This toy combines the best of both worlds—the soft feel of the chenille fringe fabric from the Squiggle It paired with the open mesh of the Tug It which allows your dog to get immediate reinforcement with food! This is a great training device to teach a dog to play tug and is also a wonderful bridge for teaching a dog to play tug with more traditional tug toys.
- The Squiggle It fabric on the toy is made of soft yet durable micro-fiber. Its tentacles create a visual display of movement during tugging that dogs find very alluring, plus they like the feel of the fabric.
- The Tug It portion of the toy is made out of nylon/polyester mesh so it automatically delivers food reinforcement as the dog clamps down on it. The harder the dog mouths the toy, the more food reinforcement the dog gets.
Simply open the Velcro closure at the top of the Tug It 2 and fill the toy with your dog's favorite food (the food should be semi-soft and absolutely irresistible: hotdogs, hunks of cheese, chicken breast, etc.). Close the toy and let the training begin! Present the toy to the dog. The dog will begin to sniff and lick it. Soon the dog will start to mouth the Tug It!. As he does, the dog will start to get some food reinforcement. The result is that the act of mouthing is immediately paired with the primary reinforcer—food. Once the dog starts to mouth the toy, grasp the handle and gently start to exert some tugging pressure, pulling the toy away from the dog. The dog will start to mouth the toy harder to ensure it doesn't go away. The harder the dog mouths the toy, the more food reinforcement the dog gets; therefore, the act of tugging harder gets immediately paired with the food. This results in making the tugging behavior stronger.
The Tug It 2 is 8.25" long and 3.25" wide. The handle is 1" wide and 8" long. Available in black mesh with assorted bright colors for the Squiggle It portion of the toy; please allow us to choose for you.
This toy is machine washable and made in the USA.