He likes his Montana sticks better than balls since he is in Montana . Bud is obsessed with sticks anywhere we go- the lake, the forest, and on the nature walks. They tend to be hazardous because they are so big, but we can't make him stop doing it. Bud has transferred his obsession from digging to getting a big stick and twirling. He is now obsessive about the stick. It's a lab thing. We just have to warn people about the stick so they don't get bumped on the leg. It is good to see him have so much fun. He is very puppy-ish.