- Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
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- ASIN: B00006IX59
- Item model number: 6400
- Average Customer Review: 2,046 customer reviews
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Canine Hardware Chuckit Ball Launcher Classic Medium (25 inches)
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- Great for backyard use
- With the Chuckit!, you can throw that ball out of the ballpark over and over again
- Lightweight and durable plastic
- Measures 26 inches in length
- Designed for hands-free pickup
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|Chuckit! Classic Launcher||Chuckit! Sport Launcher||Chuckit! Pro Launcher||Chuckit! Ultra Grip Launcher||Chuckit! Max Glow Pro Launcher||Chuckit! Junior Launcher|
|Available Sizes||26"||12", 14", 18", 25", 26"||18", 25", 26"||18", 25"||18", 26"||18"|
|Fits with Chuckit! Balls||Medium||Varies based on launcher size||Varies based on launcher size||Medium||Medium||Medium|
|Throwing Distance||Up to 3x Farther||Up to 1-3x Farther||Up to 1-3x Farther||Up to 3x Farther||Up to 1-3x Farther||Up to 2x Farther|
|Product Features||Original Chuckit! Launcher||Variety of sizes for small, medium, and large dogs||High performance, ergonomic rubber handle grip||Ergonomic rubber handle with grip||Glow-in-the-dark technology||Perfect for smaller yards and parks|
The Chuckit! Classic Launcher 26M revamps the classic game of fetch by enhancing your throwing speed and distance with less effort. Dogs are challenged to run farther and faster for exercise in a fraction of the time. Measuring just over two feet in length, the Chuckit! ball launcher is portable enough to place in the backseat or the trunk. With fetching fun on-the-go, dogs can enjoy the Chuckit! ball thrower on sandy shores or grassy fields. Designed to extend the reach of your arm, the plastic launcher allows for more comfortable pick-up by reducing the need to bend over. The Classic Launcher includes one Chuckit! Tennis Ball, a brightly colored rubber ball that bounces high and allows high-visibility for pets and pet parents. The Chuckit! Classic tennis ball thrower for dogs is also compatible with standard tennis balls. The Chuckit! Launcher and buoyant Chuckit! Tennis Ball can be used as dog pool toys for long-distance games of fetch in the summer. Chuckit!'s strong dog toys are designed for outdoor use; the launcher's cupped end securely grasps muddy, slimy balls, helping your hands stay clean no matter how messy playtime gets.
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
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Safety WarningRead 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
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.
1. Have plenty of fresh water available; your baby will need to stay hydrated.
2. You must say, "When". Our lab will run/fetch herself until she drops. We must make her rest so there can be a "Next Time".
One additional feature/benefit: My husband is a bit disabled, and he can't run for the ball if it's returned out of his arm's reach. The long handle on the launcher makes it easy for him to retrieve from a distance on the deck.
I bought the small set (2" ball) for our daughter's baby for Christmas. He loves it as well! You can't go wrong with this toy. We have found no down-side, but only hours of fun for our fur-baby! Enjoy!