Tired, calm puppy dog is a hot commodity around my household and office, and I’m finding that Frisbee — especially in the snow — is a good way to get there without running a half-marathon.
Our shepherd/heeler mix seems to be having the most fun when running down flying objects, and I’ve always personally wanted a dog that could catch a Frisbee, so I was excited to pick up the Aerobie Dogobie disc at the Ute in Aspen recently.
Heading over to the park, it’s easy to get distance envy when looking at the guys with the “chuck-it” things that fling balls nearly the entire way over Wagner Park. More standard Frisbees can also outdrive this thing by a great deal.
But the major selling point here is durability. Even if you were to sacrifice an old standard disc to the dog, believe me, they don’t last long with this puppy. The Dogobie is made of a strong rubber that is as tear-resistant and puppy proof as possible. Certainly more so than the lid to my water bottle, the leash, the down comforter, various socks, etc.
The drawback is that the disc is light, floppy and tricky to throw. However, it’s not impossible to grease a good one that will out-fly our little scamp, even when she is gunning for it at top speed. It’s actually kind of fun to try and get it right, and I’ve been working on my sidearm. The Dogobie, when thrown correctly, with also hang up in the air at the end, giving the pup a shot at a glorious leaping catch eliciting cheers from all who see — well OK, maybe just from me.
The slick rubber disc is a bit of a dog-slobber magnet, so throwing with gloves is a good idea. Fortunately, the disc cleans up easily. It also floats, so it is good for the water.
All in all, I’m happy with this piece of puppy gear, and excited to see how long it’s going to last.
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