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:confused: so I have a six month old yellow lab male he has a high drive and is a go go go machine recently I discovered he is a golf ball vaccum as my younger brother chips in the yard everyday my pup would retrieve the golf balls drop them at his feet and sit and calmly wait for the next shot. now this is where I think I may be crazy I got the bright idea to put duck scent on the balls he loves it it is like the ultimate game of fetch it has progressed into hundred yard shots into the woods where I am very pleased that my pup manages to return with the duck balls everytime am I hurting anything???
 

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Not trying to be a buzz kill, but...

I've had a dog die from a gastrointestinal obstruction from chewing a baseball and swallowing the core. If you've ever seen the core of a baseball, it's about the same size as a golf ball.
 

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Ive heard of dogs swallowing golf balls, While they're are panting they just suck the ball back into their throat...
 

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A couple points.

1 Golf balls are dangerous and you should tell your bro to do his chipping where the dog won't find them.

2 Duck scent products are not necessary in any phase of training and are sold to trainers , who like hunters and fishermen, will spend their $ on anything.

Bert
 

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There is not only the swallowing potential but also you are teaching the dog the habit to drop the bird/bumper/ball and NOT delivering to hand. It is a very hard habit to break once instilled and not a desirable trait.

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I have used golf balls to make a splash in the water if the dog did not see the fall. But they sink so I have no problem with him bringing them back. I am working on handling so I can stop that. I was told don't use anything you don't want the dog to bring back have heard of people throwing sticks in the yard then while out hunting the dog brings them a stick. But for safety of the dog no golf balls.
 
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