PetSafe Busy Buddy Jack Review – Plenty of Busy Work Even if it Does Get Ugly

Tough Toy Pros Review

Willie’s Busy Buddy Jack is pretty well gnawed but works great still.

When I want to keep Willie busy for a half hour or so, I load up his PetSafe Busy Buddy Jack with four treats and let him go to town on this indestructible toy for dogs. Willie has been chewing on this thing for seven months now, and it’s still going strong. Yes, it’s a sore sight to look at by now, all worn down with bite markings everywhere. But deep down, those are evidence of some seriously true love.

The Busy Buddy Jack costs a little over $10 on Amazon, where it has earned a four-star rating with 61% giving it a five-star ranking. Some owners say their pet wasn’t interested, or that it was so chewed up they could no longer twist off the toy’s pieces as needed to put the Treat Rings on. The toy comes with four Treat Rings initially, and you will need to buy more separately at around $6 for 16 rings. But the toy is so useful and long lasting that I don’t mind paying for the special treats.

Willie has been doing this since January 2016.

It can be quite a challenge, no matter how many times I give it to him, for Willie to gnaw off the four treat rings I put on each use. You could use fewer rings if you want, and you can loosen or tighten the pieces to adjust the difficulty of getting to the treat rings. We leave the toy lying around, and Willie will sometimes pick up the Busy Buddy Jack and spend a few minute gnawing down the ends even when there are no treat rings on it.


The Busy Buddy Jack is easy for Willie to hold in his adorable paws all by himself. It is made of some seriously heavy duty nylon, and the two green rings are rubber. I am amazed and impressed by its long life. It is a sure winner for us.

The PetSafe Jack comes in small, medium and large sizes. Willie has the large size. PetSafe also sells a Busy Buddy Nobbly Nubby and Bristle Bone.

Willie’s Review

Gosh dangit, this danged on danged thing really chaps my . . . gosh dangit. I finally get the treats, yeah, but man it really burns my . . . yeah, so much so that I just pick the darned thing up and chew it for no good reason sometimes, I’ll tell you what. I’m hoping to get rid of it by breaking it, but nooooooo, the thing just lingers on and on. Gosh dangit, this danged on thing.

Internet Reviews

Amazon:  4 out of 5 stars with 323 reviewers.
Chewy:  4.3 out of 5 stars with 62 reviewers.
DogTuff:  4.6 out of 5 paws with 13 reviewers.

Low Reviews

The side arms of the toy can become quite ragged and rough after they’ve been gnawed down. Consequently, they might be hard on your hands when you go to unscrew them to put more treat rings on. As mentioned before, if your dog chews it a certain way, you may not be able to twist the sides off at all.

High Reviews

It has earned four stars or higher from 75% of the people on Amazon, and 93% of reviewers on Chewy recommend this toy. It is described as a quality product that really takes a beating, and a really tough, challenging toy that is great for hardcore chewers. Dogs do learn how to get the treats out faster over time, but they continue to enjoy it. People like how it keeps their dog busy. Among the types of dogs who enjoyed this toy are Bernese mountain dog, Rottweiler, golden retriever, Siberian husky, boxer, pit bull, labrador, and English bulldog.

Overall Impression

I started this website so I could tell you about exactly this kind of toy. Looking at all of the other positive reviews, and considering its relatively low cost, you simply must try this toy if you have an aggressive chewer.

Product Specifications

From online product descriptions:

  • Durable nylon and rubber construction
  • Dishwasher safe, top rack only
  • Excellent for tough chewers
  • Great toy for dogs with separation anxiety
  • Helps redirect potentially destructive chewing behavior into positive playtime

Small (for dogs 8 – 20 pounds)
Medium (for dogs 20 – 50 pounds)
Large (for dogs over 50 pounds)

Small:  $4.89 at Amazon and Chewy.  $7.95 at DogTuff.  $7.99 at PetSafe.
Medium:  $10.28 at Amazon and Chewy. $7.95 at DogTuff.  $7.99 at PetSafe.
Large:  $10.36 at Amazon and Chewy.  $7.95 at DogTuff.  $7.99 at PetSafe.

Best Bargain:
   You’ll want to go with Amazon or Chewy if you have a small dog. You’ll want to go with DogTuff or PetSafe for medium and large dogs.

I hope you enjoyed this review. If you have any questions or would like to leave a review of your own, please do so in the comment section below.

Do you have a PetSafe Busy Buddy Jack? What is your rating?

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2 thoughts on “PetSafe Busy Buddy Jack Review – Plenty of Busy Work Even if it Does Get Ugly

  1. First, I have to tell you that Willie is very cute! Thank you for writing this post. I look for tough chew toys and this one looks great. I like the way it uses treat rings to keep your dog busy for a while. I will definitely have to get one for my dog. Do the treat rings come in flavors?

    1. Leah Presser says:

      Oh yes, they come in natural flavor, but also bacon and peanut butter. Bacon is Willie’s favorite. I hope your dog enjoys this as much as Willie does. Thanks for coming by Alice!

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