Signup for The Your Dog Flash

Latest health and behavior news and advice from the veterinarians at Tufts University.

Features October 2019 Issue

Play Ball, But Gently

He may love how far the plastic ball chucker can send the ball, but are you wearing him out? Has he even had a chance to warm up?

Play Ball, But Gently

Dogs love balls, but thrown too fast, too frequently, they can ruin quality and even length of life.

So many dogs love those plastic ball chuckers, and why not? They allow a person to fling a ball faster and farther than they could with their arm, affording a pet a happy, frenetic run at top speed in order to chase the ball down and bring it back for more. Some dogs, in fact, are absolutely obsessed with the game.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Tufts Your Dog

Get the next 10 issues of TUFTS YOUR DOG for just $20. And access all of our online content - health and care information, training tips, and nutrition and food advice from the veterinarians and staff at Tufts University

Get Tufts Your Dog Digital

Get 10 months of TUFTS YOUR DOG DIGITAL for just $20. You get unlimited access to everything on the site including each monthly issue as a PDF.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.