65 Unique Tug Toy Ideas!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Well here it is, our list of weird tug toys suggestions. Thank you to everyone who contributed, we should all be proud! If any of these items spark another idea for any of you, send it along and I will continue to build the master list.

  1. Bungee tugs
  2. Crunch N Tug toy
  3. Your long braided hair (if you have it)
  4. Your hat
  5. Plastic shopping bag
  6. Sheep skin toys
  7. real leather
  8. Bird Feather with or without added scent
  9. Rabbit fur
  10. Deflated soccer ball
  11. Shower puff scrubber
  12. Water bottle (with or without small pebbles inside)
  13. Tug-It! 
  14. A Stick
  15. A crumpled up piece of paper
  16. Your sleeve
  17. Cheap, dollar-store scarves
  18. Towels (tea towel, hand towel)
  19. Your Leash
  20. Flying Disc
  21. Golf Club head cover
  22. Old stirrup leather
  23. Feather duster
  24. Fly Swatter
  25. Shoe laces
  26. Empty toilet paper roll
  27. Empty Paper towel roll
  28. A shovel (ouch!)
  29. Dog Show Ribbons
  30. A Broom or wisk
  31. Hollee roller with a stuffed a rabbit fur mouse rubbed with rat litter 
  32. Hollee roller with a tennis ball
  33. Hollee roller with a Ball with Feet (Cuz)
  34. Hollee roller with a mini flying disc
  35. Hollee roller with a babble ball
  36. Hollee roller with a mouse with a realistic chirp
  37. Dusting Mitt 
  38. Piece of Rope
  39. Vacuum cleaner hose
  40. Winter mittens
  41. Hair scrunchie
  42. Dirty Underwear
  43. Dirty Sock
  44. Pillow case
  45. Well in bed move your hand around under the covers while your dog is on top of the covers (seems like a live animal under cover)
  46. Anything with Fringes on it
  47. Paper cup
  48. Paper plates
  49. Palm Frond
  50. Pantyhose with knots in them
  51. A sock with a tennis ball or squeaky toy stuffed & knotted inside
  52. Tissue paper braided together–let the dog shred the paper afterwards
  53. A tea cozy
  54. Nylon strapping
  55. Cat toys, feather boa on a stick
  56. Smooth items 
  57. Soft fleeces items
  58. anything that makes a ripping sound (like a stufffed animal ripping open)
  59. A branch with leaves on it
  60. A tough cotton table napkin with cheese rolled in the middle the knotted
  61. Plastic bag with food inside
  62. Tugging on food: a raw chicken wing or a steak, then put it in sock, then just use the sock
  63. A previously tugged toy (one with another dog’s saliva on it)
  64. A springy telephone cord
  65. A dust buster (mini vaccum)


  1. I tried every single one of these yesterday, and NONE of them worked… just kidding 🙂 Thanks to everyone for this exhaustive list.

  2. Love it! My dogs tug on my wrist watch strap!

  3. My dogs love my old baseball glove or mittens/gloves.

  4. Sardine trick – Susan you must have known that I would try the sardines in training. Yesterday I bought some and as I was unloading my groceries my husband asked, What Are Those? I said they are for training ☺, to his reply, Not in This House. Well of course not ☺ So off to the training hall I go, noting that Trudy will not know about the lovely treasure until she does something wonderful. Well wonderful happened and the sardines appeared. She did some awesome crate dives and wonderful A-Frames so she gobbled them up. Now sardines dont come out of the can themselves, and I didnt bring a spoon!! So used my hands to feed her, best way anyway. But gross is purely an understatement. I always bring wet wipes, but sorry, they dont do the job. I got home, scrubbed my hands and they still smelled. And worst of all, I forgot and Trudy gave me a loving smooch and guess what – sardine breath – yeow. So Trudy, you got lucky this time, next time, it may be delicious, but it wont be sardines ☺ Thanks Susan ☺

  5. lovely padded mailing envelopes, like the ones DVDs are shipped in — they sound great, already been ripped open once and are free (as long as you get people to mail you stuff)

  6. Michelle, I use the Caesar trays as a super duper reward for my Border Terrier, Robin- a combo fetch/tug/eat event that you could easily make into a not terribly stinky jackpot

    The Casear trays can be thrown, lid on. Robin will pick up the tray, and when she bites down on it, her teeth pierce the foil top and she gets taste of divine, yummie, goodness (a friend of mine calls it doggie crack- maybe she stole the term from Susan), and I then pick up the tray and play tug with it (some care is required here, as the foil can have sharp edgfes, but so far no problems). I let Robin have a bite and then, if I am at a trial, I toss the rest.

  7. I’m sure someone will thing I’m crazy, but I’ve had about 4 dogs who tugged on my fingers. Now, no the weren’t biting me. I’d present my hand with the first two fingers kinda curled in and they’d hook their canines over them and hold them as I kinda swung them back and forth and after a while we’d be tugging. Even my old Catahoula that didn’t play with anything would play tug like that. I’d always made sure they understood if they bit down it was over. I think one puppy bit once and he realized it’s not fun to make mom scream.

  8. ..I tried the sardines too! Not as successfull as you, I emptied the tin, poped them in a airtight tug and off down to the field we went, I placed them out of the way – but ready! Could I get Harry to work without rushing madily off to where I had placed the pot!
    So I think I may need someone else ready with the pot so he doesn’t know I’ve got them!????
    Ps. It worked for the BC’s though!
    Love ya blog.

  9. I’ve been working on teaching my puppy to switch from a tug to food and back again, and tonight I discovered a real gem: little stick horse I got from the dollar store. She LOVES it. Go figure. I think it reminds her of her arch nemesis the broom…

  10. my dog didn’t want to tug initially, but when i took a used white sock, filled it with liverwurst and poked some holes in it, well….she thought it would be just fine to tug on that. now she’ll tug anything presented to her. went from a non tugger to a tugging maniac!

  11. My BC goes nuts for the dustpan and brush. She also really goes mad with excitment when I change the rubbish bin (trash can??) liner as I have to wave that around to open it up before placing it in the bin. I have used this as a distraction in contact training then allowed her to rip it up if she meets criteria through the distraction.

  12. those sacrificial dollar store foam Frizzes kind of…..evolve in to more tuggable, “softer” versions of themselves after awhile. I didn’t expect to use them half as much as I do!
    Also good old braided fleece remnants from the fabric store, sew a pocket on one end to tuck liverwurst in to. Then, don’t forget to wash the darn thing!
    Where’s a visual for tugging with that mini-vac?

  13. I have been trying to build tug drive in the little sheltie but she absolutely LOVES to tug on the big sheltie’s tail… maybe I should send his fur away to be spun into yarn and knit a tug toy for the little one???? 🙂

  14. Hey! Number 45 at our house is known as “blankie monster games”!

  15. #45 was the first tuggy game that I was able to play with my (formerly) non-tugging terrier. “heeeeeere…..come….the…..BITEY THINGS!” It was terrifically fun and we both still enjoy that game so much.

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