Outdoor Play Without Daylight: Glow-in-the-Dark Balls
Now that we're in Daylight Savings Time, night comes so much quicker here on the East Coast. By 4:30 it's already getting dark, and by the time we're home to take the dogs out around 7, it's pitch black outside.
Jordi is the type of dog that needs to be vigorously exercised. Long walks do nothing for him--he's young, eager and has a ton of energy. He also gets anxious around other dogs. We've had to scale back on going to the dog park, and now we just take him out to a field to run around and throw the ball.
As it's gotten darker so much earlier, we've had problems throwing the ball around at night. Often Jordi would go fetch the ball, get distracted on his way back, and just leave the ball under a tree. Then we'd have to pull out the flashlights on our phone to go hunting for his ball.
To get around this, I thought it would be interesting to try out glow in the dark balls for playing fetch at night. We tried out the ChuckIt Glow in the dark balls, since we knew we already liked the regular ChuckIt balls. We got this one off amazon (link below)
Jordi really likes this ball. To be fair, I think he likes any ball. We've been testing it for about two weeks now, and I've formulated this rating below:
The whole reason we wanted a glow in the dark ball, is so that we could easily spot it in limited lighting. You need to charge this under bright light for about 5 minutes, and it's supposed to be good for about 30 minutes of play without light. You still have to look closely to spot this ball, but it is easier than finding a regular old ball in the dark. I've tried to capture here the ball in the poorly lit field we go to.
Now, how do you even differentiate the design of a ball? I mean, they're all supposed to be spherical, and that's about it-right? Haha. This ball is spherical just like the rest of them. It also has a hole going through the middle that doesn't really add much to the ergonomics on the human side, but I can imagine let's the ball have a little more cushiness when it's picked up by a dog. Jordi loves this so much that he'll at sometimes just plop down to chew on his ball mid-game.
Durability: 9/10 (so far, so good)
Jordi can be a rough handler when it comes to fetch. Our regular tennis balls are usually pretty banged up by this point. There would be a hole or two in the fabric from his teeth. This ball has held up, scruff and mark free.