Product Review: Tether Tug
Product Review: Tether Tug
I am pretty well known for my dog training style!
And, I am proud of that fact; my dog training mentality is to build drive and play games with your dog while training so that training is actually fun.
We (humans) love doing fun things!
Dogs also love doing fun things!
So if you want exceptional and reliable dog training it should utilize toys, treats and the most fun things you have available.
I have to admit at first I loved the look of this particular tether toy.
You pop this toy into the ground and it dangles and tantalizes your dog to play.
Once the dog grabs the toy he tugs and spins and basically tries to rip the toy off of the tether.
It looks like good exercise!
And, the truth is that I use a toy on a horse whip (flirt pole) like this for my puppies and adult dogs all of the time.
I use it to expel energy, provide exercise and to build the dog’s natural prey drive for toys.
I later use and manipulate this natural and instinctual drive to perform very animated and exciting obedience.
But the more I thought about this toy, the more I actually dislike it!
The problem that I foresee with this toy is that it will quickly lose its novelty and as a result it will actually decrease prey drive and excitement for this or other toys.
Often times, things that constantly available become boring.
I mean, how often are you truly thankful for things like windows? Unless you have recently done time without windows, you probably don’t even think about it.
We all know that toys left out in your dog’s toy box often go from “super fun” status, to mundane status pretty quickly!
I am afraid this toy will enter that realm for most dogs.
Exciting at first, played with for a few days or weeks, then abandoned in the yard while blowing in the wind.
And that, my friends, is a horrible thought to a dog trainer that prides herself on using toys and fun.
In a way, it would be like desensitizing toys and a game of tug (which would be fine if that is what you are looking for).
A flirt pole, a tether tug… they look so similar, right?
The flirt pole only comes out when I decide to play with my dog; I don’t leave it out.
I also have the opportunity to tease my dog and make him “work” for the flirt pole.
Getting your teeth in the toy attached to the horse whip or flirt pole isn’t easy, because I am in charge and I want to build your drive! Remember that easy things are not appreciated like the things we work toward.
I can give my dog a full reward!
The dog is not truly rewarded if he cannot get the toy and run off with it for a minute.
I can give my dog the opportunity to take the toy, chew it, thrash it, play with it and possess it for a while.
The Tether Tug stays in one place and can’t be carried off unless it breaks.
I can make my dog cover more ground; by flipping the flirt pole out, and back and forth I can provide my dog with more stimulation and more exercise.
The Tether Tug stays in one place.
The truth is that this toy looks like great fun!
But, it will most likely kill your dog’s drive because it will quickly make toy play become boring.
Even if you take it down after each play session and set it up each time, it is not quite as interactive as it looks!
YOU are much more interactive than this toy!
Get off the sofa, grab your own flirt pole and head out to play with your dog!
That is a much better and more reliable option that will build drive and make your obedience more fun in the future!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.