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Dog Ball Thrower
Member Name: jodiestokes
Dog Ball Thrower
Date: 14/09/09, updated on 22/09/09 (243 review reads)
I have two dogs, the eldest is an 8 year old Border Collie cross Jack Russell (don't ask me how on earth they managed that but they did!) called George. The youngest is a 12 month old Jack Russell called Olive (blame my fiancée for the name lol). It's fair to say that George didn't have a very good start in life; he had a difficult birth, went to a rescue home for dogs and had very little human contact until I adopted him at 14 weeks old. This means George isn't without some behavioural difficulties. Although George is a loyal, clever and loving dog, he can be a little snappy with unfamiliar people and dogs. It is therefore vital his needs are met in order for him to stay a calm and happy dog, i honestly belive that the ball thrower gizmo really helps aid me in my plight to give George the stimulation and exercise he really needs. Olive on the other hand had a great little start in life; she's an affectionate, sweet little dog. Like most pups Olives age she can get a bit hyper at times and needs a lot of attention. Because both my dogs are working, and high energy dogs by nature, this means that not only are they of great intelligence but they also need a tremendous amount of exercise. You cannot argue that this product doesn't provide this.
In an ideal world both my pampered pooches would have an hour's walk twice a day, of course this isn't always possible but they will always get at least an hour. During "walkies" (don't say it out loud, don't even type it loud!) it's really important that they have both been as mentally stimulated as well as having great big runs. Knowing that my dogs are well looked after makes me feel as good as they do.
THE BALL THROWER
The thrower is basically a long strip of plastic (length will vary according to were you purchase) with a handy grip at one end for hand comfort and a tennis ball cup shaped holder at the other to place tennis balls inside. Dog tennis balls are usually very cheap and come in bags so you get a few to play with. The thrower usually comes with a ball to start you off with though. The thrower is usually around an inch in thickness, so fairly robust.A simple tool but highly effective.
IM A BALL THROWING FAILIURE!
I have had a ball throwing gizmo ever since I first had George. It's one of those things I don't really think about. I have a confession; I have taken it well and truly for granted all these years. Well not any more!
So there I was doing my usual rummage through the under stairs cupboard for my ruck sack, tennis balls, dog throwing gizmo and doggie water bottle in preparation for the "walkies" (shh!) when it dawned on me I had run out of tennis balls to put in my ball thrower. I have to say, this happens rarely but I figured "to hell with it" and scoped around for something else. Before long I came across a bouncy ball on a rope which George had rather cleverly and ever so proudly sniffed out the week before on our travels. "That'll do" I thought, and off we went. It takes around ten minutes to get to Dorset's beautiful Fleet lagoon from my house, where there are fantastic views for me and great big fields for the dogs to bound around in. As soon as we got there, I forked out the ball on a rope and off we went. I decided on an under arm approach as my ball throwing method with a 1-2-3 and........... straight over my head (opposite direction to the aim) into a six foot bramble bush, never to be seen again. That's when I realised I was a complete ball throwing novice, I was never going to get an invite into the Olympic ball throwing team plus I had the shame of the other dog walkers laughter directed at me and my wonky arm. It was then it struck me, I was nothing, NOTHING, without my ball thrower. So, net result, 2 ungrateful dogs and 1 embarrassed owner. But i did learn the value of my trusty ball thrower. I simply cannot throw to save my life but this affliction is never apparent with my thrower in tow.
WHY EVERY OWNER NEEDS A BALL THROWER
1)Forget Fattima Whittbread, you will feel like an Olympic champion using this thing to wing ya balls around. The distance you can reach is unbelievable plus the ball will always go where you aim it. If you're a complete ball throwing idiot like me with rubbish lengths achieved with ball in flight and random directions despite always aiming forward, then this truly is your god send.
2)The thrower is fairly robust, I've had mine years and it's never broken.
3)The cost is minimal, the lowest around £1.20 and the most about £5.
4)Walking the dogs every day can get a bit samey, samey and if you're anything like me you soon start wishing you were at home with a nice cup of tea. Having the ball thrower tends to keep me as occupied as them.
5)The ball thrower doesn't take up much room and is easily stored away.
6)The ball thrower is excellent for maintaining obedience training because pooch is forever having to listen and respond to commands during play. I.e. fetch, sniff it out, come here and so on.
7)Happy dog = happy owner. Your dog won't be hassling you for play time for a long while after a run using this.
8)Slobber - Because the ball thrower is nice and lengthy with the all important tennis ball shaped cup on the end, you will never have to have hand to ball contact again. The thrower makes picking up the ball effortless. After a couple of throws the ball always ends up slimy so this is a real benifit, just being able to scoop it up with the thrower.
WHY EVERY DOG SHOULD HAVE THE BALL THROWER
1)If you find yourself in ownership of a high energy dog, chances are the dog will need more exercise than you can give it (unless you're Marine trained), the ball thrower will get them fit and working hard.
2)Working dogs need a lot of mental stimulation (as I have mentioned), because the ball thrower will throw your tennis balls for miles this usually ends up with pooch having to sniff around to fetch it up. Great for getting them working dog instincts aroused.
3)Every dog deserves a bit of excitement from time to time, i belive "walkies" time belongs to my dogs, its their time and this is guaranteed to get them yapping with anticipation and tails wagging with delight.
4)Your dog is sure to feel fulfilled after walkies with this.
5)This is a great bonding tool; your dog is very likely just going to want to curl up next to you for some well earned affection after his/hers run.
6)I taught George to swim using this gizmo; he was really nervous at first but so excited to get his ball he eventually got stuck in. I'd say this gizmo has really improved his confidence. Swimming is low impact and great for working the muscles, great for George now he's getting older.
1)The main con with this gizmo is having to keep buying new doggie tennis balls. George is a medium sized dog with the jaws to match and generally ends ups mouthing the balls to death, splitting the balls in half with only the felt to keep them together. My other dog Olive is a tiny pup and when she's had enough running about she has a habit of laying down in the long grass and picking off the felt (much to my annoyance).
2)If you have a ball possessive dog then you probably won't want to take the ball thrower every time as this can start to make doggie a bit anti social.
3)Realistically you're going to need a nice meaty field to throw ya ball around using this, not to practical if you're a street walker only.
4)Because there are so many ball throwers on the market sometimes you might end up with one that either has a cup that's a little too tight or one that is a little too big for the balls. This can make the balls a little inaccurate but they are so cheap it isn't a huge financial hole to replace them.
I honestly couldn't be without my ball thrower. I love the enthusiasm both my dogs have when they see it pulled from my bag. It gives them both a first class run. Despite there being a fairly large age gap between both, they both respond the same. My old dog becomes a pup and my pup becomes like a little greyhound, giving her runs to catch the ball, her 100% best. A gizmo every dog owner should have and every dog will love.
Summary: GET ONE!
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