Types of dog ball launcher
Which type of dog ball launcher you choose is very much dependent on how much effort you want to exert when playing fetch with your mutt!
These are a type of dog ball launcher that you are likely already very familiar with and will have seen clutched in the grip of nearly every other dog walker at your local park. A kind of long plastic slingshot, they require some slight effort to use but can fling a ball over 100 feet once you’ve got the knack, far further than the average arm! The best part about these launchers though is that they are cheap. They rely on physics rather than a fancy contraption or design, meaning they won’t set you back much more than a couple of quid!
Semi-automatic models are so-called because they require you to activate them with the press of a button – but the launching action itself is done without you exerting any effort! These are more often than not ball-blasting guns designs, making them most popular with children and families who enjoy making dog walks a fun, altogether activity. They also provide quite a fair bit of range at just the pull of a trigger!
A relatively new invention for dogs, automatic launchers are very much in the mould of a tennis ball machine, allowing your dog to feed a ball into the device and then have it automatically fire it into the distance. Which of course, means you don’t have to do anything at all! However, teaching your dog this self-serving skill may take time and due to the technology on show here, they often cost far more than any other type of launcher. They’re also perhaps not the greatest for taking down the park and work better as an indoor toy or garden activity.
Features to consider
How physically fit are you and how much energy to do you want to exert on launching a tennis ball? That’s what you should be asking yourself before purchasing any launcher. Yes, manual offerings may be unbelievably cheap, but if you’re suffering from arthritis or arm issues, there’s no point picking one!
Dog’s love playing fetch with someone who can really help them put in the yards, so a launcher that can seriously fire or fling a ball to frightening distances should always be a priority. Some automatic models also have the option to change distances and angles, meaning you can please multiple dogs and perhaps avoid them running off in a direction they shouldn’t!
If desiring an automatic dog ball launcher, you’re going to have a very tough decision to make when considering power sources. Do you want the ease of being able to take you launcher everywhere with battery power? Or do you want the cost-efficient choice of a plug-in powered model if it will only be used at home?
Almost all dog ball launchers use the average tennis ball as their model, but this isn’t necessarily ideal for small breed dogs. For dinky dogs, try and find a launcher which utilises smaller sizes of ball, as they need to be able to get their chops around it! Opposingly, you also need to be careful you don’t buy balls and launchers which are too small for your dog, as they could swallow or get smaller balls lodged in their mouth or throat!
Indoor & outdoor suitability
If you want to play ball games in more places than just down the park, you may want to consider a launcher which can also work in enclosed spaces. Suitability for indoors and outdoors tends to depend on a contraptions launch power, as hoying balls up to 100 feet indoors isn’t exactly a wise idea unless you live in a particularly large home!
Due to the various types available, dog ball launchers can range anywhere from £2 to £60 in price meaning there is both ultra-cheap options as well as more upscale choices.