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I bought a ball thrower from the poundshop and I have to say it is probably the best thing that I have ever bought my dog since getting him as a puppy.
He absolutely loves me throwing sticks for him to chase but I have read too many horror stories about sticks splintering and hurting dogs and I am always paranoid that he is going to stab himself with one so throwing a ball is much safer and makes me less panicky.
The ball thrower is made of a long piece of curved plastic and on the bottom is has a circular holder to hold a ball. You just have to flick your wrist to throw the ball and it goes a surprisingly long distance so your dog will get plenty of running whilst chasing it.
The thrower even comes with its own ball but if your dog is anything like mine then he will probably chew the ball it comes with in no time but the holder is a good size as it fits normal sized tennis balls which you can also pick up in the pound shop.
This is so easy to use and it doesn’t take much in the way of effort to be able to fling the ball a really long distance. It is also fairly easy to control in which direction you send it though to be completely honest I have managed to lose a couple of balls in the river due to not having a very good aim.
I really can’t fault this toy I think it is excellent for a pound and my dog loves chasing the ball and he even gets more exercise when we take this out as he spends so much time running about that he tires himself out which means he isn’t pestering me for another walk as soon as we get home again.
Dog Ball Thrower
I come from a family of dog lovers - and as the one with no children, I am often called upon to dog sit. I currently have my mother in laws dog, and cat in the house with me. (Joy)! The strange thing is, most of the dogs that I dog sit for, are boarder collies. As such they need a lot of exercise, and to be frank I can't keep up with them. The best way for me to get them the exercise they need is to throw the ball for them while on an appropriate field.
When at my mothers I end up with three dogs (my sister lives just round the corner), and they will chase a ball for absolutely ages. At this point I will admit to something shameful - I throw like a girl. Not that this is bad, but I mean a 10 year old girl - one who has had their arm in a cast, meaning all the muscle on the arm has wasted away. This for three boisterous collies just doesn't cut it... (Or even the one slightly older dog I am looking after at the moment)...
This is where ball throwers, or 'twangers' come in. They are often sold with a cheap tennis ball - although in honesty these tend to be heavy, and refuse to bounce so are not necessarily the best for active dogs. (My mother in laws dog also tends to tear tennis balls apart, so they are removed before she has seen them). They can also be used with any other ball the same size as a tennis ball.
Each ball twanger I have seen has been about 2 foot in length, and has a flower type shape attachment on one end, perfectly shaped to pick up a ball. I can then throw the ball further than I would be able to without any help. I think that I manage to get the balls about twice as far, and my partner (who clearly has a better arm than a weak child) can throw them about 3 times as far.
I have had mixed outcomes with twangers. Shiny 'twangers' seem to have less bend in them, and have in my experience broken due to their brittle nature. The last one I bought was £2.99 and lasted 36 hours. However I have bought one which was more matte in appearance for £1 (in a small beach front store) that has so far lasted months of everyday use. I personally feel the bendy nature of the toy helps me throw further, and has helped the toy to last longer.
Overall I feel that the ball thrower is a great buy, but do look out for one that will last, and this may not be the most expensive one out there.
My dog Bonnie is a two year old Labrador cross Border Collie. Both these breeds are 'working dogs' and therefore she likes to be doing a job, whether its herding my pet rabbits around the house or fetching a ball. The Labrador part of her is a retrieving breed and therefore it is her instinct to fetch things such as balls, toys, and dirty horrible things that she finds in the garden (rotting apples are a favourite).
Bonnie is obsessed with playing with tennis balls. She loves nothing more than to play fetch over and over again. In fact, she expects it! The moment we enter the field, the woods or arrive at the beach she will run a few feet ahead of me, turn to face me and very clearly says "Woof" which is her way of saying "come on, get the ball out, I'm waiting to chase it". This all seems great and many dogs enjoy chasing a tennis ball, however there is a fundamental problem.
Bonnie is a dirty disgusting hound. She adores mud and anything that smells or looks unbelievably vile. She also loves water and swimming in nasty swamps and ponds with thick brown water. When Bonnie comes across one of these things her urgency to get filthy means that where ever Bonnie goes, the ball goes. Resulting in her returning with something brown, wet and round that vaguely resembles a tennis ball. This is not something you want to be picking up with your hand in order to throw again. Bonnie isn't happy until the ball is thrown again so you end up with mud, fox poo, pond water and general yuckyness all over your hand and as soon as its wiped off she is back with the ball again!!!
After months of this annoying and dirty problem we came across an invention that would change ball throwing for ever. The ball thrower.
The Ball Thrower is a long plastic handle (about 2 foot long) and on the end is a cup which is designed to hold a tennis ball. This means that when the ball is on the ground you can pick it up my pressing the cup over the ball and it will be firmly in the holder ready to throw. The main function of the Ball Thrower is to throw the ball....bet you didn't see that one coming eh!?! You hold the handle and with an overarm (or underarm if you wish) throwing/flicking motion you can throw the ball without ever having to touch it.
Using the Ball Thrower to throw a tennis ball also gives you the capability to throw it about four times as far as you could with your hand. This is a fantastic way to make a lazy dog run....or just to exercise a non lazy dog! By throwing underarm you can effectively roll the ball around the ground for a dog who struggles to work out where a ball that flies through the air will fall.
Bonnie loves this device. She always gets very excited when she sees it as she knows we will be more keen to throw the ball for her!!! Chasing a ball is utter bliss for Bonnie so if she sees it fly a long way into the distance she can hardly contain her excitement.
Bonnie can now happily coat her tennis ball in any number of disgusting substances and know that when she returns it to me it will still be thrown. The only slight problem here is that Bonnie is quite polite, and rather than merely drop the ball at your feet she likes to place the ball in your hand. Therefore you can spend ages trying to convince her to put the ball on the ground whilst she is trying to thrust it into your hand!! However, this isn't a fault with the Ball Thrower, it is just that Bonnie has issues.
Another great thing about this device is that it helps distract Bonnie. For example, if we are strolling through a field and there is a dog and owner walking towards us yet the dog is on the lead or has a muzzle on. This would suggest that they are not going to appreciate Bonnie leaping around by them trying to get them to play (and also she has a terrible habit of helping dogs remove their muzzles and this isn't good!). Ideally the plan is to put her on the lead when walking past dogs like this but when there is not enough time to do that the Ball Thrower is an ideal distraction as by holding the ball up in the air and getting Bonnie excited about it I can then throw it in another direction from the dog and Bonnie will run to the ball rather than the dog. If done strategically the dog will now have passed by and all is calm. The same method can sometimes be used to distract her from diving into a pond although ponds are often just too irresistible.
Bonnie also tends to find it highly amusing to drop a ball at your feet and then snatch it back as you bend down to pick it up. With the Ball Thrower you can put your foot on the ball and then use the Ball Thrower to scoop it up. Fantastic.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, Bonnie's breeds mean that she likes to "work". A favourite job of hers is to find something using her sense of smell. The Ball Thrower means you can throw the ball into long grass and Bonnie will frantically scan the area for smells of the ball. It has often been the case that she forgets the smell of what she is looking for and will actually run back to me and stick her nose against the Ball Thrower cup, that has been holding the ball to help her remember the scent. Genius.
There are various versions of the Ball Thrower in pet shops, some with shorter handles (these tend to throw further although you have to bend down more to scoop up the ball!) Pets at Home sell the Ball Thrower for around £9 but I have also seen them as cheap as £4 in smaller petshops and supermarkets.
The good points
* It means you don't have to touch the ball with your hand
* You can throw the ball much further resulting in more exercise and more fun for your dog.
* It is available in most pet stores and ever some supermarkets.
* They can be purchase from £4 up, making them good value for money
* They can be useful to distract your dog whilst walking
* They are plastic so easy to clean and aren't easily damaged.
* It makes dog walking much more enjoyable for both owner and dog.
* They come in lots of colours so you can get a pretty pink one!!
* It helps develop your dogs search and find skills as they have to sniff out the ball when it goes far away!
The not so good points
* You will need to carry it around for the whole walk meaning that you have one less hand free for holding the lead, picking up poop etc!
* Some dogs (aka Bonnie) will have a funny five minutes and try to bite at it fun
* You are more likely to need to carry spare tennis balls for when you misjudge a throw and accidentally chuck the ball over a barbed wire fence or into the distance never to be found again.
* Some shops charge a fortune for them!
I would definitely recommend the Ball Thrower for anyone who has a dog interested in retrieving tennis balls. It means that during the whole walk you don't have to lay a finger on the stinky ball. If you have more than one dog, it adds in the competitive element too which means even more doggy exercise! I think this is one of the best dog related inventions so I give it 5 stars.
No more slobber!
My dog Eddie is a working cocker spaniel and so he needs a lot of exercise and I mean a lot. It's virtually impossible to tire him out after a long walk and so I need to give him a bit more of a work out when we are out on a walk.
As we all know, dogs love to chase balls and fetch and return is one of our favourite games. However, I'm a bit of a girl when it comes to throwing and can't really throw a ball very far so Eddie was getting rather frustrated at not having to run far to retrieve the ball I had thrown only a foot or so we decided to invest in one of these dog ball throwers which in my opinion was a great investment.
I think this one only cost us a couple of quid and it came with a tennis ball as part of it so it was a great price for a good working product. The ball thrower is basically a long plastic handle with a round plastic bit at the top that has grips around it. These grips hold on to the tennis ball for you when it is not in use. The handle is curved a little bit so its very easy to hold and has a nice grip to it. The length of it makes it easy to thrown the ball to in my opinion.
In order to throw the tennis ball you basically just throw your arm back with the stick in it, launch it and give your wrist a bit of a flick and the ball will really sail through the air and go quite far. I'm actually quite impressed at how far I can throw it with this dog ball thrower. Then when Eddie brings it back, which is not all the time, he likes to go off with it and chew it, it's easy to pick up again. You basically just press the top ball catcher part over the ball, press down and the ball will go into the round part and then you are ready to throw it again. You sort of need to bend down a little bit to pick up the ball as the stick is not that long (only about 26 inches) but you don't need to bend down as far as you would if the ball was on the floor and you had no stick to pick it up with. Also, and this is what I love about it, you don't need to touch the ball either, so no wet, slobbery ball to pick up which is one of my pet hates, I hate slobber and having to touch it is even worse!
It's light and easy to carry around on your walk with you so it's not too annoying to have to carry. Also its easy to put in the back of the car and take on longer walks. We have ours in a green colour but they do come in lots of other colours and for a couple of pounds this is a great way to exercise your dog and keep him entertained!
I'm the first to admit, I'm terrible at throwing, only being able to throw a pathetic couple of metres! Now I can live with this fact, however embarrassing, but my Alaskan Malamute is not amused. So when we go to the park I now take this Dog Ball Thrower and I really test my dog's stamina.
It comes in many colours, we have blue and I'm 99% sure I've seen green, red and yellow too. It also comes with a ball, but standard sized tennis balls fit the grip hole too. They are rather long. This helps with the flinging of the ball and therefore the long distance the ball travels, but carrying it is a tiny bit irksome. I've carried it by the length before and the ball dropped out, so I tend to hold it by the top with the ball and the holder part in the palm area of my hand to stop the ball falling out. The ball does fit in nicely but I think the walking action may have caused it to fall out.
It doesn't take much of an action to use this and send the ball flying a great distance. You could just hold the bottom part and 'flick' it. The ball will still go very far. It's ideal for people with sore arms/shoulders or the elderly who can't manoeuvre their upper body very well. Or you can give it some umph, throw like you would normally but with the thrower in your hand, and it will go a good 50 metres.
I got ours for £4.99 at a local independant pet shop, but the prices out there range from £1.99 to £6.99 that I've seen.
All in all it's a very helpful device that is simple to use, will cause no effort on your part but will help wear out your dog on endless runs up and down the park.
My parents have a dog that is very energetic and you cant rely on just taking him for a walk, he needs extra exercise on that walk.
My dad has a good throw but doing it over and over and throwing it far enough for the dog to really run can hurt his arm.
The great thing about this long distance ball thrower is that you dont have to bend down to pick up the ball when its brought back to you, you can just push the plastic ball holding bit and the ball will then be enclosed and be ready to be thrown again.
If the ball goes into a prickly hedge you can use the long handle to reach in instead of your own arm. Also if it goes in a puddle you save yourself from getting wet and muddy. Same goes for not touching dog drool!
The long handle is quite bendy and when you use it in a flicky throwing motion the ball will go a lot further than if you try with just your arm alone. It can also make the ball go a lot higher.
If you are elderly I can imagine this being a great tool as you dont have to worry about arm strength to use this.
It takes a standard tennis ball and the dog has tried chewing it but it seems to be quite hardy.
If you have a dog with loads of energy or one who just loves chasing balls then do give this a go. It will save you arm ache, back ache and all other tiredness symptoms of throwing a ball continuously.
Dog Ball Thrower
This is my dog's all-time favourite toy. My dog has an abundance of energy and never seems to wear out. I used to come back from his walk ready to drop yet he still wanted more, I have hundreds of balls for him and used to take them out but my throw is terrible. Max is mad about balls, and I mean crazy for them so this is ideal for him and perfect for me as well, not least because it means I don't have to pick up wet and slobbery wet balls, not my idea of fun. There is nothing worse than having to pick up slimy balls and worse having to grip it to throw it.
It is basically just a tennis ball with an arched plastic shaped stick approximately one meter in length that is cupped at the end in order to hold the tennis ball. It also means I am not required to bend to collect the ball when my dog decides it's more fun to watch me get the ball than collect it himself. It's frustrating because he refuses to go get it, so I go to get it then when I get close to it he rushes up and grabs it before me. This is great for anyone who has a back complaint but still wishes to play with their dog. I have seen people in mobility scooters using them with their dogs on the green, which warms my heart because it means that the dog and owner can both still enjoy this bonding time.
I am not particularly great at throwing and this actually helps me to throw the ball longer distances meaning my maxi gets a better run about and enjoys it a lot more. it comes in a huge variety of colours, however mine is red, I can't remember the colour of the original ball as we go through so many, but this does fit most standard sized tennis balls which is ideal for us as max tend to kill tennis balls in record time. You use it like a lever to throw the ball either under or over arm depending on the distance you want.
I managed to find mine in pound land for obviously £1, when I was looking around during one of my very infrequent shopping trips. It is simple to clean with a wipe down, I use wet wipes. The handle is comfortable to hold and stores in a cupboard quite easily. I have seen them in most pet shops for varying prices but none as cheap as my pound land bargain and I have had no problems with it since I bought it a few years ago. It has faded somewhat but that is not a problem. I absolutely love this and will certainly buy another if this one ever decides to quit, but at the moment it is still going strong. It gives me confidence that max is getting enough exercise as he now comes home a little calmer and falls asleep on his bed.
Definitely one of my better buys for Max, he thoroughly enjoys playing with this and gets excited when I get it out of the cupboard, and leaps around like a puppy waiting to play. It's great fun to watch him having fun.
Initially when I saw them I thought these ball throwers were a novelty and would be short lived. Now it seems you can't go to any park without seeing at least one person there using one. I spotted them in my local Poundland and not owning a dog myself thought very little of it at the time.
Then a week or so later my mum was talking to me about her partner. He has problems with his leg and lower back after having had complications due to contracting MRSA whilst in hospital for an operation. She mentioned that he'd been feeling guilty because his leg had been playing up and he couldn't take his 3 dogs on the 2 long walks a day that he normally did and was instead having to take them for one mid-length and one quite short one. It wasn't particularly the main focus of our conversation and I didn't really think much of it. That is until I next visited Poundland. The ball throwers caught my eye, and I had a good idea, even if he couldn't walk them as far for a while at least if he had one of these he could take them to the park and give them a good workout. Best of all he wouldn't have to bend down to pick up the ball.
-What does it look like?-
There were three colors available, red, blue and green, all of which contained a small-ish sized tennis ball. The green was not a nice vibrant green so I definitely wouldn't have got that one, the red and blue were pretty standard- the red was deep school crayon red and the blue was a dark blue. I picked out the blue. As I picked it up it did feel a bit flimsy and I had a feeling it probably wouldn't last long but for a pound I couldn't grumble if it didn't. Besides I didn't even know if Steve would use it, he's one of those bloke-y blokes and I thought he might feel a bit of a boob using one. The handle is quite flexible and has a handle at the end for better grip. The ball that came with it did look quite small and this might be dangerous for very large dogs.
I took it up with me next time my mum took me and the kids for a visit. He was pretty eager to try it out, so we bundled into my mum's car (it was a bit of a squeeze fitting 3 adults, 2 kids in car seats and 3 dogs into a corsa) and headed off to the grounds of Kenilworth castle for the day.
Steve has 3 dogs- a collie named Scooby and 2 greyhounds called Mandy and Joe. Scooby loves balls although it took him a few goes to figure out that it was the ball that was being thrown and he didn't have to wait for Steve to let go of the stick. Once he'd got the hang of it, it was just like playing with a normal thrown tennis ball, the only difference was that Steve didn't have to bend down to pick it up, something that he said was a 'godsend'. The other dogs were a bit less interested, but Mandy is always more into chasing local wildlife than playing ball if I'm honest. Joe did seem to get a little interested at first, but he found it hard to find the ball once it had been thrown, it could have had something to do with the ball being smaller than normal, Joe is quite an old dog and probably something a little chunkier would have been more suitable for him to see with his poor eyesight. After a while Steve's leg began hurting him and he went to sit on the bench, Scooby trotted up obediently with the ball in his mouth waiting for it to be thrown. Steve found that when he used an underarm throw it was possible to still use it quite well sitting down, which is great for dog owners who are unable to stand for long periods of time. The fact it can be used under-arm is also good for people, maybe the elderly, who lack the upper-body strength to throw a ball overarm repeatedly.
The handle is now looking a little dog-eared, Scooby has taken to chewing on it, but it is still very much functional despite being chewed. The ball has lasted a long time and a few months later is still going, and I haven't been asked to pick up another one for Steve, although I have been back since to grab 2 more for Steve's son and daughter who both have dogs, so they obviously have heard good things about it from him.
I like it and so does Scooby. For a pound it was excellent value and were it to break I would definitely get them another.
At last a toy that will wear out my jack russell / collie cross. The design is sturdy and colourful and the balls are not normal tennis balls but smaller and more difficult for the dog to pop. The throwing arm almost has a turbo effect as the ball seems to travel for miles which is ideal for the older dog owner or someone like me who is disabled. It takes very little effort to throw the ball and if your dog brings it back you have the advantage that you don't need to bend down to pick the ball up again. This also saves having your fingers nipped if you have a particularly excitable dog who wants to snatch the ball from your hand.
In a perfect world the balls supplied would be entirely chew proof as my dog as already eaten 2 of the balls but they are easy and cheap enough to replace. Even though the balls are flourescent I would suggest getting some spare as they can be lost in long grass.
A great value toy which is suitable for everyone to use, you don't need to be strong or have a particularly good throw.
Being the proud owner (well sometimes) of a very energentic chocolate lab, Izzy and an equally energetic german shepard, Libby, daily walks are an essential part of our routine. Let it be said that if I do not wear my pups out (albeit they are 2 and a year now) on their walks, I pay for it later wth various chewed items around the house. Whoever invented this dog ball thrower should be knighted in my opinion as it allows me to do this easily everytime.
Being somebody who is not particulary good at throwing, welcomes anything that can launch a ball futher than the mere metre that I can pitifully get it. The launcher certainly does this. This brand in particular is made of strong plastic and is not flimsy like some I have used from cheaper shops and consequently the ball goes a long old way (about half a football pitch) the way I use it, my husband who has obviously got a lot more umph than me can make it go even further. Either way the dogs are delighted that they actually get to have a run playing fetch now. The ball it is supplied with is pretty standard and after a few catches and chews on the go by my lab, it didnt stand the test of time, but any standard tennis ball fits so we just replace them as we go. Sometimes the ball goes so far niether myself or the dogs can find it and we end up buying new ones anyway.
Probably one of the best advantages of the launcher is the fact that i no longer have to pick up soggy, drool ridden balls, they just get dropped by my feet (well nearby) and scooped up again by the launcher.
It is quite ackward to carry, if you have two dogs on a lead, but then most things are, I can manage it easily when I just have one.
It is two years today since Dudley died. Dudley was our Boxer and yes, that is his photo you can see. He was a handsome chap - just like his Dad. We miss him and we still have all his stuff and can't bring ourselves to throw it out or give it away. I'm not ordinarily much of a sentimentalist but there you go.
Dudley always loved his toys ever since he was a little podgy pup, small enough to sit on the palm of my hand. He used to like to take a nap in the cat's bed and after he became too large to fit into it, the cat bed became the repository for his many toys.
He loved his walks and we used to go for miles through the forest, with Dudley haring off into the trees from time to time or across open land, chasing rabbits or in pursuit of deer. He never ever caught any, poor chap, but the fun was in the chasing. Sometimes of course, there wasn't time to go for monster walks and Dudley would be taken instead into the huge field at the front of our house for his exercise. He used to love to chase and fetch his tennis ball but it didn't take long before it was dripping with drool and thoroughly unpleasant to the touch.
For Christmas one year, Dudley got this Dog Ball Thrower. He wasn't that fussed about it when he opened it up and of course it was Dad who was potentially the chief beneficiary.
At first, I felt a bit of a prat carrying this bright yellow strip of plastic out to the field with us. I have always played ball sports and considered it at first a bit of an affront to be given this aid. Consequently, I didn't use it much to begin with. It was fine for throwing a decent distance in a sideways girlie motion, but Dudley used to like it when I threw his ball up really high and far and he would leap like a salmon and catch it triumphantly at the top of its first bounce.
It's actually rather difficult to use the Dog Ball Thrower in an upward motion, so after the initial novelty, more often than not it stayed on its hook in the garage. My slaver-averse wife always used it though when she was in the field with Dudley, so I suspect that it was really one of those Christmas presents that was meant for her in the first place.
The thrower isn't as flimsy as some I have since seen and it isn't a cheapie from a Pound shop. It's a bit grubby now and hasn't been used for ages, but it is still perfectly serviceable, although the ball supplied didn't last long. An ordinary tennis ball fits the holder though. At our local park, I often see these in use. It's a great idea and a fantastic boon for those who have difficulty bending down to pick up the sticky smelly drool-filled ball. With Dudley, the problem was always getting him to drop the damned thing in the first place!
Dudley - we love you and miss you. Good Boy!
I bought a couple of these Ballistic Thrower dog toys after my husband and I started regularly taking my sister's dog for walks. She (the dog, not my sister) absolutely adores chasing after balls and she'll happily run after them for hours. The only problem with this is that someone has to throw them in the first place.
I'll be honest, I am terrible at throwing anything and could rarely throw the ball far enough to make the dog get any form of exercise, but this toy really makes the whole process so much easier for me and so much more fun for the dog.
It comes in a few different colours; we have a blue and a yellow one, but in fairness I don't think the dog minds which one we use. It is about a metre long and has a scoop in the end that holds the tennis ball that comes with it. Using it couldn't be easier, you simply put the ball in the scoop and throw it. It is made of plastic and the plastic is quite flexible which means that you can throw it a fair old distance with no effort at all. It is a simple design that is very effective and easy to control - the ball always goes in a straight line, unless you are somehow doing something very wrong. I find that it is easy to throw it quite low as well which is good because it easily stays int he dog's line of sight, meaning that she can run along after it and the ball doesn't get lost.
Another plus point of the toy is that it stops you from having to actually touch the ball once the dog has had it in her mouth, so I don't get mud and dog saliva all over my hands anymore - an absolute bonus. There is nothing worse than getting filthy hands from playing ball with a dog and this toy completely stops this problem.
My sister's dog absolutely loves the toy. As soon as she sees us getting it out she starts barking happily and jumping around. She actually starts jumping up at the toy and tries to get the ball, which provides her with even more exercise. I didn't realise how high dogs can jump and have since spent hours hovering the stick just out of her reach and watching her jump up and down like some kind of stunt dog!
The only negative thing about the toy is the tennis ball that comes with it. It isn't very durable and I found that the dog had destroyed it on the first use. Even once it has popped and become misshapen, you can still scoop it up and throw it, but it sn't as easy and it does go as far. The simple solution to this is to get a few extra tennis balls. I bought some cheap ones and they fit nicely. I even got one of those indestructible rubber balls and have found that that works just as well in the thrower.
I actually bought my throwers from the pound shop and for that price (a pound, obviously) I think they are exceptionally good value for money. If you don't have them in your local pound store, they have them in Pets At Home for £3 each, but they are in the 3 for 2 range with a selection of other toys, so still fairly good value.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Ball-istic Thrower, because they are great value for money, easy to use, prevent you getting your hands dirty and, most importantly, the dogs love them!
I was very dubious about getting one of these as I thought they were for little old ladies and their yorkie, people who couldn't throw far and dogs who couldn't run far.
How wrong was I. My boyfriend met m for a walk with one of these in hand and I did almost walk away from him!
Giving it a go, I now would not use anything else. I feel I have a good throw of a tennis bal and my dogs have never complained in the past about the length of my throw....until using this one.
The long flexi nature of the thrower is easy to use and really gets the ball going miles and miles! Depending on your technique you really can get distance on this. There is a technique and I am still lacking that presently! Sometimes the ball is launched too soon and it just goes stright up in the air. Dangers of this are a tennis ball on the head and three dogs jumping on you trying to get the ball.
If launched too late the ball hits the floor at your feet. Dont ask me the secrets of the technique as I'm still trying to find them!
As the dogs bring the ball back to you, if you are that lucky, instead of having to bend all the way down tot he floor to pick the ball up, it is a slight bend to pick it up with the launcher, lazy I know but when wlaking 10 miles I'll take this option everytime!
There have been occassions when I was teahcing my young Malinois to "leave" the ball as I pick it up that she has launched at it to get it taking the launcher in her mouth too. Had that been my hand getting the ball we would not be laughing. Brilliant item to teach an excitable or possessive dog to wait as if the do relapse and lunge in you can remain calm and tell then "no" instead of rolling around in pain with a dog attached to your arm! And it does work as she now (18months old) does not try to grab the ball when being picked up by anyone. Well any one but the two labs!
These items retail at about £1.99 for flinger and two balls. Good value you say, not really. We have spent loads of money on replacement balls. Not that tyey get lost, the dogs would never allow that, the balls that fit the flinger are not your normal tennis balls, they are the less flexible ones which break very quickly. I haven't worked out if it is the falling to the ground or the abuse when in the dogs mouth which breaks them but the other day I went through 4 balls in 20 minutes. 6 ball are about £1.50. Not cheap. And it means you have to fill you pockets up with broken slobbery balls until you find a bin.
I'm still searching for a flinger which fits normal tennis balls as this will last longer. Anyone comes across one, let me know!!
Dog Ball Thrower
Description: Brand: Ribos / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Toys / Long distance ball thrower.
These dog ball throwers will cost between £2 and £5 depending on where you buy them from. You can also find them for sale on Amazon so it might be a way to spend those Dooyoo miles and treat your canine friend.
As most dog lovers will tell you, the majority of dogs love to run and love to chase things and retrieve them. Our little dog would happily spend hours doing this every day and never seemed to get bored of it. It was always myself and Mr Siamese who tired of the task first and so when we saw this handy little device for sale in a local pet shop, we were keen to try it out.
It is a very basic idea and yet proves the old adage that sometimes, the most simple ideas are the best. It comprises of a plastic arm which holds the ball in one end. You just hold the other end and then launch the ball forward. The result is that the ball flies much further forward than if you were just throwing it by hand, and therefore, your dog has to run much further to retrieve it. This works on 2 counts, it helps your dog get more exersise and it also saves your arms from tiring too quickly!
Now, there is a trick to this that we spotted someone doing and immediately copied. The trick is to bring 2 balls! This way, when your dog runs back with 1 and doesn't want to drop it, you just launch the other ball. The dog then drops the first ball and immediately chases the second!
This simple little device will give you and your dog hours of entertainment and is hardwearing and robust. It is a cheap and brilliant product that I cannot recommend highly enough, if you don't already have one, then what are you waiting for, get one now, oh and don't forget, take an extra ball!
When I had my Border Collie I used to take him on long walks around our local reservoir when the weather permitted, but one thing he loved even more than his long walks was chasing a ball (as do most dogs). Charlie was forever with a ball in his mouth and would pop a tennis ball within seconds so I took to buying him rubber balls but I found them really difficult to throw. One afternoon in the park I saw someone with a strange looking plastic thing that they were throwing over their head and wondered what it was! I just had to ask them and they told me it was a ball launcher, a plastic device invented to make it easier to throw your dogs ball.
I went straight out to Pets At Home to buy one, and was surprised by the £2.00 price tag - a real bargain I thought.....if it was going to work! The next day I took Charlie to the park armed with our new toy and couldn't wait to give it a try.
The ball launcher is a plastic "pole" with a scoop at the end with which you can pick the ball up and a chunky handle on the other end. To use the toy you simply pop the ball in the scoop, raise the pole behind your head, flick it forward in an overarm throw movement and the ball will release from the scoop.
My first try with the ball launcher was quite useless and verging on embarrassing, but after a few attempts I was fine with it and able to send the ball quite a distance, which meant a very happy Charlie! I used to launch the ball down a big hill at the park and he would chase it until he literally could run no more as he was just so tired.
The ball launchers come in a range of colours, however at the store I only saw blue and red, but while out I have seen other colours.
My dog had such a great time when chasing ball, and I am so grateful to this superb launcher as it enabled me to throw the ball for him, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to play with him like I could do with this. I would recommend this to every single dog owner, it is cheap, great fun, durable and just altogether brilliant! Another good point with this is that it gives your arms a good workout - who needs the gym?? I also really like that you can pick the ball up with the scoop, so no bending down to pick up a slobbery ball!
I give the ball launcher a full five out of five Dooyoo stars as it is just fantastic!
Thank you for reading my review :)
Long distance ball thrower