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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-18-2010, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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I have been searching Leerburg site looking for a good first tug for Jake. He is 7 months old....I plan on visiting the ScH club next month be regardless I want to get him a good tug that will last and I will use for a long time.

He is going to be a big boy and I am unsure of size and if it should be rolled jute or one that is one that is flatter like a fire hose. Please help!

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-18-2010, 02:16 PM
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For a training tug, the rolled jute is better as they can get a better grip on it. If you want to use it as a play/chew toy, then the fire hose one is better.

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I have a couple of firehose tugs and my dogs will retrieve them but neither of them are that interested in actually tugging them, they're too hard.

They like linen tugs, but Halo managed to blow through one in only a couple of uses, so I sent a picture to the company and they replaced them for free with suede, which both dogs love and have so far been very durable. Here's where I got them: Fullgripgear by Rufflife

I like the two handled ones, and you can order them with any color handles you like.

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My tugs are French linen and suede. My suede one is the best, it's small and has two handles. The suede is rolled, not stuffed, so it's pretty hard and not very thick.
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I prefer the french linen over any other materials. Jute is a bit hard on the dog for constant tugging, firehose is slippery and the suede will get slimy. The french linen(synthetic) stands up over time and works well for many stages.
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This is what Halo did to her linen tug:



And thats DURING tugging, I had the tugs put away in a pack that I took to training with me, totally out of reach of the dogs.

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What brand is that? I would return it...I've been using the same tug for several months and it has held up fine to Karlo.

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I did - see my post above, it was Full Grip Gear. Well, I didn't actually have to send it back, I emailed them a picture and they replaced it, along with the other one which was starting to go too - I had bought two at the same time.

They recommended trying a different material for the replacements, either the fire hose or the suede, and I picked suede because they don't like to tug the fire hose ones that I already have.

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Ok, is there anything else I should order to get started? I am also looking into a small tracking club here to get started.....do I need a harness for Jake at 7 months? If so what is the least expensive one I can buy if I will need to replace it when he is an adult?

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If you are SchH tracking, a flat collar or fursaver should be fine.
In SchH we only use the harness for protection work.

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