Product Type: Armitage dog accessories
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Go On Boy, Fetch It!
Armitage Good Boy Tennis Balls Dog Toy
Author Name: WackoStepho
Armitage Good Boy Tennis Balls Dog Toy
Advantages: Float in water, bright colours so can spot them easily, cheap and get 3 in a pack.
Disadvantages: Need to be a tad bouncier.
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.
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