I was in a session with a client the other day and at the end she brought out a toy to amuse her dog while we talked. I got so excited! Small, high-value tug toys have been a predicament in my mind for a long time. Most truly high-value tug toys aren’t small and more often than not most of my clients aren’t on board with bringing a backpack on walks just so they can have access to a great high-value tug toy. I asked Aimée where she got the toy. She said, “My friend Danielle just started making these, aren’t they great?” I reached out to Danielle right away to find out more. Danielle just started Hambos Dog Toys (website). She is a maker based in Seattle who uses reclaimed leather to make planet-friendly high-value dog toys. Some of them have sheepskin and fur on them and some have squeakers. Each toy is handmade and unique.
I am so excited about these as interactive high-value toys that can easily fit into your back pocket on walks! Finally a really exciting tug toy that is easy to bring along and really fun and prey-like!
For full-strength terriers I recommend using these interactively and not leaving them alone with your nutbar as these are (wonderfully) durable and you don’t want your terrier to try and swallow them. (Anyone reading who doesn’t live with a full-strength nutbar is probably thinking I am weird, but anyone whose terrier has gulped down a whole prey animal knows what I am talking about!). I don’t think Miles would swallow his, but left to his own devices he did settle in happily to treat it as a bully stick – such a huge compliment to how high-value these are! Miles’ still looks new after his bear-sized teeth and jaws gave it the “TTLC” treatment – Toothy Terrier Loving Care!
Danielle started HAMBOS because she wanted to make a rewarding toy that her rescue pit mix Pocket would love. Thank you to Pocket! (pictured below – isn’t she the sweetest?)
If you try or want to try Hambos, let everyone know what you think in the comments!
Emma Kesler, CDBC, CPDT-KA is an award winning certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Dog Trainer who has worked exclusively virtually with clients from across the world for the past decade. Emma shares her life with her Welsh Terrier copilot Miles.
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