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Ball-Istic Fun For Dogs
Dog Ball Thrower
Member Name: dkm1981
Dog Ball Thrower
Advantages: Cheap, good fun, stop dirty hands
Disadvantages: Tennis ball not so durable
I bought a couple of these Ballistic Thrower dog toys after my husband and I started regularly taking my sister's dog for walks. She (the dog, not my sister) absolutely adores chasing after balls and she'll happily run after them for hours. The only problem with this is that someone has to throw them in the first place.
I'll be honest, I am terrible at throwing anything and could rarely throw the ball far enough to make the dog get any form of exercise, but this toy really makes the whole process so much easier for me and so much more fun for the dog.
It comes in a few different colours; we have a blue and a yellow one, but in fairness I don't think the dog minds which one we use. It is about a metre long and has a scoop in the end that holds the tennis ball that comes with it. Using it couldn't be easier, you simply put the ball in the scoop and throw it. It is made of plastic and the plastic is quite flexible which means that you can throw it a fair old distance with no effort at all. It is a simple design that is very effective and easy to control - the ball always goes in a straight line, unless you are somehow doing something very wrong. I find that it is easy to throw it quite low as well which is good because it easily stays int he dog's line of sight, meaning that she can run along after it and the ball doesn't get lost.
Another plus point of the toy is that it stops you from having to actually touch the ball once the dog has had it in her mouth, so I don't get mud and dog saliva all over my hands anymore - an absolute bonus. There is nothing worse than getting filthy hands from playing ball with a dog and this toy completely stops this problem.
My sister's dog absolutely loves the toy. As soon as she sees us getting it out she starts barking happily and jumping around. She actually starts jumping up at the toy and tries to get the ball, which provides her with even more exercise. I didn't realise how high dogs can jump and have since spent hours hovering the stick just out of her reach and watching her jump up and down like some kind of stunt dog!
The only negative thing about the toy is the tennis ball that comes with it. It isn't very durable and I found that the dog had destroyed it on the first use. Even once it has popped and become misshapen, you can still scoop it up and throw it, but it sn't as easy and it does go as far. The simple solution to this is to get a few extra tennis balls. I bought some cheap ones and they fit nicely. I even got one of those indestructible rubber balls and have found that that works just as well in the thrower.
I actually bought my throwers from the pound shop and for that price (a pound, obviously) I think they are exceptionally good value for money. If you don't have them in your local pound store, they have them in Pets At Home for £3 each, but they are in the 3 for 2 range with a selection of other toys, so still fairly good value.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Ball-istic Thrower, because they are great value for money, easy to use, prevent you getting your hands dirty and, most importantly, the dogs love them!
Summary: Well worth the money to stop you getting dog slabber on yours hands!
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