We are on a mission at MyDogLikes. Well, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Charlie is on a mission.
His aim is to test out every single disc on the market and determine the absolute best frisbees for dogs. While it may seem like a lofty goal, he is determined (and a little obsessed). I have no doubt that he will make it happen!
Blast From the Past
I was pretty pumped when I saw that NERF has made its way into our favorite pet store! NERF made some of my favorite toys growing up. Children of the 90’s (and their parents) will no doubt remember this…
Although the pet store selection wasn’t quite as exciting (to me) as my Bow ‘n’ Arrow (circa 1993), Charlie seemed quite interested in what Nerf Dog had to offer!
NERF Dog TPR Flyer
After a bit of browsing, we decided to try out the NERF TPR flyer. What made this one standout? Well, it seemed extra durable and simply designed! Charlie will put any disc through its paces, exposing and exploiting any weaknesses that might exist. So, in short, the simpler the better!
The NERF flyer is made of a thermoplastic rubber and comes in a variety of colors. We opted for the large (10in. diameter) orange disc. This frisbee is about .25” thick and although it retains it shape under normal conditions it is flexible enough to be bent in half.
The disc itself has a uniquely cut pattern that not only lends itself to an interesting flight pattern, but makes it easy for Charlie to carry and for us to throw (even after it has been covered in doggie drool).
Time for Fetch
We brought our new NERF flyer to Charlie’s favorite park to give him a chance to weigh in with his expert opinion. The first thing we noticed is that this disc flies fast and far! If you are looking for a disc to practice catch with your dog, this is not the right one for you. The NERF Flyer is best for long sprints and chases as it moves far too quickly and doesn’t have the hang-time of the lighter frisbee’s on the market.
The disc has a tendency to turn over in flight and land on its edge. This adds a fun element to play as it will roll on the ground for a good distance further while your dog joyfully chases along behind.
NERF Dog Flyer Features
For a dog that loves to run, distance is a very important factor in a frisbee. In a pinch we have used some of my frisbee golf discs to really get Charlie moving. If you are not familiar with this sport, these specialty discs can really fly (we’re talking greater than the distance of a football field)! The problem with them however is that they clearly aren’t made to handle dog teeth!
We love the range of the NERF dog frisbee. Depending on how hard you throw it, this disc travels a FAR distance; further than anything other than my frisbee golf discs.This allows Charlie to really get up to speed while fetching. This is especially important in a time crunch, as it lets us squeeze as much exercise as possible into our play sessions. Unlike some lighter weight canvas style discs on the market, this disc does not have a lot of hang time and, as far as we can tell, isn’t designed to be caught in the air. Charlie didn’t seem to mind at all. All of the rolling on the ground and changes of direction seemed to excite him!
Our little frisbee hound is not always easy on his favorite discs. He brings one along on every single walk, and after a rousing session of fetch at the park, carries it in his mouth the rest of the way home. While this little habit is adorable (and a real attention grabber), it is usually only a matter of time before they get that “well loved” appearance.
We are big fans of the canvas material discs but find that they do fray over time. The NERF Flyer is instead constructed of a flexible plastic that stands up well to those sharp puppy teeth. After using it for over a week, we can not see any indentations on our NERF dog flyer!
Easy to Clean
The durable thermoplastic rubber doesn’t collect much dirt and is easy to wipe down. Being roughly the size of a dinner plate we also thought that this would fit perfectly in the dishwasher (on the sanitization cycle!). We particularly love the ease of cleaning as our frisbees are known for becoming quite slobbery after a 1+ mile walk in a dogs mouth!
We are on a bit of a hiatus from swimming (until Harley’s skin infection improves) but we are super excited to try this flyer out on the water! Its lightweight material allows it to float on the water for easy retrieval. We will certainly report back after testing it out in a couple of weeks!
The Verdict – Our Nerf Dog Frisbee Review!
As anticipated, Charlie loved this frisbee. The prolonged flight path really gave him a chance to get up to speed and burn off some of that excess puppy energy. The NERF flyer also proved easy for Charlie to pick up and carry. Despite being flat he used the cut-outs to easily snatch it up!
One of the most unique things about the NERF disc is the noise it makes while it flies. This frisbee travels quickly, and the hole pattern makes an interesting whirring sound as it travels. We love this feature as it seems to encourage the dogs to chase. We have even tried it at dusk and the whirring sound seems to help Charlie locate the direction of travel. We would love a glow in the dark version of this flyer for even more fun at dusk/dark or in the winter!
Why MyDogLikes: NERF Dog TPR Flyers
As a connoisseur of all flying discs, Charlie takes his review work seriously and loves to test out new toys at the pet store. After “loving” some of his others-to death, nostalgia tugged at us and we purchased a disc from a brand that we grew up with, NERF. The excitement and enthusiasm Charlie showed was certainly reminiscent of the feelings I had as a kid of the 90’s growing up as part of the “NERF Nation”. This disc made big claims, mainly that it was durable, floated, and flew long range. We are happy to say this baby delivered on all accounts! If you have an energetic puppy who loves to retrieve, this is the disc for you!
Overall, we love that this disc is durable, easy to clean, and easy for our sweet Charlie to parade around the neighborhood.