If that's who I think it is, I'm kinda surprised, but then again, I've never taken lessons from her. What I've seen of her training at the clubs close to home (she sometimes takes the same classes I do), she doesn't seem too crazy from how she handles her dogs.
Do you know Linda G? <= I don't want to put her last name out there because I don't think she's online also I know I can't spell it! Golden person. Very nice. But I know she's active through the FDGRC. I think she still lives out in the Romulus area (I think
?) - and is retired. I'd check with her to see if she has any suggestions or if she could give you tips from time to time????
If it helps I have pictures...
Bertie and Jovi use a dumbbell that has 3" ends and a 3" bit.
I also have a 3.5 bit dumbbell or two from when I was training Jacks (way lippier than Bertie). If Jojo's mouth gets bigger, I have those dumbbells to use. https://www.jjdog.com/painted-regula...wood-dumbbells
^^^ This is the dumbbell in the pics.
Because I never do things halfway (LOL) - I took pictures on measuring using a folded over toilet paper roll (which I guarantee everyone has in their homes).
Apologize if these aren't clear enough - I had to work quick because Jojo was FRENZIED when the dumbbell came out.
Toilet paper roll measures about 4". Might be tough to see, but there was about 1/2" sticking out on either side of both dogs mouths.
So if I were getting a dumbbell again, I'd want the bit to be 3" so it fits snuggly.
If my dogs were more lippy (like Jacks was), I'd get 3.5.
3" ends were the biggest available from J&J. It works just fine for the dogs picking up.