Review: SodaPup’s Can Toys
Sometimes I think that dog toys can be just as fun and appealing to humans as they are to canines. And that’s certainly the case with the new Can Toys by SodaPup!
Can Toys claim to be designed not just for fun, but also for strong chewers. It features thick-walled construction, which the company says has been tooth tested by official furry quality-control agents. The Can Toy can be used on its own as a chew toy, or can be filled with treats to keep your pooch motivated and entertained.
You may be saying to yourself: “Well, you’ve never met my dog – he’s chewed through every toy I’ve given him. I’m pretty sure he could chew himself out of a tractor tire factory!” It sounds like your dog needs the Magnum, the super-durable Can Toy made for aggressive chewers. There’s also one for the avid outdoors enthusiast (Can Toy Hunter in bright orange and reflective logo) and for teething puppies (Can Toy Pup Cans soothe sore gums and teeth).
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Here’s what caught my attention about Can Toys:
- Beautiful, vibrant colors: I’m all about neon this season! And I love the cute names for each of the can colors: Orange Squeeze, Lemon Lime, Cherry Grape Swirl and Grape Crush.
- They’re durable, sustainable and non-toxic: The natural rubber is biodegradable and safe for Oscar to chew on.
- CE Certified: It meets European standards for children’s toys. I don’t know about you, but I consider Oscar my kid, so this certification is totally applicable… kinda.
- Made in the United States: Come on, everyone, chant with me: “USA! USA! USA!” Not only does the rubber come from Artimis Rubber (located in Longmont, CO), the Can Toy is made just outside of Denver, CO.
- Super cute: Look at them! So much adorable!
Alright – it’s time to put the Can Toy to the test… with help from my lovely assistant, Oscar!
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First: The Pepsi Challenge
Do you remember the Pepsi Challenge back in the ’80s? Basically, in a blind taste test, you had to tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. If you picked Pepsi, you got free swag. If you picked Coke, you got a nasty look and condescending, “Thanks for playing, but you get nothing, loser” pat on the back. I thought it was high time to bring this challenge back, but this time around, Oscar had to choose between Pepsi and the Can Toy. So which one did he choose?
Oscar picks Can Toy! It may have something to do with the secret ingredient I added – which is peanut butter, something that Pepsi doesn’t add to its soda. Good choice, Oscar!
Second: The Stuff-It Challenge
Just one of the qualities I look for in a treat toy is for how long it keeps Oscar busy. The Can Toy is a basic treat stuffer. That means Oscar doesn’t have to think too much in order to extract the treat from the Can. There are two openings to stuff treats: a small hole on top, and a larger one at the bottom. I filled it with treats first and let Oscar try to figure it out. It didn’t take him long. He sniffed out with the delicious smell was coming from and took the Can to town. He rolled it, tossed it, took it from one end of the room to the other, and then up on the couch. Depending on how large the treats are will determine the level of effort with this toy.
Next up – the peanut butter. I used the larger, bottom opening, spreading the PB inside the Can Toy… and once again, Oscar didn’t need any prompting to keep him busy. This time, he stayed in one spot until his treat was licked clean.
To buy or not to buy? Yes – not only did it keep Oscar busy, but I also liked how cutely iconic it was. On top of that, neon colors are really making a comeback this season, and while I know that shouldn’t make any difference, sometimes style and trend help me make a purchasing decision. If you’re not as shallow as I am, you’d appreciate that it’s a durable dog toy that’s made in the U.S., using U.S. manufactured rubber.
If you’re interested in picking one up, the Can Toy comes in a range of sizes and colors, and retail from $11.99 to $21.99.
Note: PetGuide.com was NOT compensated for this review. Our reviewer received a SodaPup Can Toy to review. The opinions expressed in this post are the author’s. We provide unbiased feedback of the products and share products we think our readers would enjoy using and learning more about.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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