Sunday, May 1, 2016

Product Review: Original Goughnut

I finally bought a Goughnuts nearly indestructible dog toy! These are definitely my favorite chew to to recommend for serious power chewers. This difficult-to-demolish donut rolls, bounces, floats, and is guaranteed for life. Inside the toy is a red safety indicator, when you can see any red you send it to Goughnuts and they send you a new one. The original green Goughnut comes in two sizes for dogs 10-65 lbs. There are larger and stronger Goughnuts for the biggest, toughest chewers.
green donut dog toy
Photo by Erin Koski

The original Goughnut is a brilliantly designed dog toy intended for serious power chewers. This shape is very difficult for a dog to really get their teeth into with any kind of leverage. Since it has no convenient ends to gnaw, the battle damage tends to get spread out around the surface of the toy.

Aside from being tougher than pretty much everything on the market, the thing that makes Goughnuts safer than other toys is the red safety indicator. The inner core of the toy is bright red. If the dog manages to chew through to the red, this is an indication that the strength of the toy has been compromised, and it should be replaced. Even if only a tiny bit of red is showing, just ship your toy to Goughnuts with a $6.45 check for return shipping and they will send you a brand new toy. They actually prefer you send it in as soon as you see any red at all.
indestructible dog toy
Photo by Erin Koski

Goughnuts is all about safety, and they recommend you supervise power chewing sessions to make sure your dog isn't using power tools or whatever to remove chunks of rubber. Intestinal blockages are a big deal, and many lesser chew toys have caused these.

Ours is a full-size original Goughnut, recommended for dogs 30-65 lbs. There is also a .75 size for 10-40 lb power chewers.

indestructible dog toy guaranteed for life
Photo by Erin Koski
What if your dog weighs more than 65 pounds? What if your jack russell can gnaw right through the .75 green Goughnut? Well, there's also a black version that is stronger. The original size is available in both black, and Pro 50 which is the toughest and hardest option. The still larger MaXX also comes in black and Pro 50.

The MaXX Pro 50 Goughnut is the largest, strongest, closest to indestructible toy I am currently aware of. It runs about $40 including shipping, which is pretty steep for a chew toy. However, it is guaranteed for life so probably a worthwhile investment if youve tried everything else.
indestructible rubber tire toy
Photo by Erin Koski

Goughnuts also makes sticks that are a bit easier to demolish. These fit through the hole in the corresponding size donut toy, creating a puzzle so your dog can have the satisfaction of tearing the toy apart. The basic green-strength Goughnut is available in red and black for greater visibility. There are also stuffable Kups toys, and tugs.

Pros: Bounces! Rolls! Floats! It's stretchy and tuggable, great for interactive play as well as chewing sessions. It's more appealing than expected, I didn't think my dogs would be that interested in it. The safety indicator takes the guesswork out of determining if the toy is still safe.

Cons: Not all dogs love the indestructible shape of the Goughnut. The toy arrives with a rubber odor that takes a while to dissipate, and the black toys have a stronger smell. The biggest and strongest toys are also quite heavy.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for an indestructible toy for supervised power chewing sessions, this is a good place to start. Goughnuts are for the dog that destroys everything in minutes.

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