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    Oh well ignorance is bliss on my part, mind you it is a long time since I saw such a sex toy so maybe they have been updated.

    My dogs love em and I obviously dont realise any "looks" that I might get LOL. I will watch more carefully next time I take them out in public. I have them at dog trials and no one has ever commented. Perhaps dog people at trials are more focussed on what gets their dogs charged up than what they may resemble LOL.

    I have the large safestix and the mind boggles at the thought of those being mistaken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post

    I have the large safestix and the mind boggles at the thought of those being mistaken.
    The one I have is only medium, maybe thats a more realisitc size

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    Thanks Nev reminded me to take care. if there is no ball Mags will find a stick, log, twig, piece of bark etc

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    safestix - safesex (sorry couldn't resist).

    Dogs have many ways to injure themselves.

    Sticks, bones, and balls all make lots of money for vets.

    a bone recently cost a friend of mine $6K at the vet cos her dog - decided to inhale it instead of chewing it and they had to cut it out of her chest. My dog likes to eat large splinters of marrow bone - which cause problems at both ends - so she doesn't get bones anymore either. A dog can rip its joints to pieces chasing a ball, not to mention injuring its jaw and face with less than careful pick up. And then there are the dogs that inhale tennis balls and choke on them.

    My dog does like to chew on sticks but isn't really big on chasing and fetching them.

    Oh and don't get me started on grass seeds.

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    When I walk dogs I try not to play fetch with them over and over as some articles i have read say that some breeds (such as border collies) can get obsessed with retrieving and become anti social. I prefer going for a pack migration (continual walk) so the dogs come across new smells and keep interested and bonded to me.

    That said, my dog has a soft retriever jaw and doesn't clamp that hard down on a stick, If I do throw a stick (which is very rarely) I make sure that it is very soft wood, and not likely to splinter - though from these photos it appears that you cant be too careful.

    This was a great warning thread for all of us, thanks!

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    Maggie is most definitely ball obsessed. Wonderful way to exercise her at the beach and not social. She is very fit.
    If I want a sniffy stroll I take no ball. No ball at obedience and she is totally social.If its not there the drive subsides and she is a ..well.. dog..lol
    So beach ball walk in the morning and sniff street park walk in the evening.Not a problem

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    An article I found recently about the dangers of sticks and pups:

    No Cookies | The Courier-Mail

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    Ah that explains Rebel. Even if you drop the ball, he'll stare at it for ages until I get bored and leave haha. If you've got it in your hand then he won't do a thing but chase and retrieve (halfway) it. That's a ball thing though, a squeaky one, not a stick. Don't like sticks - I've always heard bad things about them.

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    The main danger with sticks and some dogs I know is the Laurel and Hardy Ladder effect - where the stick is so long - that the dog clobbers people in the process of fetching...

    The stick through mouth injuries some get are pretty horrific, but those dogs probably shouldn't fetch balls either.

    I know at least one agility guru that will not allow her dog to fetch balls going from a flat out run at all either.

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