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My dogs have had their boomer ball for around three months now and it is one of their favourite toys.
I bought ours from Petplanet and they are very widely available. I've got three large breed dogs and one medium breed dog so decided to buy the largest size available but there are four different sizes to choose from meaning that they are suitable for all breeds of dogs, however as the ball isn't designed to be carried around in the dogs mouth it doesn't really matter if you get a medium sized dog a large one if that makes sense.
I paid around £14.99 for ours as it was on offer at the time but the largest one (which we have) retails at around £20.00 which I know sounds hideously overpriced for a dog ball but I assure you it is worth it and my dogs get heaps of enjoyment out of it pretty much everyday. The ball is marketed as being 'one of the toughest toys on the market' and the manufacturers claim that it is 'virtually indestructable' as well as puncture proof.
My dogs have had heaps of footballs over the past few years that we have either bought or found and all of them have been punctured within a few days so this seemed like a good way of saving money as if it was true about it being puncture proof I'd never have to buy another football sized ball again. The ball is the same size and shape as a football and it is made from a hard, smooth plastic type of material rather than the usual rubbery type of material that most dog toys are made of.
This means that it is much harder for the dog to get a proper grip of, resulting in a long game of chase. The ball is available in a two different colours - blue and red. I opted for the red which is nice and bright making it easy to spot on the grass. The ball is lightweight and goes quite far whenever my dogs tap it or nudge it but it doesn't bounce very well and it doesn't squeak or anything, either. My husky is ball mad and my other three dogs aren't that interested in balls usually but to my suprise they all enjoy chasing this around and attempting to get a grip of it/pick it up.
The ball is waterproof and floats on water but we just use this in the garden on the patio and grass. On the few ocassions that we bought it inside the tv nearly got knocked over because Clyro got so over excited and was chasing it around like a maniac! The few times that the dogs have tried to bite the ball they've not punctured it or even made a dent. The ball gets quite slobbery and mucky quickly but it is easy to wipe clean. It is too bulky for us to take out on walks with us and hard to carry as it's not easy to get a grip of so we just keep it at home in the garden.
The ball overall is great value for money. It is very well made and durable and my dogs get lots of enjoyment out of it. The only disadvantage that I am able to think of is that it isn't bouncy but this is not really much of an issue! Although it doesn't squeak it keeps my dogs entertained and they usuallly spend 10 minutes or so each morning having a mad play with it - chasing it around the garden, barking at it, leaping on it and attempting to pop it! I do think that they find it a little frustrating not being able to pick it up and carry it around but it keeps them entertained and is in good conditon after three months of regular play.
Five out of five stars.
My dog absolutely loves playing fetch and is quite fond of tennis balls. He is a collie and also loves exploring the countryside around us. Unfortunately he likes to bring his balls on his journeys and they get lost far too often.
I end up having to buy a pack of tennis balls every month and it can be really frustrating. I tend to not buy him toys that are too expensive because I'm afraid he will disgard them in some ditch.
The lady is the local pet shop recommended this boomer ball to me after I told her about the nuisance. The boomer ball is available in many different sizes and it is very heavy. It is not designed to be used for fetch. Your dog is meant to push it around with their nose and chase it around as it rolls away. They can't actually pick it up because it's bigger than their own mouth. It might seem like a stupid idea having a ball that a dog can't pick up but it was just the solution we needed!
I just leave our dog with this outside and he can get his exercise and fun by chasing it around the tarmac but he can't pick this up and loose him when he is roaming. Now I keep the tennis balls for when I am playing with him myself and he doesn't mind because he has the boomer ball to entertain him.
This really is a great item and it is perfect for anyone who find themselves constantly buying new balls for their dog. Whether they burst them or lose them this is a great solution as an alternative to fetch. The ball cost me 8 euro in Maxi Zoo and is available in either blue or red.
Our German Shepherd loves to play with balls. What dog doesn't? I am sure Ben isn't the only dog in the world to have a bigger selection of balls than Manchester United! But we have all types of balls - tennis balls, bouncy balls, squeaky balls and the Boomer Ball.
I had heard a few good things about the Boomer Ball from other dog owners and thought it would be something Ben would like so after a little bit of searching I purchased him a blue 8" Boomer Ball - I couldn't find it in any shops so I purchased it online.
The Boomer Balls come in 3 different sizes - small, medium and large and they all depend on the size of your dog. I purchased the medium 8" one as I had seen the 10" one whilst out in the park and it looked huge! The balls are supposed to be completely indestructable and alot of fun for your dog.
I was a bit confused when the ball arrived as it was very heavy and when I gave it Ben he couldn't get his mouth around it to pick it up at all. It didn't make any noises or anything like that. It was just a big ball which couldn't be broken. Apparently the ball floats as well but we have never tried it to be honest as it has just ended up being put in the corner with his other toys and forgotten about.
Don't get me wrong, Ben did try to play with it. He nosed it about and let it roll. He cased after it but his immediate reaction when he reached it after chasing was to try and pick it up which he couldn't do. It left him frustrated and just made him bark at it and look at me with eyes that looked as though he were asking "Why can't I pick it up?". He loves to pick his toys up and carry them about but the Boomer Ball just didn't give him that option.
I think the ball is only indestructable because your dog cannot pick it up! I think that is how they can make that claim!
Based on our experience I would not recommend going out and buying this ball blindly. I think it may be a good idea if you know someone with a dog and a Boomer Ball to have a look at theirs and see if your dog likes it because it is a really hit and miss toy.
My previous dog used to love playing football, so when we brought our new pup home I thought I'd get her into football too.
So we bought a small football which she liked and used to chase around the garden - until her teeth grew into proper teeth and she destroyed it.
So we got her a bigger football - which she promptly destroyed.
So I got her a basketball. Basketballs are stronger and tougher so I thought there would be no way she would get through that. Wrong! Burst in no time and destroyed (also a little bouncy and uncontrollable for the dog!). She had a clever tactic of getting them in a corner and fanging them.
I should point out that our dog has some collie in her- so she loves to chase and herd things, some german shepherd and staffie in her - so she has a really strong bite, and lots of labrador in her - so she is very persistent.
I was really disappointed that she couldn't play football any more, because each time (before the balls were burst) she really enjoyed it and would chase it all around the garden and entertain herself.
Then I was reccomended the boomer ball. It's basically a football but heavy, not bouncy and made of thick plastic. I made the mistake of kicking it - it really hurts your foot. Choose a size that is slightly larger than your dogs jaws (so they can't pick it up) and each time they try to bite it or put a paw on it, it rolls a little further away and encourages them to chase and play.
But my dog loves it and will chase it around and around until her tongue is hanging down and she's panting away. It's proved more than strong enough to stand up to the constant battering. Unfortunately she can only really play with it at the park because if she has it in the garden she isn't coordinated enough and was steadily destroying all of my plants!
The only real downside is that her teeth scratch the surface of the ball, and can make sharp little edges on it (a little like a nag nail but sharp plastic). These in turn can scratch her nose. Only little scratches, and she doesn't seem to notice, but I try and look for the sharp edges before they cause any harm and pull them off. Eventually we'll probably have to get a new one, but it's well worth it for the time she spends with it.
It's really good for the days when you are feeling a little under the weather and can either put your dog in the garden (if it is big enough and your plants are protected!) or just take her to the park and leave her to run around - without worrying that she may steal the ball that the local kids are using for their kickabout! She'll tire herself out pretty quickly, especially as this uses her brain and her physical attributes.
The only other slight downside is coming to leave the park - my dog (and I guess anybody who's ever had a dog with labrador in it), no matter how tired she is, will want to play with it some more. Some times you have to tell her time up - when it seems she'd like to play with this forever!
The Boomer Ball is a dog toy made by Company of Animal to entertain your dog for (hopefully) long periods of time. It is a solid ball made from a very tough plastic which is supposed to make it nigh on indestructable and can be used on land or water. Company of Animals suggest that this toy is best for dogs 'who like to conquer'. Interestingly enough, the Boomer Ball has also been used to entertain other animals in captivity such as polar bears, elephants and at one time they had a promotional video showing a brown bear playing with the toy! If your dog likes to play with balls, the Boomer Ball is a good bet.
The Boomer ball is designed to be impossible for your dog to pick up in its jaws so it's important you pick the right size ball for your dog. Four sizes are available: 4", 6", 8" and 10" so that means there is probably a ball to suit your dog whatever its size. As, naturally, your dog will keep trying to pick up the ball (which is impossible) the Boomer Ball is best for stubborn breeds such as Staffies and other bull terriers and daft breeds like Labradors. My samoyed did enjoy playing with it but give up way too easily. If your dog takes to the toys it can try for weeks to try and sink its teeth in and end up chasing it around for ages!
The Boomer Ball is available in red, blue and yellow though this is more for the owners than the dogs. They are expensive at around £6.50 for the smallest size and £14 for the largest but if your dog is the type that pops a footbal for -say - £2 within mintures then you will get your money's worth. Also, it is the case that most cases of anxiety and unwanted chewing comes from understimulated dogs so if it stops a hole being chewed in the kitchen floor, it must be worth it!
Not what i was expecting! I thought the boomer ball would be like a hard rubber, almost like the Kong toys, and this in turn would make it bounce. When it came, i was quite suprised and a little disappointed because it was made of hard plastic and it didnt bounce. Having a crazed boxer that loves the thrill of the chase when it comes to his toys, i put him in the garden with the boomer ball and watched this maniac run around for almost 45 mins snapping and snarling at it, with the occasional stop for a breath and a tilted head as if to say why cant i kill this thing! Footballs die a painful death after about 5 seconds usually.
In all, he absolutly loves it and this is all that counts. The boomer ball has been with us for a week and what can i say it must be tough to withstand the jaws of zulu for this length of time! Finally a ball he can keep going back to. He is still puzzled though?????
Tough ball for dogs to chase.