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Teaching New Toy

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I bought my dog a Tug-A-Jug to keep him busy (in addition to his Kongs) when I leave. However, I can't get him very excited about it. I put some kibble and chicken bits inside and gave it to him. He sniffed it and walked off. I shook it to show him how treats come out, but he seemed less than enthused. This sounds silly, but how do I teach him how it works? I thought the chicken would be a high enough value treat to get his attention.

We've had a very tough week with his SA (I lost the blinds and the doorknob) and I'm really trying to think of ways to keep him distracted. This toy would be longer lasting than his kongs. I might try a buster cube too. But how do you introduce them to the dog?
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The back of the jug has to be screwed on tightly - they're supposed to pull the rope on the front and treats jiggle out. It isn't very hard to get things out - if the dog pushes it around that's usually enough. I tugged the rope and then got very excited about the treats that fell out but he didn't. Hmm.
I still can't get him interested in this toy. I wouldn't mind except that it cost $20 and would be a great long-lasting toy if he could figure it out. I took the rope out and put peanut butter around the entrance to the jug. I also put a high value treat (chicken) inside. He'll sniff it, lick the peanut butter out, and walk away. I shake treats out and get really excited and praise him when he checks out the toy, but nothing. I should have just put some peanut butter on a $20 bill :)

I've thought about converting it to a kong-like toy - freezing some stuff inside and opening the bottom so he can get to it. I'm sort of concerned that it might not hold up to that much chewing though. Anyone have any experience with the longevity of the "tug a jug"?
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