Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
I use a plastic AKC style dumbbell (DB) when doing a shaped retrieve and have used a wood then plastic dowel moving up to the plastic DB when doing a forced. Once they are solid on the plastic DB I move to the IPO1 DB. I use both styles once they are comfortable with the retrieve since the new IPO type DB are not balanced as well (IMO).
I like the plastic DB because it tends to fit much more nicely behind the canines and the dog learns the proper holding behaviors from the start. When I have tried starting with the IPO DB I found they were more likely to want to roll the that larger dowel farther back in their mouths or play with it.
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