How A Tennis Ball Could Cost You Hundreds if Not Thousands of Dollars….
This Golden Retriever Puppy is worn out!
One of the major roles I play in writing articles for this blog is educating my readers. We also like to provide fun stories, tips and a peer group of people who are having the same questions or troubles.
Recently I was flipping through dog videos on YouTube.
What caught my eye over and over as I watched numerous videos was the use of regular felt tennis balls.
A large, strong dog with a powerful jaw can split a tennis ball in a matter of minutes if not seconds! And those halves can be swallowed quiet effortlessly. Even a whole tennis ball can be easily swallowed by large or giant dogs!
Always make sure that the toys you are training with are large enough and safe for your dog! Play comes with excitement and excitement sometimes comes with some abnormal chewing and sometimes grabbing and possessive behaviors. Make sure that your dog does not choke when he runs around celebrating with his newly won toy!
The fuzz or felt from the regular tennis ball can also be ripped off and swallowed and like swallowing the whole ball, this can be a danger.
The fuzz does not break down in your dog’s stomach or in his intestines and if he swallows enough or any other foreign body it can get stuck in his stomach.
Stomach and bowel obstruction surgery is not only painful for your dog it is also expensive and potentially deadly!
And, last but certainly not least, is the fact that the glue used to glue the felt to these balls can break down the enamel on your dog’s teeth.
You can imagine how acidic glue must be, and some dogs chew and chew and chew and chew on a tennis ball, this makes the glue wet and then with the motion of the chewing the abrasiveness of the felt damages your dog’s teeth.
Even when your dog releases his ball, the glue remains on your dog’s teeth slowly and steadily breaking down the enamel!
There are sooo many reasons not to use regular tennis balls!
Instead find an adequately sized rubber ball!
The “Chuck It” brand sells a rubber ball that is the same size as a regular tennis ball and only a bit heavier and it also floats!
My dogs would prefer a ball over a treat any day and the sight of their “Chuck It” will send their bodies into anticipation shivers! There is no reason not to use a ball, or a ball on a string, just make sure it is not your classic tennis ball or even the “doggy tennis balls” that you can get at your local pet retail store.
Just doing this simple task will make your dog healthier and happier!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.