Overview: This PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher is an
interactive fetch device that can keep your dog active and entertained for hours. It can
launch a standard-sized tennis ball between 8 and 30 feet at up to a 45°
angle. Teach your dog to return the ball to the hopper, and the games will
continue as long he wants. Distance and angle settings are adjustable to make
the actions appropriate for indoors or outdoors. It also has safety features to
keep both humans and canines safe. The water-resistant Automatic Ball Launcher
can be powered with the supplied AC adapter or by 6 D-cell batteries (not
Hopper: The Automatic Ball Launcher has a large hopper that
will hold up to 3 tennis balls at a time. It is recommended that on the higher
distance settings, only one ball should be placed in the hopper at a time.
Lights/Tones: The launcher has a single LED on the front,
just below the motion detector. The light will glow green every 10 seconds to
indicate the battery is good. If it flashes red 3x quickly, the battery is low.
A red light flash every second indicates an error has occurred. During sleep
mode the LED will glow orange once every 10 seconds. The device also has a
number of beeps and tones for Play Time (Low/High), Rest Time (High/Low), Ball
Detection and Launch (6-tone Melody), Error (3 tones of the same note), and
Motion Detection (1 second tone).
Settings: The Ball Launcher has two knobs for making
adjustments. The Tennis Ball Knob lets you adjust the distance from 8 feet to 30
feet (9 settings). The Paw Knob is for adjusting the launch angle between 20°
and 45° (6 settings). Both knobs have notches for incremental selections, and
require pulling out before turning to the desired setting.
Motion Detector: A motion sensor on the front of the ball
launcher will prevent the ball from launching for 5 seconds. The sensor can
detect movement directly in front of the launch pocket between 1' and 7' away to
protect your dog (or human) from a ball launch at close range. You should teach
your dog to stand to the side or at least 7 feet away when playing fetch. In
addition to the motion sensor, the Ball Launcher has a sensor inside the launch
pocket. If that sensor detects a foreign object in the pocket, the ball will not
Rest Mode: To prevent over-exercising your dog, the
Automatic Ball Launcher will only play for 15 minutes at a time. When the Rest
Mode begins, the unit will play a 2-tone melody (high/low) and go to sleep for
15 minutes. If a ball is in the hopper when the Rest Mode ends, the Ball
Launcher will wake up, play a 2-tone melody (low/high), and launch a ball. The
Rest Mode can be overridden by turning off the power button for at least 10
seconds, then turning it back on.
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