Archive for Pool Toys

15 Sep 2011

Hard Core Fire Hose by Kyjen

No Comments Kyjen, Pool Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended

Durability Rating: (5/5)

The Hard Core Fire Hose Tug ‘n Fetch by Kyjen is one tough toy! We’ve been using it as a pool toss all summer now, and it remains almost unscathed, despite frequent exposure to harsh chlorine, sun and dog teeth.

The bumper is made of super tough fire hose material, with additional reinforcement at the seams. The bumper itself is about 16″ long by 4″ wide and is heavy enough to toss easily to the middle of the pool. It also has an attached bungee webbing handle that provides a bit more swing to the toss, and is also great for playing tug, and for hanging up to dry. We have a magnolia tree we decorate each day with dripping pool toys to dry.

Both dogs love to fetch and retrieve this bumper from the pool, and then play a fierce sounding game of tug with it, before it gets returned for another throw.  The bungee handle is a bit stretched out after a season of use, but other than that, there are no signs of wear on the toy.  Nice!

In a previous post, I reviewed the Ripstop Training Dummy by Zanies which has been going strong for about 3 years now (wow!) but is finally showing signs of wear in the ripstop fabric and the styrofoam core. We certainly got our money’s worth from that toy and will buy it again.

The Hard Core Fire Hose toy seems to be stuffed with stuffing fluff, based on the feel when I squeeze it, so time will tell if it can make it to three years.  Even so, we are extremely pleased with the quality and durability of this toy after one season of play, and are happy to recommend it for all your water babies out there.

We used to bring bumpers to the beach, but learned the hard way that there’s no guarantee it will be retrieved once the dog has had enough.  Cassie suddenly decided she was tired, cold and DONE one afternoon, and we sadly watched a previous bumper wash out to sea and make its way toward Plum Island.  Hopefully another dog got a great new gift from the sea!  So, after that learning experience, I wouldn’t bring this to the beach for fear of it washing away with the current.  A nice free stick will do just fine!

Moxie loved this toy so much, we used it to entice her to finally jump in at the edge of the pool, instead of running to the steps.  We were mighty proud of this accomplishment, and give the Fire Hose toy credit for giving her the inspiration.  Cassie (the show-off) likes to perform swan dives from the diving board and catch the toy as she hits the water.  It’s mighty impressive.  She is available for birthday parties and barmitsvahs. :)

Note that this toy is meant to be an interactive toy, not a chew toy.  We have left this toy by the pool, but I wouldn’t recommend leaving it out as a chew toy… we’ll put this toy away for the winter {sigh} when the pool is closed up, and look forward to using it again next year.

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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!

19 Nov 2010

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Orbee Bone

1 Comment Planet Dog, Pool Toys, Rubber Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended

Durability 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!

18 Oct 2010

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Zoom Flyer

No Comments Planet Dog, Pool Toys, Rubber Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended

Durability Rating: (5/5)

This is another great toy from Planet Dog. For toughness and durability, you really can’t go wrong with Planet Dog toys, and this toy is no exception. We have this toy for the pool, and it is definitely a favorite with the dogs, both in and out of the water. Yes, it floats, yes, it is soft on the mouth and yes, it is durable!

As a pool toy, the Orbee, challenges dogs to think, because depending on how it lands in the water, the disc might be slightly under the water. The dogs tend to push it underwater as they enthusiastically try to grab it up… then the action of their legs treading water keeps it out of reach.

We have taught the dogs to “leave it” and swim away from it to allow the toy time to float back to the surface. Then we reward the dogs with an “okay go get it” so they can try again to grab it.

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Zoom Flyer - Long lasting and super tough!This toy is so enticing, it was the one that got Cassie to first dive in off the diving board. It’s also great for competitive dogs who can both grab onto the Orbee and swim together. Once out of the pool, it makes a great tug toy.

We’ve had this toy for at least two years. It is finally showing a bit of stress where the blue, stiffer center is coming apart from the outer ring… however, so long as it floats and doesn’t completely come apart, we’re keeping it in the arsenal.

Definitely recommended and worth the money. We’re thinking Moxie might be a frisbee dog, so we’ll also use this once the pool is closed to teach her to play frisbee.

03 Oct 2010

Zanies Ripstop Training Dummy

1 Comment Pool Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended, Zanies

Durability Rating: (4/5)

We bought two of the Zanies Ripstop Training Dummies, thinking that they wouldn’t last very long.  Cassie loves to jump off the diving board to retrieve toys, so we wanted to try this out as a pool toy, but didn’t have high expectations based on the fairly inexpensive price.  Well, price and durability don’t always go hand in hand, and this toy is a wonderful example.

We have been delighted with the durability of this toy!  It has lasted a full summer of both dogs retrieving it out of the pool, so it has been left out wet, exposed to chlorine and sun.  It still floats, hasn’t gotten moldy or smelly and is still the hands down favorite pool toy.

The Zanies Rip Stop Dummy is a pool toy favorite

The dummy has also been used extensively as a tug toy, especially when both dogs vie for the same toy… they’ll both grab onto the same toy and swim back to the edge of the pool, climb out and hang on for dear life… the first dog to shake loses!

The material is a durable nylon exterior with a foam interior for floatability.  After a summer of use, there are some small punctures and a definite decline in the stability of the fabric, but both toys are still useaable.  We recommend this toy for pool dogs.  It is a bit expensive to try bringing to the beach, however.  We’ve had dog toys wash away in the surf, so for the beach, we stick to very cheap tennis balls or sticks.

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