Product Review: Puller Training Rings [Video]

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One of the main reasons for behavioral issues in dogs is lack of exercise, or improper exercise. We don’t always have the time to walk our dogs for hours each day, and when a dog isn’t exercised properly, they sometimes will get destructive in the house or develop irritating behaviors. It can be annoying to walk through the door after work to a jumping dog, but if that dog just sat at home all day bored, can you really blame them? I tell my clients to think of their dog’s energy as a gas tank. Each morning it starts out full and it’s your job as the owner to empty it throughout the day. And the Puller Training Ring Toys (Puller for short) promise to help you empty that tank in 20 minutes, while offering a workout for all of your dog’s muscle groups.

puller-1Puller toys ($22.99) come in a set of two lightweight, purple rings. They come in small and large and are made of polymer, making them a great toy for any size and breed of dog. The rings are odorless and they even float if you have a pet that enjoys the water. It is the only product I’ve seen that comes in a set of two, which allows for a trade-off with your dog and the ability to expand on training exercises that use fetch and tug.

I was curious to see if the Puller rings were as effective as they claimed, so I loaded up the car with some of my most high-energy Lab clients and headed to the park. I usually bring treats with me as a reward, but this time I refrained – I wanted to see if the rings would work in place of them. At the park I tested the small and large rings out with them and here’s the training we were able to cover:

puller-2Catch: By throwing the ring upwards and not too far from the dog, you can teach them to catch.

Fetch: Tossing the ring far and letting the dog chase after it. If they don’t know fetch, tell them to come once they pick up the toy. When they get back to you, you toss the other ring, encouraging them to drop the ring they have already in their mouth.

Sit/Down: Give the dog the hand signal and verbal command they’re used to. The reward for their cooperation is to toss the ring again.

Tug: Tug is a tough command to have control of. If the dog is a heavy tugger, the game can get out of hand. We need to be in control, and this is easily done with the two rings. You can see in the video where I would allow the dog to tug, but when I wanted him to stop, I threw the other ring, getting him to release the tug toy immediately.

I brought my phone along and was able to capture a bit of the rigorous testing process in action. Special thanks go out to Moose and Captain, who were quite happy to help me out.

The Verdict:

To buy or not to buy? BUY! As a trainer (and as you can see on the video), I found the Pullers to be an extraordinary training tool. I was able to use them to work on fetch, drop it, come, sit, down and tug. The rings were high value rewards to the dog and I was able to keep their focus and attention for the entire time. And the dogs were exhausted after our 20 minute session! So not only are the Pullers great for professional trainers like myself, but also for anyone who’s interested in brushing up or teaching their dog the fundamentals of obedience.

However, if your dog is a heavy chewer, this toy should only be used as a training aid and should be closely monitored while in use, which means you shouldn’t use it as an everyday toy. Moose the puppy chewed through one of the small rings them when I left it with him for five minutes unattended – lesson learned!

For more information and purchase options, visit the Puller website.

Note: was NOT compensated for this review. We received a Puller Training Ring Set to review. The opinions expressed in this post are the author’s. We provide unbiased feedback of the products and share products we think our readers would enjoy using and learning more about.

Rachel LeavyRachel Leavy lives in Rochester, New York with her dog, Maria, and her gecko, Nigel. She has loved animals all her life, and has owned her own dog training and walking company for 5 years. When she’s not playing with puppies, she can usually be found writing short stories, riding horses or out at a play.