Automatic Ball Launcher

Retrieve & Repeat

Get it. Got it. Good dog. Fido, meet iFetch—an interactive, on demand ball launching toy designed to let your four-legged friend play fetch without you. Whether you’re home or at work, inside or outdoors, iFetch is sure to entertain, exercise, and stimulate small to large, fetch-loving dogs for hours.

Denny and Grant Hamill, the
grandfather and grandson team who created iFetch, say the real genius behind their product innovation is the family’s fetch-crazed toy poodle named Prancer. The idea came to Grant while trying to do his homework as Prancer nudged, pawed, and begged him to throw the ball over and over and over again. If only Prancer could play fetch without him . . .

With iFetch, when you’re ready for a break, Fido can keep on playing to his heart’s content.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Denny

    Our toy poodle, Prancer, loves to play fetch, but he never seemed to tire out like we did. After he kept dropping the ball at our feet, we decided to create an automatic launcher for endless play. The iFetch is a toy that’s fun for dogs and their owners too! We’re happy to be here and answer any questions you may have.

  • S
    9/4/2014 12:14 PM

    this is fantastic. love the two of you!!! any thoughts for full sized tennis ball launcher?

  • Parker
    9/4/2014 12:55 PM

    @S Wait a minute: These aren't regulation-sized balls, meaning that a worn out/chewed up ball can only be replaced by one of these proprietary ones?

  • Denny
    Denny – Special Guest
    9/4/2014 1:09 PM

    These are small balls (larger version coming March) but they are standard 1.5" balls you can find in pet shops made by Kong and others.

  • Scott
    9/4/2014 2:07 PM

    @Denny Would ping pong balls work? Our dogs love chasing ping pong balls.

  • lauren
    9/4/2014 12:26 PM

    Absolutely brilliant. Love it. Thank you for your hard work creating this! Your product will actually relieve the guilt I feel about leaving my beloved dogs home all day.

    Just shared it with every dog owner I know! Good luck today!

  • Gregory
    9/4/2014 12:35 PM


  • Cathy
    9/4/2014 12:28 PM

    Hi Denny, What a GREAT idea! I have read the details, but can't seem to find out how many balls come with the iFetch. Thank you.

  • Lori
    9/4/2014 12:38 PM


  • Lori
    9/4/2014 12:39 PM

    @Lori Same question....how many balls come with the iFetch??

  • Marcia
    9/4/2014 12:41 PM

    @Lori Thanks for your question. The iFetch comes with 3 balls.

  • Karen
    9/4/2014 12:33 PM

    Wonderful idea...however, be very careful that the ball is larger than your dog's mouth...i had a friend that threw a ball to their dog and the ball was lodged in the dog's throat and it suffocated! Always monitor your precious pup when playing with any balls! LOVE the IFetch idea!!

  • Rita
    9/4/2014 12:34 PM

    Do you have this product for larger dogs

  • Glenn
    9/4/2014 12:35 PM

    Great idea! Now you need to design in a voice recorder and speaker system that will allow you to record "Good boy!" or "Good girl!" that will play each time a ball is dropped into the launcher and "Go fetch!" after each launch. Just a thought.

  • Parker
    9/4/2014 12:48 PM

    Two questions: 1)Can this unit be left outside and plugged in, or would moisture make it hazardous/kill it? 2)Any plans for something that would launch more than 10 feet?

  • Denny
    Denny – Special Guest
    9/4/2014 1:11 PM

    iFetch has three settings, 10, 20, and 30 feet.

  • Denny
    Denny – Special Guest
    9/4/2014 1:13 PM

    iFetch will work fine outside but should not be left out in the rain.

  • SARA
    9/4/2014 12:50 PM

    Can you use other balls (smaller rubber balls) with this machine? Our pup tends to rip apart tennis balls pretty easily?

  • Denny
    Denny – Special Guest
    9/4/2014 1:14 PM

    Squash balls work fine.

  • Cindy
    9/4/2014 12:53 PM

    I have two Border Collies, are the balls big enough so they won't choke or is just for little dogs?

  • Denny
    Denny – Special Guest
    9/4/2014 1:20 PM

    Some larger dogs do very well with these smaller balls, some don't. On iFetch's Facebook page you can see Border Collies and other larger dogs playing easily with the iFetch.

  • Terry
    9/4/2014 1:14 PM

    Ok, maybe I'm missing something here but this comes with 3 balls and they launch on demand but how do they get back into the launcher for re-launch and if you have to do it, which makes sense, then how does this equate to endless play without intervention?

  • Denny
    Denny – Special Guest
    9/4/2014 1:16 PM

    Terry, the ball is launched after it is dropped in. The dog then fetches it and brings it back and drops it in and it is launched again!

  • Terry
    9/4/2014 2:30 PM

    @Denny That sounds pretty cool but how do you get the dog to drop it in again? It must be pretty easy, I'm guessing?

  • Clinton
    9/4/2014 4:29 PM

    @Terry You are familiar with the concept of training right?

    9/4/2014 1:17 PM

    please let me know when you come out with the larger version for the larger dogs. sincerely [email protected]

  • Helen
    9/4/2014 1:37 PM

    Please let me know when you have one for larger dogs (Rotweillers)


  • Deri
    9/4/2014 1:45 PM

    Totally brilliant idea!!! I have a 50 lbs miniature Bulldog and will probably wait for the larger one to come out. Will you be launching the larger one on Grommet and is there a way to get on the waiting list for one?


  • marianne
    9/4/2014 1:52 PM

    Please hurry with the iFetch for larger dogs. This is amazing!!! I will buy them for every dog lover I know! And, Grommet---please let us know when the large version is available. Thanks.

  • Amy
    9/4/2014 1:54 PM

    Brilliant product! Wish I had had one back when I had an inexhaustible German Shorthair Pointer. A concern, however: In the last frame of the video, I noticed the dog was right in front of the iFetch, catching the ball as it launched. Does the ball come out of the iFetch at a speed that won't be a danger to a larger dog?

  • Linda
    9/4/2014 2:05 PM

    Hey, great idea - questions - will this work with cat toys. Cat loves to chase toys but it is a pain to have to get them from the cat to then toss again. I can see Cat learning to drop a toy into the top after watching several time.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/9/2014 2:55 PM

    Hi Linda,

    Some small light balls will work but many cat toys like hard hollow plastic balls will not work. Depends on your cat!

  • Pamela
    9/4/2014 2:07 PM

    Love this idea! What happens if the dog places something else in the hole?


  • Karen
    9/4/2014 3:02 PM


  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/9/2014 2:49 PM

    Hi Pamela,

    If the dog drops other toys in the iFetch it probably won't hurt it but will need to have them removed before working again.

  • Karen
    9/4/2014 3:04 PM

    Are you going to come out with one for bigger dogs? I have a tennis ball obsessed doberman that NEEDS one of these. To be more specific, I need one of these...

  • Kathy
    9/4/2014 7:02 PM


    There are several other similar products on the market that are designed for larger dogs. A friend of mine has this one: http://www.godoggoinc.com/, which is great for his lab.

  • Vivian
    9/4/2014 3:38 PM

    Help!! My dachshund Sadie drives me (and anyone who visits) crazy with her balls, dropping them at the feet of everyone....so I IMMEDIATELY tried to order one and they are "out of stock." Will there be more soon?? And would you say they will use those small tennis balls which she loves?


  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/4/2014 9:48 PM

    @Vivian We are again taking orders, for shipping on September 12. If Sadie can wait until then, you are good to go with placing an order.

    At The Grommet we are all about launching products and it's crazy hard to precisely predict the response of this wonderful community. That's the whole point--getting feedback from the "real" market...which is you. Which ultimately lets iFetch get wonderful feedback and information for building their business.

  • Linda
    9/4/2014 5:39 PM

    Hi Denny! My old English sheepdog would LOVE this! I have MS and live in the rainy NW! Let me know when you come out with a larger version!! Thanks and brilliant idea!

  • Flishia
    9/4/2014 6:27 PM

    You mentioned a larger version is coming in March, will the larger version use balls the size of tennis balls? How much more will the larger version cost?

  • Wendy
    9/4/2014 7:06 PM

    Also would like larger version for GSD. Fun idea!

  • Carol
    9/4/2014 10:31 PM

    I think this is a great idea but these balls would be too small for our 67 pound dog who also loves to fetch. Why not make one for bigger dogs who also need the exercise?

    No offense, but I do think this item is considerably pricey for most of us, especially in today's economy. Thanks.

  • Judy
    9/4/2014 11:40 PM

    how long after the ball is dropped into the launcher does it project out?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/9/2014 2:48 PM

    Hi Judy,

    It takes about 3 seconds and the dogs get excited in anticipation as you can see in the video!

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