Less than 5 minutes. That’s all it took.
That’s all it took for Peach to gnaw straight through the rope of the Tug-A-Jug, rendering it a different product than what was originally purchased. This sounds like the toy was ruined and there was no coming back, but that’s not the case. Thankfully the toy still provides some mentally stimulating play for our dog.
The idea of the Tug-A-Jug is to use the rope that’s shoved into the bottle to pull food/treats out of the toy for your dog to eat. When we first got this, I was trying to show Peach how it worked and I kept putting the rope back into the bottle to let Peach pull it out. She seemed to be getting it. We did this probably 5 or 6 times and she got food to spill out every time so I figured it was time to let her have a try on her own.
She said, with her actions, “I do not care for this rope, it can go.” So go it did. The way this toy is set up, there is no way to put a new rope in. The bottle only opens at the bottom (which is where you put the food) so once the rope is severed, your Tug-A-Jug will forever be ropeless.
PetSafe clearly knows this is going to happen and offers suggestions right in the packaging in regards to what you should do once the rope is gone.
It’s worth noting that Peach, if she were in a Conan The Barbarian Novel, we be Peachamus: Destroyer of All. Her sole purpose in life is to find a way to destroy every toy that is given to her. I swear my wife and I haven’t encouraged it, either. To this day we still take toys away once she starts ripping at them, but she doesn’t care. When she gets a toy, she wants to find a way to break its will and have it die a horrible death. I say that because if you have a dog that is not as hell bent on destruction, the rope should be perfectly adequate and remain where it is supposed to.
The toy’s insert suggests a ball to be used as a replacement once the rope goes, which would probably work if we got the larger Tug-A-Jug. Unfortunately, a tennis ball takes up basically the entire circumference of the bottle, so nothing would come out if we used one. Instead, I just put the entire rope into the bottle (both parts of it) and that provides some resistance so that the food doesn’t come out too quickly, giving the dog a bit more play time.
Peach’s primary meal ball is the PetSafe Busy Buddies Kibble Nibble Meal Dispensing Dog Toy, which is an egg-shaped ball she rolls around to eat her dinner. The Tug-A-Jug is now an alternate and she’ll be getting it a few times a week, she seems to have just as much fun with this toy as she does the egg.
Since the rope is no longer part of the toy, the way she uses it to get food out has a few variations. Sometimes she will pick up the jug and put it on it’s end, standing up, so she can knock it down. When it is down, she uses her nose to hit that rubbery part of the toy to spin the bottle (no kisses involved) so that food gets knocked out that way.
Peach took a bit of time to figure out how she wanted to use this, but once she got it, she seems to love it just as much as her treat ball. I’d still give this one pretty high praise even though the rope was done for almost as soon as she got her paws on it. The jug is a great way to give a dog one of its meals every day and will keep your pup engaged for quite a while, giving him or her both mental stimulation and food. Two things dogs need.