About three weeks ago my wife and I adopted Syrus. Like any new excited pet owner, we went out and made sure that he had a couple of toys to keep him occupied. The very first toy he was given was a Kong Classic. This toy is a hard rubber chew toy that is supposed to alleviate stress and keep a dogs mind active. It has a hole in the center to stuff treats, which does wonders for keeping a pooch occupied for a while.
Being so impressed with the durability of the Kong Classic, I picked up a Kong Air Dog for Syrus to pounce on outside in the yard. With the very first toss of this tennis ball material covered stick, Syrus went tearing off after it. Within a few minutes, the once squeaking toy, no longer squeaked. Within three days of moderate use, Syrus had the outer skin ripped off of it on one end.
Hoping that this was just a fluke, I picked up another Air Dog. This one squeaked for a couple of days, then went silent. Just like the first, Syrus had the skin torn off in spots within just a few days. With $20.00 invested in two destroyed toys, I did some research on the more rugged toys. The single toy that kept popping up, after the Kong Classic, was a toy called a “Wubba” by Kong dog toys.
This toy is made up of three parts. There is a small ball on the top with a larger squeaking ball below it. Below the balls are a series of straps. The idea is that the pooch can chew on the balls as well as pin it down and tug on the straps.
Having to make a Petsmart run for food, I made a point to pick up a Wubba. I brought it home and handed it to Syrus. At first he had no idea to do with it and carried it into his crate and gently placed it on his bed. I pulled it from the crate and tossed it for him. Syrus ran off to retrieve it, then carefully placed it into his crate once again.
I gave it a little time then sat down with it on the floor. Syrus gently began mouthing it before getting the idea that he could rough it up like his other toys. Before you know it, he was pouncing all over it and generally abusing it. He put a few holes in the straps but otherwise this toy is in great shape compared to his others.
Below is a quick video of Syrus playing with his new toy. Lets hope that this one outlasts his previos toys.