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When we went to the pet store the other day to get cat litter, we saw these (expensive) new toys on an endcap. They looked like stuffed toys, but they didn't feel like your average stuffie at all! They were hard and rigid, and VERY different than any other toy I've ever seen before. Here's the tag:

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We decided to get the ($20) alligator for Jak, to see just how tough it actually was. Again, click to view full size









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Within probably 20 minutes, he'd made a hole in the top where the 'scales' were sewn to the back of the 'gator. I would say this would be a manufacturing defect, wouldn't you? I'm going to try taking it back and see what the store manager says (I'm on a first-name basis with him, so I'm sure he'll take it back). I may get a "Cuz" in place of the alligator. I may get a Cuz and another one of these toys that doesn't have 'stuff' sticking up for him to try and rip off, just to see how long it really does last.
 

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Fun pics and video, but those toys really don't last too awful long, do they? :? I bought a Bad Cuz a little while back. The little horns are adorable and too right for my little spawn of the devil. :twisted: Of course, Zoso very promptly worked one of the legs right off after a few tosses before I could remove it from his possession. :roll:

But as far as product reviews goes, I have been impressed with the tugs found on www.katiesbumpers.com that she makes. Very friendly lady with excellent customer service. I bought the two handled fire hose tug at the APDT conference a few weekends back and Zoso was nuts for it right off. I have to keep it on top of the refrigerator so he can't get to it (surprised he hasn't pulled up a chair). Also bought two one handled tugs. One had no stuffing in it, but you could apparently put food in it with the velcro to make it into a transitionary toy for dogs who like food. Also got a stuffed one handled tug with a very light squeaker in it. They make them with the lighter squeakers on purpose apparently as the dog still hears the sqeaking just fine without it being obnoxious to the humans. I told Katie when she called me back to definitely work on making some longer two handled tugs and she said she'd work on it as other Schutzhund people told her the same. They also have a section on the website where training clubs can sell them as a fundraiser.
 

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Aside from the stitching coming loose, the toy has held up quite well. The squeakers in it are quiet, too, but you're right; Jak has NO problem hearing them!
 

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I don't like toys with squeekers, it teaches the dog to chew when biting. I made that mistake with Cujo as a pup, Lÿka only gets stuff that doesn't squeek or stuff that Cujo already ripped the squeeker out of when he was a pup :lol:
 

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I agree with Mike, Carbon doesn't get any squeeky toys, but Hemi has a squeaky toy (a little stuffed bone) and Carbon does the funny little head cock every time Hemi squeaks it.
 

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Sarah Hall said:
I agree with Mike, Carbon doesn't get any squeeky toys, but Hemi has a squeaky toy (a little stuffed bone) and Carbon does the funny little head cock every time Hemi squeaks it.
I don't buy squeaky toys either. I thought it was just because of the squeaky thing being very swallowable, but now I read that it encourages the dog to chew..... good point.
 

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Very true, that's why I wouldn't usually buy one for any dog, working or pet, but Hemi isn't destructive with his toys, he'd much rather bite Carbon's ear, or tail, or my toes, or whatever is alive and moving.
 

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Interesting point. Jak chews on any toy though, whether it's a kong, a rubber ball, a tire, a soccer ball, or a stuffed toy. :?
 

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Sarah Hall said:
Very true, that's why I wouldn't usually buy one for any dog, working or pet, but Hemi isn't destructive with his toys, he'd much rather bite Carbon's ear, or tail, or my toes, or whatever is alive and moving.
:lol: :lol: Yeah, I wouldn't care either as long as the dog wasn't trying to eat the squeaky thing and wasn't doing bite-work. He sounds like he is doing great, BTW -- active and puppy-like!
 
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