Are you looking for Doggy Fun automatic ball launcher review? In this article, I’ll share with you what I think are the pros and cons of this ball launcher and why I still prefer an iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher over a Doggy Fun launcher.
My First Impression of Doggy Fun Ball Launcher
Somehow it looks like an iFetch automatic dog ball launcher, which is my top pick for the best automatic ball launcher and thrower for dogs for 2018, albeit a bit thinner with sleeker curves though it weighs more than an iFetch model. Doggy fun has a size of 12.5 x 8.5 x 9 inches and a weight of 3.5 pounds while the iFetch model has a size of 14.8 x 10.1 x 11.4 inches and a weight of 3 pounds.
However this ball launcher is made specifically for small dogs with no larger model available for sale at a time of writing compared with iFetch that has two different models made for small to medium dogs and large dogs. iFetch has iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher for small to medium dogs, and for big dogs, iFetch has iFetch too Interactive Ball Launcher.
Let’s take a look at the following pictures for comparison:
Doggy Fun is designed with a bright, vibrant orange color with the Doggy Fun logo stamped on both sides of the unit. Personally, I think the color is too striking for me.
Unboxing Doggy Fun Launcher
Upon unboxing the package you’ll get the following:
- A Doggy Fun Launcher.
- 1 mini tennis ball.
- 3 mini rubber balls.
- 1 AC power cable.
- and user manual.
Everything was neatly packaged and it just took a few minutes to unbox and set up the launcher.
Operating The Launcher
Operating the launcher is just a matter of plug and play. Simply plug the unit in, set a distance setting, and place a ball in the chute and it’s ready to run.
The unit is operated by one AC power cable for indoor use or 6 C batteries for outdoor use without carrying around an extension cord. As for the distance settings, you can set the launch distance to near, middle, and far with a launching distance from 5 to 25 feet.
When I tested the distance settings, the results were a bit unreliable and a bit random as the balls launched farther and farther after each turn.
After plugging in the launcher, the next step is to place a ball in the chute or teach your dog to do it. The opening is rather small compared to an iFetch model. The small opening of the chute will make it harder to train your dog, it’s easier for dogs to drop the balls into a large opening chute.
On the back of the unit, you will find the power button along with a blue indicator LED light, which is useful if you use the launcher outdoor to see how much longer the batteries will last.
The launcher comes with 1 mini tennis ball and 3 mini rubber balls. The mini ball has a size of 1,5″, which is a perfect size for small dogs. The mini tennis ball is fine, it looks like a regular tennis ball. But the mini rubber balls were made of low-quality rubber material, they might not be as durable as you would expect, and the balls got stuck several times during testing.
When I read through many customer reviews at Amazon, many customers reported the same problems. I think the main culprit why the balls get stuck often is the low-quality balls they provide. So I would suggest you find a better replacement such as Kong Air Squeker Tennis Ball, which has better quality.
What About the Sound Levels
Noise levels are another important thing that I look for. Many dogs become nervous and afraid and could end up stop playing automatic ball launcher toys because of the noise.
During testing, the Doggy Fun’s decibel levels reached almost 80 dB at the peak which was higher than iFetch which only reached 50 dB. The noise was humming slowly as the launcher warmed up, and got louder and reached the maximum decibel levels as the ball was launched. There was also a little bogged down sound coming from the motor after 20 minutes playing. It might be a concern if your dog is sensitive to loud noise.
Overall, an iFetch is a better choice than Doggy Fun. Even though iFetch is a little bit pricey but it’s more reliable and durable compared with Doggy Fun. iFetch is also backed up with a 1-year warranty, you can contact their customer services anytime if something goes wrong.