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- Throw farther, faster, & never bend down to pick up a slobbery ball again
- Made from lightweight flexible plastic that firmly grasps a ball, then releases it as you swing
- Long ergonomic handle for the ultimate comfort & control
- Exercise your dog in a fraction of the time! Throws tennis ball 3X further
- Medium Size with 26 inch handle; Can be used with all medium 2.5-inch Chuckit! Balls
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From the manufacturer
- 3 assorted colors: orange, blue, green
- Comes in a variety of throwing ranges & ball sizes
- One ball is included with each launcher
Throw farther, faster, and never bend down to pick up a slimy ball again with a Chuckit! Launcher. Durable plastic launcher firmly grasps a ball then releases it as you swing. Picks up balls tossed into mud or water during games of fetch.
- Allows the user to throw 2 to 3 times farther with less effort for longer games of fetch
- Ergonomic rubber handle for ultimate comfort & control
Just the glimpse of a Chuckit! toy is enough to excite the fetch-fanatic dog. The bright orange and blue colors signal an adventure with major playtime to come. Chuckit! performance toys are designed to take interACTION with your dog to the next level. These dynamic products are not intended to be solo play toys. Built on innovation and ergonomic design, Chuckit! has revolutionized the classic game of fetch. This enhanced experience encourages more playtime.
Pioneering play since 1998, Chuckit! creates toys that enrich the human-animal bond. This special bond is at the heart of every Chuckit! toy we make. Sharing the exhilaration elevates playtime with your dog to a new standard. Our toys are as fun for people as they are for pets, getting you outside with your dog and inspiring a healthy, active lifestyle. Whether your dog likes toys that fly, float or fumble, we are proud to bring you more ways to play.
Terrific way to exercise your dog without wearing yourself out with the Chuckit Classic Launcher! Throw tennis balls 2 or 3 times as far with the Ball Launcher. Hands-free pick-up - no more slobbery tennis balls. Features an ergonomic handle for the ultimate comfort and control. Made from durable lightweight flexible plastic. Comes in a variety of throwing ranges and ball sizes. Use with standard tennis balls or Chuckit! compatible balls only.
Say farewell to slobbery games of fetch. The brilliantly-simple design of Chuckit! means you'll never have to pick up a sodden tennis ball again. Perfect for ball junkies of all breeds and sizes, this nifty little toy is like an extension of your arm. You'll throw longer and faster and keep hands slime-free, all without wearing out your pitching arm. With practice, it's possible to fling a ball as far as 140 feet, tiring out the most fetch-happy retriever in a shorter period of time. Chuckit! is also great for owners with mobility issues, since there's no need to bend over and pick up balls. Simply place the claw over the ball and press down. The Chuckit! tool snaps around the ball and holds on. To get the most distance out of the tool, use an overhand throw and follow through. Use only standard-size tennis balls, and be careful not to throw directly at animals or people. This set comes complete with a ball to get you started. --Mary Park
Size: CLASSIC 26M | Color: ASSORTED
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Safety Warning<P>Read instructions before use. High-speed flying tennis balls can cause injury. Do not use product to aim or throw directly at people or animals. Not for indoor use. Use only standard tennis balls. Be alert, ball may travel in unanticipated directions. Adult supervision recommended for children.</P>
Here's How to Chuckit!
There's a learning curve of 10-20 throws.
Find an open area, away from people, animals and buildings. With the ball in the Chuckit!, grip the handle firmly.
- Extend your arm back over your shoulder until the ball is behind you. Then swing it forward in a smooth arc. Remember to follow through.
- The Chuckit! will release the ball when you swing it fast enough.
Aim High - the Chuckit! tends to throw the ball downward. Don't watch the Chuckit! while you throw. Instead, look where you want the ball to go.
Pick It Up
Holding the handle of the Chuckit!, place the ball claw over the tennis ball and press down firmly. The Chuckit! will grab the ball and hold on.
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—We've used these launchers in all their incarnations over the past twenty years or so and the basic concept's great, in fact, a life-saver when tiring out our 3 hyperactive standard poodles. They're clearly ball-chasing addicts at this point.
—There's been a definite degradation in the product over the years, primarily in the cup's ability to grip/pick-up the ball.
—I'm no materials science guy but it seems there's been a change in the composition of the plastic such that it's lost much of its elasticity—the cup simply fails to grab the ball in a relatively short period of time (a couple months of use) where it seemed to last for over a year previously. Notice in one of the pictures how stretched out the cup gets—needless to say, it no longer picks up the ball!
—Our last 4 Chuck-It's (pictured) all suffer from the same malady to one degree or another, perhaps the orange (smaller one) slightly less so.
—Such mysterious loss of elasticity in subsequent 'newer/improved' models reeks of 'planned obsolescence'. Unfortunately, it worked! We've bought at least 10 over the years!
—Out of desperation, we tried another brand, also purchased here on Amazon, the Hyper-Pet Throw-n-Go® (the two black launchers to the left of the Chuck-Its)
—The Hyper-Pet is nearly identical in price but has held its cup's 'grab-ability' much longer. To be fair, it *is* shorter than the 26M, requiring you to bend over a tad more. It features a more flexible neck region, which may slightly limit maximum throw distance, but which is still great for our hyperactive standard poodles and which has the unexpected benefit of saving your wrist and forearm/elbow; I've not re-experienced humeral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) since switching (yeah, we use them *a lot*!). On the down side, the Hyper-Pet comes only in black and its circular 'extra-ball storage' in the handle is gimmicky.
In sum, I feel slightly used and abused by the phine pholks at Chuck-It what with my 'engineered obsolescence' concerns and the fact we've been such good customers. Topping it off, I wrote to them about my observations a month ago and have yet to hear back.
And so, since Chuck-It seems to have 'thrown the match', I've decided to 'throw in the towel'. Buh bye, now.
I have a burly 92lb. pit bull mix with highly developed prey drive, and she will chase the glow ball for hours if I let her.
The tiny sport launcher (Sport 12M) is the best, because you can still throw the ball really far, but you can also slam the ball down a few feet away from yourself so it bounces up in the air and your dog has to jump to catch it, or you can throw it up really high so it bounces 15' away or so and your dog can jump to catch it. We sometimes have to play fetch in a pretty small area, so it's nice to have the small launcher for these games. The larger launchers aren't as fun in small areas. You can play the same games but it's trickier to throw the ball correctly.
Also, the small launcher is a lot easier to carry. The small launcher fits in my dog-walk-stuff backpack (with the ball in the launcher so I don't have to dig for it later), but the big ones don't easily. The launcher also has a hole in the end so you can hang it from your bag or whatever with a carabiner. The big ones are too long for that in most cases, and swing back and forth.
Also-also my dog loves to ask for the launcher, then when I give it to her she plays keep-away and it's adorable. The big launcher I have is harder for her to balance in her mouth, so she just lays down and chews on it until it gets taken away. She's chewed on all of the four Chuck Its we've owned, but she's only broken one (a big one), but that's because she got ahold of it when no one was home. The little one in my bag is totally chewed up but still works great. I think they're sturdier than the big ones. Except for the launcher she chewed into pieces, which was our fault, the only reason we've had to replace anything was because we lost it. Usually we keep the launcher and ball in the backpack so she can't get to them and so they don't get lost, so we rarely have to replace them. There is just not a better value in toys, and the startup price is really low.
Once again I really recommend the glow ball! It doesn't get soggy no matter how wet the grass or the dog mouth is. It is fun to chase because it is slippery and it collapses when it's squeezed, so it pops out of the dog's mouth and flies away if they bite it at the wrong angle; it's really bouncy, and stays bouncy because it can't be popped; it whistles so you can usually hear it even if you can't see it; and it really glows enough for nighttime catch, even if you only have your cellphone flashlight to charge it up!
I should have said, we have the 12M launcher, which means the handle is 12 inches long and it uses a medium-sized ball. The medium ball is 2.5 inches in diameter, so the launcher will fit regular tennis balls, too! But my dog won't play with regular tennis balls anymore because they aren't anywhere near as fun as the glow balls, and I think she doesn't like having gross sloshy muddy tennis balls in her mouth.
I lost my short launcher awhile back and could only get a long one locally to replace it, which reminded me that you have to lean over a lot further to use the short launcher. So if you have trouble leaning over to the point that your hand is a foot above the ground, this may be hard for you to use.
I wish Amazon would let us choose colors, because my old one was green, and the big one is orange, both of which are bright enough to see in the grass from far away, even at night.
Still, best toy!