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GoDogGo – Automatic Ball Fetch Machine

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Let’s Play Fetch!

A while back we wrote about the iFetch automatic ball launcher and fetch machine. Since then, we’ve discovered the GoDogGo. This is also an automatic ball launcher and fetch machine, but the advantage is that the GoDogGo allows you to use balls of all sizes – small, medium and large. It will also launch farther than the iFetch, which goes up to 30 feet.

GoDogGo is recommended for outdoor use due to the speed, height and distance of the ball launch. Of course, it really depends on how large your house is – are you in a studio or a 15,000 sq ft home? Apparently a pressurized or hi-bounce ball will have a minimum launch height of approximately 12 feet, but the machine can be adjusted to launch between 12 and 42+ feet depending on the ball type and size.

godoggoThe GoDogGo company suggests that if you plan to use it indoors, it’s preferable to use a heavy and/or hollow ball that is not pressurized as this will help to reduce the launch. Ball examples to reduce height/distance: Buddy Glow Ball–14′ distance & 6′ height; ProPenn Tip 2 trainer ball-18′ distance & 8′ height; Chuck it standard size Tennis Ball–11′ distance & 4′ height; Planet Dog RecycleBall–9′ distance & 6′ height.

godoggoThe GoDogGo Fetch Machine allows for 3 types of use; continuous automatic launching of balls every 7 or 15 seconds when the bucket is fully loaded, use with a single ball for independent play when the dog returns ball to the bucket; or the dog owner controls the experience by using a remote control. In manual mode using the remote control, a ball will launch at a minimum of 7 seconds or a longer which is determined by pushing the remote launch button.

The GoDogGo can be powered by either AC Adapter/110V or Battery Power/D Batteries. If using battery power, it will run for approximately 25 hours on 6 D batteries.

godoggoClearly, this is an awesome toy if your dog is crazy about fetch (especially when your arm is tired). Of course, you’ll have to train your dog with it as with any new toy and there are safety considerations, for example, your dog (and anyone else) should always stand a minimum of 2 feet from the front of the unit when the ball machine is turned on. You need to make sure your dog also retrieves to the right place, i.e. the bucket and not the launch pocket. However, with the right training, we think this would be a great gift for your dog and it could provide endless hours of play!

Creative New Dog Treat Toy – Your Dog will Love!

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New treat dispensers from West Paw

The Toppl dog treat toy by West Paw is one of the best things we saw at the Global Pet Expo. West Paw gave us one to try out and it has been a complete hit with our dog Kobi. We can easily stuff a bully stick in it (see blue Toppl with bully stick in it to the right) and the Toppl dog treat toy makes it much easier for Kobi to hold.

The Toppl traps treats with its inner ridges. You can interlock two Toppl dog treat toys (via 2 different sizes) and it makes it more of a challenge for your dog to get at the treats inside.

The toy is also bounce-able and while, Kobi is not the best dog tester for durability, I think this product appears to be very durable, i.e. quite indestructable. I’d give it to one of my tough dog toy testers, but we like it too much to give it away.  😉

All of West Paw’s Zogoflex dog toys (Topple being one of the line) are recyclable, BPA-and-phthalate-free, FDA compliant (meaning it’s safe to eat off of), and guaranteed to last. It’s also safe to put in the dishwasher.

It comes in two sizes (small and large) and three colors (blue, green, orange).

West Paw put together a cute video of the Toppl which demonstrates how it works:

Top 3 Tough Dog Toys

We consistently get asked for recommendations on tough dogs toys. So we scoured and tested many toys in the market to find you our Top 3 Tough Dog Toys!

Who were our testers? Well, Dogsized is a member of Downtown Dogs NYC and some members claimed their dogs could destroy ANY toy. So we gave them some toys to test and these three came out on top (no particular ranking order – these three were all equally great).

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Sir James and his IndestructaBALL

“Sir James” was given the Aussie Naturals IndestructaBALL and was proven to be indestructible. James was really excited about the ball and put in a remarkable effort at sending it to the James Destruction Graveyard, which includes every toy he’s ever owned, every sock he’s ever found, many, many shoes (mostly the expensive ones), several duvets and pillows (and the bedding that encased them), glasses, remotes, iPhone chargers, etc…

IndestructaBALL Tough Dog Toys

Emma and her IndestructaBALL

The Border Collie in him powered through the challenge and stubbornly found a way to clamp his jaws of steel around it (the 4″ ball was slightly big for his mouth). He loves the shaking noise that it makes. Ultimately the Bassett Hound in him took over once he realized that the toy has beaten him, and he collapses and gives it that Bassett stink-eye as it roles away from him.

The IndestructaBALL is 100% natural, eco friendly and made from mango wood. It contains natural wood pellets and makes noise when it moves. We also gave Emma the 5.5″ Aussie Naturals IndestructaBALL. She’s been able to rough it up, but it’s held up well. Emma’s parent’s biggest concern was possible splinters, but the mango wood was soft enough to not create sharp splinters. As you can see, Emma loves the ball!

Abe and his Starmark Chew Ball

Abe and his Starmark Chew Ball

Another winner was the Starmark Treat Dispensing Chew Ball. We gave this to Abe to test. We were forewarned that no toy could hold up to his jaws of steel, but this toy survived the test!

To quote Abe’s mom’s last update: “Abe LOVES that ball and it is still in tact! A miracle!” The Treat Dispensing Chew Ball can be filled with a variety of treats and kibble to keep your dog mentally stimulated and happily occupied. The material is stronger and lighter than natural rubber and is free of latex, vinyl & phthalates.

The third winner is a stuffed animal – Invincibles. All of the parents with “jaws of steel” dogs thought there was no way a stuff animal could survive some tough dog love, but the Invincibles proved them wrong!

Invincible Dog Toy

Invincible Dog Toy

We gave Bailey, a 55lb Boxer, the Invincibles snake dog toy. After a week of playing hard core with her new squeaky friend, Bailey finally was able to remove the two eyes and only one of the squeakers. Bailey’s parents told us it was the most durable “made for dogs” toy she’s ever had and the longest a toy like this has remained in one piece. With other stuffed dog toys, Bailey is able to take out the stuffing and eyes within the first 15 minutes of playing. Bailey’s parents gave the Invincible a thumbs up: “I would say this is a durable toy and will provide hours of fun and noise for your dog.”

Check out Bailey playing with her Invincibles toy:

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A Frisbee Your Dog Will Love!

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Soft bite floppy disc dog frisbee in action!

The Soft Bite Floppy Disc dog frisbee is by far one of the most fun toys we got for our dog. It comes in different sizes so you can get the right size for your dog. Here’s why we love it:

  • It’s light, flexible and perfect for traveling.
  • It’s durable and ideal for playing fetch.
  • It floats! Yep – perfect for the pool. Dries out quickly.
  • We’ve used it as a quick water bowl. If you’re on a walk outside and need to give your dog a quick drink of water it comes in handy.
  • Our dog loves it!
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Lucky loves her frisbee!

Last summer, our dogsized fan, Lucky, was looking for some tough dog toys and we recommended the Soft Bite Floppy. It ended up being her favorite toy of the bunch! She’s tough on dog toys and the Soft Bite Floppy passed the test. Here’s an updated photo of Lucky with her favorite new toy, the Soft Bite Floppy dog frisbee!

What’s your dogs favorite toy? Let us know!