Thanks for the replies! I have been using whatever he prefers in that given week, since it always changes lately. Berlin loves the elite ball too, a little TOO much, I have some gappay ones, and he prefers the elitek9 one over the gappay ones and if I use elite ball, or any ball on a string, he does not care about anything else. I can stick hot dog right next to his nose and he will not look away from the ball. So.....the ball is the best tool I have right now, but sometimes he's a little crazy with it. We have been working on playing two ball, but he still sometimes doesn't like to let go of certain balls. I ordered like 4 gappay ones, they are ALL the same, and we've been having more luck with that now.. He jumps up for them too (and I dont encourage this by any means, he does it randomly out of nowhere sometimes), I swear he's gonna break something! One time I thought he did, he couldnt walk on his front paw and was SCREAMING. I laid him on me, and a few mins later...he gets up like nothing happened.
I have heard of the leather getting slimy...yuck, guess I'll pass on a leather tug for now, and stick with the jute ones.
I dont use any of the balls on strings or tugs for normal casual play. They *only* come out for training.
Lies, I like the way you use the tugs for training. I eventually want to be using them like that, but for now, I am trying to just build drive, and make everything about them fun, and teach him the proper ways to play, so that I can start incorporating them into schutzhund obedience training. I like the small jute tug I have, because its way easier to use and carry with me than the larger tugs, and I can mix things up for him and keep it interesting. He *loves* to tug, especially on those balls with string, but those hurt my fingers after a while! haha. I need to invest in some gloves.
ayoitzrimz, he respects my clothes/hands etc. He doesnt intentionally bite me, its more of an accident when hes going for the tiny tug or ball, and he gets my hand instead. I think I just need to practice some targeting with him, because I have not done that at all with him.
Discoetheque, thanks for the link, I may have to try that kind of material!