Though we designed this treat bag to teach pups to tug or to motivate reluctant tuggers it has become a popular treat bag to reward adult dogs, especially for Earthdog tests. Fill the pouch with semi-soft treats such as cheese chunks, hot dogs or chicken. The harder the dog "bites" the pouch, the more food squeezes through the mesh and the more the dog is reinforced. Or fill with dried tripe and use for training lead-outs or distance. A Velcro pull-open top gives quick access to treats. Soft-touch 25mm (1”) tubular nylon climbing webbing with a 18cm (7”) handle is stitched to the fur side. Stretchy bungee inserted in the webbing gets your pup accustomed to the resistance and the soft, plush fake fur on one side makes it easy to transition to an all-fur tug toy. Measures 20cm wide by 7cm deep (7” wide by 3”). Length: 61cm (24”); stretches to 84cm (33”). A waterproof liner and finished side seams (no exposed seams) makes it easy to keep clean: after each use, clean with dishwashing detergent and rinse with water. Or machine wash, cold water; hang to dry. Not recommended for tough tuggers or large dogs.
These are great tug toys for dogs who are more food than toy motivated. They are a good transition from food to toys.
Brought this thinking I could get my rescue dog worked up to one of the other tug toys I purchased (which wasn't needed, she absolutely loves her other saltydog tug toys). She's always been a stray and has a high prey drive. She had no interest in this toy, and only showed some once I stopped using food and added a squeaker inside instead. It's a good toy and very well made, but I wouldn't buy it again.
We have been using this toy for several months and it is still in great condition despite using it almost every day. My dog has become a very strong tugger with this toy.
The tug trainer is great for teaching your dog to tug. My spaniel loves food, but was only moderately interested in toys. Now he is tugging like a maniac in lots of places, including agility class. The mesh lets the dog smell and taste the treats through the pouch, which encourages them to bite down on the toy. I also like the long handle because my dog didn't like it if I was too close to him while playing. Unfortunately, the mesh ripped after a few weeks, but Salty Dog has great customer service and was wonderful about sending us a replacement toy. I definitely recommend this toy for anyone struggling with tugging problems