About us

Inspired by the new sport of dog agility and the need for interactive training toys, Linda Martuch, a self-proclaimed agility addict, began making Genuine Dog Gear training toys in 1998. The company has flourished along with the popularity of dog sports and is now the world’s largest manufacturer of interactive dog training toys. Having established a strong track record of excellence in product quality, the Genuine Dog Gear product line now encompasses a very large selection of training toys and leashes, and can be purchased online, at performance events and in stores throughout the country.

In March 2014 John Pringle purchased the Genuine Dog Gear business from Linda Martuch, who has moved on to new adventures. John committed to continue the tradition of quality, American made products, and superior customer service established by founder Linda Martuch.

Tabatha Roberts joined Genuine Dog Gear in March, 2014. Tabatha served as Production Supervisor from that time until she purchased the company from John Pringle in December 2017. After 53 years working, John decided to retire. It was important to John that he leave the business, which has been running for 20+ years, in good hands. He wanted to sell it to someone who would take the company forward with confidence. Tabatha is that person. Instrumental in the company move from Odessa to South Daytona in mid-2014 Tabatha has played a role in many of the process improvements and other initiatives the company has instituted in the past few years. She loves to design and produce the amazing toys and leashes produced by Genuine Dog Gear.

​Tabatha moved to Port Orange, Florida, in 2010 with her husband Dan from the small town of Celina, Ohio. They live with their three furbabies. Amara Shayne, an Italian Greyhound, has been an employee of Genuine Dog Gear since the move to Daytona. Amara has served as the official Toy Tester (paid daily with treats). Amara’s sister, Sophie Marie, also an Italian Greyhound, joined the team in 2015 after being rescued. Sophie assists her sister in testing and modeling our products. The newest addition to the Genuine Dog Gear team is Riley. We adopted Riley, a 4 year old ex-racer, from the local dog track. She has been an important part of our family since. Tabatha is eager to continue with all the traditions of Genuine Dog Gear/Sylvan & Sons and she is especially excited to expand and grow… with bigger and better products for the future.