The GoDogGo tennis ball thrower for dogs was the first one on the market in 1999. This machine is iFetch’s primary competitor. The godoggo fetch machine or GDG, differs from other ball launchers in that it accepts larger-sized balls in addition to the smaller ones.
The company’s latest model, the G4, runs on AC adapter power or batteries. You’ll need six D size batteries for 25 hours of use.
In terms of actual use, how does the GoDogGo ball launcher measure up? Read on to find out!
Advantages of the Go Dog Go
One big advantage of the GDG is that it fits various sizes and types of balls, including standard tennis balls. Other dog fetch toys require smaller balls, so at least with the GDG you can easily get the balls you need for launching. You can use any ball between 1.75 and 2.5 inches, which also includes ChuckIt balls or tennis balls.
Another advantage is that the GoDogGo is visually striking with its green bucket and black body. The wide mouth bucket holds up to 25 balls depending on size for single or multiple ball use. Compare that to the iFetch, which is a little bland with its mostly-white design. Fashion always counts for something, and the GDG wins on this count 🙂
Like the iFetch, which can be used indoors or outdoors, the GoDogGo can also be used indoors or outdoors. The machine can shoot balls as high as 12 feet in the air, however the height and distance can be reduced or lengthened by using different ball styles and
Drawbacks of the Go Dog Go
- Godoggo does not sell on Amazon but can be purchased from the manufacturers website directly.
There are several distributors offering the product in other countries such as the UK. For a list of sellers see the manufacturers website. The product is sometimes available for purchase on Amazon Here.
- The price of the GoDogGo is more than the iFetch but is, however less then the “iFetch Too”.
- It is not necessary to use only the manufacturer balls, however some tennis balls do not launch as well as the manufacturer’s tennis balls so you need to pay attention as this can affect the range and performance.
- The noise the launcher makes sometimes scares dogs. There are some online reviews which talk about this. If your dog is susceptible to loud noises then you may want to consider another ball launcher. The bright side is if your dog has issues with it, you can return it within 30 days.
Do your research – if you need a ball machine for big dogs, this one may still be the best purchase for you.
Our Opinion: Go Dog Go Reviews
Dog owners generally have praise for the GoDogGo. Intelligent dogs can learn to drop the balls in the bucket by themselves, which means you won’t have to do anything at all! Once your pets learn how to fetch and return the balls, they can entertain themselves while you sit back and watch.
For some pet owners, this device has lasted a few years, which is obviously important for any product that requires a substantial initial investment. The noise made by any automatic dog ball launcher can be off-putting to some dogs, but for most pets the noise is not a big issue.
Here’s a nice YouTube video that shows everything about the GoDogGo, from the unboxing of the package to its actual use with an excited, energetic dog that fetches and returns the balls. The item shown in the video is the previous model, the Go Dog Go G3 launcher toy.
There are plenty of other user-submitted “Go Dog Go YouTube videos” – click the link to see a whole page of doggies playing with them!
Go Dog Go Ball Launcher Summary
Bottom line: The GoDogGo has some admirable qualities in terms of versatility and appearance. There can be the extra hassle of purchasing through the company’s website and in countries other then the US it’s harder to find, but if you are wanting a dog ball launcher that accepts standard size tennis balls, the GoDogGo might be for you.
Want to compare more automatic ball launchers for dogs? Go to our ultimate dog ball thrower buying guide!
Note: This is a basic informational article that highlights one writer’s opinion about a particular product. It is not intended to be an ultimate authority. Always do your own research and draw your own conclusions when deciding which products to buy.