We 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!