Pet lovers questioning if dog toys are fit for purpose after many don’t last a day | 1 NEWS

Animal lovers wonder if dog toys are fit for purpose when they can be destroyed in less than a day.

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Our four-legged friends can be very expensive friends whose toys often cost an arm and a leg. Source: Fair Go

Kathy Simpson takes care of two Labs, and after watching them chew through tons of toys, she decided to bathe at a high-end pet store.

She paid $ 26 for an All for Paws branded lambswool toy and gave it to seven-month-old Labrador Ginger. It only took 20 minutes.

Kathy told Fair Go that she thought it was “ridiculous”.

“I tried to sew it together, but it was impossible, the material was so soft it just tore to shreds and went to the trash can.”

Attorney and McVeagh Fleming partner Craig Andrews said the Consumer Guarantees Act has a wide reach in terms of the range and value of the goods it covers.

From “the smallest bottle opener … to $ 180,000 pleasure boats”.

Andrews said a dog’s stuffed toy falls under Section 6 of the law, which is a guarantee of “acceptable quality”.

A dog chewing a toy. Source: Fair Go

In other words, it has to be safe, durable and live up to what the product claims to be.

Fair Go reached out to the company that makes the toy, but All For Paws still hasn’t responded.

Lacey Knox, General Manager of Complete Canine Care, would like more detailed labeling of dog products.

She said she has shopped at some stores where “the toys are just loose, there is no label that says what is in them or how long they should last, or supervision is required”.

She also has tips for pet owners and shows off some of the tried and tested toys in her daycare center.

“We start the dogs every day with nylabones … and used tennis balls are a real hit.

“But also think outside the box. One of our favorite toys that all dogs love is cardboard. We just take all of the tape and staples out of the boxes and stick them in the pens and the dogs go crazy. You love her. “

Other toys that Fair Go looked at had a label that said no toy was “indestructible”.

Andrews said, however, that there is no way out for the company.

“It’s just a warning to the owner that the shelf life will be limited and I think if that’s all they say then I think it’s in some ways a statement of the obvious.

“It will still have to have a reasonable shelf life.”

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