IFetch Too is a newer version of the original iFetch, designed for larger dogs. This newer version is bigger, throws bigger balls, and uses a rechargeable battery. With it, you can still train your dogs to retrieve and return. By training your dog to bring the ball back and drop it into the slots, they can literally play and utilize the self-reinforcing behavior on a regular basis without you having to do anything. This machine can be used indoors or outdoors.
- Adjust Distance for Throws
The unit can be adjusted in terms of how far it launches the balls so that you can still use it inside or outside. If you have an indoor space which is only 10 or 20 feet long you can shoot the ball inside at a safe distance. Should you have a larger yard for your larger dog you can also shoot it at a distance of 40 feet.
- Teach Retrieval
You can teach your dogs to fetch the ball and drop it into the final parts of the machine which will allow you to sit back and do nothing but relax.
How It Works
There are certain patterns of behavior that can be found in all dogs. One of them is that they will orient themselves toward something they can see, hear, or smell. If they can see something and they see that something moving, they will chase it, catch it, shake, and kill it. End goals of this of course is to shred and eat whatever it is they have cops. These are not behaviors that dogs learn but rather behaviors which they have naturally.
Working dogs were historically selected based on the presence or strength of behaviors like those you see exhibited when a dog plays fetch. Herding dogs need to orient and look at the things they are herding, then chased them. Border collie’s or golden retrievers, even Terriers all follow the same pattern for catching and killing, but there are subtle differences. These border collie’s might like and kill golden retrievers are less inclined to shake what they have caught. In any case, fetch capitalizes upon these natural instincts and gives dogs a way to play. .
Benefits of Fetch
Whether you want to get a dog for the first time or you have been a dog owner for many years, playing with the dog needs to be a top priority. This is a great way for you to bond with your dog. It is also a fantastic way for you to stimulate the mind of your dog and bring out the best they have inside of them. What's more, it is important to be creative when you are spending time with your dog so that you can strengthen the bond between you two and make both of you much happier.
How it's Different from Competitors
This modified version of the original toy is a ball thrower that automatically throws larger sized balls specifically for medium to large sized dogs. Due to high customer demand, a kick starter was set up in May 2015 to raise fifty thousand dollars so the bigger models could be produced. Fans more than double the amount that was requested so that now German shepherds, golden retrievers, border Collie's, and even Italian mastiffs can enjoy the new version.
This unit is significantly larger insofar as it is 2.4 inches tall rather than the previous 7.7 inches. Balls can be shot up to 40 feet, 10 feet more than the older model. This particular unit also holds larger balls than the previous model, offering dogs regular sized tennis balls. What's more, this unit offers rechargeable batteries so that you can operate the machine for a long period of time. Such a design feature makes it better than previous versions because it is incredibly efficient. The automatic shutoff feature will shut off the ball launcher until a ball is dropped inside of it so as to make the most out of the available battery power.
Said newer version is a more rugged option. It has little treads for the wheels so that the motor is able to grip the ball no matter how much saliva is generated by larger dogs. This is a very unique function that most automatic ball launchers do not take into consideration. Larger dogs have a great deal more saliva which can generally wet a ball and make it very slippery to the touch.
- Solid Design
If you are a pet owner you are probably familiar with the world of automatic ball throwers for dogs. Whether you are selecting a battery or an AC operated machine, they function in much the same way. Shooting balls across the yard or across the house, generally between 10 and 30 feet, allows your dog to chase and fetch the ball.
- Train Your Dog
If your dog is smart enough to be trained so that they return the balls, you can teach them to return the ball to the funnel shaped opening inside of the machine. Doing this means that your dog can enjoy hours of entertainment fetching the balls without you ever having to be involved. You could sit back and read a book while your dog catches the ball, puts it back, and fetches again.
- Larger Balls
Due to the fact that it uses larger balls that are regular in size, you don't have to worry about running out of tennis balls. Each order will come with three of the larger tennis balls, but since they are regular size you can in theory substitute your own personal tennis balls for the ones provided by each order. This makes it a lot easier to utilize a lot of balls for a lot of different dogs.
- Longest Distance
At 40 feet it is one of the longest distances offered by any automatic ball thrower you will find on the market. The rechargeable battery that comes with the machine allows you to charge, hold a charge, and make the most out of the lifespan of this unit which makes it well worth the price. No other option on the market has this.
Some people complain much the same as all previous versions, about the volume generated from this machine when it is turned on. It can be a little loud so it might not be the best thing to leave turned on all night inside your home.
- Owner Present
Much like all previous versions from the company even though you do not have to necessarily be actively involved in the machine for it to operate, you should be nearby. Stay nearby the entire time it is turned on.
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