Archive for Throw Toys

08 Mar 2011

Ruff Wear Hydro Plane

3 Comments Ruff Toy Recommended, Ruff Wear, Throw Toys

Durability Rating: (5/5)
I was hoping to hold off doing this review until summer. After all the Ruff Wear Hydro Plane is a soft disc that is (according to Ruff Wear’s website) “built for dogs that love to play fetch in or around water”.  Cassie and Moxie got this toy for Christmas, a present from my sister in Seattle and her two Shiloh Shepherds.  Each dog got one.  Honestly, the toy is so lightweight, I was afraid the dogs would destroy it before spring, so we put one toy away for pool use, and kept one out for the dogs to play with in the house.

Well, this this toy is a big hit here!  It is so lightweight, that we can throw it in the house, without worrying about it crashing into something delicate.  Moxie loves to show off her high jump to catch this toy, and it has survived many rounds of rough tug-o-war sessions.  It is also carried around a lot and chomped on, and their teeth marks don’t even show on the toy.  When they say Ruff Wear, you can believe it!

The heavy duty canvas material is extremely rugged, and has held up well all winter.  Although we don’t leave it outside (I’m pretty sure it’s so lightweight the wind will carry it off), we have brought it outside and the dogs have a blast.  This is one of the softest of the frisbee type toys we’ve tried, and a great way to train a dog to catch a flying disc, because it won’t hurt their mouth.

Both dogs think they are hysterically funny when they wear the toy like the collar of shame.  People who say dogs don’t have a sense of humor clearly haven’t met my dogs!

Although the pool is currently more of a skating rink, I’m sure summer will eventually show up, and we can try this toy out in the pool.  I probably wouldn’t risk taking it to the beach because it could easily get carried away by the wind or surf (or another dog!).  But I’m looking forward to seeing it in action as a pool toy, and will use this disc to try and train Moxie as a frisbee dog.  I actually have no idea how to do that, but would love input from you if you have suggestions. Read more

05 Mar 2011

Ruff Dawg K-9 Flyer

5 Comments Rubber Toys, Ruff Dawg, Ruff Toy Recommended, Throw Toys

Durability Rating: (5/5)

It’s back!  Last week, I started to post about our favorite winter toy, the Ruff Dawg K-9 Flyer.  Unfortunately, before I had a chance to take many pictures, the toy went missing!  We eventually found it, trapped under the deck, where I presumed it would stay until the snow melts, sometime in July by the looks of things here in Boston.

Well, this toy keeps coming back!  Just as it has surprised us all winter long, it turned up again on the deck this Thursday!  Talk about a durable AND persistent toy!  My best guess is that Cassie must have chased a squirrel or three through a small opening in the snowbank to get under the deck, and wandered around till she found the K-9 Flyer.  Good dog!

We can enthusiastically recommend this toy.  As you can see from the photos, it gets rough play, and has held up very well.  It’s very soft on the mouth, so the dogs are happy to try and catch it mid air… if only they had somebody who could throw well! Read more

26 Feb 2011

Our favorite mystery winter toy

14 Comments Musings, Rubber Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended, Throw Toys

Last night, I dreamed it was spring. Green, lush, glorious spring. I awoke and looked out the window, and everything was so green. It was like a miracle! Or a dream!  I woke up, and said to my husband, “I dreamed it was spring!” and he laughed. Then I looked out the window and it was spring! The yard was green and full of animals passing by in procession: lions, bears, bear cubs, foxes… so wonderful.  So weird.

Then I really woke up. Dogs pouncing on the bed to wake me, sticking their cold nose in my face, insisting on lying on top of me. Back to reality, back to winter. Blech.  Need coffee.

I really shouldn’t live in Boston. I know that now. I was born here, it’s home. Eight months out of the year, I love it here. This is not one of those months. The winter is dragging on and I’m done with it. Of course I’m not alone. Everybody is sick of winter and ready for spring.  Stupid, lying groundhog! Read more

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

No Comments Chuckit, Ruff Toy Recommended, Throw Toys
Chuckit! Ultra Grip Launcher

The Chuckit! Ultra Grip Launcher with Tennis Ball

Durability 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.

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