Dog Blog A Day for National Pet Month – Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear
Question of the day (QotD) – What is your dog’s favourite game?
I was told in my younger days not to play tug with my dog as it would encourage destructive behaviour. I have since changed my opinion since my dog and I started training with Woodhead Woofers earlier this year. It has been a revelation with thanks to Tug-E-Nuff dog gear. I have learnt so much, the transformation since playing tug with my dog has been amazing. From bonding with him to helping our recall. I had to share this amazing discovery with you, just in case you hadn’t come across them either.
Tug-E-Nuff are a local company based in Exmouth, specialising in highly motivational dog toys, they have a great resource too, a range of videos on their website, to help you and your dog get the best out of your tug toys.
Chelsea, Play Expert at Tug-E-Nuff took some time out to chat to me.
How does your business help dogs and their people?
We help owners and dogs to discover the joys of interactive play which can help with training and building their bond too. We also often support local charities with fundraisers and donations of toys.
What are your goals and ambitions for your business over the next year and how can we help?
As a family run business we are just looking to continue growing and helping customers. We have recently started attending more dog events/festivals and hoping to continue doing this as we enjoy meeting our 4 and 2 legged customers face to face.
What was your biggest triumph from the last year?
Crufts, this was only our 2nd year of attending but it was still just as much fun as the first year and even busier. We really enjoyed meeting more people and dogs, going away as a team for a few days and also the general atmosphere of the show.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Is offering play and training advice and hearing updates a few weeks later about how their dog really loves their new toy or how it has helped with a training goal. A lot of the success will be hard work on the handlers part but we are happy that we can assist with offering a few extra tips or helping them find that perfect toy.
What are your favourite things about your community of clients, customers and supports?
The variety of owners and dogs we spoke to each day, every combination is unique. We have guide dog trainers with Labrador puppies, competitive agility owners usually with border collies or working cockers, we've had dogs with visual impairments that have needed toys adapted for them and then also those families who are going through the excitement of their first ever puppy! This really makes each day very different.
If this wasn’t your job, what would you do instead?
Veterinarian specialising in exotics.
If you could be any dog, what breed would you be and how does that align with your personality?
A miniature pinscher, small but full of exuberance!
What is the earliest dog related memory that you can recall?
My earliest memory was when I was roughly 4 and down the park. A little westie came along and sniffed my foot and I cried as I was terrified of this cute fluffy pooch. It was only a few years later I overcame my fear of dogs when we got our collie cross spaniel - who was very lively! Since then, I've owned many rescue dogs most with their own quirks and now have a gang of several collies and kelpies at the moment.
Name three things you couldn’t live without?
My dogs, my van and going canicrossing with my dogs.
I now use the Tug-E-Nuff toys for some of my photoshoots too. It is great fun and enhances the whole photography experience for your dog. So, they love having their photographs taken as much as you love looking at them afterwards.
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Don’t forget I would love an answer to our Question of the day (QotD) – What is your dog’s favourite game? Answer here.
Earlier in the month I wrote a blog from Woodhead Woofers, the amazing Liz and Mark, who changed my mindset on training my dog, if you missed it click here.
Bye for now.