The first question we get when talking with people about our dog toys is, “how durable is it?” The next comment is usually, “my dog tears through most toys in 30 seconds.” With our new Huckama™ interactive toy, our response is simply “give it a shot.”
At first glance, the Huckama is a colorful, uniquely shaped rubber ball with holes in it. What you don’t see are the design decisions behind this toy that make this four-sided all-natural rubber ball durable and fun. We put as much thought and intention into our toy line as we do our harnesses, boots and life jackets. The Huckama is no exception and here are just a few reasons this toy provides non-stop entertainment.
Let’s start with the shape, which provides the main story behind both the indestructible and irresistible nature of this toy. The shape is the one area that our product design team cuts corners, literally. Most toys that get chewed up and torn apart have some sort of weakness or oblique edges for a dog to latch on to and work at. The Huckama was designed with no edges or protrusions for the dog to focus on. Its smooth shape with very minute contours provides enough grip for a dog to play with but not enough to sink teeth into. The slightly irregular round shape, accomplished by creating a 4-sided semi-round object, is designed to bounce erratically when thrown, tugging at the dogs chase and prey drive – that’s the irresistible part. Strategically placed holes not only allow you to place kibble treats inside for an interactive game, they also make the Huckama whistle when thrown through the air, also increasing it’s irresistible allure.
For materials, the Huckama is made from an all-natural latex rubber that is derived from rubber trees locally grown in the regions near the factories where the toys are hand produced. The rubber trees provide a natural, sustainable and renewable material that is extremely durable, perfect for dogs that are tough on their toys. For both the Huckama and the TurnUp™, we use a high-density rubber that provides for the most durable rubber toys on the market.
If your dogs like to play fetch or other interactive games, or if they tend to tear apart other toys, we recommend giving the Huckama a shot.