Fetch has been around probably as long as dogs have been. Some dogs will fetch a ball, some will chase a frisbee, and others will run down a plush squeak toy. Then there are dogs who will look at something being thrown then look back at you and say "What do you want me to do with that?"
Still, the game of fetch is a great way to keep your dog in shape during the winter months and lots of fun outdoors. I've come across these gadgets made specificly for this purpose.
- Chuck It Launchers
- Hyper-Dog 4 Ball Launcher
- Double Whammy This toy works two ways. You can fling it as if you were playing in LaCrosse or swing it like a baseball bat. Even better is the fact that it has a built in retriever so you don't have to touch the tennis ball. You can find this in stores for $13 USD.
- Doggie Driver Ideal for those who can't get enough of the greens this golf club will launch a ball as far as 300 feet. It is priced around $35 USD although you can find it for much less at places online.
- Tennis Dog Made to work like a slingshot but resembles a tennis racket, this gadget will launch a ball up to 75 feet. It's a reasonable price at $10USD. A good place to find this at is ActiveDogs.com.
- GoDogGo! For those of you who like to take it easy, this automatic ball machine may be exactly what you're looking for. It is very similar to those ball launchers you see on a tennis court, but made especially for dogs. It will launch tennis balls anywhere from 15 to 30 feet. It can run on electric or battery power. It even comes with a remote control. It will cost you quite a bit at $120 USD, but if you love to lounge, it's a small price to pay.
Ways to Play!
I first learned about these when I went to visit my brother in South Carolina a couple of years ago. He had bought one of these for his dog Cassie, a golden retriever. We all were at the local park and I was amazed how far the balls would go. John was really good with it. I wasn't nearly as good because I had never used it. However, after using it I did notice a difference in my tricep. So an unexpected bonus is that it will tone up your throwing arm. These launchers come in different sizes and start at $4 USD.
This works just like a slingshot. It can shoot tennis balls into the air as far as 220 feet. It also is made so that a person can pick the balls up without touching the ground. It also comes in a mini-launcher for smaller-sized pups. You can find it at Amazon or local pet stores. It costs around $25 USD.