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The Perfect Game of Catch (With a Dog)

Brendan Adams and Simon Sundberg

Main Idea

Our main project is centered around how well a dog can catch a tennis ball
based on how it is thrown.
Our goal was to find the best way to throw the ball so that the dog can most
easily catch it.

Materials

Dog (Joey)
Meter stick
Tennis balls
Camera

Procedure

We threw the ball underhand and overhand ten times each at each distance.
We used four different distances: 2m, 4m, 6m, and 8m.
We allowed Joey to rest every ten throws.
We recorded whether or not Joey caught the ball for each throw.

Results (Underhand)
1

10

2m

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

70%

4m

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

60%

6m

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

40%

8m

No

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

40%

Results (Overhand)
1

10

2m

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

70%

4m

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

10%

6m

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

30%

8m

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

20%

Pros and Cons of Underhand vs. Overhand


When throwing underhand, the ball ends up getting more vertical distance than
horizontal distance.
When throwing overhand, the ball ends up getting more vertical distance than
horizontal distance.

Variables (what could be improved)

Height of the dog


Height of the person
How hard the person throws the ball
How active the dog is/age of the dog

Conclusion
We found that throwing the ball underhand is the most effective way to throw the
ball, and that the dog will have a better chance of catching the ball over short
distances.