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iFetch Interactive Ball Launchers for Dogs
- FETCH-A-HOLICS REJOICE! Interactive, automatic tennis ball launcher lets big dogs play fetch to their hearts’ content.
- THE BIG DOG: This is our large automatic ball thrower. Launches a standard sized tennis ball 10, 25, or 40 feet all with the touch of a button. It even includes a “random” distance setting to keep your dog guessing. (See “iFetch” for small dogs.)
- RECHARGEABLE BATTERY: No batteries needed here… ever! Runs on a built-in, rechargeable battery, so just charge and go.
- STANDARD TENNIS BALLS: Comes with 3 non-abrasive, standard sized tennis balls, about 2.5” diameter. Use other similar sized balls too! Just try not to get them too dirty or wet – this will affect performance
- SAFETY: Your iFetch Too will arrive limited to the 10 foot launch for use indoors or while training. A simple flip of a switch enables the longer launch distances
- CUSTOMER CARE: Created, owned, and still operated by the Hamill family in Austin, Texas. Call or email us directly with any questions or issues. We specialize in happy human and canine customers.
- GOT SLOBBER?: We've got solutions. Super slobbery balls slip sometimes. Give us a call; we can help
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The iFetch Too automatic ball launcher is a big dog’s fetching dream! Once your dog places the standard sized tennis ball into the top of the iFetch Too, this interactive dog toy throws it 10, 25 or 40 feet. (Or set it to “random” to keep your pet guessing!) Features an internal rechargeable battery and distance setting changes with a touch of a button.
From the Manufacturer
The iFetch Too is perfect for big dogs who love their tennis balls! Change the launch distance to 10, 25 and 40 feet with the touch of a button. It’s that easy! There’s also a random distance setting for more fun. The iFetch Too launches immediately, to minimize the chances of the ball hitting your dog at close range; but we recommend training your dog to drop the ball in from behind, as good practice. Comes with a built-in, rechargeable battery that can last and last (we've counted over 300 launches!). Bring it to the park and watch the dogs come running. Happy fetching!
The iFetch Too won “First Place” in the New Product Showcase dog category at SuperZoo, the pet industry’s largest trade show, and “Second Place” at the Global Pet Expo’s New Product Showcase. The best praise for us, though, is seeing online videos of dogs enjoying the iFetch Too! We care about safety too. Under the power/distance setting button, there is a button you can slide to lock the distance to 10 feet. No matter how many times you press the button to adjust distance, it will stay at 10 feet. This allows easy play indoors and is recommended for early training until your dog learns to wait behind (or beside) the iFetch Too when it launches.
Train your dog to “drop!” the iFetch tennis ball into the top of the iFetch Too. We recommend using another ball (showing another pretty blue ball will make them drop the one they have) or using treats (yum) for motivation.
Encourage your dog to “fetch!” once the ball launches from the iFetch Too. You may need to launch a few balls from the tennis ball machine at first, showing your dog that his new toy actually throws the ball – it doesn’t eat it.
Now, coax your dog to “bring!” the ball back to the iFetch Too for more fetching fun. Again, try using another iFetch ball or treat to get them back behind the launcher again and ready to drop. And don’t forget to shower your dog with praise!
We started the company with a grandfather / grandson tinkering project in the garage, followed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, and now almost four years of experience under our belts. There are a lot of dog toys on the market, but we strive for new and different. All of our products require some level of training to be able to play with the toys independently, which we think creates a wonderful bonding opportunity for owners and their pets. Even if your dog never "gets" the idea of dropping the ball into the top of the toy, you can still play and interact with them through the toy. These shared experiences are special. We like to think our toys are special too.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Healthy, fetching fun.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Once we developed the iFetch ball launcher for small dogs, we were flooded with emails from customers wanting a larger version for their big dogs. After another successful Kickstarter campaign, we launched production of the iFetch Too.
What makes your product special?
We think our iFetch Too ball launcher is an engineering work of art. We designed the launcher to only launch one ball at a time on purpose. The mental energy it takes for a dog to understand where and how to drop the ball so that it is automatically thrown for him is pretty amazing. And mental stimulation is so important for a dog's well-being. "Use it or lose it" applies to dogs as well as humans. Our iFetch Too launcher is portable, durable, and features an internal, rechargeable battery. All of these features were important to our customers.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The best part of our startup experience is seeing the videos owners post of their pets playing with our iFetch products. Watching dogs get so excited waiting for the ball to launch makes all of the hard work worthwhile. It is truly a family affair at iFetch. Denny, though supposedly “retired”, is the CEO and patriarch of the company. His daughter, Debbie left her medical practice, to help run the company. And Grant, the idea originator, has returned as our Sales VP to “launch” his career with us (pun intended). It's been a wonderful journey.
Manual [PDF ]Trobule Shooting Steps [PDF ]Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here. [PDF ]
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14 x 13 x 12 inches; 12.35 Pounds
- Item model number : 222
- Batteries : 1 A batteries required. (included)
- Date First Available : November 25, 2015
- Manufacturer : iFetch, LLC
- ASIN : B018HQTXB0
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,764 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
- Customer Reviews:
CUSTOMER ASSUMES ALL RISKS AND LIABILITIES FROM THE USE OR MISUSE OF THIS PRODUCT. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, iFETCH EXCLUDES FOR ITSELF AND ITS SUPPLIERS ANY LIABILITY, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGANCE), FOR INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR FOR LOSS OF REVENUE OR PROFITS, OR FOR ANY INJURY TO OR DEATH OF AN ANIMAL OR PERSON, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE, MAINTENANCE OR USE OF ITS PRODUCTS, EVEN IF iFETCH OR ITS AUTHORIZED RESELLER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. iFETCH’S SOLE LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE REPAIR, REPLACEMENT, OR REFUND OF THE PURCHASE PRICE PAID FOR THE PRODUCT, AT iFETCH’S OPTION. THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED IF ANY REMEDY PROVIDED HEREIN SHALL FAIL OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
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|Item Dimensions||14.00 x 13.00 x 12.00 inches||2.50 x 2.50 x 2.50 inches||4.00 x 4.80 x 4.00 inches||5.50 x 5.50 x 5.50 inches|
|Size||Large||Pack of 8||4"||Medium|
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Even though the first one was a huge failure for my dog (everything was a limitation) and their customer service was horrible, I had to try out the "iFetch too" version with fear but backed up by amazon excellent service, I could take that chance.
My dog is a boston terrier 2 yr old and is very active. His play time involves ball for more than 5 hrs a day. So we wanted something like this and since he was already trained on the first generation of the ifetch, he immediately realized that it is a bigger version and started playing on it from day 1 of the machines arrival. He has been playing with it indoors and outdoors for almost every day 2 hrs total for the past 5 months. I repeat: every day 2 hrs for the past 5 months and the machine has not shown any symptoms of breaking down like the one before. So there is no need to contact customer service as of now. I do charge it every day, clean it once every 2 weeks, especially when he plays outside with it. When playing outside, we tend to monitor him and change tennis balls frequently to avoid the slobber problem, since it slows down the tennis ball. Also, when the tennis ball is more wet, he tends to catch at the opening it self rather than chasing it. We use Penn tennis balls for this and they seem to work well.
He can be considered as a beta tester for this model and he is pushing limits of the machine even when I am writing this review. He does play by himself now and takes rest in between and plays again and goes on doing that. Will definitely be interested to buy more of their products in future and definitely will recommend this version.
Still going strong after having it for 9 months now. Just continuing to clean and change tennis balls when they get too wet. Still recommend and 5 stars
More than a year now and still going super strong. I just opened up the back of the iFetch to clean and found a lot of grass (my dog plays outdoor) and ball fur stuck in there (see pic). Cleaning was easy and it is good to go again.
Finally after 1.8 years of service the iFetch crashed on us. The rubber rolls inside eroded and item is broke now. Ordering one more now.
It seemed like it would hold up fine at first getting light use but as time has gone on and my dog has learned to use it himself, combined with his insatiable fetch lust the rubber gears that launch the ball just don't seem like they are going to hold up in the long run. The rubber has started to rub away and more and more often I hear the sounds of the ball being launched once or twice, then a hissy fit of a tantrum while my dog paws at the machine because the ball gets stuck. I can't let him use it unless I am personally around to unstick it as no one else will, and he takes out his frustration on the machine, chewing up the rubber feet and recently the blue ring in the front. I wish the rubber held up better and sadly I am experiencing these problems just after the 6 month warranty passed so I'm out of luck.
Overall I will say the machine works for the most part as advertised, and my dog loves it to bits, but it just doesn't seem it's going to last much longer with the gears wearing away. If you have a dog who adamantly plays fetch while this may keep him happy, if its used a lot don't expect it to last more than a year.
Edit: iFetch Customer support did reached out to me and let me know that it is in fact a 1 year warranty and not 6 months. I got in touch with them and they offered to not only send a brand new unit to replace the faulty one, but also paid for the return shipping on the old one. I was very impressed that they did that little extra and I am pleased to report no issues with the new unit so far, though time will tell. I will say the unit definitely did not work the second it was plugged in, but after a 14 hour charge time it worked perfectly so if your unit doesn't work right out of the box, give it time to charge and try again. Thanks iFetch!
1. The Launcher does not shut down after 60 seconds it just goes into sleep mode and the second you put a ball in it wakes up.
2. Distance might not be 40 feet but it is pretty darn good.
We have Three German Shepherds (two who are just turning 1 year old) and one is extremely fetch and throw obsessed to the point we were all being driven crazy. We set the unit up and in less than 10 minutes he was having the time of his life and we had peace. He and the other dogs had to learn the hard way that when the ball goes in and it makes its noise watch out or be beaned and we have found that tennis balls work the best.
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If you really want this thing to work, suggest you get a couple of 5 gallon buckets of tennis balls, so that you can have enough dry balls to use. I'm not sure if they would dry out either. I used tennis balls, if you use hard balls, you have to wipe them off. Our puppy did get hit in the eye once, she kind of let out a puppy cry, and was blinking the eye, but shook it off. I would be worried about using a hard ball, you risk injuring your dog.
I had a "Nerf Dog" ball launch gun, but the rubber band broke after about a month. A mechanism like this is less prone to degrade with a "wet" ball. I paid $30 for it at Canadian Tire. I think the "spinning wheel" design of this unit is a fatal design flaw, I would like to find something that would work, our lab loves to play ball, it just gets boring after a while.
I fully intended to put it up for a bit as our dog is too small and young yet but I'm looking forward to fun in the garden this summer.
But he loves it. He didn't master yet the play-all-alone thing and he loves to put the slobbery ball in my hand first. But he is all happy and tail wagging when it's time to play. Maybe I wasn't throwing far enough for his taste.
I won't recommend - though - to use the small balls with a big dog without supervising the dog. Mine doesn't have the custom to swallow things...but still.
The balls seem different from the ones you find in the tennis department. At least he(the dog) chews them more. And they bounce a little more. Maybe it's about quality.
The power of throwing....my living room(around 30 square meters) is enough to use it on the first 2 levels without involving walls and angry neighbors.
Good product. Wish I bought the big version.