PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher Dog Toy, Tennis Ball Throwing Machine for Dogs in Easy-Open Packaging
- SAFETY: Multiple sensors keep you and your dog safe; a FRONT MOTION SENSOR protects pets and people standing up to 7 feet in front of the launch area and reinforces safely loading balls into the side pocket
- DISTANCE: Launcher throws between 8-30 feet; has 9 distance settings and 6 angle settings; pull out and twist angle knob and distance knob to adjust the launcher’s range; TURN KNOBS LEFT FOR MAX DISTANCE
- PAUSE: The Automatic Ball Launcher features a 15 minute rest interval after 15 minutes of play; the rest period ensures dogs aren’t playing past the point of exhaustion
- OPTIONS: The PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher can be used both indoors and outside to entertain and exercise your dogs; use the included power cord or 6 D cell batteries (not included); water-resistant
- FLEXIBILITY: The PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher works best with standard size tennis balls 2 5/8” in diameter but can be used with smaller tennis-type balls; up to 3 balls can be loaded at a time
- TRAINING: Audible tones alert you and your dog so you know when the ball is detected and will launch, when 2 second motion detection delay is activated and when 15 minute rest time begins and ends
- TROUBLESHOOTING: Having trouble with your PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher? Call, email or chat with PetSafe’s expert US-based customer care Monday-Saturday; free support is available at 1-800-845-3274
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Keep Your Dog Active
Let the Automatic Ball Launcher do the work!
Interrupt boredom and keep your dog active with the PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher. Give your dog the freedom to play fetch on his own so playtime can be anytime. The Automatic Ball Launcher keeps your dog entertained so you can live happy together.
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Benefits of the PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher
Promotes an active lifestyle so your dog gets the daily exercise he needs
Fits standard or small balls so your dog can play with his favorite. Two standard-size tennis balls included
Customize the distance and angle settings so your dog can play fetch exactly how he likes
Two Battery Options
Use the power cord while playing indoors or use 6 D-Cell batteries (not included) during outdoor play
3 Easy Steps to Play
Train your dog to drop the ball into the Automatic Ball Launcher so he can have playtime anytime
No more tired arms. Once the ball is dropped, the Automatic Ball Launcher does all the work!
With the 15-minute play timer, the Automatic Ball Launcher incorporates a rest break so your dog doesn't play past the point of exhaustion
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The PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher is the premium choice in automatic fetch games. As a PetSafe Brand product, safety and fun are top priority. Dogs can play with the Automatic Ball Launcher with or without their human thanks to multiple safety features and motion sensors. The Automatic Ball Launcher is easily transported by the carry handle on top, and can be taken nearly anywhere. Use the included power cord for indoor fun or with six D batteries when on the go. The Automatic Ball Launcher comes with two standard sized PetSafe tennis balls, perfect for a game of fetch. To really mix it up, adjust one of the six angle settings or one of the nine distance settings to launch the balls anywhere between 8-30 feet! Don’t worry about your pup over-working while playing. The Ball Launcher has a 15 minute interval rest feature to ensure your pet gets needed down time in between each play session. Your furry friend has never had this much fun! TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS: If the customer is using batteries, we recommend trying the power adapter as well. The customer should only use regular, non-rechargeable D-Cell batteries. We also recommend only using standard size tennis balls (2 5/8" diameter) to get the full distance available with the ball launcher. If a customer is using a tennis ball that is not the recommended size, it can affect the distance the ball is launched. If the ball is not launching far enough, then the customer would need to adjust the dials located on the ball launcher. The two adjustment dials will increase/decrease the angle and distance the ball is launched (page 6). If the system is not launching the ball, ensure the dog is not standing close to the machine. The system includes sensors as an added safety feature to prevent the dog from getting hit when the ball launches. It can detect movement up to 7 feet so it is recommended for the dog to be at least that far away in order for the system to launch properly. If motion is detected it will pause the machine (page 9 of the manual). If the system is not launching and the dog is not near the unit, the motion detector, or sensors may need to be wiped clean with a cloth. There are 4 sensors inside the unit that would need to be wiped clean, as well as the motion detector on the front of the unit. If the unit stops launching balls it may be in the rest period. The launcher has a rest period after 15 minutes of play. After 15 minutes of play there is a rest period of 15 minutes for the dog's safety before the launcher goes back into play period (Page 7).
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The first negative is that there is a strong jolt when the ball launches. There have been three of the four screws holding the motor come loose. I had to disassemble the whole thing to get at them and because they are threaded in plastic, one was stripped. Otherwise, it has stood up to lots of use.
The second negative is the 15-minute timer. Had I to do it over again, I would not have bought this just because of the timer. As I said, I have a Border Collie. 15 minutes isn't even warm up time. I use this thing to keep her occupied while I try to get some yard work done. After a time, she will either be barking at it to work or patiently be waiting for it to resume launching. The control board needs to have a timer bypass or an adjustable timer. Really, a Border Collie is good for over an hour of fetch.
The third is a minor negative, but excusable. The proximity sensor prevents a ball from launching into the dog's face or anyone too close to the device. that's nice. However, Casey knows enough now to back away when she drops the ball into it and knows the sounds it makes as it's about to let one fly. Putting some duct tape over the sensor disables it and allows for more frequent launches. However, Casey also likes to chew the tape off.
So, while it works rather well, for the price, I think screws should not come loose and the timer should be adjustable.
Now we're just working on getting Willow to drop it in herself. We've been putting a small treat on the rim of the launcher when she's running off to catch a ball. Then when she comes back with the ball, she notices the treat and drops it in!
The safety sensor has worked every time and I'm glad I don't have to worry about her getting socked in the eye.
For future models, we would like to see an adjustable timer. For example, instread of the 15 minutes on/15 minutes off, we would like to be able to adjust it in 10 minute increments or have the option to override it completely.
Lux is highly intelligent, but also (like many other her breed) has moderate anxiety. Considering how quickly she learns, I knew she would understand how to use it almost immediately, but may be anxious about it, so I wanted to introduce it slowly and carefully. I watched videos, read all the instructions and introduced it to both my dogs in phases, as recommended. Bay (my older spaniel) doesn't care for fetch, so she was disinterested (as expected). Lux loves that it launches balls for her, but absolutely HATES the noises it makes. She knows she needs to drop the balls in the top, but she wants me to do it, because she doesn't like the sounds. She actually runs off momentarily, then comes back to watch it launch. She retrieves the ball and brings it to me, wanting me to drop it in. I read other reviews, so I knew it made noise, but I honestly never considered it would be as noisy as it is. It's not just the loud POP when it's launching -- the thing does a series of other beeps, boops and whistles when you drop the balls into it. It's over-the-top if you ask me. I think (HOPE) she can get past it with regular use, but we'll just have to see.
The 15-minute timer with no override is so frustrating when you're trying to train your dog to use it. I read the reviews, so I knew there was no override and that it frustrated some, but I did not think it would be too much of an issue. That is, until I spent a good chunk of the day training my dog to use the machine, only to witness that the *ONE* time she worked up the courage to drop the ball in by herself, the thing was on a damn break, so it didn't even work! I had to go over and unplug it, then turn it back on -- thus, solidifying in her mind that I needed to load it for it to work ... needless to say, I was very frustrated with it.
Lastly, the launcher that supposedly throws between "8-30 feet; has 9 distance settings and 6 angle settings" does NOT work AT ALL! It's completely random; I experimented with all settings outside and found virtually no difference in performance. It's inconsistent with angle (but not by a huge margin, luckily) and I have yet to see it launch more than 15 feet (sometimes launching as little as only 5 feet).
I am going to keep at it this next week with more training and familiarity exercises, and if my dog can get past the noise and decide she likes it, I may decide to keep it. But, I really just want to return it. I am just so disappointed and don't feel it's worth even close to what I paid. After seeing it in action, I'd consider a more reasonable cost being around $50.
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Bruyant mais vraiment amusant!
Heureusement qu'il y a un oeil magique qui détecte lorsque le chien est devant pcque çest assez puissant et mes petites se feraient blessé sinon!
hubiera sido excelente si no fuera por eso