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As I have mentioned in previous reviews, my two collie cross pups seem to have the ability to destroy nearly any soft toy. For this reason we tend to buy them harder more durable toys. This was until my boyfriend came home from Poundstretcher with two of these Skineeez toys as a little present for the pups.
The Skineeez toys are a range of soft, stuffing free dog toys. There are a variety of animals in the range including a squirrel, fox, raccoon, skunk, rabbit, monkey and a hen. The two toys that my pups own are a fox and a raccoon, which have been affectionately nicknamed roadkill in my house.
The two toys we own are similar in design. They both have long bodies and tails and little legs attached. The fox is dark orange/brown with white markings and the raccoon is grey with a black tail and white markings. Each of the toys has a little round head with a face on it, they're are no hard pieces on these toys and the eyes/nose are made of soft fabric. The toys are really soft and fluffy and each have a squeaker in the head and the end of the tail.
So what did the dogs think? These toys seemed to really bring out the hunting instinct in my dogs, as they love to pounce on them, grab them and shake them really hard. It is quite entertaining to watch. Both of my dogs also love to lie and chew on these toys and squeak them. They love to chase each other round the garden with these toys and as they are long, they also often grab an end each and play tug of war with them.
These toys have been surprisingly durable, and due to having no stuffing they have not been destroyed by my dogs. The stitching in these toys must be quite strong as the toys have never ripped despite months of being shaken and pulled on a regular basis. Due to the fact that these toys are made from soft fluffy fabric, they often get soaking wet from dog saliva and being left in the garden. This makes them quite smelly, however I often throw them in the washing machine for a little clean. They wash well and come out of the machine looking a lot cleaner and brighter.
These toys have definitely kept my dogs interest and even after owning them for a number of months they still enjoy playing with them. They have lasted the test of time which is more than can be said for a lot of other dog toys! A quick search online tells me these toys can cost anywhere from £4-£8 each which I think is reasonable for a durable and long lasting toy. Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found my review useful.
All of my dogs absolutely love soft, squeeky toys. I think that these kind of toys must remind them of rabbits or something as they all love trotting around with soft toys in their mouth and shaking them about like crazy! I usually just buy them some cheapo teddies from the charity shop so that they don't get any ideas about knicking my daughter's toys, but the problem with teddies is that after around an hour (sometimes less!) of playing and throwing it around, it's ripped open with the stuffing strewn eveywhere, which results in me having to sweep it all up and after a while it gets kind of tedious!
This is why when I saw the range of Skinneeez stuffingless dog toys in my local Poundstretchers, I immedietly put one in my basket as it seemed like a great idea. These are available from a few shops including a range of discount stores and Pets at Home. Online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, PetPlanet and so on also sell them. These vary in price and the retail price is around £6.00, which I think is a reasonable price, although a pound or so more and it'd be a little pricy for what it is. I got mine for a reduced price of £3.99 which I feel was a bargain, despite the time that it lasted - my dogs absolutely loved it.
There are a few different animal designs available in the Skinneeez range and I felt a little spoilt for choice! From what I remember there was a hen, squirrel and skunk as well as a monkey. I was torn between the monkey and squirrel as I knew that my dogs would love the fluffy texture of the squirrels tail but the monkey had long legs and arms which were ideal for tug of war. I opted for the monkey design and I am glad I did as my dogs loved locking their jaws onto the arms and legs and swinging and pulling it around. Watching them play with it was hilarious as if one of them had one of the legs in their mouth, the rest of the monkey and its legs would dangle down so the others could grab onto it which resulted in the dogs pulling each other around a lot which was cute.
The design of the monkey is quite basic; a rounded head with textured 3D type ears,a long body and long arms and legs. The monkey's face has a raised texture on the nose and brow detailing and it has little glass bead eyes. I'd recommend keeping your eye on these as if they fall of they could be a choking hazzard to a small dog, however luckily non of my dogs showed much interest when the eyes came loose so I was able to stick them straight in the bin. The texture of the toy is nice and soft like a small animal's fur would be so this probably reminds them of having birds and rabbits in their mouth, especially because of the two squeakers in the toy's head and body. The squeakers aren't too loud which was an advantage and to my amazement, non of the dogs managed to get the squeakers out.
The material became matted very quickly as I let my dogs play both inside and outside with this and as it only lasted for around two weeks I didn't bother washing it. The material is thin and very lightweight, making it easy for a dog to carry around. Despite it being thin, it was able to withstand four dogs pulling on it and non of the arms or legs came loose. I decided to bin this because the face had been chewed up, as had the ears and the legs and arms although still attatched were scraggy and tatty. Because there was no stuffing in this though, I didn't have to spend any time picking up bits of fluff which I was pleased with.
Overall, I recommend this toy. If your dog isn't as large/destructive as mine are it should last for a while. My dogs loved it and I will be re-purchasing another one!
I am, and have been for the past ten years, the very proud and happy owner of a female Shar-pei called Coco. She is my constant companion and has been a pretty big part of my life so I love treating her to a new toy or treat when I can.
Whilst on holiday last year I was in a pet shop looking for something to buy as a holiday present for Coco (had bought all my human friends something so of course I had to make sure my doggie companion had something as well) and saw the 'Skinneeez Stuffing Free Dog Toy'. Although she isn't a problem dog when it comes to breaking her toys I liked the concept of the Skinneeez toys and thought it would be nice to get her something different than the normal stuffed squeaky bears. I can't recall how much I payed for this now but looking on the Internet it seems to range from around £4 to £8, which isn't a terrible price.
Taking it home to her it was greeted with the normal inquisitive sniffs and eventually was used as her new toy, running around the house with it in her mouth playing tug of war with whoever she could find to play with her. She seemed to like it but I think the lack of stuffing was actually missed as there was less to hold onto and made it a little lifeless when she was chewing on it. It has two squeakers: one just under the head and one much lower down the body. This was brilliant for her as she loves the sound of a squeaker and it is amazing to see how long she can sit there totally fixated on this high pitched notice, this feature wasn't as welcomed by the human members of the houshold.
As in the picture I bought the fox version which admittedly as Teddy's/ toys go it was a fairly life like. It is, however, also available in a variety of other woodland and wild characters including the rabbit and raccoon. It was that sort of orange/ browny color we stereotypically see foxes as, had little dark brown feet and a face that I personally found kind of scary as the eyes were quite wide. I defiantly wouldn't call this toy life like especially to my dog who didn't seem to be any more fooled by this teddy than she had her M&M bear.
It was quite soft and the material it was made out of was quite nice, this didn't really seem to another Coco though.
As for how long it lasted: she has had it almost 7 months now and although she is far from an obsessive player and may not even touch her Skineeez for weeks it is still in a very good condition and has even survived a ride in the washing machine and came out looking a lot nicer. I'm still slightly sad though that even now I haven't been able to fully get the sticker that comes attached to it off as it appears to literally be fully stuck onto the fur. It does seem relatively well made and for anyone worried about their dog ingesting Teddy fluff I'm sure it would take away that worry as the whole concept is based around it's lack of fluff. Regardless it's still best to watch them when they are playing with it as I can still imagine some dogs would find the fox skin as a tasty treat if they ripped it down to edible pieces.
Overall I still like this toy but think I'll stick to the fluffed varieties as Coco hasn't had any problems with eating fluff and this isn't really something I worry about when I'm buying her toys. It is a nice idea and a great addition for a toy lover so can't help but destroy their new friend. It has kept Coco entertained for a fair few hours over the last couple of months and that is good enough for me.
Grace and Benson are brilliantly friendly dogs - they're too daft to know how to be nasty, they think everyone wants to be their best mate, and they've got dozens of slobbery kisses for anyone they meet, they're just two great big soppy lumps who just couldn't be horrible if they tried.
Well, almost. You're fine if you are a person, another dog, a cat or a kid - Grace and Benson aren't fussy whom they mob for attention, but seemingly innocent soft toys are always guaranteed to turn my placid pooches into vicious killers!
Very, very few lucky ones last more than a couple of seconds before meeting an ugly death of being ripped to shreds and having the stuffing strewn across my living room, before my delightful creatures morbidly and proudly parade around the house with the empty 'skin' of their toy in their mouths - incredibly pleased with themselves!
Hence the reason I gave up buying soft toys for them a long time ago - they're just money down the drain and I really couldn't be bothered getting the hoover out each time and listening to them make their wretched sounds as they try and cough up the bits of stuffing they've managed to swallow and get caught at the back of their throats!
However, one of my friends owns a Shih Tzu - a nice enough little dog - but very gentle and delicate, and that plays nicely and happily with soft toys, and never shreds them - so she always seemed to think my two would do the same and would bring them soft cuddly toys whenever she visited - bearing in mind the words ''gentle'' and ''delicate'' just aren't in Grace and Bensons vocabulary, and they're about as far away from a Shih Tzu as you could get!
Needless to say, Grace and Benson had always conveniently just got a new toy when she visited, and "not wanting to spoil them", her kind presents would be put up for a later date - or rather, they'd be put in a bin bag waiting for the next trip to the charity shop, dreadful of me I know!
One day however, she witnessed my killer hounds in full on murderous mode - Grace swiped a teddy of my god-daughters from the sofa, and her and Benson swooped in for the kill. Not resting until they were thoroughly satisfied said teddy was well and truly dead - believe me, you'd think you were in the middle of the Serengeti given the fierceness Grace and Benson like to kill their stuffed prey!
After a few moments of shock from the friend upon realising that not all dogs are like her darling little Shih Tzu, she laughed and said perhaps it was best she didn't bring them stuffed toys anymore, and I agreed (although I did wonder if the local charity shop would go out of business, I'm sure our soft toy donations kept them going!).
Anyway, a couple of months later, my mate popped round for a cuppa and couldn't wait to show me what she'd found - enter the Skinneeez toys!
Skinneeez toys, have I'm sure, been designed with the likes of Grace and Benson in mind, since they're soft toys, but without the stuffing! So in theory, they offer the fun of a cuddly toy, but with no mess, no Serengeti re-enactments and none of the wretched cat coughing up a hairball sounds as the mutts try to retrieve a piece of stuffing that's tickling their throats.
Sounds good eh?!
The Skinneeez toys come in various creature shapes - there's a fox, skunk, squirrel, rabbit, duck, chicken and a racoon, and they come in three different sizes - small (13 inches long), large (23 inches) and giant (35 inches). They've got a squeaker in the head and another one in the tail part of the toy, are machine washable and claim to be strong, durable and able to withstand tough play.
My friend kindly brought Grace and Benson two of the squirrel shaped ones - both in the large size, which I've since found out retail for £6.99 each. SEVEN QUID FOR ESSENTIALLY HALF A TOY?! Yes, my first thought was that my mate needed her head testing too!
Anyway, Grace and Benson are worse than kids at Christmas when receiving new toys, and were absolutely delighted with their presents. They pranced around the room with them, showing them off to the cat (yeah, because she really cares!), shaking them and generally flinging them about all over place.
It soon dawned on them though that they were soft toys, and as soon as this was realised, they went in for the kill! Grace soon managed to rip her toy but was most disappointed when she found there was no stuffing inside - I swear she only likes destuffing toys because it makes a mess for me! And after she realised that, she simply wasn't interested - the poor little squirrel got abandoned and she's never really played with it since.
Benson was marginally more impressed, but only slightly so. After he discovered there was no stuffing inside he largely lost interest too, but will very occasionally play with it. He has a habit of bringing guests toys when they're sat on the sofa - he'll go off and get something and then present it to them, and you've guessed it, nine times out of then, it's the flippin' squirrel he plonks on their laps.
And believe me, these things look really rather morbid! They're furry so actually look quite realistic, especially if they've been out in the garden and are a bit grubby and wet from slobber, so when Benson drops it on a guests lap, they're generally not too impressed when they think they're been given a gift of roadkill!
We've had the toys about four months now, and have probably been played with only a handful of times since the initial excitement of them - the dogs have used them to play tug with and they've withstood the roughness of that, so for soft toys, they're pretty durable, and they've coped with a couple of spins in the washing machine with no ill effects.
But as far as entertainment goes - these things are pretty rubbish and failed to hold the attention of the dogs, even with the squeakers which are generally a hit with my two. Grace and Benson love toys - they're more toy orientated than they are food orientated and if they get a new toy, they normally consider it the best thing in the universe for at least a couple of weeks, but they only found these Skinneeez exciting for about five minutes, and their interest has never really returned.
Clearly, for Grace and Benson at least, the best part of soft toys is the stuffing, and being able to destuff them and create a lot of mess - so with that taken away, they're really not bothered and would much rather a tennis ball!
All in all, I just can't recommend these at all. Grace and Benson are playful dogs who get very attached to their toys, so for them not to like something, is a pretty good indication they're rubbish!
I'm sure there will be a dog that enjoys them - one that is a gentle player and treats toys with respect, but my boisterous two clearly just get their fun from destroying soft toys, so find the Skinneeez really rather boring indeed! If you are interest though, and have a dog with good manners that treats toys nicely - they're available from several places on the internet and I recently saw them in Asda too, rather random but there you go!