by jettasmom on 05 April 2020 - 09:04
by emoryg on 05 April 2020 - 18:04
That's a good picture! FYI Keep that Jolly Ball free of sandy soil and other grit.;)
by jettasmom on 05 April 2020 - 21:04
by Koots on 06 April 2020 - 00:04
by duke1965 on 06 April 2020 - 01:04
by jettasmom on 06 April 2020 - 09:04
Thanks Duke. I don’t know how to photoshop. Lol
by emoryg on 06 April 2020 - 11:04
Koots is right. Sandy soil and grit will act as sandpaper on the canines and peaks of the molars. The ball is addictive and they love just squeezing the mess out of it. My friends see the dogs with it and call it dog crack (crack cocaine). Lol I have used the balls for 25-30 years and go through 10-12 a year. Never seen an issue until I moved to an area that has this fine, sandy soil. It’s renowned for producing sweet onions.lol
Over several months I started noticing two of the dogs were showing some wear on the canines. I was unable to locate the source and the JB was initially ruled out because the other dogs played with the same balls after running their agility routine.
Basically, the JB is at the end of the course waiting for the dogs to get it. After the last tunnel, they grab the ball and run around with it a few minutes, being all proud and all, then jump upon an elevated platform to start the happy hour of squeeze time. Its not an hour, but they do get a good bit of time with it. But two of them don’t climb on the platform. They go underneath where the ground's cooler with even better shade. So much shade that the grass will not grow, its just very fine, sandy soil.
I believe the ball gets wet from saliva and grabs the sand, which in turn eventually gets between the teeth and the JB acting as an abrasive. I threw a stall mat under the platform and have seen no additional wear. Not a bad idea to watch those teeth.:)
Two of the old men I policed with. Still addicted! https://youtu.be/602S9ljOjbg (thanks Valk!)
by jettasmom on 06 April 2020 - 12:04
No sand or oil on our property and we don’t have much property hence mud and the little grass we have left. Lol
by Centurian on 06 April 2020 - 13:04
I see this so often when peple have brought dogs for me to evaluate at their structure . I tell them to stack the dog - so they stack the dog in what they think the stack and following structure should be as opposed to simply stacking the dog . I seoften that they also have difficulty stacking the dog and I explain to them , the dog is out of sorts because you are trying to place his either front feet or back feet , [ everything is relevent to all the other body parts ] , in positions /places that is not naturally normal or comfortable for the dog. But they can only appreciate what I am pointing out after I stack the dog and then explain to them the pluses and minuses . What is correct and what is structually a flawed . Sometimes the dogs feet don't go somehwere simply because they can't go there due to the fact the dog simply does not have the structure to put them there . !
Not meaning you Jetta , but I often see people try to stack a dog that also do not know the structure of a GS too and those people are all over the place in the stacking result even if their dog had wonderful structure .
by jettasmom on 06 April 2020 - 16:04
Thanks for the info. I did not stack her she was just standing that way. I’ve stacked many dogs but her I can’t even with 2 people I need 3 one of which needs to know how to stack. Here is my male at 2 yrs old he is trained to stand stay so I stacked him and stood in front and a friend took the pic.