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The Paws & Pals Automatic Dog Ball Launcher is a low effort way to bond with your puppy or small dog.
With the launcher comes a treat dispenser, three balls, and a charging cord.
For those who can’t always give their dog their full attention, or for those with certain physical constraints, this may be the right product for you.
That’s not to say it’s perfect. Like all things, it has its pros and cons, which we’re about to discuss below. Read on to learn more, and decide if this product is just right for you and your dog.
Paws & Pals Automatic Dog Ball Launcher Toy Review
The ball launcher comes with three modes for distance: 10 feet, 20 feet, and 30 feet.
While it might not seem like a great deal on paper, go out and measure your backyard or the largest room in your home to ensure it’s set at the right distance.
While the product officially recommends caution for indoor use, you may discover it’s a rather efficient use of the launcher to set it up in a sparsely furnished room (as to avoid any accidents from the ball or your dog) and set it at the 10-foot setting.
As a hands-off way to play with your pet or keep them entertained, you might appreciate the treat function too.
Though it doesn’t come with treats, it also doesn’t require a specific kind of treat for you to use, which is handy for picky dogs or those with dietary constrictions. It just needs to be small enough to slide through the dispenser.
Ball Drop Off
This automatic ball launcher for dogs was designed with the most energetic of pups in mind.
Rather than requiring human assistance to function, if your dog is trained well enough to recognize the cause and effect, they can drop off the fetched ball in the top opening, so as to continue the fun without your needing to lift a single finger.
This is handy for those with puppies that need to burn off some extra energy when you don’t have that same energy to burn with them.
Finicky Ball Dispenser
As one may guess, since it’s a dog ball launcher, it needs to be able to launch the balls. Along with the tricky size of the balls (two-inch tennis balls), the exit for them seems to be just two inches.
For those who know that old interview question of, “Why are manholes/sewer grates circular?” you know that it’s because a circle is the only shape that best holds the shape of another circle.
In layman’s terms, being just the right size creates too many points of tension for the ball to launch out easily.
To get past this, investing in other two-inch dog balls of other materials may be a workaround, but it’s something you’ll eventually have to do anyway, as the unit only comes with two balls that could be lost, beaten up, or destroyed.
Not for Large Dogs
It can be frustrating when all products seem to be designed for smaller dogs, but that doesn’t change the fact that this specific dog ball launcher is meant for small to mid-sized dogs.
The mass of the balls and the length at which they shoot is not suited for larger dogs. Larger dogs are more likely to destroy these smaller balls or accidentally eat the balls.
Smart Dogs Find a Way
If you want to use the treat dispenser, first check to see how smart your dog is. If they’re more aloof (which is fine!), then this may be a great feature.
If your dog knows how to play the system to get both treats from you and others you live with, maybe think twice.
The treat dispenser doesn’t give out a treat when the ball is returned, but when the ball is launched. Obviously, you need the ball back to launch again and get another treat, but this can be outsmarted by not fetching, requiring you to go out and retrieve the ball.
What’s worse is that it doesn’t quite simulate the actual system of throwing the ball, as you’re more likely to praise or give your dog a treat when they return with the ball, not the other way around.
Despite its obvious flaws, this should still be considered a useful product for those with smaller dogs, rambunctious puppies, and for owners with limited energy or capabilities.
While balls may need to be replaced or purchased ahead of receiving the launcher, it’s important to remember that you’d likely have to buy replacements at some point anyway, depending on how often you use the launcher.
Overall, it’s a good ball launcher for dogs.
That’s our Paws & Pals Automatic Dog Launcher review. Curious to give it a try?