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Review: Chuckit! Toys – Durable for Your Dog

 

If you have a dog who loves to play then you have probably seen the Chuckit! brand dog toys. Today we have a review of three of the common Chuckit! toys so you can either watch the video below or read on for details!


ChuckItChuckit! Launcher

The Chuckit! Launcher is the ball launcher you see out at all the dog parks. It comes in 4 different sizes and it can range anywhere from $8-20 depending on what size you get. You can use any tennis ball but Chuckit! has their down regular and rubber balls. The rubber ball is super durable and much harder to puncture. The felt ball is pretty good for indoor or dry conditions outside, but if it is muddy then it is better to go with the rubber ball since you can rinse it off right after. No matter which ball you use, the Launchers will save your arm and help burn off that extra dog energy!

 


chuckitChuckit! Zipflight

This is the Zipflight frisbee. It comes in regular and glow-in-the-dark versions for night play. The Zipflight ranges from $10-15 depending on if you get the small or the large size. It is super durable because it is  a rubber and canvas material. And, the best part about this one is it goes super high, super far, and my dog hasn’t been able to destroy it so far!

 


ChuckItChuckit! Kick Fetch

The other toy I have is the Chuckit! Kick Fetch ball. It comes in two sizes, small or large, and my dog is a pretty big shepherd mix so I have the large one for him. This one is really cool if you want to play basically kickball or soccer with your dog. My dog loves soccer but he destroys every soccer ball that he ever touches so he just likes to play too rough, but this thing is super durable.

The little blue parts are rubber and the orange is canvas material. It basically  the size of a soccer ball and you can kick it around outside or in the house and hopefully your dog doesn’t destroy it right away. This is really cool, just kick it with your feet, you don’t have to touch it, just like the other Chuckit! toys. Plus, the Kick Fetch ball is about $25-30 depending on if you get the small or the large one.


 

What’s great about the Launcher and Kick Fetch ball is that you never have to touch a slimy, dirty ball. All you have to do is  just pick it right up with the Launcher and throw it or kick it around. If you haven’t tried any of these balls or toys, even the frisbee, I recommend you give them a shot.

They may be a little bit pricier, but they are super durable and they will last a long time. It is well worth the extra money. If you have a super rowdy dog and you want to try out a couple different toys, I would recommend going for the Chuckit! brand toys, whether is it the Kick Fetch, the Zipflight frisbee or the Chuckit! Launcher.

Have fun playing with your dog!

If you live in Fort Collins or Loveland, Colorado, you can go to Poudre Pet & Feed Supply or Hank’s Pet Food Market to get your toys!

Herding Tips

 

As many pet parents know, a bored dog can become a naughty dog. Many behavioral issues can be related to boredom. It is important to keep in mind that most dogs were bred to have a job, like herding sheep or retrieving ducks. Without a job, they have lots of unused energy and brain space. You can capitalize on the job your dog is bred for to keep him entertained. With a few herding tips, you’re dog can easily be on the way to a more fulfilling life!

This article is going to talk about herding and similar activities. Most herding breed dogs and mixes of herded breed dogs show herding tendencies (like nipping heels,grabbing pant legs and pushing their body into you).My Australian shepherds, when bored, have taken up herding humans. This, while entertaining to watch, is not fun when your heels get nipped. So we decided to channel those instincts into herding tips and classes.

Herding

Herding is gathering animals into a large group and moving that group. Dogs can herd pretty much any animal, but common ones are sheep and ducks.Most of the dog breeds have a herding style specific to their breed which is usually hard to see at home, but is very easy to spot while they are working. For example australian shepherds herd by nipping the animals heels and leaning their body into the animal. While most dogs have an instinct to herd, they do still need to be trained in order to keep the dog and animals safe.

Most dog owners do not have the experience to train their dog to herd, so you can go to a herding trainer and take classes. Asking around in the local dog community will usually turn up a trainer but the AKC also has a list of herding clubs per state.

If you cannot find a herding trainer near you there is Treiball.

Treiball 

Treiball is a herding game. Instead of herding sheep the dog herds large balls. In treiball you and your dog herd the balls into a soccer net. In competitions the team who does this the fastest wins, but at home you can play however you would like.The dog can use his nose or body to move the ball. One of the benefits of treibball is that you can do it in your own backyard and can (likely) train your dog your own. It is also a great way to work with your dog as a team. There is lots of information on the game and how to train your dog online. This may not be a good option if you have a dog who loves balls, as the large balls can be very fun to bite and pop.

These are two good options to put your dog to work, and keep him entertained. Hopefully you will notice a big change in your now working dog, in my case it was less nipped heels.