My sister told us about trying deer antlers for chew toys, so we’ve been experimenting with them at our house since November. Our first try was a 5″ section of antler. At about $10, we decided to buy one and see if they liked it. Of course, we immediately learned that sharing a chewie was not going to bring peace to our household, as both dogs really liked the chew and spent a lot of energy trying to steal it away from each other.
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!
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.
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
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
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
- 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
Durability Rating: [Rating:2/5]
A flying fish slinghot toy! Oh boy! This Flying Series Slingshot dog toy with squeaker was on sale at Home Goods for $6.99, so I thought it was worth a shot. The package states “HEAVY DUTY AND IT FLOATS!” along with “BUNGY NECK LAUNCHES FISH UP TO 100 FEET!” The package showed a photo of a kid playing with the toy outside, so I assumed this would be a good toy for the yard… we took the bait.
At home, I read on the back of the package, “WARNING: PET SHOULD BE SUPERVISED WHEN PLAYING WITH THIS TOY. REMOVE TOY FROM PET IF ANY PART BECOMES LOOSE OR DETACHED. INTENDED FOR PETS ONLY, KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.” Huh? How could a dog toy harm a child? And why was there a child pictured on the front of the package using the toy? I was stumped.
The toy itself is basically a stuffie toy with a bungee cord through the center, a rope end to pull on one end, and a finger loop on the other. You pull the two ends, aim and shoot. It sounds simple. It made me feel stupid. I’m glad nobody was watching as I tried to get this toy to soar “up to 100 feet” as promised. I never got to 100 feet. I doubt I got to 25 feet. The dogs were happy to retrieve it every time I flubbed a shot. Each throw got a little better, but I never really achieved any distance. As the dogs retrieved it, they naturally tried to get it from each other, and it wasn’t long before it was slobbery, and we began to have tearing in the toy. It also got dirty pretty fast, being used outside and getting wet.
As we tried using the toy more, a plastic tube began to protrude from the center of the toy, where the bungee cord passed through. At this point, I had to remove the toy from circulation. First of all the tube prevented the toy from flying at all, and it was just begging to be chewed. I guess that’s what they meant by”REMOVE TOY FROM PET IF ANY PART BECOMES LOOSE OR DETACHED. ”
So, bottom line, we were unimpressed with this toy. It didn’t last long, it didn’t fly far, and it really wasn’t worth the price, even on sale. This is our first try with the Hyper Pet products. If you have used other products with better success, please let us know. Meanwhile, we’ll go back to our old standby, the Chukit… which we love, and based on how many people we see at the beach with Chuckits, that’s the toy worth getting.