The ifetch Dog Ball Machine is an instant customer favorite. This toy is great for your small dog and will keep them entertained and give them the exercise they crave, even on snowy or hot days.
“Under-exercise is the number one cause of bad behavior in dogs. Especially if you live in an apartment or a small area, it’s tough to get everything they need.” High-Tech Gadgets for Your Pets
"…made for relentless, fetch-obsessed canines…most dogs are driven to ecstasy by the device.”New York Times
iFetch is simple to use. All you need to do is plug it in or insert six C-size batteries, press the button on the back, drop in a ball, and it’s playtime.
The iFetch is designed for small dogs for indoor/outdoor use with miniature tennis balls that are 40mm or 1.5 inches in diameter (we sell extra balls).
The iFetch has three launch distance settings - 10 feet, 20 feet, or 30 feet. To set the launch distance, all you have to do is press the button on the back to cycle through the settings and choose the distance you want.
After playing with the iFetch, your dog will be tired and happy. The batteries are long-lasting --extensive testing of iFetch shows that it will keep launching balls for approximately 30 hours on a fully charged set of six C batteries.
iFetch comes with three balls and an AC adapter for 110 and 220 volts. Batteries are not included.We recommend stocking up on extra balls
What size are the balls?
The balls are 40mm in diameter, which is the same size as most miniature tennis balls you will find in stores. We sell extra balls at a low price as a customer convenience.
How do we clean our iFetch?
Many dogs slobber so there is a drool drain in the tube, which is easy to wipe clean if necessary. We recommend you wipe down the balls if they get too slobbery.
How can I add some bounce to my iFetch balls?
Simply use an old tennis player trick to revitalize the balls, put them in a dryer wrapped in a towel for 5 minutes and they will bounce higher.
iFetch comes with a limited manufacturer's warranty, which covers normal use. Fine print:
WARRANTY EXCLUSIONS:iFetch & Keepdoggiesafe.com will not be liable under this limited warranty if its testing and examination disclose that the alleged defect or malfunction in the product does not exist or resulted from:
- Failure to follow iFetch’s operation and maintenance instructions;
- Unauthorized product alteration;
- Weather conditions;
- Damage to the product caused by any animal;
- Abuse, misuse, negligent acts or omissions of Customer and/or persons under Customer’s control; or
- Acts of third parties, acts of God, accident, fire, or other hazards.
The following training tips from professional dog trainer, Nichole Ellis, will help your dog learn how to play with the iFetch in no time at all.
- When teaching your dog how to play fetch, make sure you train near the iFetch so that your dog can connect the dots between fetch and the iFetch.
- Train with the iFetch at most three times a day and only for ten minutes at a time. That way fetch stays fun and doesn’t become fetch bootcamp.
- If you feel like your dog is getting frustrated and is unable to get the ball into the iFetch , then just work on reinforcing any behavior toward the iFetch and make sure your dog gets rewarded.
- If your dog attempts to get the reward via other behaviors (e.g. rolling over, jumping up, shaking paws, etc.), it’s important that you NOT reward these behaviors.
- If your dog is cautious around the iFetch at first, that’s okay. The iFetch is new and different and he’s probably not sure what it is. You can start by rewarding him for just going near the iFetch. This way he learns that the iFetch is just another part of the house. With a little time, you can use treats to bring him closer to the iFetch, teaching him to drop the ball as close to the iFetch as possible. After a few training sessions (results may vary) your dog will learn to trust the iFetch and then it will be playtime.