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My dogs love to chase things, the prey drive is strong with them. That makes fetch an important game to us. A controlled game of fetch helps my pets exercise, gives them an outlet for excess energy, and improves our bond. It also reduces behavioral problems and decreases their potential to chase a cat or bird. 

The problem is that I can’t throw a ball... 

Quite seriously, I am awful at throwing. The ball goes wherever I don’t want it to - through windows, over walls, into the street and occasionally, I even accidentally trip up my dogs when I toss it. 

That’s why iFetch is a great option for me. This automated ball launcher lets me play fetch with my dogs without injury (to me or them).

Recently, The Grommet (a really fun site where we find many of the newest pet products) sent out an iFetch for review. This particular model was a bit too small for my beasts, but they have two other sizes as well. We gave this one a try just to get the hang of it and found it’s so simple to use, you really don’t need to do anything. The dog can play fetch when you’re not even around (so don’t leave it unattended if you have an obsessive dog). 

iFetch launches 1.5” balls up to 30 feet. You can choose the distance (from 10 feet to 30 feet),. It’s gentle enough of a throw that you can even use it indoors, and we did discover our cats hada  fondness for chasing the small balls!

But, if you take it outside, you can really rack up some distance. 

The iFetch is ideal for small dogs (under 20 lbs or so) and even cats. If you also have a larger dog, don’t worry - the iFetch Too is designed for medium to large dogs and uses 2.5” balls to launch and can reach up to 40 feet. The iFetch retails at $115 on The Grommett, and the iFetchToo retails at $200. 

Technology is great - if you find that you can’t play your normal game of fetch due to an injury (or an inability to throw) you now have options. We love that anyone can play with this fun game - whether they're a natural at tossing a ball or not.  



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Author: stacymantle
About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.

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