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A tennis ball-chucker the dog can operate..

I had to post this one: a tennis ball-chucker for dogs, operated by dogs.

The dog loads it, and it fires automatically.


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Kiteman6 years ago
Ha, how long before the dog starts to put other things in the machine?

Like kittens
lol
You evil man!
Here, kitty-kitty-kitty!

One of my nicknames at school, the one my pupils think I don't know about, is The Childcatcher.
I hope that there is no relationship between that nickname and the S.K. novel "Dreamcatcher" ;-)
It started after a school trip to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on stage in London.

Apparently the actor playing the Childcatcher looked like me.





The stage actor was much younger ...
w00ty32 Kiteman6 years ago
hey, it's good to be compared to a younger person, right?
Kiteman w00ty326 years ago
A much younger serial kidnapper!
w00ty32 Kiteman6 years ago
hey, that's like comparing the dude who plays the part of the kidnapper, to an actual kidnapper. i wonder why if adults are stolen, they aren't adultnapped, they are still kidnapped.......
I'm a catnapper myself.
Ok, that is much less of a threat then the reference I came up with LOL
Oh wow. Care to explain that one? ;]
I have a skill - I always seem to be just where the more "creative" students are about to do something. I can always find something they've done wrong.

They're too young to know about the KGB
ry25920 Kiteman6 years ago
Or your shoes.
=O
emchndlr4 years ago
I work at a dog daycare and we have a daschund named dutchess who LOVES to play fetch. this would be her dream toy. so clever. i love this.
IkeTaylor5 years ago
i will pay you to m,ake me one
9241902485 years ago
ill pay you to make me one. really
Hellchild6 years ago
dude I have a normal sized Golden Retriever and this would scare the S*IT out of her. Dude even if I Put a cereal box near her she runs away
AWESOME! I really wish I had one of these; I have to throw balls at my brother to help him practice cricket and it gets *really* repetitive. Where'd you get it/how did you make it?
gmoon (author)  DuctTapeRules!6 years ago
Sorry--I didn't build this, just posted the video. Sure would be a great project, though....
Goodhart gmoon6 years ago
it is a bit of overkill though. I do believe it could be done simpler.
gmoon (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
I'm sure you're right--an opposing-wheel type launcher, like the pitching machines, perhaps?

Still, it's hard to beat the over-engineered complexity of it for the wow-factor. In the spirit, if not the style, of steampunk.

Plus it tracks the # of launches, times of day, etc. Nothing like checking up on the dog's playtime activity while you're at work.. ;-)
Goodhart gmoon6 years ago
Well, it looks like they need to use it more often, that Dachshund was a wee bit pudgy LOL
gmoon (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Yeah, he's not a young dog, either. What I love about these videos--the dogs always take their cues from the launchers to get the maximum "chase factor..."
Goodhart gmoon6 years ago
Yeah, I wondered about that. I watched it several times and was looking / listening for the "queue" that sent him running. It seemed to occur "just" before the ball was launched, so he would see where it went and would be "right behind it" like you said.
RetroPlayer6 years ago
Maybe I am just a little overprotective, but is there a safety mechanism on that launcher so when it comes down it doesn't crush that child's feet and hands, or the dog? In the video, the little boy's foot went right in between the mechanism for a minute.
"I built the ball machine because I thought my dog Jerry, might like it and that it would be something fun for me to build. So after two years of on and off work, with many safety features such as IR proximity sensors to protect Jerry and my son from the machine, I finally complete. " -Zedomax (link)
skylen skylen6 years ago
P.S. I was quoting from the linked page, where the builder is quoted regarding safety features.
Charles IV6 years ago
That is awesome man i wish I had one of those (and a dog for that matter)
AWESOME!
Goodhart6 years ago
I thought I had seen something like this before.....




The first one of these, doesn't look as hard to build...
zako6 years ago
that is pure awesome, if i had the time and the money to do this i would, my dog would love this.
LuisWalker6 years ago
pure awesomeness
NachoMahma6 years ago
. That's great. My AU Cattle Dog would LOVE something like that.
I rescued two ACDs (from the same litter)... I was thinking the exact same thing.
That's so cool! Where can I make one? :P
In your garage, probably? :P
SpinWard6 years ago
That is great! What a cute/smart little doggie! That little tail is going! And he knows the sound of when to run! Very nice, thanks for posting this!
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
I want one! (i don't have a dog, i want it for myself!) That kid looks like an insane evil genius type. Watch out when he gets older. LOL
extend the hose for the tennis ball and play catch with yourself :P
does the dog ever stop? do you hear it in the middle of the night?