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iFetch...

  • shoots a miniature tennis ball between 10 and 30 feet (3 adjustable stettings)
  • runs on batteries or can be plugged into an outlet
  • powers up on demand - it turns itself on when a ball is dropped in and shuts itself off once it launches the ball
  • teaches your dog to fetch and return in a new and interesting way
  • works great with kids and dogs - many dogs have been able to use the toy to play fetch by themselves, however every dog loves it when people play with them!
 

WHY iFETCH?

Because you love your dog, and your dog LOVES to play fetch.

We know how it is. We’ve got a fetch-crazed toy poodle at home. His name’s Prancer. He can play fetch all day. Seriously. That’s why we invented the iFetch, so that people can take a break when they need to and so that fetch-loving dogs can play to their heart’s content.

TRAINING TIPS

Whether your dog has been playing fetch for years or if this is his first time, the following training tips from professional dog trainer, Nichole Ellis, will help your dog learn how to play with the iFetch in no time at all.

  • When teaching your dog how to play fetch, make sure you train near the iFetch so that your dog can connect the dots between fetch and the iFetch.
  • Train with the iFetch at most three times a day and only for ten minutes at a time. That way fetch stays fun and doesn’t become fetch bootcamp.
  • If you feel like your dog is getting frustrated and is unable to get the ball into the iFetch , then just work on reinforcing any behavior toward the iFetch and make sure your dog gets rewarded.
  • If your dog attempts to get the reward via other behaviors (e.g. rolling over, jumping up, shaking paws, etc.), it’s important that you NOT reward these behaviors.
  • If your dog is cautious around the iFetch at first, that’s okay. The iFetch is new and different and he’s probably not sure what it is.  You can start by rewarding him for just going near the iFetch. This way he learns that the iFetch is just another part of the house. With a little time, you can use treats to bring him closer to the iFetch, teaching him to drop the ball as close to the iFetch as possible. After a few training sessions (results may vary) your dog will learn to trust the iFetch and then it will be playtime.

iFetch Too!

Estimated delivery:Sep 2015

About this project

Introducing iFetch Too: Bigger Dogs. Bigger Balls.

You asked for it! So here it is! A bigger iFetch for bigger dogs that launches bigger balls! 

Designed with bigger dogs in mind, the iFetch Too:
 
  • Creates fun for the whole family – the iFetch Too brings a fun, new twist to the familiar game of fetch. Many dogs are able to use the iFetch Too to play fetch by themselves, however every dog loves it when people play with them!
  • Launches a standard, full-sized tennis ball 10, 25, and 40 feet, perfect for indoor and outdoor play.
  • Works great with many other dog balls as long as they are about the same size as a standard tennis ball (2.4" to 2.8" in diameter).
  • Plays tirelessly on built-in rechargeable battery. No need to buy batteries. Just plug it in to recharge it.
  • Saves energy – the iFetch Too is energy efficient, powering up on demand when a ball is dropped in and powering down once the ball is launched.
Ruggedized rubber treads grip the ball, even when it’s coated in slobber.
Ruggedized rubber treads grip the ball, even when it’s coated in slobber.
As with the original iFetch the launch distance is easily adjustable.
As with the original iFetch the launch distance is easily adjustable.

Our Story

In 2013, the Kickstarter community made iFetch – our family project – into one of the most popular Kickstarter pet projects ever. The result: thousands of dogs around the world can now play fetch to their heart’s content.

When we made the original iFetch, the idea was simple. We just wanted to satisfy our toy poodle, Prancer, who’s a bonafide fetching fanatic. Grant wanted to do his homework, but Prancer just wanted to keep playing.

 
Grant and Prancer
Grant and Prancer
Grant and Grandfather Denny with the original automatic ball launcher prototype in 2010 (left) and in 2013 with the award-winning prototype of the original iFetch (right)
Grant and Grandfather Denny with the original automatic ball launcher prototype in 2010 (left) and in 2013 with the award-winning prototype of the original iFetch (right)

However, once the Kickstarter community made the iFetch a reality in 2013, we quickly learned that Prancer wasn’t the only one who loved playing fetch. As videos of happy dogs playing with the iFetch began to spread online, people around the world began asking if we would make a version for bigger dogs. 

So here we are again, back on Kickstarter where it all began!

Award-Winning Design

As with the original iFetch, we have worked closely with our friends at d:e for the iconic, approachable design and with Pump Studios for the mechanical engineering and with TenX Precision for the electronic functionality. Early testing with dogs (and humans) have led to some inspiring results. Fetch-loving dogs love the sturdy design and people who have seen the iFetch Too in action have shared some very positive feedback.

What’s next?  

 

We have been testing the iFetch Too with a wide variety of enthusiastic dogs (e.g. Border Collies, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Italian Mastiffs, etc.) in and around our hometown of Austin, TX. We have patents filed in the US and internationally, and we have manufacturing quotes for molds, parts, and assembly. 

With your help, finished iFetch Too units can be shipped out from the factory in September/October. We will, of course, keep our supporters updated regularly on the progress of iFetch Too.

 

 
  • QUESTIONS?


Is it safe for my dog?

When introducing your dog to the iFetch, we recommend that you teach him or her to stay behind the iFetch (or to the side of it) as the iFetch prepares to launch. At its highest launch setting (30 feet), the iFetch can toss the ball at speeds which could injure your dog, especially if they are standing directly in front of the iFetch. While most dogs learn very quickly where to stand to avoid getting hit by the ball, adult human supervision is recommended until your dog is fully trained. To learn more helpful fetch training tips for your dog, please visit our training tips page.

 

How do I get started with the iFetch?

It’s easy. All you need to do is plug it in (or insert 6 c-cell batteries), press the button on the back, drop in a ball, and it’s playtime.

 

Does the iFetch use regular tennis balls?

iFetch uses miniature tennis balls

The iFetch is designed for indoor/outdoor use with miniature tennis balls that are 40mm or 1.5 inches in diameter (the same size as most miniature tennis balls that you can find in pet stores). If you’d like to order more miniature iFetch balls, head on over to our online store.

 

How far does the iFetch throw the ball?

The iFetch has three launch distance settings. 10 feet, 20 feet, or 30 feet. To set the launch distance, all you have to do is press the button on the back to cycle through the settings. The light will turn off after 30 seconds, but the iFetch will remain on (in standby mode) until you drop another ball into the funnel.

 

How easy is it to train a dog to use the iFetch?

If your dog already loves to play fetch, it should be pretty easy. Some iFetch customers have told us it took them less than 20 minutes (and a handful of treats) to teach their dogs how to use the iFetch. To make things even easier, we have put together some training tips and a short training video.

 

Does iFetch have a version for bigger dogs?

Due to popular demand, we’re excited to say we’re now developing a bigger version of the iFetch for larger dogs. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter for the latest news.

 

How long does the iFetch work on batteries?

A long time! We’ve done extensive testing of iFetch and we have found that it will keep throwing balls for approximately 30 hours on a fully charged set of 6 c-cell batteries. If your dog can play fetch continuously for that long, then you may want to enter your dog into theGuinness World Records.

 

My dog slobbers a lot. Is that a problem?

Some dogs slobber more than others. If your dog is a heavy slobberer, you may need to wipe off the balls from time to time. Some customers who have slobbery dogs have told us they’ve found success with miniature squash balls.

 

What happens if I put other things into the funnel (e.g. coins, golf balls, etc)?

While that does sound like a fun experiment, we don’t recommend you put anything into the iFetch other than miniature tennis balls as that is not the intended use of the iFetch.

 

What comes with my iFetch order?

Your iFetch comes with three balls and an AC adapter for 110 and 220 volts. Batteries are not included.

 

What is your return policy?

If you are not satisfied for any reason with your iFetch, you may exchange it for a replacement product or return it for a refund of the purchase price less a $15 restocking charge, in either event, within thirty (30) days from the date of your receipt of the product from iFetch or its authorized reseller. Products returned to iFetch for exchange or refund must be in their original condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted, and sent to the iFetch Customer Care Center at the address below, with shipping charges prepaid, the products packaged appropriately for safe shipment.

Attn: iFetch Customer Care Center
3250 Hatch Road
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

We recommend that the package be insured or sent by a method that provides for tracking. Responsibility for loss or damage does not transfer to iFetch until the returned item is received by iFetch. iFetch may refuse to provide an exchange or refund for any product that is damaged due to any of the reasons or conditions set forth below under “Warranty Exclusions”.

WARRANTY EXCLUSIONS: iFetch will not be liable under this limited warranty if its testing and examination disclose that the alleged defect or malfunction in the product does not exist or resulted from:

  • Failure to follow iFetch’s operation and maintenance instructions;
  • Unauthorized product alteration;
  • Weather conditions;
  • Damage to the product caused by any animal;
  • Abuse, misuse, negligent acts or omissions of Customer and/or persons under Customer’s control; or
  • Acts of third parties, acts of God, accident, fire, or other hazards.

Where is the iFetch made?

The iFetch was designed, prototyped and commercialized in the US, and is now assembled in China.

 

 


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