The tennis ball launcher is probably the best tool for playing fetch with your dog. Add it to play time and you won’t find a happier pet.
With this in mind, I’ve decided to get myself one as well so I can play with Toby. While checking out the different options available, I realized I could help narrow down the options for anyone who might be interested so I’m writing a post on the 5 best tennis ball launchers for dogs.
I’ve written a quick summary of each device as well as a short video showing each toy in action. Note: each video is less than 2 minutes and the items are presented in random order.
The BazooK-9 is one of the best ball shooters on the market right now to due the intersect between it’s simplicity and price. It is a very straightforward tool which retails at a very low price, usually less than $20 in most places I’ve seen it. It sells on Amazon for $14.95 plus S & H and sports generally favorable reviews with an average of 4/5 stars on most listings.
Watch the Bazook-9 in action below:
iFetch is a line of automatic ball throwers that was launched in 2010. These lightweight toys are so easy to operate that the dog can do it himself (seriously). If you don’t have the time but your dog insists on playing fetch, just send him to his iFetch. The machine launches the ball, your dog retrieves it and places it in the receptacle then the cycle repeats. There are 3 versions of the iFetch that you can buy, however.
This is the budget iFetch that I would never subject my dog to. The Mini only can only be used with miniature tennis balls that literally ROLL out of a hole at ground level. Furthermore, the balls roll at a snail’s pace and with no real distance – hardly anything to be excited about.
Don’t respect your best friend by getting him this one.
A slight redemption for iFetch comes in this model. This model actually throws the balls instead of rolling it. However, like the Mini, it only accepts the mini tennis balls. Both the Mini and the iFetch weigh roughly 4 pounds. This item has throwing distance settings of 10, 20 and 30 feet and sells on Amazon for $115.
Made especially for smaller dogs, here is a video of the iFetch in action:
We’ve reached full redemption for iFetch. The iFetch Too is the best iteration of these automatic ball throwers because it allows you to use standard size tennis balls. Because of this, it is a little pricier than its younger siblings, retailing at around $200 on Amazon.
The video below the iFetch Too in action:
The Chuckit is for you if you don’t like dog slobber all over your hands. This item has no special features as you can probably tell from it’s simplistic design and low price (less than $10). The Chuckit not only keeps your hands slobber free but allows you to throw long distances with minimal effort – great for people with weak or injured shoulders.
I personally don’t like this tool but it seems to be very popular among dog owners with a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating from over 2,400 customers on Amazon. The short 2 minute video below shows the Chuckit in action:
Hyper Pet K-9 Kannon and Kannon Mini
This is another gun type ball shooter. Similar to the Bazook-9, you load the tennis ball into the nozzle of the gun and shoot. The Hyper Pet K-9 Kannon comes in two sizes; the full size and the mini. The only real, functional difference between the two is that the latter can only accommodate mini balls.
Compared against the Bazook-9, both brands are around the same price range (under $20) and have similar ratings, however, the Bazook-9 has been rated more times which leads me to believe that data is slightly more reliable.