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I think this is an ideal versus reality type of situation. I agree that tennis balls can be dangerous. However, I think anything can be dangerous. Years ago someone posted here about their dog choking on a piece of kibble and dying. I heard of a puppy who swallowed a 1 inch by 1 inch cloth and died of a blockage. Many more have pooped out larger pieces of cloth and toys. An acquaintance of mine who does SAR with her GSDs lost a dog when it got it's head in an empty kibble bag and suffocated. I know dogs who have jumped fences on a tether and hung themselves. I know many more who are tethered and fine. I know of dogs who sliced their mouths or throats going after a tossed stick. I know many more who play with sticks every day with no consequences. I could go on...

Personally, I do not use tennis balls much because the fuzz traps dirt and debris, which wear down a dog's teeth. However, I do use them when playing fetch in bodies of water because they are inexpensive if lost. In our shelter, we freely give our dogs tennis balls, which we leave with them unsupervised. I think in over a decade not a single dog has died of choking or a blockage due to it (I would need to check to make sure since I have not been around for over a decade, but I am fairly certain). The scientific benefit of providing a shelter dog toy enrichment is greater than the anecdotal danger of tennis balls. And, being a shelter, it is financially sustainable because all toys are donated (ie we work within the limits of what we have) and we especially get large amounts of free, used tennis balls. Just one example of why these choices are made.

So in a way, I do agree with your points. But I think "Don't ever give your dogs tennis balls!!!" might be a little too dramatic.
 

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But to be fair, I virtually never use tennis balls. And I only ever leave appropriately sized chew items for my dogs when unattended. Plus, any engaging toy is saved for training purposes anyways. For random folks looking, here are some alternatives to tennis balls:

Nero ball


Everlasting fun ball


Jolly ball


Kong (not a ball, but great)
 
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