We haven’t done any formal comparative studies and cannot 100% say it throws further. But we’ve used a lot of dog ball throwers over the years and we think it throws at least as far, if not further, than most. This is because the ball cup is designed to release the ball with greater ease and expend less energy. Our resident rocket scientist tells us that this means you can throw it further. The formula is available on request.
It’s a resounding yes. The youngest person to throw a ball with our dog ball thrower was an 8-year-old. On his first throw he accidently threw it out of the garden! Whilst he was delighted with his achievement, the dogs weren’t. The oldest, so far, was a 77-year-old grandfather and he found it very easy to throw (and was even more delighted not to get dog slobber on his fingers).
As the ball is released from the cup with greater ease than most throwers, it is simpler to use and enables those with less strength to throw it further. But a word of caution. If you are lucky enough to possess considerable strength you could lose your ball. One of our testers was a rower who managed to send the ball into, what can only be described as, orbit. It’s due back on earth sometime in 2022.
It is designed for use with a standard tennis ball but others may work as well.
The ball thrower fits in most coat pockets (we tried 8 different brands). It won’t fit in the back pocket of your jeans, but will fit in a backpack, bum bag, handbag or your “big coat” pocket. And, of course, with the hygiene cover, dog slobber on your stuff is consigned to the pages of history. Thankfully.
In dog years we reckon it will make it to 100. Our ball thrower has been designed to last the distance with your dog but, like all things, it needs looking after and should be put away inside after use. Being made from recycled plastics, along with the retractable design means it's inherently not as robust as a standard ball thrower. We liken it to a smart phone whereas a standard ball thrower is a brick phone. Your smart phone does a lot more but if you threw it around like a brick phone it would likely not last very long!
Plastics generally don’t like temperatures below freezing as they become more brittle, and they also don’t like very high temperatures (e.g. a car left in the sun for days). We recommend storing your ball thrower inside to protect the colour and its longevity.
Absolutely. This was arguably our number one driver when we began the design phase. We worked very hard to make a ball thrower made completely from recycled plastic. We trawled the world to find a bag supplier who could not only provide a bag made from recycled plastic bottles, but one that was ethically made. And, finally, we deliver our dog ball thrower in a recycled or FSC certified box.
For the purpose of full and frank disclosure, we do ship or air freight the bags from China and dispatch our throwers to our distribution warehouse by truck. But, wherever possible, we bulk buy and batch ship to reduce the number of air, ship and road journeys.
We recommend sponge washing the inside of the bag with warm water and detergent and leaving it to dry naturally. In theory the bag can be washed at 30 degrees centigrade on a delicate wash, but theory is sometimes not the friend of practice. So we wouldn’t recommend it.
The bag and associated draw strings are guaranteed for 5,000 uses. We have tested it for 5,000 and the ones we have tested are still functioning perfectly. Please take care when washing the bag. The bag will last longer if cleaned using a sponge, warm water and detergent.
Like most things, if left outside in sun light the ball thrower colour will fade over time. We recommend storing the ball thrower inside. And, ideally, out of sight of your furry loved ones unless you want to be nagged for a walk.
Yes. When you place an order, you will receive an email confirmation, along with an anticipated dispatch date. We aim to dispatch our orders within 30 minutes of receipt and they will be posted the same day if your order is placed before 15:00 GMT. Thereafter, we are at the vagaries of each country’s postal system and although we typically state delivery within 2-4 working days, it can sometimes be longer for international orders.
If damaged please take photos of the parcel in the exact same condition it arrived to you in and email them back to us at email@example.com. We may require the items back, so please keep them until you hear back from us. If we do require the items we will organise for a courier to come and collect them at no extra charge. If you are unable to provide proof of damage we may be unable to refund or resend.
We currently only ship to the UK and we pay half the delivery fee, so it only costs you £2.75.
At present we mainly sell directly to the public from the website. However recently we have started stocking with select shops.
At present we’re the Henry Ford of the ball throwing world. You can have any colour you like, so long as it’s space grey. It is our intention to add more colours in due course.
Yes. We love a challenge and like to find ways to improve anything. You can always email your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will review your suggestion and get back to you.
We strongly believe that people are the most important part of any organisation and deserve to be treated fairly with respect and dignity. We have made a strong commitment to ethical trading and work hard to ensure that the human rights of everyone involved in the manufacture and distribution of our dog ball thrower are protected.
We uphold this commitment by carefully partnering with companies that mirror our values and have strong auditing processes to ensure employees are treated fairly and paid a good wage. We are particularly careful about child labour and slavery when working with our bag suppliers.