Tough Toy Pros Review
The large-sized Kong® Tugga Wubba looked very promising on its first day. It is solidly made with thick fabric tightly held together. The coils are firm and the toy retains its stiff shape with only a little bend during play. We have great tug-of-war sessions with it, and expect to continue to do so. But it’s not going to meet Willie’s requirements to be a five-star indestructible dog toy.
This is a strong tug toy, no doubt about it. Kong has done well, as they usually do. Yet, under Willie’s direct assault, the threading around the coils began to unravel. I saw Willie do it. He took his teeny front teeth and very specifically gnawed into the fabric. Once he had a good grip, he yanked his head backward in a fast jerk.
Willie deliberately, methodically, and with malice aforethought, tore up his Tugga Wubba.
The Tugga Wubba isn’t destroyed by any means, as you can see in this picture.
But it is torn and frayed and therefore looks very much like it belongs in Willie’s house.
It is a really good toy to use to play fetch. It is very lightweight and tassels at the end allow you to fling it super high and far. Yet it is still strong enough to withstand serious tugging. Willie has the large size. The material feels like canvas. But, as you can see, it is not meant to be a chew toy.
You can’t pin all the blame on me for this. I was provoked. You don’t know what all I have to deal with all day, every day. All these toys, and mom in my face with the camera, constantly groaning, “Oh, Willie. You messed it up. Again.” So, yeah. I took it out on the Tugga Wubba. All the criticism, all the pressure, all the stress. Anybody would have done the same.
And besides all that, Banana Dog egged me on the whole time.
Pshaw – it was only one little rip anyway! Ahhh, but the sweet sound it made as the fabric ripped . . . reminds me of a nice blanket I once knew.
Amazon: 3.6 out of 5 stars with 1,614 reviewers.
Chewy: 4 out of 5 stars with 97 reviewers.
Pet360: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 13 reviewers.
EntirelyPets: 4 out of 5 stars with 11 reviewers.
Dogs are able to pull this apart by the ends, or gnaw the tassels off. The coils in the middle will unravel if chewed. Even dogs who aren’t aggressive chewers are able to chew into this toy. It is not meant to be a chew toy, and it doesn’t hold up well when treated as one.
Fifty-six percent of the people on Amazon give this toy a four star rating or above. Seventy-three percent of the reviewers on Chewy recommend it. Many of the positive reviews come from people whose dogs normally destroy toys like Willie. They say it holds up well during tugging. A lot of them also have multiple dogs. Two dogs are able to play tug with each other very well with this.
If you have more than one dog, you have to give this toy a try since two dogs can play with it so easily. This toy will last a long time if you put it away between play sessions so as to not allow your dog to plot ways to inflict harm upon it.
From online product descriptions:
- Perfect tug and toss toy
- Durable: reinforced fabric and stitching
- Tails on both ends; twice the shaking fun
- Covered in durable ballistic nylon for added toughness
Small: (1.75 inches x 13.25 inches)
Large: (2 inches x 19.25 inches)
X-Large: (2.25 inches x 23 inches)
Dog.com – $3.37
Chewy, EntirelyPets, and Amazon – $3.49
Pet360 – $11.22
EntirelyPets – $5.39
Chewy and Amazon – $4.01
ValuePetSupplies – $4.78
Chewy – $6.89
Amazon – $12.61
EntirelyPets – $6.89
Best Bargain: As usual, Chewy and Amazon run neck and neck. EntirelyPets isn’t a bad deal either. But if you’re getting an X-Large, go with Chewy or EntirelyPets.
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