With the sun setting earlier each day here in the Northeast, the amount of time that we can play outside is getting equally short. One of the favorite things we do each evening is play fetch with a flying disc. The Australian Shepherd is a natural at it and loves the challenge of catching it mid-flight and bringing it back. Apparently he needs a “job” to do as working breed, and returning flying discs to me satisfies that need.
I had been on the lookout for something to supplement his bright orange disc that we usually play with.
What I like about the orange disc:
1. Inexpensive – cost under $5
2. Lightweight – flies very far and has lots of “hang time” so its fairly easy to catch
3. Bright, Solid Color – Easy to see against a backdrop of sky and grass
Sadly, when it gets dark, he can’t see it, so in order to extend playtime, I looked to Amazon for a solution.
Enter the DogDiscuit by Nite Ize Innovation. This disc has a large diameter, is made of flexible plastic, and as LED lighting built in.
DogDiscuit flying LED dog disc by Nite Ize
It is made of translucent durable, flexible plastic, so it is easy on your dogs mouth, and cushions the impact if they miss catching it. The lights cycle through several colors when they are turned on and are highly visible as the disc is flying. Because of the materials it is made from, the light radiates out to the edges so the entire disc changes color as the lights cycle.
The DogDiscuit is much heavier at 4.6oz than my previous orange disc which weighs 2.7oz. The DogDiscuit flies much faster and has less “hang time” so it requires the dog to be on full alert to follow it.
Also, because the disc is translucent, it is harder for them to see as it is flying.
Another phenomenon I was thinking about is regarding the LED themselves. When people have lights on their house around Christmas, for me it is hard to gauge the distance of how far away they are. There is something about LED lights for me that throws off my vision. I’m not sure if this is the same for dogs.
The “success” rate in times he has been able to catch the disc in flight is much lower with the DogDiscuit than with the orange disc.
The batteries are very easy to replace. Simply remove the domed cover, pull the electronic unit out, slide the two- CR2016 batteries out of the sheath, slide new ones in, replace the electronics, press the dome back into place, and you are ready for hours of fun.
Overall, buying this was a great decision. It allows us to extend playtime and the quality of this product is high. It has a durable feel but soft enough it is easy on his teeth and gums.
|DogDiscuit LED Flying Disc
|Bright LED With Fun Colors
||Weighs More Than Alternative Discs
|Soft Plastic Easy On Dogs Mouth
Dogs of many breeds like the challenge and mental reward of catching and returning a Frisbee (flying disc). Breeds which will enjoy this kind of toy are:
- English Whippet (Snap Dog)
- Border Collie
- Labrador Retriever
- Belgian Malinois
- Goldn Retriever
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Australian Shepherd
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- American Pit Bull Terrier
The common traits that these dogs have are hunting, retrieving, and herding dogs. Their internal motivation to keep ‘things’ together, and their high energy are the perfect attributes for type of play that flying discs provide.