The Puller dog toy is a useful and interactive device to use for dog training and exercise. These toys are giant rings made of durable but soft material that won’t harm your dog’s teeth and can also float. We were lucky to have some Puller Interactive dog training toys sent to try and review! In addition to reviewing the Puller dog toy, we are giving you a chance this week to win either a Mini or Standard set of Puller dog toys. It’s really easy to enter for a chance to win! For more details and the links to enter, read to the end of the review.
Puller dog toy design and construction
The Puller “interactive device for dogs” is a purple ring available in two sizes that is intended to aid interactive training and exercise activities. It is made of a soft material that Mort seems to really enjoy interacting with. The material seems to be rewarding all on its own, and as such he is so motivated to play with these toys that they are fantastic for training purposes. I ask for a down and before I finish saying the word he’s flat on the floor. I tell him “out” to release the toy and he does so immediately. His lip starts quivering the second I bring these out to train with. I’ve even seen drool. It’s not pretty, but at least he’s having a blast and is completely fixated on the activity!
I also appreciate that it is made of a non-toxic and non-smelly material, very important for something going in my dog’s mouth.
The Pullers end up getting a lot of “tooth dents” in them while you train with them, but this is OK. They stand up to the pulling, and the regular abuse of a very active intense herding dog. They aren’t meant for independent chewing though, so do not leave your dog unattended with a Puller. They are meant for interactive play. And there’s another good reason for this: it makes the training more rewarding and special to the dog when they only have access to the toy when it’s time to train. Your sessions will be more effective as a result.
The Puller toy comes in two different sizes: Standard, and Mini.
Mort is a wirey 27 lb dog, and he could use both a mini and a standard size Puller for play. He preferred the smaller ones, however he is too strong of a chewer for that size and wore it out quickly. So we switched to the Standard size and it held up beautifully to his tugging and he would tug and fetch this size without complaint.
Putting the Puller to use: Training Games and exercise
The Puller dog toy is incredibly useful as a training toy, or as part of your existing training routine. The Puller is great for both tug and fetch, so you can incorporate it into your existing training around these two things. Mort was really panting within 20-30 minutes of play, he got an incredible workout despite being an extremely fit and active dog already. This is how we used it:
Mort is more of a fetch dog, and has never been too keen on tug. However, he was immediately so motivated by the Puller that he became an avid tugger. It actually helped him become much more motivated in a game of tug, which made it easier to solidify some of the basics we have been working on: out (for a release), and take (to get him to grab the item). Tugging avidly? My word to start getting him to tug was something highly technical like “rrrrrrr” – I definitely don’t need to prompt this behavior any more.
And remember, this is a dog who was barely interested in tug at all (because he always wanted toys thrown instead of tugged)!
This was no work for us on the training side of things, because Mort already lives for fetch. However, it was work for Mort to switch between fetch and tug so this is what we did work on, training wise. When Mort starts playing fetch, that’s typically the only activity he’ll want to do. So getting him to switch from fetch to tug during the same session is usually very hard. Because Mort enjoyed tugging the Puller so much, we were able to get him to “take” and start tugging the toy as you can see previously.
Obviously we can’t do too much in our tiny living room with the large toy, so the catches aren’t too great! But in this video we have him returning the toy, and using the “closer” command, which is move the toy closer to my feet. He’s so into this you can see him throwing the toy. Several videos included him clobbering my iPhone that was taking the video with the Puller. This one was a narrow miss…
I am also very impressed that you can use the Puller dog toy as a disc as well – it will fly through the air in a very similar manner to a standard frisbee. It floats too, so great out at the lake.
Swapping between the two Pullers
The Puller toys come in a two pack, so you can toss one, have your dog return it, and then quickly switch to tossing the second so your dog keeps moving. This is fantastic for exercise, and keeping the momentum and excitement going. This is sometimes a hard activity to do with high-drive dogs. They will fixate on a single toy, and only want to chase that one toy. Mort is definitely this kind of dog, fixated on and only wanting to fetch one of the discs or toys we have out, but easily swapped between the two Pullers. I can’t exactly explain the difference, or why, but he did quite readily. It could be because he was pretty over-the-top nuts about interacting with the toys and didn’t over-think the activity.
How it holds up to chewing and mayhem
As noted earlier, the small puller did snap apart too quickly due to Mort’s voracious tugging (we did not allow him to use the toy unsupervised or for chewing). Mort has pretty strong jaws and is rough on his toys, I would consider him an extreme-case dog. We switched to the Large size without issue.
I can honestly say that it holds up really well to chewing and tugging during interactive training sessions with the device, but you may need to “size up” to Large if you have a smaller dog who is really rough on toys and tugs with a lot of power (I was a bit worried about my arm sockets, if that’s any indication of this small dog’s strength!)
What the dogs think
This might explain it all:
In fact, I was trying to take some nice “posed” photos with the Puller, and I just got barked at to hurry up so we could work some more:
Where can you find Puller toys?
The Puller interactive device for dogs is made by Collar. You can find them on Amazon (affiliate):
Giveaway for a set of Puller dog toys
We have a set of Standard Pullers and Mini Pullers to give away! Simply enter the giveaway for the correct size for your dog. The Standard puller is 11 inches diameter and the ring is about 1 1/2 inch wide. The Mini puller is 7 inches diameter, and the ring is about 3/4 inch wide.
The giveaway starts now and ends Feb 6th 2015!
Entry Close — giveaway now over
Multiple chances to win! Enter using the form, and receive a special URL that you can share and gain additional entries! You will receive the URL by email.
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The sweepstakes and review are sponsored by Puller / Collar company. I received Puller dog toys and compensation in return for an honest review. DOGthusiast.com only shares information I feel is relevant to readers. Puller by Collar is not responsible for the content of this article. The words written here are the honest opinions of the author.
A favorite toy
Thoughtful design and construction: this is a toy that will last with powerful chewers if you select the appropriate size. Non-toxic and safety well considered in this product, so it is well suited to dogs who are rough on their toys.
Usefulness during training8
Safety (toxic, chew)9