Doggy Tug is Made to Last

30 May

Doggy Tug ToyWe receive products every week from manufactures and entrepreneurs who think they have invented the next big thing in the pet industry.

Once in a while, they’re right.

This is one of the best new toys we’ve seen this year. The concept is simple. The execution is inspired. And best of all, the toy lives up to the hype.

The inventor of this toy, Kelly Stafford, saw her own dogs playing tug with anything made of fabric. Those of you who have this type of dog know that no sock, no tee shirt, no bed spread is safe. 

Most fabric tugs and plush toys wouldn’t hold up to Stafford’s dogs. But then she got the inspiration to create a stronger tug toy using industrial strength terrycloth wrapped around high-strength elastic, and bound in three directions with fishing line. Of course, no fabric toy is truly indestructible, but these toys are made to be so tough that they outlast any rope, plush or fabric toy out there.

I was excited to try these toys because I have the original destructo-dog. She’s the one on whom I test “tough” toys because she usually makes mincemeat out of them. Rhino-tough? Not tough enough for her. Pit Bull tested? Amateurs. I had also adopted a five-year-old Irish Setter with boundless energy, who had been an outdoor dog before we got him. This would be interesting, I thought.

From the line of toys, I selected some of the bigger toys for my two big dogs. We had just got the redhead, so the two of them were still getting used to each other. But I got them playing tug-of-war with the Doggy Tug Toy. They went to town with it and really put their backs into it. They pulled with all their strength. Then Finnegan decided this was a good toy for playing by yourself. He gallops around the house with his favorite one, carrying it so the heavier ends bang against his face, head and neck. He chews on it (I know it’s not a chew toy, but so far, it has held up to his chewing). He tosses it in the air. The Lab, too, has her favorite toy, which she plays with enthusiastically. We do not pick up the toys when we get home. We leave them out so the pups can play with them any time they wish. So there’s lots of unsupervised chewing and tugging.

These toys have withstood two solid months of daily playing by two roughhousing big dogs. I can’t say how impressed I am with them. The terry eventually begins to fray, but you can trim the strings off, throw it in the washing machine, and give it right back to the dogs. All parts are non-toxic. These toys are great for playing with your dog, for two dogs to play together, or for one dog to keep himself occupied with a sturdy toy.

Doggy Tug comes in several sizes, for toy through giant breeds to enjoy. Many of them have rubber tires, spikey rings or other toys sewn into the ends.

Pet owners who go through money buying toy after toy for their dogs will love the Doggy Tug. It’s a great value, lots of fun for the dog, and very safe for pet owners’ peace of mind.

Well done, Doggy Tug!


Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Dog Product Reviews


13 responses to “Doggy Tug is Made to Last

  1. Marcy

    June 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    This is such an awesome toy! After your dog, or dogs have tugged and had such a good time. You can just toss it in the washer and its ready for more tugging! This is the best tug toy I have seen in years!

  2. Nancy Okun

    June 25, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Augie Dogie is crazy about his tug. I’ve wet it and put it in the freezer. He’s ten now but I think it reminds him of when he was a pup and I’d do this with old socks, except they’d last about 2 days. He’s a real chewer and has his tug over a month and still plays every day. He’s even fallen asleep with it in his mouth. Great toy.

  3. Danielle

    August 9, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Hey, this is cool. At last there is a dog toy which can last longer.
    I realize the dog toys that i get for my silky terrier will only last for 3-6 weeks only.

    This will be a good news for all dog owners with heavy dog chewers! This will save our time for dog toys shopping and money!

    Dog Care School

  4. Dog T-Shirts

    November 18, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Great review. I have a yorkie-poo that is very picky when it comes to toys. His favorite toy is one of those talking Afflac ducks. I might have try the Doggy Tug.

  5. Misty

    April 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I will have to check into that tug toy. My baby boy has anihilated every toy he has had so far!

  6. Medium Dog Beds

    May 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    My wife and I are always hesitant to get our four dogs a new toy because two of them destroy anything. That is why they only get bones, something meant to be devoured. This tug of war may be something worth checking out. Glad I came across this post. Thanks.

  7. ImadoGlover

    May 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    My brother-in-law used to make something like this out of an old garden hose and some 1 inch webbing. Now THOSE were indestructable, but being hand made they weren’t a viable product.

  8. German Rottweiler breeders

    August 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Sounds convincing, they might just last with our German Rottweilers . Definitely considering buying, thanks for the post.

    Vom Bullenfeld German Rottweilers

  9. yanessa

    February 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I always buy these at the naturalk9supplies site, they offer the lowest prices anywhere!

  10. Teds A Dog Ball Launcher Fan

    July 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Looks like a great toy since it is so easy to clean.

  11. Courtney

    August 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Yanessa, Thanks for the site. I checked them out today and found that they have thousands of products for low prices. I’m going to be in Miami this Christmas, so I will for sure be stopping by their store. It looks so cute from what I saw in the pictures.

    Once again, thank you! 🙂

  12. KozyDogs

    September 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I love this Doggy Tug toy. I am going to get one, my dog is so big and play hard all of his toys get ruined right away. This will be great for him.


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