Your dog loves to play, so you decide to bring out a disc to see if he likes it. You throw the disc, he catches it (you take a moment to contain your excitement), and guess what?!... He comes back and the disc already has holes, and even a broken rim, in just one throw! There goes $5.00+ out the garbage.
Don't feel bad, we've all been there. That is why choosing the right disc for your dog is so important. Not only do you save money, but your discs will last longer, and your dog will love you for it!
Although 9 out of our 10 dogs will play disc, not all of them use the same one. So, we put together a list of things to consider for picking the right one for your pup.
We'll start by saying that the discs we use, and prefer, are Hero Discs .
They have discs for every dog, and we know that if you try them you will love them as much as we do.
1. Dog size
Although bigger discs are much easier to throw, not all size dogs feel comfortable catching them. Small dogs would probably prefer smaller discs, like a Hero Pup, Super Atom or a Super Sonic. While big dogs may prefer something bigger like a Super Hero or an Xtra.
Our dog Sushi is a 18 pound cattle dog mix, and although she can catch and play with the regular size disc, we notice she does a lot better with a smaller one. Her catch ratio is higher and she's a lot faster. In her case, we prefer using the Super Sonic disc.
2. Dog's bite This is probably the most important one! Is your dog a hard or soft bitter? Does he destroy toys as soon as he gets them or does it take him a while? It doesn't matter how big or small your dog might be, big dogs can be soft bitters and small dogs can be hard bitters. How hard your dog bites will determine what disc to buy and how long it will last you. Keep in mind that the more durable, harder, long lasting discs might be a little more expensive, but the durability is worth the price.
In our pack the hardest bitter is Bass. He's a 66 pound pit bull, and has the ability to destroy discs in a matter of seconds (that is if you give him the wrong one). If he gets a hold of an Xtra it's gone within two throws. Meanwhile, if we use Super Hero discs it will be a couple of weeks (or more) before we need a new one.
3. Your preference Hero Disc USA carries a very big variety of discs. They vary in size, material, weight and even grip. Once you decide what would be best for your dog, think about yourself. What do you feel most comfortable throwing: light, heavy, small or big? Sky is one of our main frisbee dogs and she is a very hard bitter. When we play freestyle with her, we use the Super Swirls. These discs are very durable, but heavier. Which for me (D) means I won't get much distance with them. But when we play toss and fetch I prefer to use the Xtras. These are much lighter, meaning I can give them the right spin to get that extra distance.
Once you figure out these 3 things, you are set to get your discs! Please keep in mind that discs are not considered chew toys, and should only be played with under supervision. We don't want any of our pups to chew a piece out and swallow it. That could be dangerous. Also, make the disc a special toy that's to be used only when you're playing with your dog. Otherwise it should be stored away. If you have any questions about this post, don't hesitate to contact us! We'll be more than happy to help you out deciding which would be the best disc for your dog.
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