As a pet writer who frequently (and honestly) reviews dog products, I’m fortunate to have two partners in crime: my black Cocker-cross Victor who is a picky eater – therefore, dog treats he likes come with a discerning recommendation. His best friend, Sasha, a lab-cross eats everything.
Toys, however, are a different story.
Sasha demolishes everything easily. (Check out our review of GoDog toys here). So, when a company claims its toys are durable and they survive her jaws of destruction, that’s saying something.
So, while Victor carefully selects what he’s going to eat or not, I’m tossing a K9 by Zeus tug toy (from the Hagen Group) to Sasha to see what happens.
She loves it. This is the ideal toy for her. It’s easy for her to grasp and tug (with me) and doesn’t fall apart immediately like others. The soft flexible plastic is easy on her teeth. A week later when I visit her again, the toy is still in tact. That’s never happened before.
Throw and retrieve is her favourite game and this toy works for that too.
What I didn’t know until I researched K9 Fitness products is that dogs see shades of blue and yellow, so dogs can find K9 toys in the environment they are playing in – not something I thought of when I was throwing toys in the backyard.
Next up, the Bomber by Zeus with flashing L.E.D. light. This one’s for Victor.
Ok, it’s for me as much as him because I thought the flashing light was totally cool at SuperZoo 2018 and had to have one. Or, I mean, Victor had to have one.
Toss it, it lights up so perfect for evening play in the backyard or at the cottage. The light is designed to get the attention of dogs perhaps less likely to get active. The cord – or ‘fuse’ – is a tug grip.
What did Victor think? Well, the lights appealed to me more than him. At first, he didn’t know what to do with the big red ball and ran around it watching me. I had to show him the black cord – then he figured it out and grabbed it like a tug toy. He played with for a few minutes, until he noticed I was taking photos. For some reason, he hates photos.
The Bomber easily held up to his size and strength. It would take a lot for him to wear this toy out.
WIN! A blue Bomber by Zeus from Hagen with L.E.D. flashing light AND a handmade fleece dog blanket, just for fun. (See how-to instructions here).
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