I have a 6 month old labradoodle puppy that loves to chew. I didn't read the part about not letting your dog chew on the rope handle so she chewed through that pretty quickly; but through that tear and her constant chewing and ripping at the toy itself, the toy is still in one piece and working! The only thing I do not like about the toy is it is hard to throw with any force. My dog likes to really run for it and I can't throw this toy far enough for her to get her full run in. I assume it would work better with the handle still intact, but a thicker or heavier version would be a nice touch.