Here are the reasons we love this tug:
- Your hands don't get bit as much, there is room for two hands and the dogs mouth.
- There are no handles for the dog to self satisfy into on the OUT training.
- It's firm but not so hard that it causes teeth problems (like kevlar or fire hose tugs).
- It's smooth, so it easily slides into and out of your back pocket or training vest.
- It's only 1 1/2 inches in diameter so it easily goes into pockets.
Our newest Leerburg tug toy, which I think is the slickest tug I have seen, is custom made by our Amish craftsmen here in Wisconsin.
At 15 inches long there is enough room for both hands to hold the tug and still leave plenty of room for the dog to grip.
To use a tug as an obedience reward the dog must learn to consistently out when asked to release. To accomplish that we have to completely immobilize the tug and lock it up as we ask dog to release.
That can't happen when a handler is holding the tug by the handles. The dog can jerk it around and get pleasure from that movement.
These tugs are smooth – without handles they easily slide into and out of a back pocket or training vest.
These tugs are not intended to be chew toys, and can be damaged when a dog is left unsupervised with them. User discretion is advised.
This is a tug that is recommended for dogs that have already started tug training. Small puppies work better on jute or the tugs made from linen.