Using the tug method with a DTR

The tug method is what most of us start with since it requires the least amount of skin when using a device.

DTR tug setup

The tug method is one of the oldest restoring methods. Tugging is a good option for those just starting out since it requires less skin to work with then other methods.

This is the method I started with. My first tug device was made from toilet flapper valves. Then I made a “Daves homemade tugger” and by month five I was using my prototype DTR bell…and kept making improvements as I restored.

This methods was great to fall back on for days when I wanted to give my glans a rest from Dual tension. Its also the method I used to finish my restoration.

the tug method

I add the tug pin to my DTR simply by roving the clip and sticking the rod through the DTR body and re-attaching the clip

The DTR tug method 2

Pin in place and ready to tug.

DTR Tug Bell

The Tug Bell is another device I make that is just for this method and has a built in tugging anchor point

Its just a simple extremely tough Tug device made for only tugging.

DTR bell for tugging

A tension hold screw could be used to keep the tug pin from moving at if this is something that a person wants to do. I personally like the pin to swivel freely

The tug method 3 DTR bell

Another option some men will use for tugging is using a small push rod. The push plate can stay in place also by doing it this way.

It is possible to use dual tension and the tugging method at the same time. This can be done with any size push rod.

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Place bell against glans
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Roll skin onto bell
Rolling gripper on skin
Rolling the gripper onto the skin
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DTR bell with tug strap

Now a tug strap is needed to create tension when using the tugging method

DTR tug strap

The E-strap is available on the parts page or you can make a do it yourself version with a few items such as elastic strap material and a couple of safety pins.

DTR tug straps long

The strap will adjust from Approx 12 to 20 inches and can stretch up to 36 inches.


This is an elastic knee support that I find works perfect as an anchor point to attach the strap.

There are many ways to anchor an elastic strap. This is just one example of how to do it.

brace 2

I prefer to use a support brace that fits snug below my knee. Since braces come in many sizes and shapes finding one that works is very easy to do.

You can be creative and use just about anything for something to anchor the end of the strap to. You could even use an ace bandage wrapped just below the knee. Possibly even an above the calf sock could work.

brace 3

The strap has a suspender clasp so that it can clamp onto just about anything.

brace 4

This is the easiest solution for a quickly adjustable easily attachable elastic strap used for tugging

DTR tug strap attache

Once the brace is placed comfortably on the leg, the strap can be quickly attached to the small tug clip that comes with every DTR bell/pack and E-strap

I can slide the brace down further or up to make quick adjustments without adjusting the E-strap.

DTR tug strap
Hell yes I am flexing these chicken legs

This can be worn under pants with no problems of being noticed. I never wore it with tight pants but I have used it with jeans and other clothing with no one ever suspecting anything.

DTR tug retainer

The Retainer as a tugger.

Using the Retainer to tug with can be an option for many men. Those that are tightly cut and do not have much skin to work with would do better with the DTR bell because it has more gripping power.

DTR tug strap pin

To keep the strap from slipping or to lock in place you may find using a safety pin to hold the elastic material together very helpful

DTR tug strap 3

I normally keep the strap adjusted to the same setting so using a safety pin to lock the strap in place works perfectly

I would say tugging is the granddaddy of all restoring methods. Using T-tape, or a device the action is the same. Pulling on the shaft skin. It is the best way to start in my opinion since it is the easiest method to use when using a device. I used it when I started and I used it to finish my restoration. If I was forced to only use one method and could not use anything else. I would choose tugging as my method even though other methods my be better at certain stages of restoring.