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Gappay vs Frabo ball for Drive Work

So, due to handler stupidity, I left my Orbee ball out and Janka-boo chewed the rope off.

I am using this excuse to buy another training ball that I have had my eye on for a while. The Orbee works fine, but it is a little too big for Janka's mouth so she keeps grabbing the rope. And the rope is too thick and long, so it gets a little cumbersome for me anyway when we do drive/focus work.

So yeah ... I am now tottering between the medium Gappay ball and the medium Frabo ball

http://www.hallmarkk9.com/Balls_on_Rope.aspx

Have any of you use either balls? I *think* Lynn uses the Gappay. It is hollow, while the Frabo is solid.

I will probably end up getting the Gappay. Just want to hear some input. I have been using the orange chuck-it ball for reward during our training sessions, and it works just fine for basic commands and such. But I like using a corded ball for drive work.

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Re: Gappay vs Frabo ball for Drive Work

you can just run a new rope into your Orbee!!! My dogs like the Orbee balls - I don't like the harder nubby ones - if you're klutzy, you can conk yourself (or your dog) with it and that hurts! Also, these don't give, and I know of an accident where one lodged in a dogs throat and he died....bit the rope off - I will stick with the Orbees myself

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Re: Gappay vs Frabo ball for Drive Work

I have a gappay small one on back-order This will be for my pup for a short time only. I ordered one of each size and the one I need now is not in stock! The orbee is too large for his lil mouth.
I had to run a new line on my blue Kong. The dogs had that one off in about 5 minutes.

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I like elite K9 ball. http://www.elitek9.com

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Re: Gappay vs Frabo ball for Drive Work

I use the Gappay ones, I have two in two different sizes. I also have a Bende one that is really the same as the Gappay but came with the plastic toggle. I liked it a lot, until I threw it into a tree about 30' up and it wrapped around a branch. So I ordered Gappay ones. My trainer said I needed smaller ones anyway to encourage Nikon to bite the ball not the string. Well now I think I need a bigger one b/c he actually inhaled the small one a few days ago. We were playing fetch and I heard him gag, looked over, and the ball popped out.

Hey Jane, I will temporarily trade you my smallest one for one of your bigger ones, lol. Do you still need to borrow my puppy crate?
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Originally Posted By: Wolfstraumyou can just run a new rope into your Orbee!!!


hehehehe ... I admit, I have been waiting for an excuse to get something different. My husband said I was being lame for not re-roping the Orbee.

The medium Orbee is a little too wide (3" diameter) for her, so I thought something just a little smaller would be easier because when I reward her with the Orbee, she would always try to grab the rope. The medium Gappay is about the size of her orange chuck-it ball, and that fits nicely in her mouth.

I could get the small Orbee I suppose. Hehehehe ...

But thanks for the good point about being conked though.

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Sounds good! I have a crate and will be at the club tomorrow if you want to trade balls! can't wait to work my lil Karlo!

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Can I take pics of him? He will be stress relief for me, Kenya and I have a 2-day trial this weekend and will need to "cram" on Friday (it's impossible to practice long down honoring and heeling through a group when you're the only person training!).
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Absolutely!! I will be at the St. Johns trial too, but Karlo will stay home(I don't want to expose him there)my son is pupsitting
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Re: Gappay vs Frabo ball for Drive Work

Thanks for the input. I think I will get the medium Gappay and a small Orbee for Janka-beau. The size I want from elitek9 is on backorder. / I am too much of a brat to wait.

My husband surprised Janka with a tug from Elite K9 though, after she pulled my tug from Leerbug out of my training bag (another handler stupid moment for not storing the bag away) and gnawed both handles off. I called him bitchin' about it 'cos I really liked that tug.

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