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Doodle dogs have soared in popularity over the last few years - and it’s easy to see why.
Doodles (that’s a cross between a poodle and another breed) are smart, playful and affectionate. We happen to be rather fond of them here at Tug-E-Nuff HQ.
It’s important, though, to channel the energy and intelligence of doodles into interactive and stimulating play that forms part of a training plan based on positive reinforcement .
To make that happen, you need a toolkit of motivational training toys that doodle types are guaranteed to go wild for.
Luckily, whether you’re the proud pawrent to a goldendoodle, labradoodle, cockapoo, sheepadoodle, bernedoodle - or any other doodle dog - we’ve got your covered.
Here’s our top picks of training toys to help you stimulate, motivate and bond with your doodle dog...
Did you know 20 minutes of sniffing is equivalent to an hour’s walk when it comes to stimulation? Turn your doodle’s knack for sniffing out treats to into a fun, rewarding training game with The Clam. This is especially popular with cockapoos (tapping into the spaniel’s love of using their sense of smell!).
Just fill The Clam with a few yummy treats and use it to play hide and seek around the house or garden. Or, if you train for agility with your doodle, The Clam is the ultimate way to reward your dog from a distance.
And if you really want to up the ante, opt for The Power Clam, which comes with a bungee handle for throwing and tugging.
Labradoodles, cockapoos, goldendoodles (and other poodle cross breeds) typically love to retrieve - it’s in their blood! Tap into that instinct by choosing a tug toy that’s also perfect for throwing.
Our Sheepskin Ball Tug is made with responsibly-sourced real sheepskin that your doodle-cross will go wild for, PLUS it has a tennis ball on one end. This makes it an ideal weight for throwing, irresistible for tugging and perfect as a recall reward.
Or opt for our Bungee Tug with a durable real fur bite area and a comfortable bungee handle 🙌.
Every doodle we know has a bit of a crazy side (in the best possible way, of course!). That’s why the Crazy Thing is so perfect for poodle cross breeds. It’s made with soft, colourful strands of shakable, biteable fleece that mimic the feathers of a bird when it’s dragged along the floor or thrown.
This is a super durable toy that will give you and your doodle hours upon hours of bond-boosting, super-fun interactive play. Just don’t blame us when they beg for one more game 😘
New to the idea of playing tug with your doodle? There are loads of benefits (we talk about a few here). If tugging doesn’t come instantly to your doodle, try easing them into it with our Food Bag Bungee.
Fill it with a few treats and offer lots of praise when they grab on to the soft, fleece bite area (before letting them enjoy what’s inside). The bungee handle will protect your shoulder and your dog’s neck as you discover the magic of playing tug of war.
Does your doodle have oodles of energy that means they sometimes aren’t worn out, even after a long walk? Channel that energy into positive interactive play with our Frisbee like no other. Made in a choice of eye-catching colours, it flies beautifully (and it’s made from fabric that’s gentle on the jaws when it’s caught).
Then, when your doodle fetches it back to you, you can use it for a game of tug as their reward. Oh, it also folds up so it can be carried easily in your pocket for adding an extra element of fun to walks. Winner!
The Tug-E-Nuff Frisbee comes in two sizes. We’d recommend the large for doodle breed types.