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Has anyone ever noticed that there are certain bumpers you dogs prefer?
Over the years we have gotten several different brands of bumpers, there are ones that all dogs prefer if given a choice.
The DT System bumpers are the ones of choice, not sure if this is because they are softer and don't freeze up like the others.
Lucky Dogs are last, as they seem to be a harder bumper most of the time and in Winter they are just like rocks. Plus if it is really cold they will shatter when thrown in parking lot.
Dolken/ Avery trainers are right up there with first choices, not sure if it is the smell or the shape that attracts the dogs.
Bumperboy bumpers are liked but the longer ropes and streamers usually give a young dog a fit or two.

Any other imput?

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I use any canvas bumpers I can get my hands on... I am about to try my hand at home-made bumpers using a fire hose that didn't pass inspection at the local fire hall.

We'll have to see how much duck (duct) tape I'll need!

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Bumper choice:

Neumann and Bennetts.........the best! Softer than others........Good selection........

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I think all I have is Neumann & Bennetts also. Last time I ordered the blue ones - any reason for the color other then to tell your's apart from other peoples?

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I think all I have is Neumann & Bennetts also. Last time I ordered the blue ones - any reason for the color other then to tell your's apart from other peoples?

mary
Blue bumpers? How well do the dogs see these?

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Margo-

Not being sarcastic, but I never noticed a preference by my dog. If you threw it-she wanted it.

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Hey M!
I notice more of a choice happening during pile work or drill work. 8)


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Margo Ellis said:
maryandkimo said:
I think all I have is Neumann & Bennetts also. Last time I ordered the blue ones - any reason for the color other then to tell your's apart from other peoples?

mary
Blue bumpers? How well do the dogs see these?

Margo
Well what's interesting to me is we have several dogs that will choose a blue bumper over the other colors.........given the choice! :wink:
 

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my dog seems to prefer canvas over most.

the bumperboy bumpers i dont like the long ropes with the throw knob and seeing as i only use them on the laucher and never throw them i just cut the ropes short and left off the little plastic knob and put them on the dokkens
 

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I like the Neumann & Bennetts for field work and the Dokken dummies (not DFT's) for pile work.
 

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I've used all the ones mentioned except Avery and DT. Here's my take.

First, the dogs don't care very much. (Dokkens seem favored at first, but it doesn't last with most dogs - they become just another hunk of plastic.)

Bumper Boys' "throw bumpers" are the most visible. (B&W the long way with a B&W streamer. You can knot the string if you want it shorter.) Dogs usually like the solid foam, but it doesn't last as long as rubber/pvc. They are very light w/o the steel tube for the launcher.

Lucky Dogs are intermediate hardness and last a LONG time (20 yrs.? mine are over 15 and only one cracked. I have black ones and white ones in large and small. Orange in small.)

Neuman and Bennet's valves tend to fall out. At least the ones I've used did.

EZ Rotational's are hard as a rock and heavy. Tend to hold dirt, too. (Matte finish.) (I have black ones and white ones.)

Dokkens are liked best by most (but not all) dogs, but STINK if you use them in water. (Mine smelled so bad I couldn't leave them in the car until I soaked them in bleach.) Don't last near as long as others, either. Smooth finish wears off and they start to "rot."

I use Fire Hose (some commercial and home-made) in winter. My old canvas ones are in bad shape, but still usable in winter, too.

I probably will never need to buy more, but if I did, I'd get BB's or Lucky Dogs, but I might buy some Armadillo Foam ones to see if the dogs like them as much as Dokkens (for 1/3 the price.)
 

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I think Keith is right on the money. The one thing I might add is that I like the EZ rotational bumpers for the small (2") bumpers. They do get dirty easily but a high pressure washer at carwash returns to like new condition if you are so inclined. For a large bumper to throw marks, the B&W Lucky dog has worked very well for us!!!

Margo:

I'm curious that your dog liked the Avery birds??? Dogs training for the SRS really didn't seem to like them....maybe the paint smell or large size... I'm glad you had a different experience.

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Actually I haven't used the Avery birds yet I use that term for others to get the idea of the shape like the Dokens.

I too heard that the smell on the Avery birds was unliked by the dogs. Wonder if that goes away with age?

I am still wondering about the blue bumpers though, do dogs see that better? I heard that they did see a blue shirt better than most colors but I was wondering on any studies that had been done on this.

The few DT system bumpers we have the puppies seem to prefer those as they are softer, I just don't like the cost.

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Margo Ellis said:
I too heard that the smell on the Avery birds was unliked by the dogs. Wonder if that goes away with age?
DBeard has a few and they do seem to be less noxious with some age. After seeing both, I would buy the Dokkens over the Avery birds in spite of the cat pee smell....
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I've gone to Hallmark plastic bumpers when I buy bumpers, both 2" and 3". They're softer and stay softer in cold weather.
 
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