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What size dumbbell?

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Despite being over 20 pounds apart, my two boys use very similar sized dumbbells. Conner's is 2.5 inches both across and ends. Flip's is 2.6 ends and 2.4 inches across. I don't think the 1/10 inch difference really matters that much, they do swap out dumbbells occasionally.
How do you select end size? I understand the bit size and three inches fits exactly, but what about the end size and diameter? I didn't question my trainer.. I should have asked.

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You want the ends to be tall enough that the dog doesn't smash his nose while grabbing it off the floor, but not so hi that the ends block his vision or bump his eyes.

You can make a sample dumbbell by cutting squares of cardboard and poking them onto a pencil.


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What size dumbbell?

You might also consider a custom dumbell from Mel Stanley Co. I just received one Last Mon. It took three weeks from the time I ordered it but its nice and fits well and my initials are on one end and a dogs paw print on the other . Cost was $32 including shipping

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What size dumbbell?

I got a Mel Stanley dumb bell and I love it!!!

I was fortunate, J & J were at a dog show and we put dumb bells in Gabbys mouth to figure out what she needed. Unfortunately she out grew it, she was still immature when I got it. My trainer had a bunch we put those in her mouth to figure out the bar. We also learned she likes the "high profile" she picks them up better.

Most dumb bells are not too expensive so if you can't try out, it's not a major investment if you get the wrong size. Hopefully your trainer can assist.

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