The tug trainer is great for teaching your dog to tug. My spaniel loves food, but was only moderately interested in toys. Now he is tugging like a maniac in lots of places, including agility class. The mesh lets the dog smell and taste the treats through the pouch, which encourages them to bite down on the toy. I also like the long handle because my dog didn't like it if I was too close to him while playing. Unfortunately, the mesh ripped after a few weeks, but Salty Dog has great customer service and was wonderful about sending us a replacement toy. I definitely recommend this toy for anyone struggling with tugging problems
For dogs that don't tug or are reluctant tuggers, our Tug Trainer Bait Pouch combines fake fur with a waterproof (read: easy to clean) liner on one side, a heavy-duty, durable PVC-coated mesh on the other side, and a bungee tug handle. Fill the pouch with semi-soft treats such as cheese chunks, hot dogs or chicken. The harder the dog "bites" the pouch, the more food squeezes through the mesh and the more the dog is reinforced. Or fill with dried tripe and use for training lead-outs or distance. A Velcro pull-open top gives quick access to treats. Soft-touch 1” (25mm) tubular black nylon climbing webbing with a 7” (18cm) handle is stitched to the fur side. Stretchy bungee inserted in the webbing gets your pup accustomed to the resistance and fake fur on one side makes it easy to transition to an all-fur tug toy. Measures 7” wide by 3” deep (20cm by 7cm). Measures 24” (61cm) long; stretches to 33” (84cm). A waterproof liner and finished side seams (no exposed seams) makes it easy to keep clean: after each use, clean with dishwashing detergent and rinse with water. Machine washable, cold water; hang to dry.
We have been using this toy for several months and it is still in great condition despite using it almost every day. My dog has become a very strong tugger with this toy.