My dog started off picking up sticks now and then, but having had an awful experience with one bouncing and getting stuck in a dog's throat, I was reluctant to throw one for him. I felt he was missing out so researched into a safe alternative. This one has solved the problem and he absolutely adores it. It's easy to carry and can withstand a certain amount of chewing, although certainly not chew proof. Not sure if green was the best colour to get against grass, but I saw a photo of a pink one that looked slightly lewd, so maybe blue is the answer!