All dog owners must have come across a moment when they throw a ball and ask their dog to fetch it. If your pup is one of those dogs who love to fetch, then here is a chance to take the game to the next level so that your dog can enjoy it the most would be a great idea. Here a dog ball launcher comes in, a great alternative way to throw a ball for your dog. There are different dog ball launchers, each with a unique way of throwing the ball. While some ball launchers will require you to be there, others enable dogs to play with them on their own independently. All ball launchers work by loading usual or special tennis balls and then throwing them at a certain range. Most ball launchers can throw up to 30 feet, and most of them don't even require direct energy; they are portable and work with batteries.
You may wonder why you need a launcher when you can throw the ball with your bare hands. Well, dog ball launchers are a great way to boost your dog’s morale. Dogs seem to get more excited when balls are thrown with colorful machines. Moreover, other than the joy, there are various other benefits, not only for your dog but you too; we shall consider all these factors one by one below. We will also discuss which dog launchers are best for you and your dog.
Top Factors to Consider When Buying a Dog Ball Launcher
The first important thing to consider while buying a dog launcher is your pet’s size. If you have a small puppy, go with a small machine and balls up to 1.75 inches. Do not go with small balls for bigger breeds, as they might swallow them. Use the standard ball size for them.
Types of ball launchers
There are three kinds of dog ball launchers; manual, automatic, and semi-automatic. Manual and semi-automatic dog launchers are the best if you want to have some fun with your dog. They are also safer as they are under your supervision. The automatic one comes in handy if you could train your dog to use it; otherwise, you will be wasting money if you are still required to push buttons later. The three have their pros and cons, like the price difference that we shall discuss below.
For houses or parks
The next thing to consider is whether you will be using the launcher indoors or outdoors. Well, most of you will be looking for an outdoor ball launcher, and that makes more sense as you can easily throw it at a short distance inside your home with bare hands. Still, some people with big lawns want launchers to use inside a house; in this case, it’s best to go with small and safer launchers. Also, it is advised to go with more automatic ones for playing inside the houses as they can be plugged in all day.
Range of the launchers
Launchers tend to have different ranges as per se their use. You can buy any launcher without getting its range in the account if you have a small puppy or a lazy dog because most launchers can easily shoot above 20 feet. However, if you have an active dog, it’s best to see the maximum range of a particular launcher because you can later decrease the range of that launcher.
Size of the balls
Another important thing is the size of the balls that the launcher uses. Checking a simple diameter is an important thing to do; otherwise, it could lead to choking your dog. For bigger dogs, it is best to use tennis balls with a diameter of more than two inches.
The stick ones are the cheapest of the three kinds of launchers, stick, gun, and automatic machines. But you will need to swing your arm along with it to throw; the gun ones are a little more expensive than that, but you will still need to pull the trigger and aim; machine ones are the most expensive, but they come with many features. It’s totally up to you which one is the most suitable for you and your pocket.
Manual ones like the stick and gun launchers don’t require any batteries; however, the automatic ones do. They either come with rechargeable or replaceable batteries. If you were buying for home use, it would be helpful to go with the ones that come with a power cable to constantly supply its current so that your dog can come and play with it whenever it wants.
Benefits of Using a Ball Launcher
Fetching is the most popular game played with dogs, and it is very beneficial for your dog’s health. Many popular dog breeds are trained to run and fetch things for their owners. Ball launchers are a great and modern way to do that. Following are the benefits of using a ball launcher:
Keeps your dog excited: Ball launchers tend to be more exciting for your pet to play with rather than regular fetch with hands.
Throws at a particular range: Dog launchers can throw at a definite range enabling you to check your dog’s daily activity. Launchers also have sets for different ranges to increase the uncertainty of where the ball will land, making your dog more excited.
It makes things easier for you: You may be a very busy person or are too old to bend and pick up balls to throw for your dog. Then, in this case, the ball launcher automatically does the job for you. You can easily pick up balls even with manual launchers without bending.
Automatic fetching: If you are not around, the automatic ball launchers enable the dog to play fetch independently with the machine. However, they would require training that we shall discuss below.
Better health: Automatic dog launchers and soft tennis balls are a great way to stimulate your dog’s mind and physical health. This game helps to retrieve a dog’s anxiety as dogs are known to be very anxious.
Using an Automatic Ball Launcher
To use automatic ball launchers to their full extent, you will need to train your dog how to use them. Some dogs might get used to the launcher easily, while most dogs will get scared or hesitate to get the hang of the new device. Here is the best way to train your dog to use automatic ball launchers to their full extent. You will need to train your dog how to use them. Some dogs might get used to the launcher easily, while most dogs will get scared or hesitate to get the hang of the new device. Anyhow here is the best way to train your dog to use it;
First of all, get your dog excited about the new machine, and play for a little time every day, like 5 minutes. Don’t often play initially, and avoid playing simultaneously, so your dog doesn’t get bored. Then slowly start the regular training of making the dog put balls in the machine rather than handing it over to you. Reward your pup every time it drops the ball into the machine to fasten the process of learning.
It will take time; however, once your dogs learn to play with the ball launcher completely on their own, then it will be worth the product and your time.
If you’re looking for something that can tire even the most active retriever, this is your go-to. ChuckIt! Sport Ball Launcher is ideal for throwing balls up to 140 feet away. It holds a socket large enough to hold a tennis ball. It is available in multiple colors and sizes, ranging from 26″ to 12″ in length, ideal for medium-sized breeds. It is a must-have if you don’t want to hurt your throwing arm yet still want to provide your pup with the play-time they need. It is budget-friendly as well.
If you are looking for something portable and manual yet fun, this might be a good choice. It is like a gun that works with standard 2.5 inches tennis balls or special balls by Nerf itself. The gun is loaded and then shot by pulling the trigger on it. The gun can throw the ball far, and it is safe for your pup as it is in your hand. Moreover, you don’t even need to pick up the ball with bare hands as they are not clean; you can pick them directly up with the gun’s barrel.
Another great gun-based ball launcher is manual and portable. It is also easy to load and shoot. It comes in vibrant color and some extra space for more balls. It is simply used by loading the ball into the gun, then pulling the lever and releasing it via a trigger. The guns can adjust the distance to shoot per the liver you pull. The package contains a k-9 launcher and also a free tennis ball. It also supports standard tennis balls. Moreover, to pick up balls hands-free with this launcher, just place the end of the gun on the ball and gently push, then pull the lever, and you are ready to shoot.
A great way to enjoy fetching with your dog is to exercise yourself a little. Franklin dog fetching toy is a great way to throw balls long distances with minimal effort. The mechanism is simple; you just need to lock the ball inside the stick and then swing it to throw it as far as possible. Furthermore, due to the flexibility of the stick, you can easily cover a large distance after some practice. Some people tend to find it difficult to bend and pick up balls constantly, so last but not least, due to the prominent length of the stick, it is easy for you to pick up balls from the ground without bending.
If you want to take things to the next level, this one is an advanced ball launcher. It is rechargeable and easy to operate with remote control—this one’s for smaller dogs or puppies under 14 kgs. Depending upon the nature of your dog, you can choose the ball for this launcher; for example, if your dog is aggressive, then choose the durable ball of 1.75inches. Furthermore, the ball used for this launcher is organic and much safer than ordinary balls. Usage of the product is simple, once charged, you or your pet can put the ball inside the box afterward, and you can throw the ball at a selected distance via the remote control or by directly pressing on the box.
Advanced playing toy
Puppies directly interact with the box
Easy to use
It comes with one year of warranty
It is not suitable for bigger dogs.
People Also Asked
Q: Do all ball launchers require special balls?
A: No, most of them don't; however, it's best to check the product description.
Q: Is an automatic ball launcher worth buying?
A: Yes, if you have an active dog and you are not around to play with, then it is.
Q: Are dog launchers safe?
A: Yes! They are; just don't forget to use small launchers and small balls for puppies.
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