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My fur babies and I love the machine, in the house and outside! They come first thing in the morning rolling ball at our feet! Wish it had a sense on it, but I just sit it higher and they love fetching these balls. And all standard tennis balls can be used! Great ball for these hyper two!
I wanted to love this. I have an almost one year old golden retriever who is obsessed with fetch. Sometimes it will shoot the ball 10 ft, and sometimes 1 ft. I’ve not seen it shoot 30-40ft like I thought I read in the description. The battery also doesn’t last long. I was really hoping I could keep him occupied with this instead of having to do it myself all the time. Another thing to note is that it’s probably not at all intended to be used outside. And if your dog gets a slobbery mouth, also not going to work. It’s okay, but definitely not worth the price. I was trying to return it but I cannot find one of the balls that came with it.
I had high hopes for this ! My lab is very ball obsessed & I got one when they first came out like 6 years ago for his Xmas gift . I too suck good care of this ! I always kept it indoor ( I took it outside once a day to play (w me there ) then cleaned it abs put in box . It never wanted to throw chuck it 2.5” balls ( tennis ball size ) I prefer those bc my Lab eats tennis balls ! But it would stick on the rollers bo matter how much I cleared it . He was even training to drop in too etc she it just quit one day ! Of course it wasn’t in warranty ( if you buy this get it where you can buy a warranty bc it WILL STOP WORKING ! ( I bought another thinking it was a fluke , nope it quit too except uij under 2 months this time. Heck I even saw one on a dog walk in my neighborhood Someone had set out by the road in the box to give away ! I was excited at the “ free” ball machine , it had all the parts too ! But you guessed it - didn’t work at all ! I even used my old charger I knew worked )lol
The idea is fine but flawed. I have a very small dog and this needs to be used outside as it throws more than a hallway. If you use it outdoors on a lawn the balls get wet from dew or saliva and softens the balls until they crack. These are really shabby small tennis balls without the waterproof. The dog brings it back and plays or holds it in its mouth. If it came with salid balls or unchewable, then you could wipe them off and put them in the shooter otherwise you have water/dew/saliva getting into an electrical and sensitive machine. Going to ask Chewy to send better balls for free or return the machine. Too bad with that slight adjustment to solid lightweight waterproof balls if would be a fantastic toy.
They haven't learned how to drop the ball in themselves yet, but they bark with excitement and eagerly await the ball being launched.
Not overly excited about this purchase. Doesn’t live up to the hype. Was pretty disappointed that it does not launch 40 feet like they say. But still a fun toy to use
Worked nicely for a little before it slowed. Gets gross quick with dirt. Within a month it didnt throw very far. Pup liked while it lasted though
I had a different launcher for a year that wore out and I figured I would try this one. My dog already knew how to use a launcher, so there was really no training period for him. Pros: -Really quiet -random setting to keep dog guessing -can leave on for long periods and dog can still play when he wants to. -mediocre distance -doesnt tip over as easily when dog paws at it. Cons: -No sensor or delay when dog puts ball in, so it shoots it out, even if dog is standing in front or toddler walks past... - if your dog likes to make the balls all squishy, the ball gets wedged in the shoot (also shoots less far, but that's expected). -the firm chuck-it balls get wedged as well (same size as tennis ball and fits in the chuck-it, but frequently gets stuck in the shoot).
I absolutely loved the iFetch and so did Romeo my male french bulldog, but my other two female french bulldogs Cami and Kimber could handle it. I don't know if it was the noise that made them crazy or the exit of the tennis ball which then caused them to attack the iFetch and then fight each other over who was gonna get the iFetch. Romeo on the other hand loved it, he caught on very quickly and played easily with the iFetch. Sadly, I had to make the hard decision to return it because it caused my two females high anxiety and the frustration and it wasn't worth it for me to keep the iFetch for one dog's entertainment. Poor Romeo, I loved watching him run after the tennis balls and come back with his big smile and put the tennis ball back in the hole and go again! I highly recommend this item for anyone who has a dog that loves to play fetch! **** I gave four stars because of the noise I feel that was the only problem I had with it! I wasn't loud at all but disturbed the female dogs, didn't bother the male dog at all!
I have a medium sized, ball obsessed girl and this was the perfect gift. Just make sure you do charge the full day and then let it fly!!