The 10 Best Dog Toy Launchers
This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in September of 2015. You know your dog needs daily exercise to stay healthy and happy, but you also know you're always going to be the one who tires out first. Problem solved. These dog toy launchers can give your pet an extended workout without wearing you out in the process. If you have a history of arm or shoulder issues, though, make sure to pick one of the options that doesn't put much strain on your joints. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
July 31, 2019:
Many of our top selections are regular, old-fashioned flingers, as these represent the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to really push your dog to his physical limits. However, they can do the same to you, especially if you have a history of arm or shoulder issues.
If that's the case, something like the Pro Ball Go-Frrr or Hyper Pet K9 Kannon Mini may be a better choice, as they put much less strain on your joints. However, they can't compete with the others in terms of distance, either, so you may have to compensate by spending more time shooting them off in the distance for your pup. That might make them better for urban dwellers without a lot of free sprinting space, though. If you're in a cramped situation with an energetic dog, bicycling with him might be a more efficient use of your time than playing fetch.
The option from Franklin Pet Supply is our favorite flinger, as it has some added bounce to increase your distance without also increasing the stress on your wrist, shoulder, and elbow. It uses prongs instead of a cup to grip the ball, which makes it easier to pick them up and less likely that the ball will still be stuck in there at the end of your throwing motion.