A stray piece of chain link fence provided the inspiration for a new type of dog bone.
Henry Wolf, who owns a manufacturing company in Henderson, Ky., had already been thinking about creating a dog bone product when a piece of chain link broke off the machinery in his shop and spun its way across the floor. He was intrigued by how it wobbled back and forth, and he thought dogs might enjoy the movement, too.
Thus, the idea for Wobble Bone was born.
Wolf shelved the idea for a few years, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he and his son, Carmel Police Dept. Officer Tyler Brammer Wolf, found time to work together on the product, which they tested on their own dogs and those of their friends. They received enough initial positive feedback that Brammer Wolf set up a website to market the product, and orders started coming in.
The Wobble Bone’s shape allows dogs to grasp it in several positions as they chew, and, as the name implies, it can spin and teeter on hard surfaces. Available in two sizes in bacon and peanut butter flavors, the bones are not meant to be ingested. They come in a buckle or oval shape and can be personalized with the dog’s name in the center.
“We’ve seen dogs hold it in any different position it can,” Brammer Wolf said. “In turn, the dog is able to get a better chewing experience.”
Brammer Wolf, who owns a Belgian malinois that retired from serving in the Transportation Security Administration, said many breeds have enjoyed the product. He said it’s designed for any dog that loves to chew but might even interest those that typically don’t.
“My buddy’s Newfoundland has been a big shock for us. She does not take well to dog bones, so we gave her one just to see what she would do,” Brammer Wolf said. “She immediately picked it up and started carrying it around. My buddy said, ‘She has never done that to a dog bone before.’”
Brammer Wolf and his father are already working to expand the product line by offering bones in another shape. They hope to debut the new option in late summer or early fall.
The company has partnered with It Takes A Village No-kill Rescue in Evansville to supply dogs in the shelter with Wobble Bones.
Wobble Bones are only available at WobbleBone.com, but Brammer Wolf said they are expected to be for sale through Amazon soon. The company also is working to make Wobble Bones available in retail stores.