The Lucky Dog Jumbo dummy is the bigger version of our popular LD regular dummy. They are perfect if you prefer a soft yet durable knobby dummy. I have used them for years with my dogs and they hold up great. We include a dummy rope so you can throw them further.
This "jumbo" dummy has a 3 inch diameter it is recommended for bigger, older dogs that can handle the size. It is perfect for beginning the transition from "regular" 2 inch dummies to the next step -- actual ducks.
White is an easy color for young dogs to see against most dark backgrounds and on water. Perfect for regular "marks."
Orange is a hard color for dogs to see against most backgrounds and on water. They are recommended for advanced training and for use in "blind" retrieves. The advantage of orange is that it's easy for you (the handler) to see but hard for the dog to see.
The half black / half white color setup makes this the perfect dummy for throwing marks with young dogs. The advantage is that the dummy is going to be visible to the dog no matter the background. When you throw the dummy in the air the black will stand out against the light blue sky. When it lands in the water or on land the white will stand out against the dark background. Half and half dummies make it easy to teach your young dog how to watch for game and improve his marking skills.
The valve allows you to add water to your dummy to give it more weight. This allows you to throw it further and it makes it sit lower in the water.
I strongly recommend that you test them before adding any water. If you over do it, they will sink to the bottom. Test them in your sink or in shallow water first!
Transcript from Steve's Video:
The Lucky Dog jumbo dummy. It is 3x11. Like all of our dummies at Gun Dog Supply, it comes with a free throw rope already attached, ready to go. Got your water valve. The idea behind the water valve is it allows you to add weight to the dummy. You fill this up with water. What it does is when the dummy hits the water it is going to sink a little bit more so it makes it harder to see. Gotta be real careful about that. If you overfill it, it's going to sink to the bottom. So you want to test that in shallow water or a tub to make sure you get your weights right if you are going to do that.
You've got the body of the dummy which has the knobs on it. This is a soft knobby dummy is how we refer to it. it makes it easier for the dog to pick up when it's slick.
White is the easiest color for a dog to see in most situations. We prefer those for young dogs. Six months and up on a good size dog is going to work on these. I like the three inch dummy a little bit better than a regular two inch dummy just because it gets the dog used to picking up something that's a little more duck or pheasant size in their mouth.
The white is easiest to see in most situations for a dog in a dark background. It's going to show up really well.
Orange is a very difficult color for dogs to see. It blends into most backgrounds and it makes it really hard for them to see. We use these for blind retrieves. It makes it easy for you to see the dummy so you know where it is, but the dog has a hard time seeing it and he relies on you with hand signals to tell him where he's supposed to go to find the dummy.
My favorite of the three is going to be the half black/half white. The contrast between the two colors in the sky is going to stand out for the dog better. He's going to be able to see it better in the sky. In a light sky it's going to show up better with the black. When it hits the ground or the water, depending on what kind of background you have that day, either color is going to stand out better. Light background you will have the black. In a dark background you will have the white. So, from a marking standpoint, this is really the dummy that I'm going to go for.