Product Type: Boomer dog accessories
Newest Review: ... of enjoyment out of it pretty much everyday. The ball is marketed as being 'one of the toughest toys on the market' and the manufacture... more
A football that's strong enough for dogs
Member Name: melbadog
Advantages: Really sturdy, strong and lasts much longer than a football
Disadvantages: Can get sharp edges on it which can cut (not too badly)
My previous dog used to love playing football, so when we brought our new pup home I thought I'd get her into football too.
So we bought a small football which she liked and used to chase around the garden - until her teeth grew into proper teeth and she destroyed it.
So we got her a bigger football - which she promptly destroyed.
So I got her a basketball. Basketballs are stronger and tougher so I thought there would be no way she would get through that. Wrong! Burst in no time and destroyed (also a little bouncy and uncontrollable for the dog!). She had a clever tactic of getting them in a corner and fanging them.
I should point out that our dog has some collie in her- so she loves to chase and herd things, some german shepherd and staffie in her - so she has a really strong bite, and lots of labrador in her - so she is very persistent.
I was really disappointed that she couldn't play football any more, because each time (before the balls were burst) she really enjoyed it and would chase it all around the garden and entertain herself.
Then I was reccomended the boomer ball. It's basically a football but heavy, not bouncy and made of thick plastic. I made the mistake of kicking it - it really hurts your foot. Choose a size that is slightly larger than your dogs jaws (so they can't pick it up) and each time they try to bite it or put a paw on it, it rolls a little further away and encourages them to chase and play.
But my dog loves it and will chase it around and around until her tongue is hanging down and she's panting away. It's proved more than strong enough to stand up to the constant battering. Unfortunately she can only really play with it at the park because if she has it in the garden she isn't coordinated enough and was steadily destroying all of my plants!
The only real downside is that her teeth scratch the surface of the ball, and can make sharp little edges on it (a little like a nag nail but sharp plastic). These in turn can scratch her nose. Only little scratches, and she doesn't seem to notice, but I try and look for the sharp edges before they cause any harm and pull them off. Eventually we'll probably have to get a new one, but it's well worth it for the time she spends with it.
It's really good for the days when you are feeling a little under the weather and can either put your dog in the garden (if it is big enough and your plants are protected!) or just take her to the park and leave her to run around - without worrying that she may steal the ball that the local kids are using for their kickabout! She'll tire herself out pretty quickly, especially as this uses her brain and her physical attributes.
The only other slight downside is coming to leave the park - my dog (and I guess anybody who's ever had a dog with labrador in it), no matter how tired she is, will want to play with it some more. Some times you have to tell her time up - when it seems she'd like to play with this forever!
Summary: A really good idea, which will stop the need for 52 footballs a year!