite dog toys… in no particular order.

  1. Zanies Rubber Chicken

    The Zanies Rubber Chicken is a surprisingly durable toy that is silly and floppy.  Stands up to shaking and tugging.  We’ve had this toy for about a year, and it’s still going strong.  The dogs love it.  Beware of slobber.  Full review

  2. Nylabone Double Action Chew

    The Double Action Chew by Nylabone is a very long lasting chew that doubles as a rubber toy.  As with all Nylabone products, look for the “for aggressive chewers” label for the toughest chewers. Full review

  3. Planet Dog Orbee Bone

    The Planet Dog Orbee Bone is a wiggly rubber bone that is soft on the mouth, but very durable.  You can fill the hollow center with treats. This bone also floats and makes a great pool toy. Full Review

  4. Tuffy's Ultimate Tug of War

    Tuffy’s Ultimate Tug-O-War Dog Toy takes a lot of abuse in our house, and is still going strong after two years of rough play.  This is a big toy at 22 inches long, and the dogs love carrying such a big toy around.  This one is on our own list for replacement this year.  Shh, don’t tell the dogs! Full review

  5. KONG Snugga Wubba Dog Toy

    The Snugga Wubba Dog Toy by KONG was one of the first stuffing free dog toys out there, and it was a big hit with the dogs and with me because it lasted a long time without leaving a stuffing mess all over the house. The Snugga Wubbas are fleecy soft, although they also come in classic rip stop material.  But our dogs love the Snuggas best.  This is one Cassie’s security blankets. A great tug toy and snuggie. Full review coming soon.

  6. QT Dog Deer Antler Chews

    QT Dog All Natural Chew Toy Antlers Deer Antlers are an all natural chew that you can feel good about. It’s not made from dead things, so if you are squeamish about pigs ears, hooves and other nasty sounding (and smelling) chews, deer antlers are a great alternative, plus they last a long, long time. These are harvested from from 100-percent naturally shed deer antlers, and are not smelly or slimy at all even after a good long chew.  Full review coming soon.

  7. Chuckit Ball Launcher

    Chuckit! Ball Launcher Your best friend if you have a dog that needs to run! When we go to the beach, there are so many people there with Chuckit’s, I’m pretty sure we never come home with the same tennis ball.  Moxie will chase a tennis ball until the cows come home and the Chuckit makes my arm almost bionic when it comes to really getting a long and accurate throw.  You can’t go wrong with this toy.  Get extra balls, though.  You will need them. Full review

  8. Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Zoom Flyer

    Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Zoom Flyer
    We think Moxie was a Frisbee Dog in another life and we’re hoping to teach her to catch this fun toy like a pro. This toy is soft on the mouth, but very tough, and it floats, making it a favorite pool toy. Full review

  9. Tuffy's Mega Square Ball

    Tuffy’s Mega Square Ball Our dogs love stuffie toys, but they tear them to shreds… except for the Mega Series from VIP products. We now have several of these toys and the dogs love them. Equally important, I love them because they really do hold up. They are more expensive than other stuffed toys, but you really do get your money’s worth out of them. Full review

  10. Zanies Rip Stop Training Dummy

    Zanies Ripstop Training Dummy We got two of these for pool toys, thinking they wouldn’t last very long. We were wrong! Both of them are still going strong even though they are hands down, the absolute favorite pool toy. They float of course, but they are also easy to through and you can swing them around to get a nice long toss from them. An all around great throw toy. Full review

All of these products are available online and we’ve provided links to purchase. If you already have these toys, let us know what you think. And please tell us your own top durable toy favorites too, for future reviews. Happy holidays!

22 Nov 2010

Chuckit! Ball & Launcher

Comments Off on Chuckit! Ball & Launcher Chuckit, Ruff Toy Recommended, Throw Toys
Chuckit! Ultra Grip Launcher

The Chuckit! Ultra Grip Launcher with Tennis Ball

Durability Rating: [Rating:5/5]

Someone thought it was a good idea to invent a way to throw a tennis ball without actually touching it. Normally that would sound like a solution looking for a problem, but in the case of a dog toy, it’s a great idea. The Chuckit! series of ball launchers and balls allow you to throw a ball as far as you want, pick it up while avoiding slobbery/sandy balls, and keep on throwing with minimal effort.

The Chuckit! launchers come in a variety of models ranging from small to large, and designed for a variety of balls of different sizes (for different sized dogs). Check out the range of models at www.chuckit.com. We use the Ultra Grip launcher. Its the longest of the launchers at 25″, has a padded hand grip, and launches the Chuckit! Medium size (2.5″) balls. Conveniently that’s the same size as a “normal” tennis ball. The length of this launcher allows you to throw the ball very far – sometimes too far to keep the testers interested. Pictured is our go to ball, the Chuckit! Tennis ball, which is advertised as “extra wall thickness”. However there are other balls ranging from glow in the dark, to erratic flight, to high bounce that are also worth a future test.

While the Ultra Grip launcher cost us approximately $15 with a ball, I’ve seen the basic launchers for under $10 many places. Keeping one in the car with a sleeve of normal tennis balls is a great idea.

Bottom line – the launcher itself isn’t the toy – the ball is – and dogs love chasing balls. But the launcher makes it much easier to play fetch. I’d recommend getting a launcher that uses medium balls and having extra balls on hand in case a random pooch steals your ball or it goes too far out to sea at the beach.

19 Nov 2010

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Orbee Bone

Comments Off on Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Orbee Bone Planet Dog, Pool Toys, Rubber Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended

Durability Rating: [Rating:5/5]

Cassie's version of a security blankie

Planet Dog toys are a big hit in our pack.  The Orbee-Tuff Orbee Bone is no exception.  This toy goes from the house to the yard to the pool, even to bed with Cassie.  She loves the feel of this toy in her mouth, it’s absolutely indestructible, and (despite how it looks in the photo) it cleans up easily with soap and water, or a run through the dishwasher.

We love that this toy floats in the pool, and the two dogs have a great time fetching this toy, because it initially sinks on impact, but then floats up to the top.  And, unlike hollow toys that eventually fill up with water, we’ve never had to dig this one from the bottom of the pool.

The bone is fairly soft and flexible… almost jiggly, and it bounces when tossed onto a hard surface, as in our tile kitchen.  This gives them an extra challenge to grab it on the bounce up.  We have the size large, which is big enough for them to use as a tug toy.  In the yard, it’s heavy enough that you can give it a good long throw to tire them out with a game of fetch.

Like all rubber toys, though, beware of the slime factor!  The surface of the bone is particularly smooth, making it extra slippery when slobbery.  Ugh.  But oh, they do love it.

Makes a great pool toy too.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Cassie needs something in her mouth whenever she’s excited or anxious.  A deer in the yard, the UPS guy, somebody in the neighbor’s yard all require something in the mouth! Any guest at our door is greeted by a wiggly golden with a toy in her mouth.  She usually goes for a stuffie toy, but this bone is makes the cut for her “security blanket,” I suppose because it is so soft in the mouth.

We’ve had this toy now for several years.  The logo on the toy is hard to read and there is some tooth wear on the bone, but other than that it’s holding up great.  Highly recommended!