These are the tugs and toys we recommend for play-training your dog. We want you to play tug with your dog, but always let the dog win. In this way, you will train a confident, happy dog who always wants to engage with you. If your dog doesn't bite onto a toy outside, he needs to. The feeling of something in their mouth brings them back to a neutral ground and builds confidence as they meander the streets or woods with their owner.
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For puppies and dogs who are new to tug, start here, with a flirt pole:
We had to use Gorilla Glue to keep the handle on this flirt pole, but hey, you get what you pay for. It's great for puppies and small dogs as is, but modified with the Gorilla Glue, it works for our large bully breed mutts. You should remove the cheap-o squeaker toys that came with this flirt pole and replace them with either this:
Ready for something a little bigger for your bitework? Check these out. Great for small dogs with a lot of drive, or medium dogs who need a good starter toy:
These huge bite tugs are awesome for dogs who are more advanced in bitework, are extremely toy-motivated outdoors, or for larger breeds. Don't be surprised with how big these are - your dog's eyes will be wide and starry-eyed for this bad boy: