WHICH DUMMY IS RIGHT FOR ME?
There is a bewildering range of dummies on the market. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours. It can be difficult to know where to start and which dummy is relevant to different stages of training.
The go-to dummy and still the most popular is the canvas dummy. These come in a variety of sizes from the tiny ‘snipe’ or disc up to a hefty 6lb+ hare/goose dummy. Usually made with a toggle for ease of throwing.
I’M A BEGINNER, WHAT SHOULD I BUY?
This is ultimately down to what you want to do with your dog and what stage of training you are at.
If you’re starting out with a puppy, a snipe or a dummy ball is easy for them to carry.
To get the dog used to carrying some weight, we recommend starting with a ½ lb canvas dummy before you progress to the heavier 1lb version.
WHICH COLOUR SHOULD I GET?
When you want to build up a dog’s confidence to retrieve, it’s sensible to use one that is easy for them to see. While a dog isn’t colour blind, the colours they can distinguish are more limited than ours.
White or blue dummies are clearly visible against most backgrounds (obviously not snow, in the case of a white one!). These are ideal when you want the dog to be able to build up their confidence and find it by sight. An orange, red or green dummy will make it more testing for them and will force them to use their nose more.