Choosing the Best Training Dummy
Our dummies come in white, orange, and 50/50 black and white. White dummies are the most visible, and are used for training young dogs to use their eyes over land or water. They’re also excellent for throwing against dark backgrounds. Orange dummies teach dogs to use their nose after reaching the area of a fall. These dummies work well on blind retrieves, because they are easy for the handler to see but are virtually invisible to the dog. Black and White dummies are good for throwing against all backgrounds. When it comes to size, puppy dummies are made for young hunting dogs who are just learning the ropes. Regular dummies are perfect for dogs who will hunt smaller game or dogs who are just getting started with dummy training. Plastic dummies are also available in Jumbo. They are about the same size as larger birds such as ducks and pheasants to help prepare your dog to transition from training with dummies to hunting the real thing.
- Tough yet soft vinyl
- Feels like actual game
- Knobs help prevent hard mouth
- Great for scent training
- Valve for adjusting weight or firmness with air or water
Using a scent on a training dummy helps you teach your dog the scent they want to find in the field, but in a controlled training environment. The more scent you add to the dummy, the easier it is for your dog to smell it. To test your dog’s scenting ability, start with a few drops, train for a bit, then add more as needed. A seasoned hunting dog might only need a few drops, but young pups may need more scent.
If you're using a plastic dummy, you'll need to reapply scent on a regular basis. Canvas dummies hold scent better so you won't need to reapply as often, but it will be difficult to switch which scent you are using. Plastic dummies are easy to clean so it’s easy to switch scents for different game.