As an agility trainer, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to work with you dog to learn to play. It's important to build a good relationship with your dog, and besides being a lot of fun, it is also good for your dog's motivation during exercise. In agility sport I cannot do without the right dog toy. I use it with it learning the equipment and of course during all other training sessions. For young dogs and small breeds, I often use a slightly longer tugtoy because you can can drag along on the ground so that your dog does not always look upwards when he is rewarded, your dog can chase after that. I use the smaller tugtoys to not always reward out of hand. You can throw a smaller tugtoy a bit easier. I consciously do not choose a ball because it will roll and bounce, which in turn can be dangerous result, a tugtoy immediately falls 'dead' so the dog doesn´t run after it.
A while ago Agilitoy went looking for the strongest and best materials on the market to make tugtoys for demolition workers. :) My strong Ritz (a Kelpie male who flies with his 23 kilos full in his tugtoys and does not unload) was allowed to test them for Agilitoy. Our expectation was that the toys would probably, like other major brands that have passed here, crack after a few training sessions at the bite part or the stretchers would jump or provide no support when tugging. I passed on the positive points and negative points with all the toys that Ritz ever broke down and Agilitoy started working on that. She soon sent us 3 tugtoys.
When I saw on Facebook that they were looking for testers for new toys, I thought why don't we sign up. I have a 2 year old border collie with an incredible amount of strength. And to our great surprise we were selected. We waited impatiently for the delivery of the toys. This one was fast and correct.
Hurray, we got to test two tug toys from Agilitoy! And whether we tested, because Fientje is such a poodle lady who really does not just settle for all toys. The fun already started when the package arrived, which of course she had to open herself. We received the "Sheepado" and the "Tugado", both ideal toys for smaller sized sports dogs, thanks in part to the longer handle that allows you to use them as a hunting toy in addition to a pull toy.