sticks are great fun but there are all sorts of other toys!
Just like grooming, playing with your dog is very important bonding. They simply love to play and to please.
We like Kongs, there are all sorts, some with attached ropes, several which you can stuff with treats. then there are the Air-Kongs a variety of shapes based on tennis ball construction.
Being responsible and teaching your dog to play is enriching for the dog and has been shown to lower your blood pressure!