Hyper Pet Flying Fish Slingshot

Hyper Pet Flying Series Slingshot Dog Toy

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Hyper Pet Flying Fish Slingshot

Hyper Pet Flying Fish Slingshot

A flying fish slinghot toy!  Oh boy! This Flying Series Slingshot dog toy with squeaker was on sale at Home Goods for $6.99, so I thought it was worth a shot.  The package states “HEAVY DUTY AND IT FLOATS!”  along with “BUNGY NECK LAUNCHES FISH UP TO 100 FEET!”  The package showed a photo of a kid playing with the toy outside, so I assumed this would be a good toy for the yard… we took the bait.

At home, I read on the back of the package, “WARNING: PET SHOULD BE SUPERVISED WHEN PLAYING WITH THIS TOY.  REMOVE TOY FROM PET IF ANY PART BECOMES LOOSE OR DETACHED.  INTENDED FOR PETS ONLY, KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.”  Huh?  How could a dog toy harm a child?  And why was there a child pictured on the front of the package using the toy?  I was stumped.

Hyper Pet Flying Fish

The Hyper Pet Flying Fish was a flop that didn't last long

The toy itself is basically a stuffie toy with a  bungee cord through the center, a rope end to pull on one end, and a finger loop on the other.  You pull the two ends, aim and shoot.  It sounds simple.  It made me feel stupid.  I’m glad nobody was watching as I tried to get this toy to soar “up to 100 feet” as promised.  I never got to 100 feet. I doubt I got to 25 feet.  The dogs were happy to retrieve it every time I flubbed a shot.  Each throw got a little better, but I never really achieved any distance.  As the dogs retrieved it, they naturally tried to get it from each other, and it wasn’t long before it was slobbery, and we began to have tearing in the toy.  It also got dirty pretty fast, being used outside and getting wet.

As we tried using the toy more, a plastic tube began to protrude from the center of the toy, where the bungee cord passed through.  At this point, I had to remove the toy from circulation.  First of all the tube prevented the toy from flying at all, and it was just begging to be chewed.  I guess that’s what they meant by”REMOVE TOY FROM PET IF ANY PART BECOMES LOOSE OR DETACHED. ”

So, bottom line, we were unimpressed with this toy.  It didn’t last long, it didn’t fly far, and it really wasn’t worth the price, even on sale.  This is our first try with the Hyper Pet products.  If you have used other products with better success, please let us know.  Meanwhile, we’ll go back to our old standby, the Chukit… which we love, and based on how many people we see at the beach with Chuckits, that’s the toy worth getting.

7 replies
  1. Lorna Hastings
    Lorna Hastings says:

    I bought this toy for my dog.It lasted about one hour then of the the seams split and she pulled all the stuffing out. Would not recommend this toy although the dog enjoyed playing with it.

  2. Alison Sear
    Alison Sear says:

    DO NOT allow your dog to play with this toy. I bought a flying pig and , as I pulled it to hurl it across the room, the tail part came off, revealing a sharp metal spring. I managed to grab it before he got it embedded in his mouth, which would have been very painful. The toy lasted about a week and is, in my opinion, dangerous for animals.

  3. gary
    gary says:

    Just bought the flying fish at Bass Pro today. When I got home I shot it into the air. It went about 20 feet. The third time I pulled it back, the bungy cord and the plastic tube came out and layed my finger wide open. They obviously have disregarded safety issues! This product should be taken off the shelves before our children get seriously injured. Do not let your children or pets touch these items!

  4. Allison
    Allison says:

    The sling shot toy is ridiculous. I thought I was the only one having problems with it and I am not. It lasted two hours I have a Jack Russell!!! He is so small. The material and stitching on this thing is cheap! Don’t waste your money

  5. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    I agree with all reviews of the flying fish toy as mentioned above. In addition, I would like to add that my 25 lb Mini Australian Shepherd was playing with the “remains” of this toy today by himself and apparently it shot him in the face, startling him, making him yelp in pain and now 5 hours later, he’s still squinting like it hit him in the eye. I wasn’t there to witness exactly what happened, but in my opinion this is a very dangerous toy.

    • Randy
      Randy says:

      OMG that is what happened to my dog!! She started to play with it and
      she got hit in the eye. Cost me $118.00 for the doctor visit and ointment!! This product could
      harm children as well. Got mine at Bass pro shop!! I think I will send hyper pet
      a nasty message. Im sure they know this could happen. What a bunch of careless
      money hungry people they are. You posted your message almost a year ago. and it’s still on the market.

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