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After our unsuccessful experience with the Boomer Ball, I was a bit disappointed when my Mum happily came in with the Boomer Aqua Football but I really didn't have the heart to tell her that as she seemed so pleased with the purchase. I just had to bite my tongue and go with the flow whilst standing on my husband's foot when he started about to bring up the Boomer Ball!
The Boomer Aqua Football is supposed to float on water and gives your dog something to play with whilst they are swimming whether it be in the sea or a lake. The product is a little strange to look it. It is not a traditional football shape but an American Football shape or even a rugby ball so football is a little misleading. It has little spikes covering it and it is attached to a long blue piece of cord which your dog can carry it with if they prefer to instead of holding it in their mouths or you can use it to throw it.
The Boomer Aqua Football is bright orange in colour (though DooYoo's picture would have you believe that it is red). The cord is royal blue and well made as well as being sturdily attached to the ball itself. The ball is hard but a medium sort of hard. There is enough give in it for your dog to be able to catch it as well as gnaw on it should they wish to. It looks fairly durable and it is made from natural rubber so there is nothing toxic about it that could harm your dog. As well as being a toy for dog entertainment purposes it has also been proven to be great for your dog's dental health as it massages the gums and strengthens the teeth.
We took this to the park for Ben and firstly we just threw it about the park to see if he liked it. When it hit the floor, it bounced a little first and then stayed on the floor. He sort of did. He went chasing after it but the problem was when he went to pick it up. He just wouldn't do it. He would put his mouth around it and then drop it like it was stinging him and go down on his front legs and bark at it. I then realised he didn't like the spikey bits. After a couple more minutes barking at it, he came up with the idea of picking it up by the rope cord and that is how he plays with it. He will not touch the ball itself, not even to gnaw at it.
My husband threw the Boomer Aqua Ball into the lake and Ben went in after it - it did actually float (surprisingly) and Ben got it with ease though still holding it by the cord though he seemed happier to play with it on dry land.
Aisde from when we are out and about, Ben doesn't play with the toy. He seems to much prefer his other toys to this one. We often take two or three to the park with us and when my daughter holds them out to him he always picks something else over the Boomer Aqua Football.
It is an okay toy - Ben doesn't seem overly struck on it and I think it is because of the spikey bits on the ball itself. I think he would really like it if it was minus these if I am honest. I give this toy 3 DooYoo stars - it is well made and a bit different but my dog just doesn't like it much. Other dogs might though.
I bought this Boomer Aqua Football as a 10th birthday present for Tess, my border collie. I bought it specially for playing in the sea after discovering (the hard way) that her Kong Frisbee didn't float.
I had wrapped it up in birthday paper for her (yes, she's spoilt!) and she couldn't wait to un-wrap it as it had fairly a strong vanilla scent. Once she'd torn the paper off Tess immediately started gnawing on it so I'm guessing it tasted a bit vanilla-y too!
The same day we took it to the beach to play with and I discovered that the rope makes it really easy for us humans to pick up and throw quite far, even if you "throw like a girl"!
As promised, it floats and because it's bright orange it was easy to spot too.
Both the toy and the rope got very sandy but I still found it easy to throw and I think the rope helped me to not get too much sand up my fingernails. The sand washed straight off of the toy as soon as it got wet again.
I was surprised to see that the toy bounced too! Not very high, about several inches off the ground and just enough for Tess to catch in the air. She has caught her paws in the rope once or twice (without injury) so if you have a smaller dog then I can imagine this would be more of a problem.
Tess really loves this toy and will happily sit and chew on it at home for short periods of time or fetch it from the sea.
So far it seems to be really hard-wearing too; Tess can destroy a tennis ball after 4 throws so for this to have lasted a month is definitely good going. After a dip or two in the sea, it no longer smells of vanilla.
I've not played tug with it as I don't encourage that game with Tess so I don't know how well the rope would hold out.
I paid £3.90 for this toy from ZooPlus.co.uk plus I got a discount by going through my iPoints account.