Bird Dog & Retriever News

June / July 2003 issue Page 17

 he dog owner (does he or she know the characteristics and advantages of both types of dummies?).
Two other retrieving tools, worth considering are the Kong "Sport-n-Dog Training Dummy" and the "Gumabone Frisbee." Both of these devices, though unfamiliar to many gun dog people, can be very effective as dummies for teaching retrieving and as ways to give any dog good exercise.
The Sport-n-Dog Training Dummy
The "Sport-n-Dog" is a light bulb shaped all rubber dummy with a rope handle for throwing and a built in foam-scent pad. The Sport-n-Dog comes in two sizes and is advertised as the "world's strongest training dummy." The rubber material is resilient, durable, non-toxic, non-abrasive, and non-splintering. Though also offered as a "chewing device," many gun dog owners, myself included, prefer to use the "Sport-n-Dog" strictly as a retrieving tool.
My gun dogs, and most all other dogs in general that I've seen react to the Sport-n-Dog, can't resist it's erratic bouncing action when it hits the ground. Because of its weight and shape, the Sport-n-Dog dummy is easy to toss for extended distances. Be warned, however, that, because the dummy is relatively hard and heavy, it can break a house window, dent a vehicle, or "thump" a dog or a person hard enough to have a bruise or give a headache.
Also, he careful the first time you throw the Sport-n-Dog Dummy into the water because, though it's advertised as buoyant, it does sink for an extended period of time before it reemerges. On the first occasion I pitched the Sport-n-Dummy into a pond, I had enough time to go back to my truck and reread the package label to be sure about the

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