Rated 4 out of 5 by LynW Ridiculously hard
This toy is definitely not for everyone. It's awesome because it is well made and very challenging. The bad thing is that it's very, very challenging. Our sweet, exrtremely smart girl who can figure out every puzzle and toy in minutes has struggled with this one. It's not because it's ingenius but because dogs don't have human dexterity. You have to be able to hold the bottle upside down while simultaneously pulling the rope in and out. Almost impossible if you primarily work with a set of jaws. However, my dog "problem solved" this by bringing the toy to her bed and resting it on top so the side of the toy was hanging over the edge of the bed. She then tugged the rope for treats. But, she hasn't figured out to push the rope back in. She just moves the toy again.
If your dog isn't a creative problem solver, this toy may be disappointing. I'm just glad to have something other than a ball for her to roll around. I'd give it 5 stars for quality and challenge, but 3 stars for the average dog who will struggle with it.
October 11, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Britt444 Border collie did not like
The bottle is made of a really hard plastic. My border collie loves treats but got so frustrated with this. My boxer liked the rope and began tossing it around the living room. So we had to put it up to prevent anything from breaking. I think there are better products out there.
October 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Statk Good idea but not easy to clean
I ordered this for my 45 lb lab mix. The large size was way too big and this one was perfect. The only thing is that after two days I opened it up and notices it smelled funny. I found mold growing on the rope!! So unless you plan on washing after every meal and letting the rope dry, I would get a different toy.
October 14, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Rayray Disappointed
I bought the tug a jug for my 8 month old puppy. Within 2 weeks of him having this product he had the rope chewed off the rubber chewed and chewed off the top of the the plastic bottle. I wish this toy was much more durable so we could have it for more then 2 weeks. I do not recommend this product.
October 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Myndi Challenging Toy
This toy is great for dogs who like a challenge and who do not give up easily. This is not a pull the rope a couple of times and all the food comes out toy. They definitely have to work at it and some owner/dog training may be involved in order for the dog to figure it out. My dog is not highly motivated so I am having to train her to push and pull the rope back and forth and even then if she is not rewarded with food coming out after a few times of moving it she gives up. The more food you put in the better, once it gets down to a low volume it gets very hard to get the food out. I would give this product 5 stars for dogs who are highly motivated and find other interactive toys too easy, however, I would only rate it a 3 if your dog gives up easily, and you aren't interested in training your dog to use it since they more than likely will give up.
One thing I've thought about doing to make it easier for my dog is to replace the original rope with one I can tie a smaller knot in to see if that would help.
March 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lily1211 So worth it!
This is a replacement purchase - the first lasted over a year & my LAB!!! is only 18 months old. She medically needs to eat slowly. When eating from the Jug, she has fun! A very good challenge for easily bored dogs.
It is very important to air it out after each meal & wash cord periodically; it can "gunk up" or gather mold.
August 15, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ashley Lots of fun, good for destructive pup
Treats/food come out fairly easy during play , so it only gets filled with healthy treats (bits of raw/frozen carrots) . It was definitely the type of toy I was looking for for my new puppy. A treat toy of his own and pretty tough.
He's just been ripping through all other toys and this one is lasting longer than others .I wanted something a bit more durable than other toys and this hard plastic bottle is the thing for now.
August 6, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by DogFoster Dog loves it; doesn't work exactly as indicated
Got the medium/large for a 50-lb foster dog who loves to chew & tug. He loves to carry it around, toss it around, & chew on both the ball & rope - but he rarely is able to get the treats out by himself. The treats release when the rope is pulled - sweeping the treats out of the neck of the jug. But the jug also has to be tipped towards the ground for that to happen. The base is too big & heavy for him to tip or mouth upside-down, & a dog can't tip the jug & pull the rope at the same time. Also, once the rope is pulled to its full extent, no more treats come out unless/until the rope is released, goes back to the bottom of the jug, & sweeps up more treats (the ball doesn't "lift" at all, contrary to the description). So if we're playing tug or he's carrying it around, no treats release. Basically, I hold the jug & set up the rope so that it will sweep some treats out when he pulls on it, then I put the rope within his reach; he pulls some out, eats them, tosses the jug around for a while, then brings it back to me to release some more treats.
May 15, 2014