|08-22-2013 11:24 PM|
|FirstTimeGSD||Thank you all so much for your input! Lots to consider!|
|08-22-2013 09:16 PM|
|jocoyn||I am in the school that I will play fetch with my dog till the cows come how but throw it in such a way he does not jump to get it. I have been through a disc compression injury and it took a year for the dog to just be able to move about normally and it ended his ability to run. Not worth it IMO. I have cringed on some of the acrobatic nonesense I have seen Beau to do to grab a ball on the bounce. It has to go Waaaaay our or in the brush for it to be safe for me to consider. Fortunately I set up my yard so I can throw to his heart's content knowing it will be on the ground before he gets there.|
|08-22-2013 08:16 PM|
|angierose||I like the Jolly Flyer that Jolly Pets makes. It's a soft rubbery stuff that you can actually fold, so I can stick it in my pocket when we go somewhere to play.|
|08-22-2013 03:01 PM|
|wildo||For disc dog, I use Hero Super Aero discs for freestyle and Hero Super Star discs for distance. Both are bite resistant formulas and last a long time. The Super Aero is more flimsy than the Super Star, so it works better for freestyle. Both discs have reduced the incidences of a bit tongue- which happens a LOT with the harder plastic discs.|
|08-22-2013 02:51 PM|
I don't think that playing Frisbee is any worse than those flying bites everyone oohs and ahhs over.
My first dog was a Frisbee nut. In her younger years she would get airborne and do all kinds of crazy acrobatics to catch the Frisbee. At that time I had no idea she could injure herself doing it--she would bite her own tongue all the time and bleed like a stuck pig, but kept playing as though it were nothing. That dog lived to be 16 years old and was never lame or sore, no joint problems at all until she was about 13, at which point she could no longer jump into the car, but still wanted to play Frisbee!
Nowadays, I use a little bit more caution and try to avoid a lot of flying acrobatics when playing ball or Frisbee with my dogs. I have heard of young, very athletic, healthy dogs getting injured, so better to be safe.
|08-22-2013 12:49 PM|
|Blanketback||I use a "Chewber" and we love it. It's heavier than the kong brand, so you can keep it flying low and the wind doesn't really lift it. I'm very careful with the leaps and twists.|
|08-21-2013 10:51 PM|
|08-21-2013 10:49 PM|
|FirstTimeGSD||As does mine. Thanks again!|
|08-21-2013 10:48 PM|
My opinion remains the same, however.
I am talking about frisbee in particular, because of what you call acrobatics.
Although we had one for member whose dog died while playing fetch with a very high bouncing ball.
|08-21-2013 10:47 PM|
Breeder told me to absolutely not let him jump for toys until he is at least a year and a half. Even then, she said that the twisting motion with frisbee is often unpredictable and funky landings can have disastrous results.
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