Mr. N grew up in a household without toys. When he arrived at his foster home and saw toys, he didn’t know what to do with them. But his foster Giant Schnauzer friend and mentor soon converted him to the joys of toys. Especially the Chuckit! Launcher. The two of them used to chase after that ball until a human would call the game off. Maybe because he was socialized to the Chuckit! in that fashion but now he is magnetized to that launcher and other dogs. He loves playing with the Chuckit! Launcher with other dogs best.
- Good aerobic exercise. Running after Mr. N isÂ hard work.Â He isÂ fast.Â With fetch and the chuckit!, he practically exercises himself! And at speeds I’m unlikely to sustain for long.
- Socialization. Mr. N loves his dog play dates and fetch is a good way to socialize with other dogs if no one is a resource guarder.
- Bonding. A dog trainer (I forget which, please remind me if you know) brought up the concept of dog piggy banks. You put in coins/credit with things the dog enjoys like walks and fetch and treats and take out money with unpleasant but necessary things like vet visits, baths and nail trims. Fetch helps build up those credits and helps you bond with your dog!
- Aim/Distance.Â The Chuckit! Launcher helps you throw the ball further and with more accuracy. Saves your arm and makes your dog tired faster.
- Versatility.Â They make toys for all sorts of situations. Mr. N loves the Whistler Balls best which make a whistling noise as they fly through the air. There’s also glow-in-the-dark balls for night fetchÂ and toys that float for water dogs. We discovered somewhat tragically that the Whistler Balls do not in fact float. Oops.
- Sizing. The toys come in various sizes from Mr. N can actually fit them in his mouth comfortably to toys that are bigger than his head.
Joining the list of beloved dog holidays including Spoil Your Dog Day, National Bacon Day and Walk in the Park Day, is Chuckit! National Fetch Day on October 19th (the 3rd Saturday of October). Your dog can have a party with other dogs and dog people by attending one of the Official Chuckit! Parties to celebrate National Fetch Day. You can find out where by visiting the their website.
What are you and your dog(s) doing to celebrate National Fetch Day?