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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-20-2017, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Training with tug toys

What do you guys recommend as far as material and size? I've been avoiding tugs because of teething. Pup is 5 months old and seems to have his adult teeth. Although some are still growing.
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-20-2017, 09:36 PM
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I don't know if this is the type of toy you are asking about, I think you might mean for bite work. There is nothing my pup wont do for his chuck it kick ball! I can play with my feet, or fetch, we run around while i try to tap it out of his mouth or pull it and he loves to play tug with it to. If you play tug with it one handed he loves it cause he knows my grip is poor lol. We have invented some fun games with it and he gets all pumped up. I get a super fast down if i have that ball in my hand. Wish i knew how to make that happen without the ball. I'd say it is both of our favorite you. HTH
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I started with a rag, then firehose. 10". Then I went to jute rolls. I now use jute balls from elite k9 .
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Not necessarily bite work apex but as a reward. His obedience is coming along pretty well but I want to start using tugs as opposed to treats, which I use sparingly as is.
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I started with a rag, then firehose. 10". Then I went to jute rolls. I now use jute balls from elite k9 .
did you have any problem with the firehose tearing apart? They seem to be easy to find online but I wasn't sure how durable they'd be
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We've rolled a towel up and tied it with hair ties for our four month old, she plays with it all day and night, most often on her own n with it. On the odd occasion she'll bring it towards us to play with her, but most of the time she just loves tossing it up in the air and knawing on it. Hope this helps.
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I use a large size kong with a rope tied through it. The kong is the greatest dog toy ever made. While I have tugs with handles, I find the Kong to be the best reward for my dogs.

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did you have any problem with the firehose tearing apart? They seem to be easy to find online but I wasn't sure how durable they'd be
I didn't let him chew on it. Bite, tug, done. Its held up well.

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I use a large size kong with a rope tied through it. The kong is the greatest dog toy ever made. While I have tugs with handles, I find the Kong to be the best reward for my dogs.
I found that using a tug as a reward was easier. Helped him target better. When I used a ball on a rope, he'd bite the rope.

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