Tired of trying endless ways to teach your dog the wonderful game of tug? Finally there's a training device to teach a dog to tug that makes the process both fun and easy! The Tug It! 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! 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 Tug It! 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 Tug It!, 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 Tug It! harder to ensure it doesn't go away. The harder the dog mouths the Tug It!, 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.
There are two models of the Tug It! The Starter Tug It! has a wide weave that makes it easy for dog to get food reinforcement and the Advanced Tug It! has a tighter weave, which means the dog must tug harder to get food reinforcement. If your dog already shows an inclination to tug, you should start with the Advanced Tug It!
The Tug It! food pouch is 3.5"H x 8" long and the handle is 8" long for a total length of 16".
The Tug It! is machine washable and made in the USA.
Note: Food-stuffable toys are intended to be interactive toys that are always used in supervised play and training. Because your dog will desperately want to eat what's inside, these toys should never be left unattended with the dog.