Dog ball launchers can be great tools for pet parents to help their pups get ample exercise that many breeds need.
Launchers can cause dogs to use their joints, muscles and cartilage when they sprint after balls and jump to catch them. Pet parents can help prevent injuries by warming up their dogs properly with a walk before starting a game of fetch. It’s also better to avoid playing fetch on hard surfaces, like asphalt or concrete. Give your dog breaks during fetch to avoid overheating, especially on hot days.
It also may not be a good idea to use a launcher or even play fetch with dogs that suffer from arthritis or joint issues. Finally, launchers may not be appropriate to use with puppies, as their bones are very soft, and their joints are still growing. Interactive dog toys could be a good substitution for puppies and older dogs. If you worry about whether to introduce a dog ball thrower to your pet, consult your veterinarian.
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