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We were able to use and refill it a few times. My dog enjoyed it for 20-30 min at a time, so 2 stars for that but the most recent time she all of a sudden let out a high pitched whine/yelp like she was in pain. Not sure what happened, my guess is that the bit and chewed up nylon edges of the bristle rings hurt her gums or mouth, or she somehow got a whisker stuck in a crevice. From then on she refused to play with the toy until I removed the bristle rings so that she has more room to bite at the treat rings. I caution others to use this carefully in case it also hurts their dog.
I purchased another PetSafe toy/treat combination and my 100+lb GSD loved it. He is an aggressive chewer, and I thought a second option would be welcome. The Bristle Bone is now his (and my favorite)! He has to work much harder to obtain the treat, which keeps him occupied and stimulated for much longer. He now brings this one to his bed at night so he can play/chew before sleep, replacing the old standby of squeaky toys or fluffy stuffed toys as bedtime soothers. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
I was excited that my pup took to this heavy toy immediately, but the treat rings are too soft & were annihilated in 3 minutes. BUT! Works great to retrofit with any chew substance of your choice, drill out a large center hole, reassemble tight! Happy for entire day.
This kept my guy busy for at least two hours until he fell a sleep. This is just what I needed to work uninterrupted. He loves it! It helps a teething pup and mom. I have already shared with my other doggie parents.
If your dog is like mine (easily distracted), this may not hold their attention. My dog ignored it when I first gave it to her so I offered her the treat by itself in case that was the problem. She sniffed it and started nibbling (this, the dog that eats everything). So having confirmed that the treat was mildly appealing, I put everything back together and...she was only interested as long as I held it up to her face. She wasn't interested in the rubber or bristle elements at all. I wish the treats were wider. I'm thinking that when this is tightened all the way, it becomes too difficult for her to get to the treat, and the treat isn't appealing enough for her to continue the effort.
My Pomeranian tore off the treat disks within seconds and then practically swallowed them whole. Not only is that a huge health risk and choking hazard but also useless as a distraction toy. If my little Pom can do that, I’m sure any bigger dog could as well. Don’t waste you money on this. You may end up with an emergency vet bill
I bought this and a ton fo replacement treats. I was hoping it would keep my dog busy and brush his teeth a bit. Unfortunately.... my cockapoo just takes it, unscrews it, and takes the treats out. I tried to tighten it more, but it sort of springs back and doesnt go tighter. Also the bristles are very hard.
At first my large dog was intrigued with this toy, however quickly lost interest as the mechanism isn't quite right. When assembled with the treats, the "chew" is too tight for the dog to get much of the treat. The bristles are so hard my dog got little cuts on his gums and stopped trying. I ended up taking one of the bristles out and that seemed to help but then the toy was off balance. I would suggest a little less compact of a design and a little softer or more flexible bristles.
My old dog, a golden retriever, did really well with these, but my current dog, a lab, is, apparently, too strong of a chewer. I would give it to him for a bit, and take it away after a while, and it seemed like he was doing just fine with it and enjoying it. However, today when he had it, I took it away to check, and discovered he had managed to Get the bristly parts all broken up and eight a lot of them before throwing them up.
This was not worth the money. Gave it to a 20 pound dog on Christmas day. They pulled the treats out in 10 minutes. It took two days for the dog to chewy off a corner of the bone leaving dangerous plastic peices for her to swallow. Had to discard the bone