Saturday, September 27, 2014

Product Review: Busy Buddy Bouncy Bone

The PetSafe Busy Buddy Bouncy Bone is a durable chew toy with ends that can be unscrewed to add Busy Buddy treat rings. It comes in four sizes for tiny through large dogs.
Photo by Erin Koski

The Busy Buddy Treat Rings are made from ground up rawhide and probably some other stuff. They are digestible and not terribly tough, but they fit on all sorts of Busy Buddy toys and come in various sizes. There are also thicker treat rings for use with certain toys. These are fairly low-value chew around here, Brisbane and Ulysses don't find them exciting enough to fight over, and everyone tends to ignore them when they are used with toys like the Build-a-Bone.

If the treat rings were more exciting for my dogs, I would buy them a lot more often. I would also love to find a recipe or method for making my own. There are probably jerky treats or something that I could stab the Busy Buddy toys through for a more exciting activity. Ru likes to gnaw on his Bouncy Bone, it's a lot like a Nylabone and that makes him happy. He won't chew the treat rings off it though, but Briz is quite skilled at removing them without damaging the toy.

Pros: Holds Treat Rings to encourage chewing. Durable bone material is sturdy enough for average chewers. Comes in a super tiny size for super tiny dogs.

Cons: Treat rings are ridiculously easy to remove from the toy, so this is only a challenge for beginners and low-effort dogs. The bone ends are fairly hard, and tend to develop sharp ridges when heavily chewed, these can cut a dog's gums.

Bottom Line: It's cute and colorful, but not for power chewers. I believe it to be less durable than a Nylabone.

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