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 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.