Chuckit! Sport Launcher Dog Ball Thrower
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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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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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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
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!
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Disclaimer: I generally don’t know what I’m doing, I really don’t! This is simply my findings from using the chuckit for my dog. Hopefully if you don’t know what you’re doing either, then this review helps!
I bought this to have a slightly better lobbed for taking on walks. We already had a few, but as our dog has grown, she’s also got a lot faster - so I looked for a bit of a longer range lobbed and this caught my eye.
Obviously it comes with the chuckit ball included. Its a fairly short felt with rubberised seams and is slightly heavier than a normal tennis ball. Its not massively different in weight but slightly noticeable. It should make a difference in distance due to the momentum. Having used a tennis ball after which is exactly the same size, I wouldn’t say it makes a massive difference. The ball is, as you can see, bright orange. This makes it a lot easier to see the ball in grass - BUT I still managed to loose it on the first outing. However, as I said, normal tennis balls fit just fine.
In terms of the chuckit itself, the rubberised grip is soft and a nice touch. Using it with the normal flick of the wrist results in a very respectable distance achieved. Indeed, trying your hardest, with maximum effort, doesn’t achieve much of an improvement - so its a lot more about wrist than about strength. Great for tiring the dog out without needing to have a rest yourself!
Given the fact that I’ve already lost the ball, I can’t comment on what some have said about it being easy to destroy. It got a good working over before it was lost, and there was no adverse effect so I think its more than adequate. I can’t bring myself to pay money for more given that they get lost so easily. The chuckit itself is a fairly simple device, with nothing really to go wrong. I can’t imagine it would ever snap. The worst thing would be the grip either perishing...or more likely the dog chewing it! However, if it does fail in a short period then as always I will update this review.
I have been using this everyday for around 4 months and it is in as new condition even though my boy has had a good chew at it now and then.
My reason for buying this was that i wanted a ball launcher that fitted inside my over the shoulder bag i use when walking my dog.
I wasn't expecting to much from this little thing but boy was i surprised when after a day of using it i got the hang of it and could launch a ball over half a football pitch.
The chuck it itself is made of hard plastic and is really sturdy, it has survived many an attack from a variety of dogs. I have had the bigger versions you get from the £ shop and believe me when i tell you they are a very cheap imitation. I can get a further throw with this with my left arm than i could with the bigger £ shop ones with my right arm (im right handed).
I would recommend this to anyone with a dog that is active and loves to chase balls. The only thing i would say is if you suffer from a bad back and are buying one of these launcher to save you from bending then depending on how bad your back is i would maybe say get the bigger one but make sure it is chuckit! and you won't be disappointed.
I also recommend pairing this with the chuck it ultra balls check my review on them to. The also get my seal of approval.
Giant thumbs up from me well done again chuckit!
Really disappointed chuck it! You should be selling those launchers with your other durable balls which so far lasted me 9 months and still going! And not the 2 minutes tennis balls with your logo on it... you’re doing yourself more harm selling this product than good...
Anyway, will use the launcher with Chuck it rubber balls as they also fit - luckily! Otherwise I would be returning it. Really guttered that I couldn’t get a launcher with the rubber ball instead.. this one is going straight to the bin, waste.
Ah, there was no chewing on the ball, happened while fetching when pressure applied - wow!
The ball is very secure in the cup of the end which makes it easy to carry around without fear of it dropping out, and also easy to securely pick up the disgusting slobber-coated muddy ball for another chuck.
My dog loves the soft but resilient rubber balls that I bought to go with it, and my misgivings at being so extravagant have been replaced by the sheer pleasure of watching her run, jump and catch, and at times hunt for the ball which she loves to carry around in her mouth.
The rubberised grip on the handle is a huge help to accurate throwing as it does not twist in your grip, even when my hand is wet from stroking a soggy dog, I still have no slippage on the handle, and have not yet managed to throw the Chuckit along with the ball (this was a common occurrence with the old totally plastic flinger), nor hit myself painfully on the knee when the darn thing slipped.
In summary, I am most impressed, and would not hesitate to recommend the Chuckit ultra grip to anyone with an active dog and some open space (needs to be at least the size of a football pitch, as I can easily, without any real effort, throw the ball and it will go the entire length of the pitch and beyond). The only downside I can see is when your dog fails to see where the ball has gone - it can be quite a long walk back to find it again!
Using a tennis ball with the feel and texture your dog will be used to you just can’t launch the ball with any desired effect because the cup grips it in a way that not enough of the balls area is encapsulated and as such you end up having pathetic results.
Avoid at all costs if your dog loves tennnis balls
Pocket size is great and it still throws just as far as a previous long one I have had and it fits in my coat pocket or handbag very easy - it is a lot more convenient than the longer length ones.
Lost a star because, even with all the technology, it's still a bit rigid and I like a bit of flexibility in the wand to get a good fling on the ball.
This does fling, but the technique has to be slightly different - it works better if held out to the side and then flung forwards and up at around 45 degrees and it takes a bit of practise to get the wrist flick right, whereas the cheapies are more flexible and lob quite easily.
This does a better job than the Chuckit! pocket launcher which is so stiff and short it's impossible to get the ball to go any distance at all - I couldn't get on with that one at all, neither could my OH, and he serves a Masterclass in lobbing.
The ball that came with this wand is a genuine Chuckit ball - quite tough, but not indestructible and the cup is a standard size so will take most standard tennis balls, or any ball with around 2.5" diameter. I like the Chuckit Whistler balls - they're mine and the dog's favourite in this range.
Worth the money? Here's the bottom line. The cheapies do a better job if you're used to the cheapies. But they often break, and these don't, plus these are much nicer to use, once the technique has been perfected. But you have to get used to the different technique. My OH gets on well with this now, but he did have to practise with it.
Me? Jury's still out to launch on this one. I might ask the dog to buy me an extra long one for Christmas.
Takes a bit of practice initially to get used to the stiffness of it (there's some flex there but it's much stiffer than cheaper launchers).
After about 20 throws you will get the hang of it. Overhead, balls can be lobbed consistently 100-200m if a large ''Tennis Serve'' (high elbow) with some wrist action is used.
An easier 'side-punt' can be used as seen in some YouTube videos but be careful near gorse/hedges etc.
The grip is lovely and feels like a quality piece.
Perhaps a tad more 'flex' and a bit more 'release' on the holder would make this an all 5 star launcher. It's a tad too stiff in my opinion but with the right technique still works brilliantly.
One of the tough 'ultra', rubber balls should be supplied with it. The tennis ball isn't bad but it can be chewed through pretty easy.
Now I am no Supergirl (though it has been suggested 😁) but was on the rounders and netball team for my school and would like to think I have reasonably competent hand eye coordination skills being a pianist...
However this thrower though small and light and handy to put in a rucksack should you wish to (that was my intention) it’s a little erm er shall we say not very good?
I mean it’s ok if you want to entertain the natives by hitting them with the ball each time you aim it into the distance for your dog.
Or perhaps you wish to give yourself a black eye or other such delight as the ball decides not to go anywhere but up to the sky.
Or maybe you’d like to show your dog how silly you can look (my Retriever Crawford is used to that in fact he’s positively adept at rolling his eyes at me poor lad 😆)
If you need a small ball launcher that fits in your bag but doesn’t actually work buy this!
Otherwise be mindful you may be purchasing something that fills up yet another cupboard full of non entities 🤣🤣🤣
I bought this because the balls the manufacturer sells are great (and I was stupid enough to believe the thrower would be of similar quality)
NB I used only the manufacturer's balls and the item was not abused in any way
A total waste of money
I could not recommend this product under any circumstances
FWIW It matters not how comfortable the handle is when it won't hold the ball properly ( have no use for a portable handle with no other functionality)
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