products come from Genuine Dog Gear, as they are actually the world's largest
manufacturer of motivational dog training toys. All of their products are 100%
American made, durable, and machine washable. They are also guaranteed drip and
drool resistant too!
It is important to understand that there are motivational toys for dogs that are
sight, bite, sound or smell motivated. All dogs are stimulated by their senses
and that will help you excite your dog to work and play with you.
Click here to learn more about the importance of stimulating the different
Genuine Dog Gear Fleece Super King Tug
The Super King Tug is a braided fleece dog toy that is super
This incredible tug has a comfortable handle at one end and strips of fleece at the other to
create a "frenzy mop" that any visually stimulated dog will love.
At 36" long, this fleece dog toy is big enough for large
breeds, and it's great for agility training. This fleece dog toy is machine washable and rip and tear
Available in assorted colors―please
let us choose. Price: $27.95
Genuine Dog Gear Fleece King Tug
The King Tug is a braided fleece tug
toy made with strong American polyester fleece. It has a comfortable handle at
one end and a dog-pleasing "frenzy mop" at the other.
Strips of fleece create this "frenzy
mop" and provide your dog with plenty of visual stimulation. This dog toy is 24"
long and big enough for large dogs to play with during those positive
motivational training games and dog agility training.
The King Tug is a durable, versatile
fleece tug toy that is safe for your dog. This fleece tug toy is machine washable and resistant to rips and
Available in assorted colors―please
let us choose. Price: $25.95
Genuine Dog Gear Large Fleece Frenzy Ring Tug
This Large Frenzy Ring tug toy is so much fun! Strong fleece strips are double
tied into a braided core ring for strength and durability.
A nylon leash is
attached to allow you greater control of the tug toy and the ability to drag,
toss, and bounce it.
This toy is great for dog agility training as well as
everyday use. It also provides lots of sight stimulation. This tug toy is machine washable and rip and tear
Available in assorted colors―please let
SIGHT Stimulation Toys
Why sight stimulation?
Sight stimulation toys are obviously designed to visually excite dogs! Sure,
but why would want to do that? And how does it get your dog to do what you want?
First, it helps to realize that dogs, like many animals, must orient themselves
to rapid movement. They don’t decide to pay attention to movement, it happens
automatically. Spotting mice under the grass or noticing an enemy lurking in the
distance has always been a critical survival skill for wolves, and our dogs
carry those same genes and brain connections. Movement naturally stimulates dog
brains, and dogs naturally orient to the location of the movement.
Sight stimulation toys are for which dogs?
Sight stimulation dog toys appeal to all dogs, but selective breeding by
humans has increased the intensity of this interest. Herding breeds like Border
Collies and Australian Shepherds are especially keyed to movement. They were
bred to control other animal’s movements, so they can be a little more hyped
about movement toys. However, almost all dogs like visual stimulation toys
because it arouses their brains and their primal instincts to chase and catch.
Now that I have their attention! How do I use sight
You can take advantage of this instinctual orientation to movement to start
games and training exercises. Shake or wiggle your toy to pique your dog’s
interest then start the play games.
Tug games are a
natural play behavior for dogs, so using visual stimulation toys that you can
tug with are an excellent way to excite your dog into a game of tug o’ war. The
more fun the toy is, greater your dog's interest will be in that toy, and the
more willing the dog should be to work for the opportunity to play with it.
Begin your training exercises once your dog is interested in the toy and use a
quick game of tug as the reward for performance.
not just put one attractor into each toy?
Visual stimulating a dog to play is great, but if you can further interest
your dog by presenting him with a tug toy that is also very pleasurable to bite
and hold, you have raised the bar and your dog's interest in the toy. Higher
interest leads to higher play drive and a higher willingness to work for the dog
toy. If you want your dog to work, then pay him well. Pay him with praise and an
exciting game of tug with a really cool tug toy!
I play with a sight stimulation toy?
Shake ‘em, snake ‘em, toss ‘em, throw them in the air! Bounce them, wiggle
them, hold them still then twitch ‘em. Try to make them look alive or shake them
like crazy. Act like they’re about to jump out of your arms and get away! Drag
them on the ground or toss them towards the dog and snatch them back. There are
as many ways to play with sight stimulation toy as there are toys and dogs. Each
toy offers a little something different in regard to movement. Try different
movements and try shaking the toy at different heights from the ground until you
find your dog’s sweet spot.
BITE Stimulation Toys
Why bite stimulation?
Bite stimulation is so universal that it’s special for us too. How much
chewing gum do you suppose Americans consume each year? We don’t need special
insight to appreciate that biting down on toys is really cool for dogs. Most dog
toys are chew toys or bones of some sort, because all dogs are bite stimulated.
Giving your dog a toy designed specifically to be safe and appeal to his desire
to bite and grip will stimulate him to perform his best for the opportunity to
play with that toy.
How do I use bite stimulation toys to
An excited game of tug can get pretty physical with these toys because the
dogs enjoy the tugging so much. It’s the biting and the tugging that they enjoy,
so the game is all about hanging on and pulling as hard as you can.
Trainers use the tugging game to reward the behaviors they want, to gain their
dogs attention, and to get their dogs to come to them at top speed. They reward
the desired behaviors with a short game of tug.
just put one attractor into each toy?
For toys to be highly attractive, it is beneficial to put more than one type
of stimulator or attractor in each toy. Toys can have a tassel for visual
excitement, sheepskin stuffing for scent (smell) excitement, AND be stuffed to
just the right firmness to appeal to most dogs' bite pressure. If one attractor
is good, then three is great! The more attractive a tug toy is the harder the
dog learns to work to gain access to his dog toy and earn the privilege of
playing with you.
How do I play with a bite stimulation
Reward your dog with a good game of tug. Just by gripping the toy with his
teeth he’ll enjoy the pleasant sensation of the toy flexing between his jaws. It
happens automatically! You don’t have to do anything extra, just hang onto the
toy and watch your dog get happy.