Monday, December 8, 2014

Puzzle Toy Review: Petprojekt Football Tretball

The Petprojekt Football Tretball is a variation on the company's Bonball. The durable rubber ball has two halves connected by an inner core that allows each half to be flipped inside out. The two halves of the Football Tretball fit together, making this a challenging puzzle when filled with treats that don't fit through the holes.
Photo by Erin Koski

We got these toys in our football-themed September BarkBox, and while I love the concept and the company, I'm finding the toys a little disappointing. These are made from sturdy rubber, sort of like the Kong Genius toys. Brisbane refuses to participate when the puzzle involves chomping down hard on rubber toys, so he won't play with the Football Tretball unless it is filled with treats small enough to fall out the little holes.

Photo by Erin Koski
Puzzle Toy Rating

Capacity: 1/5
It's a bit of a stretch to get a quarter cup of kibble into this thing.

Loading Speed: 1/5
I haven't yet found a method of loading this thing that doesn't involve shoving one kibble at a time inside.

Unloading Speed (standard dog): 2/5
If the kibble is small enough to fit through the holes, it just sort of sprays out everywhere. If it's too big to just fall out, Ulysses can't get it out at all.

Unloading Speed (superdog): 1/5
If the food fits through the holes, Briz can unload the Football Tretball in seconds. If it's too big he figures it out right away and gives up in disgust.

Size: 2/5
I have a tough time getting food in and out of this thing even with thumbs and tools. A tiny dog like Ru would lack the physical strength required, and it would pose a choking hazard to a large dog. I'm not even sure I would give this toy to a beefy Labrador, much less a Great Dane.

Durability: 4/5
I wouldn't give one to a power chewer, but this toy should survive anything less than a really determined dog.

Noise: 5/5
Flexible rubber makes this a near-silent puzzle toy.

Locatability: 1/5
We use this basically as a roller toy, it can roll freely and fit under the furniture. The lack of bright color also makes it a candidate for being lost in the yard.

Hoardability: 1/5
Since solving this puzzle is either insanely easy or impossible, Briz feels no need to drag it to his lair.

Washability: 5/5
I would have rated it much lower before I learned that each side can be flipped completely inside out.

Total: 23/50

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