Arthur, a small black dog of unknown pedigree, is earning quite a reputation on the golf courses in Salt Lake City, Utah.
MV ZOOM TO CU ND PAN Larry Summerhayes drives golf ball PAN TO Arthur his dog.
CU PAN Summerhayes walks over to dog retrieving ball in bushes. (2 shots) Summerhayes telling dog to retrieve ball.
CU Summerhayes speaking to Reporter with overlay shots of dog retrieving balls and golfer in action (10 shots)
REPORTER: "How does he do it?"
SUMMERHAYES: "Well he does it by smelling the rubber of the ball. He knows its a golf ball...he won't bring a tennis ball back on anything also. If it doesn't have a cover on it then he wont bring it back.
REPORTER: "How did you train him?"
SUMMERHAYES: "That's a little secret. But my first work with him was teach him how to pick them, and then pick them up and not bite them. You wont find any teeth marks on any of the balls. My son took him down to Alpine once and he picked up 112 in a couple of hours. But he usually averages about 35 to 50 an hour nd you can go back there after the day to the same place and pick up a lot of balls...its amazing."
REPORTER: "Does he pick up stray balls on the fairway?"
SUMMERHAYES:"No he doesn't. He knows that fairways are out of bounds. I've taken him a few times with me to play and he knows where the balls are that he is supposed to hunt. He doesn't pick them up in the fairway.
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This film contains a commentary and interview with Larry Summarhayes about his unusual dog. This is a transcript of the interview.
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Background: Arthur, a small black dog of unknown pedigree, is earning quite a reputation on the golf courses in Salt Lake City, Utah. Arthur hasn't mastered the art of swinging a club...but when it comes to finding lost golf balls he's a real pro. Arthur's master, lawyer Larry Summerhayes has trained him to seek out balls many irate golfers would give up for lost, and on a good day he finds an average of 40 lost balls an hour.
SYNOPSIS: Meet Larry Summerhayes, a Salt Lake Attorney and six handicapper and dog trainer extraordinaire. Meet his secret device...Arthur, an ordinary black dog, probably some Cocker, but all nose...for lost golf balls that is.