“ Brand: Armitage / Type: Dog Toy - Tennis Balls „
My dog Max absolutely loves balls and we have a ball thrower which I have previously reviewed, as my max tends to destroy balls in nanosecond, or so it seems, we have needed to replace the ball the thrower came with fairly frequently. I like to buy quite a lot at a time so that I always have a backup and these are perfect. They come in a three pack and they are felt covered tennis balls in lovely vibrant colours which help when I am required to get the ball myself, which Max thinks is fun, but he always grabs it just as I bend to pick it up, much to my frustration. The balls are approximately 15cm in diameter and fit into my thrower perfectly. They do get mucky very quickly and are not easy to clean unless you put them in the washing machine, which I don't recommend. I usually prefer dog toys that are easy clean for obvious reasons, but these are cheap and cheerful and go with my maxis thrower so I am very happy to concede on these. These are my preferred tennis ball due to their durability and price. I paid a great price for mine, they cost £1.00 in pound land but I have seen them in Wilkinson's and in few small pet shops though a little more expensive.
The outer packaging is very simplistic, being a basic semi-transparent plastic net with a cardboard tag on the top, which is stapled to the net opening sealing the net shut, but there is no need for the packaging to be any more elaborate. The packaging does the job admirably. The balls are fairly strong and max does not pierce them very easily but when he does it does not actually destroy them and he is still able to play with them, so I consider them very hardy and robust.
The only problem I have is trying to stop my boys from playing with them before my dog gets them. My youngest loves the bright colours so I've even bought him a pack for himself so he doesn't keep pinching them off the dog. He also gets a great deal of fun out of them...loll!
These are the perfect size for my Max to grab in his mouth and they are lightweight so that you can get a decent throwing distance with them. Max absolutely loves these and leaps around like a manic puppy when we pick them up expecting us to play with him. So I think he gives' them the thumbs up! These are a fabulous buy for any dog owner wanting a cheap and practical toy for their pooch.
When I take Daisy to the park or beach I do like to take some sort of toy with us and these I have owned for ages now and they are one of Daisy's favourites to play with and I bought them in a pack of three in Wilkinson's for £1.80 which I thought was excellent value for money.
The balls basically come in a white net and on the label we are told what they are and who they are by and that's that really. The balls are tennis ball size and lightweight and feel rather hollow in feel, perfect for a small dog to play with and each ball is brightly coloured and we have one ball that is green and blue, another that is blue and yellow and another one that is pink and yellow and all feel felt covered and smooth and soft.
The only issue I have with these is that the felt covering does get pretty dirty and try as you may to clean them they don't come up to clean at all and of course you have to pick these up and so on and do get covered in slobber and muck and so on!
Daisy as I said earlier loves these balls though will chase them but doesn't bring them back but they are a size she can grab within her mouth and carry so they really are not too heavy and I think for the price of them that they are not only decent quality but plenty of fun for our little dog and so if she's happy so are we and if I lose them or she does more to the point I can always buy some more as they are not bank breaking!
Available in all good pet shops and so on in packs of three.
All 4 of my dogs are just crazy about retrieving things, I think it must be programmed into their little doggy natures though my old girl who celebrated her 16th birthday in February isn't really up to high energy fun and games anymore, a plod about when she's out for a walk is much more her thing these days, though she will occasionally burst into a trot from time to time. The other 3 however, despite being 13, 12 and 7 years of age will carry on all day if you let them (they must all be blessed with good healthy genes) and would happily play fetch for hours on end if they could. We get through an array of tennis balls as they do tend to get all muddy and disgusting quite quickly, especially when thrown into water their fuzzy outer layer tends to get a bit soggy and slimey and we tend to chuck them away and replace them when they reach the whiffy, soiled stage.
2 of the 3 scallywags are particularly keen on water so when we go out for walkies I will lob it into a lake or something for them to go tearing after, my pointer however is terrified of water and must be the only dog that I've ever known who actually can't swim, on the odd occasion she has tried she tends to panic, look at my dad in shock whilst she struggles about frantically and he has to come to her rescue and scoop her out. Generally she will stick to the shallows and have a brief paddle, when these games of fetch go into the water she will look at me in disgust but as I point out to her each time, she has to share the tennis ball and wait for her turn like a good dog. Occasionally a ball will be lost in the water, getting caught in reeds or something and the spaniels after a good search will eventually gallop over to me where they know I will more often than not have a spare ball in my pocket.
As the dogs go through quite a few balls I don't see the point in forking out a ton for expensive doggy gadget whatnots and so tend to stick to bog standard tennis balls as they still do the job perfectly. When in my local pound shop recently I spotted a pack of 3 brightly coloured balls by Armitage and thought that for the price of a pound I may as well pop some in my basket. The balls you get are of varying colours but to be honest I don't give a monkeys what colour they are and neither do the dogs as they're colour blind canines anyway. The balls are tennis ball sized but strangely enough don't really bounce too well; they will boing slightly when thrown at the floor with some force but that is all. A good point is that they float in water, making them ideal for soggy fetching games and due to their brightness they are relatively easy to spot. Though I'm not going to traipse the countryside looking for a lost ball and if I can't see it straightaway I just tend to abandon ship, for a quid for 3 I'm not overly fussed if one goes awol.
My youngest pooch can be a bit of a chewer but when she gets a mouthful of the fluffy outer layer she's put off and will usually give up on that effort before going to find a bone or something to chew on (less hairy see and generally a lot tastier). The balls fair pretty well and so far none of my dogs have managed to put holes in them or tear them to smithereens; I haven't attempted to pop them in the washing machine as it's just not worth it, I also don't think they happen to come with washing instructions. Prices vary and you could expect to pay up to £3.00 online, I'd suggest having a gander round your local pound store instead as you may find them in there. Good product that my dogs enjoy; could do with being a tad bouncier though.
My dogs, as most dogs, love chasing balls so to find and inexpensive way to find this addiction it paramount.
I bought these as they were cheaper than tennis balls but soon found out why. We took the ball finger to the field and flung the first ball. It flew through the air a beauty but, as it was slightly heavier it didn't go quite as far. On hitting th ground I expected a nice high bounce, as did the dogs and them and I were highly disappointed at the distinct lack of bounce of the ball. Then when my shepherd, she always makes sure he is the one with the ball even if one of the others catches it, brough the ball back I found it was no longer ball shaped and the rubber inside the fabric outer has basically disintegrated by a combination of impact and shepherd jaws.
Not the best for one throw, all the balls went this way and needless to say I didn't buy them again.
They would be okay if you were only throwing them a short distance or your dog does not have strong jaws otherwise they are a waste of money!!!
All of my dogs love playing with balls, whether it be tennis balls, rugby balls or footballs. My garden is full of their toys and balls however weirdly enough after about a month of buying them a new bag of tennis balls, half of them go missing. I think this is because my one of my dogs Clyro has a habit of taking a ball upstairs with him every night, and they probably roll under the furniture. My boyfriend always takes a ball with him when he walks the dogs as well (we have a ball slinger thingie) and it's rare that he returns with the ball as my dogs are too lazy to carry the ball home once they've finished playing with it, and the field by my house is incredibly muddy and wet so I doubt my boyfriend wants to carry a dirty, soggy ball home with him!
When it comes to brands of tennis balls I just pick whatever is cheapest/on offer as there's no point in paying much when they get dirty, soggy, lost or chewed up. Poundland is a good place to purchase tennis balls which is where I bought these particular ones; the Armitage Good Boy tennis balls which were priced at a bargain £1 for three balls. I am unsure of the RRP for the pack of three balls however after looking online I can see that the prices vary from £1.50-£3.30 depending on where you purchase them. They are available from a variety of online pet retailers and I am pretty sure a majority of supermarkets and pet shops stock them too. As far as I know they can only be purchased in packs of three but they are cheap enough (when bought from the right place) to buy in bulk - I bought 5 packs and paid just a fiver so there's no risk of my dogs losing all of them any time soon!
Packaging wise, the packaging was slightly different from the picture shown above - the balls came in a thick transparent plastic packet with a piece of cardboard at the top. This was green and blue and stated the product name. There was also the good boy logo on the left hand side with a cartoon dog in the right hand corner indicating the dogs were not proper tennis balls and are instead dog toys. To open the packet I simply pulled the cardboard part off. The balls are all brightly coloured and in my packs of three each ball had a different colour scheme. The colours vary but glancing at the storage box full of dog toys I can see that there's a pink and yellow one, a blue and yellow one, a green and blue one and so on. They're very bright and I was about to say this might make it easier for a dog to see but then remembered that dogs are colourblind lol - it does make it easier for me to see though for example if I throw one in the garden and non of the dogs fetch it I can see clearly where it is as the bright colour stands out against the grass so when it comes to clearing the garden up I can easily spot it.
The balls are durable and my dogs love them. Harvey enjoys chewing them and still hasn't managed to actually chew one up, so they're obviously very good quality. They're not really ideal to throw into water though as just like with normal tennis balls they have a 'fuzzy' type of texture which gets matted and dirty easily. I have thrown these into water a number of times as I have two labrador retrievers who loves retrieving from the water and the balls float which is handy My dogs enjoy chewing these balls and as they're so durable I am not too concerned about them breaking and being a potential choking hazard. The balls aren't bouncy but give a slight bounce when thrown with force onto the ground. They have quite a soft texture but they're hard so if you threw one at someone - eg threw one and it hit the dog by mistake it would probably cause discomfort so keep this in mind and be careful when throwing balls for your dog. I don't think these would be hard enough to break a window but it's not something i've tried to do so i'm not completely sure!
The balls are lightweight so can be thrown quite some distance with either my hand or with the ball launcher. My dogs all recognise the word 'ball' and they all like these particular ones. They're really durable and good quality, but if left in the rain/if they get wet they do go quite 'fuzzy' and tatty looking. Overall though, I highly reccomend them.
We are currently using Armitage Good Boy Tennis Balls Dog Toys for our dog and he really does love to play with these wonderful colourful balls. The are very bright and come in a mesh pack of three balls for £2.50 from all good pet stores.
They are about the same size as a standard tennis ball but they are lighter and obviously the colours are brighter so if you throw them outside for your dog and he manages to lose it you will soon see it hiding in the green grass as it will stand out as it is so brightly coloured. Our dog always manages to find them as they are so bright and colourful.
They are not too small so that the dog will choke and I would personally say good for small to medium sized dogs. They are very durable and there are no signs of any wear and tear despite ours being used on a daily basis during long walks.
They are made from non-toxic material and if accidentally (or purposely) thrown into water, you wil be pleased to learn they do not sink, but will just bob along on the water surface so you can easily find it to retrieve it - or the dog can!. When I accidentally threw mine towards a lake it just bobbed on the top of the water.
They do bounce, but only slightly if thrown at hard ground. They do get messy and smelly quite quickly but this is very easily remedied by washing in warm soapy water and leaving to dry.
Recommended by us and the dog.
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Good boy, fetch boy, fetch!! It's a common sound on parks across the country, owners playing and shouting at their faithful friend to go and catch the tennis ball that they have just thrown for their dog. Eddie the dog is no exception and loves playing with balls of all varieties.
We have some really strong heavy balls for him to play with in the house that are more like chew toys but for playing outside with we like to get him tennis balls. The hard balls are quite hard to throw long distances but with these tennis balls I can really launch them a fair distance and get Eddie to run far to go and fetch them. We have got various balls from different manufacturers before but some of my favourites are the Armitage Good Boy Tennis balls that you can get from any pet store/homewares store.
What I like about these balls is that although they are just like regular tennis balls and shaped and designed like tennis balls they come with some cool wacky colours that keep a dog interested and make it fun. My little toddler loves throwing these balls around for the dog too. In each bag you get three balls, one is tennis ball yellow colour with pink parts, one is tennis ball yellow with blue parts and one is green with purple parts. It's nice as you can designate each one for play in a different field or park, whichever you prefer so as not to get one muddy etc. They are very easy to spot due to the bright colours so if they get stuck under a tree or in the bushes you can usually find them. They are the perfect size for Eddie's mouth, not too big, not too small that he will choke so a great toy to play fetch with. They also float in water so are fun if you go near a lake or pond.
The balls are manufactured from non-toxic materials which is really important for me as if we sometimes forget to take them off Eddie when we get home and leave them just for outdoor use he will sometimes end up eating them so to know that they will not harm him is great in my opinion. They are quite strong although in my house they do need replacing every couple of weeks but for £2.50 for three balls I don't mind paying for new ones once in a while.
A great dog toy!
As tennis balls are Pippa's all time favorite toys, I couldn't resist buying her this pack of three brightly colored tennis balls. Armitage Good Boy Tennis Balls Dog Toy.
~Armitage Good Boy Tennis Balls Dog Toy~
The pack I got contained 3 very brightly colored tennis balls, there's not a lot else to say about this toy or rather toys, as there were three of them in the pack. I decided to buy them specifically for Pippa as she loves nothing more than chasing after a ball, preferably a tennis ball, as she can fit it in her mouth nicely without dropping it. She has loads of them, but I keep buying her more as they get grubby very quickly, and the bright colors on the tennis balls don't last that long either, it doesn't take long for the bright colors to fade and then they become dull and boring.
Pippa loves it when she gets a new ball to play with, but she is nasty to Red, as sometimes he wants to play too, but she won't let him. I can throw the ball and they will both run after it, but even if Red gets there first, she bullies him into dropping it and then she quickly takes off with it and poor Red just wanders back to me with nothing. I really feel sorry for him sometimes as he is scared of her and misses out quite a lot, I guess this is why he isn't interested in toys half the time.
~Quite a good toy for my dog~
The tennis balls are of reasonable quality, they seem hardwearing enough, Pippa has had these tennis balls a few months now and although the colors have faded somewhat, she still has them all, none of them are lost or ripped apart. Maybe a little pulled in places and also a bit grubby but considering I only paid £1.99 for this pack of 3. I think I got quite a good bargain. I bought them from a website called K9capers.com
So to sum up this pack of tennis balls, I think they were worth the money, they hold Pippa's interest for quite a while, she'll always go back to play with them as she never seems to tire of chasing after her tennis balls, so she's getting lots of exercise as well, so even though she won't share them, I am pleased I bought them and I would recommend them to anyone with a dog who likes to play fetch.
4 Stars for this Armitage Good Boy Tennis Balls Dog Toy reasonable quality and pretty durable well they are for my dogs anyway.
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