Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug

Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug
9 Total Score

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  • Smart but simple system
  • Bottle and cap are very durable
  • Requires both puzzling and coordination skills.
  • Much more difficult than other toys (like Kong)
  • Stays challenging when solved

If you have a dog that eats too fast, likes to solve puzzles or gets easily bored, you might be considering the Tug-a-Jug made by Busy Buddy.

This innovative toy challenges a dog’s mind and problem-solving skills. And it can be an excellent way to slow down your dogs eating. In this review, we will look at why it works, how it works, and for whom it works.

Toy Sizes

Tug a Jug is produced in 3 sizes to accommodate different sized dogs.

How Does This Smart Dog Toy Work?

Let’s take a look at the main elements of Busy Buddy’s Tug A Jug.

Dogs Are Happier And Healthier If They Have To Work For Their Food.

All animals have naturally evolved to be great at getting food. That is just the way nature works.

And dogs are no different.

Even after thousands of years of living with humans, dogs have their natural instincts to find and get food. Just look what happens if they are abandoned in the woods. Some may not make it, but most will just go back to being a wild dog and hunting/scavenging.

Most dogs just get their food on a silver platter, every day and without effort.

It’s no wonder then that many get bored, fat, anxious, or stressed: A large part of their skills and drive are never used, so they try to exert their energy in other ways.

That all changes if you make a dog work for its food. Now they have to solve a problem, try different methods, and get the reward of food in the end. They appreciate the food more, can’t eat it super quick and train their brains and bodies.

There are many kinds of toys that make dogs work for their diet. The most famous is probably the Kong filled with a food paste. These can be great or not a challenge at all, depending on the dog.

Not all dogs are created equally.

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Some may be challenged a lot by a Kong filled with peanut butter or other food. Others are just too smart for that, quickly figure it out and eat all the food.

Tug a Jug provides a unique challenge for two reasons:

  • The standard methods (biting and shaking) don’t work
  • Even if they figure it out, they still can only get a small amount of food at the time.

The dog needs to keep moving the rope in and out to get the food out bit-by-bit. So it keeps them from eating too quickly and also keeps their coordination and brain active

Is The Tug A Jug Durable And Safe For My Dog?

Anything that gets between a dog and its food needs to be durable. At least with most dogs.

The container (bottle) is made of very durable poly-carbonate. This material is famous for its use in bulletproof windows and unbreakable water bottles. It’s also safe to come into contact with food and for chewing.

The rope is made of natural fibers so that it’s also safe for chewing. The only downside is that it’s not very strong. It can break if your dog is using the wrong method. You can easily make a new rope, but it’s a downside of this, otherwise excellent, product.

How To Know If My Dog Will Like Toy?

Not every toy works for every dog. Because of their distinct personalities, some toys get completely ignored while others barely stop moving.

Tug a Jug is not a beginner puzzle toy – If your dog has never successfully solved any other smart dog toy, it’s very likely that it will just get frustrated.

It’s easier if your dog is food motivated – Most dogs are like that. And if you place their regular food in the Tug-a-Jug they will eventually try to get to it. But you might not be inclined to starve him/her. So if your dog will do anything for a cookie or piece of food, you are sure he/she will be motivated to work on the Tug-a-Jug

Don’t get it if yours has bad teeth – The outside of the Tug-a-Jug is made of strong and hard plastic. A dog with bad teeth could hurt itself there.

How This Simple Toy Can Help Dogs That Eat Too Fast

My friend Robin has a cute Saint Bernard that eats its food quicker than any dog I have seen. Sometimes he pukes it right back out, and often he has severe diarrhea for days.

She had been trying all kinds of methods to keep him from eating so fast. But his ingenuity is almost as incredible as his eating speed. So he solves most puzzles in a matter of minutes and then just goes right back to stuffing himself.

Recently she bought a Tug a Jug.

I was there when she first gave the dogs its food in the durable jar. I must say, it wasn’t pretty:) He got so frustrated (there are holes in the bottom so dogs can smell the food inside) and was barking and biting at the toy.

But dogs are practical creatures in the end. And after a couple of minutes, he started to work his problem-solving skills. It didn’t take long for him to get the first piece of food out, and after that, he got better and better.

But the strange thing is; he still can’t get all the food out at once. He is not bad at it but still needs at least 15 minutes to finish his meal. And that was exactly what Robin was after.

Summary

9 Total Score
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This simple toy can keep a dog busy for hours. Even if they figure it out, they still need to spend time to get their food from it. Great toy for strong puzzlers and also super helpful to slow down eating.

Challenge Level
9.5
Durability
7.5
Dog Safety
9
Play Longevity
9.5
PROS
  • Smart but simple system
  • Bottle and cap are very durable
  • Requires both puzzling and coordination skills.
  • Much more difficult than other toys (like Kong)
  • Stays challenging when solved
CONS
  • Rope can break (depends on dog)
  • Can be too difficult for first time puzzlers
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)

User Feedback

we put small treats and kibble into it and, while she's chewing on the tug rope, she's not quite mastered getting it out (nor have we). I guess we'll have to work on it.
ByNewnan - December 17, 2013
Unfortunately I couldnt give it no stars, so 1 it is. This toy didnt last 10 minutes. My pup, had it in pieces within minutes.
Newnan - December 30, 2016
Gave it to my terrier mix, and in about 10 minutes he had chewed the rope in half and consumed part of the ball on top. Didn't work out so well.
ByKwazi H. - April 5, 2014

I have loved pets ever since I was four and my parents got a dog. Since then, I have had a few dogs and one cat. One thing that was always difficult is combining my pet's needs with my job and social life. Sitting at home (alone) is not good for them, they either become lethargic or anxious. When I first heard of the pet cameras and smart pet toys, I was instantly fascinated. As an engineer, I could see how this technology was going to help people around the world. And I wanted to be part of that development by testing and writing about it.

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