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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Varsity Ball

How is the Varsity Ball Intended to Be Used?

Why is Playing With the Varsity Ball So Addictive for Dogs?

How Do Dogs Play With the Varsity Ball?

What Size is Right For My Dog?

Do Dogs Get Exercise From Playing With the Varsity Ball?

What Kinds of Dogs Should Use the Varsity Ball?

What is the Varsity Ball Made Of?


Do I Need to Supervise My Dog While He Plays With the Varsity Ball?


What Can I Do to Maximize My Dog’s Interest in the Varsity Ball?

May I Return My Varsity Ball?

When Will I Receive My Order?

Why Does Shipping My Varsity Ball Cost So Much?

Drool Fuel

What can I expect Drool Fuel to do for my dog?

What are the ingredients in Drool Fuel and why do they work?

Will my dog like the taste of Drool Fuel?

Will Drool Fuel give my dog digestive problems?

How much Drool Fuel is appropriate for my dog?

Does Drool Fuel contain stimulants?

Is Drool Fuel a weight gain formula?

What is "pre-hydration"?

Is Drool Fuel appropriate for human consumption?

Is Drool Fuel appropriate for consumption by puppies or elderly dogs?

How does Drool Fuel help to burn fat?

With which charitable organizations does Varsity Pets share the proceeds from Drool Fuel?

Is Drool Fuel guaranteed?

The Varsity Ball

How is the Varsity Ball Intended to Be Used?

The Varsity Ball is intended to be used as an outside play toy for athletic and high-energy dogs.  It is designed to be ultra-durable and addictive and to mimic the movements of a live play companion, so your dog will play with it for extended periods of time all by himself.  It provides a unique full-body workout that smaller toys can’t deliver.  Don’t believe us?  Check out these videos.

Please note that the Varsity Ball is not intended to be used as a chew toy and it is not intended to be used indoors.  If the Varsity Ball is used indoors or as a chew toy, bad things can happen.  Things like damage to personal property, damage to your dog's teeth, and sub-optimal interest in the Varsity Ball.

Why is Playing With the Varsity Ball So Addictive for Dogs?

For many reasons.  First of all, dogs can’t destroy it, no matter how hard they try.  This is frustrating for dogs that are used to tearing their toys apart.  Also, due to its large size and curvature, dogs can’t possess it in their mouths.  Instead, as they try to close their mouths on it, the Varsity Ball squirts away, mimicking the movement of a live play companion.  This is double frustrating.  Plus, it’s so large, mobile, and durable that dogs wrestle with it just like they would with another playful dog.  It’s a constant puzzle for play-driven and high-energy dogs.

How Do Dogs Play With the Varsity Ball?

There are many different moves that dogs perform while wrestling with a Varsity Ball. Some dogs prefer to “cradle” it, by grasping it with their forelegs and scooting it backwards under their body. Others prefer to “dribble” it around with their snouts. Big dogs love to “tackle” it by pouncing from across the yard. And some dogs “bat” it forward with their forepaws and then chase it down. There are many combinations (there are even some moves for which we haven’t come up with corny names!) and every dog’s play style is unique.

What Size is Right For My Dog?

It is very important that you choose the correct size ball for your dog. The ball should be too large for your dog to fit into its mouth or grip with its teeth in any way.   Dogs with jaws longer than 4 inches from the rear molars to the tip of the snout are too large for the (6”) Junior Varsity Ball and should ONLY be allowed to play with the full-size (12”) Varsity Ball.  The Junior Varsity Ball is only appropriate for toy breeds and other small dogs well under 50 pounds in weight.

Allowing larger dogs to play with Junior Varsity Balls can lead to chewing, which is NOT how the balls are intended to be used. Use of our balls as chew toys will serve to void our guarantees and compromise the famed toughness of the products.  It may also lead to damaged teeth.

Please err on the side of caution (i.e., if in any doubt, go with the full-size Varsity Ball), contact us with any questions, and take your ball away from your dog if you notice him successfully gnawing on it.  You can always return it to us for a refund.

Do Dogs Get Exercise From Playing With the Varsity Ball?

Duh.  (Don’t scoff, you’re the ones frequently asking these questions.)  When wrestling with the Varsity Ball, dogs get a unique full-body workout, unlike anything they can get from a smaller toy or a walk.  Because the set of movements associated with a Varsity Ball workout are so unique, your dog will engage muscles that are ignored in most of her daily activities.  A thorough session with the Varsity Ball will leave your dog completely worn-out and exhausted, like when she returns from an intense group play session or a day at a daycare facility.

What Kinds of Dogs Should Use the Varsity Ball?

The Varsity Ball is best suited for large, athletic, and high-energy dogs.  If you’re into labeling, we’re talking herding breeds, working breeds, sporting breeds, and large hounds.  Dogs weighing less than 50 pounds are probably too small to enjoy playing with the Varsity Ball, and dogs with low energy levels (such as older dogs) probably would be better off with another kind of toy.  The Varsity Ball is for dogs that love to run, jump, play, wrestle, fetch, romp, and generally wreak havoc.

What is the Varsity Ball Made Of?

The Varsity Ball is made in the United States using FDA-approved linear low density polyethylene plastic.  It’s ultra-durable but completely non-toxic. The material is hard -- if you were to kick it with a soft-toed shoe or throw it at someone, there would probably be an injury involved.

Do I Need to Supervise My Dog While He Plays With the Varsity Ball?

Yes.  You don’t need to be a part of the play process but you should supervise play sessions.  It’s a big toy and playing with it can be an intense experience for dogs--you should be there to keep an eye on things and make sure no one gets too carried away.  Also, since the Varsity Ball is not intended to be used as a chew toy, you'll want to supervise your dog to make sure that he doesn't use it that way.

Your dog's jaws aren't large enough to fit around a Varsity Ball, so you don't need to worry about him chewing holes into it or ripping pieces off.  However, if your dog manages to pin his Varsity Ball in a corner or against a fence, he may be able to use his teeth to gouge and scrape the ball, raising little nubs and ridges of plastic.  These nubs and ridges can be sharp -- sharp enough to cut the soft tissues of your dog's snout or mouth if he is a particularly aggressive player. So in order to prevent your dog from cutting himself, please be sure to supervise him and make sure that he doesn't use his Varsity Ball like a chew toy.

If you find that, despite your best efforts, your dog has managed to scrape some sharp ridges into his Varsity Ball, we suggest that you use a sheet of sandpaper or a carpenter's rasp to quickly sand down any sharp edges.

What Can I Do to Maximize My Dog’s Interest in the Varsity Ball?

There are a few things you can do.  First, when introducing your dog to the Varsity Ball, make sure that you indicate to your dog that it’s something novel and exciting to you.  You’ll want to let him know that you consider it to be an exciting toy.  Remember to use exaggerated movements, voice inflections, and genuine excitement.  Play with it yourself to show your dog how fun you think it is.  Also, limit your dog’s exposure to the Varsity Ball when he is not engaged in a workout, so that he comes to view the workouts as treats.  Don’t leave the Varsity Ball outside in your yard all day long or your dog may lose interest in it.  Also, while you don’t have to be a part of every Varsity Ball play session with your dog, your occasional participation will maximize his level of interest.

May I Return My Varsity Ball?

It depends.  If your dog somehow manages to destroy your Varsity Ball then your should check out our Guarantee page to determine whether the terms of our 110% Guarantee apply to your product.  (They probably will, but then again, your dog probably won't destroy her Varsity Ball.)

We will also gladly refund the full purchase price of any Varsity Ball that is returned to us in an unused condition.  Just ship the ball back to us.  We'll quickly inspect it to make sure that it is in an unused and re-sell-able condition and, if it is, we'll refund your full purchase price.  If you want to send your Varsity Ball back, please e-mail us at tellus@varsitypetsonline.com and we'll provide you with the return shipping address.

When Will I Receive My Order?

Most orders ship within 24 hours. Shipping is via UPS ground. Your order should arrive at its destination within 4-7 business days.

Why Does Shipping My Varsity Ball Cost So Much?

Please ask your local representative of the "common carrier" industry.  It's unfortunate but true that shipping an item as large (12" in diameter) and heavy-duty (3.5 pounds of  polyethylene plastic) as a Varsity Ball is expensive.  We wish we could avoid the shipping cost but, alas, we cannot. If you have any ideas for how we can minimize or avoid shipping costs, please send us an e-mail and we will gladly look into it.

Drool Fuel

What can I expect Drool Fuel to do for my dog?

If used as directed, you should expect Drool Fuel to help your dog in three different ways. First and foremost, the patent-pending blend of carbohydrates and canine essential amino acids in Drool Fuel (our proprietary "Canine Muscular Regeneration Complex"), along with electrolytes and antioxidants, will help your dog's muscles recover more quickly and fully from the rigors of physical exercise.  Second, if taken prior to a workout, the carbohydrates and free amino acids in Drool Fuel will provide your active dog with a readily-available source of energy to power it through demanding physical work. Third, Drool Fuel will help to keep your dog hydrated because its delicious beef flavor encourages drinking and our proprietary blend of electrolytes (our "Canine Hydration Support Matrix") helps to ensure optimal fluid uptake.

What are the ingredients in Drool Fuel and why do they work?

Here's a complete list of the ingredients in Drool Fuel: 

Serving Size: 1 Packet (6,150 mg.)

Canine Muscular Regeneration Complex (TM) (Maltodextrin, L-Arginine HCl, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine HCl, L-Methionine, Phenylalanine, L-Valine, L-Histidine HCl, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan) ... 5,006.8 mg/serving.

Canine Hydration Support Matrix (TM) (Potassium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, and Sodium Chloride) ... 175.2 mg/serving

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) ... 100 mg/serving.

Zinc (as Zinc Sulfate) ... 3.6 mg/serving.

Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) ... 3 mg/serving.

Inactive Ingredients: Beef Flavor Powder and Dicalcium Phosphate.

For a comprehensive explanation of why these ingredients do exactly what we claim they do, please download a free copy of the Drool Fuel research whitepaper by clicking HERE. The research whitepaper is 18 pages long and includes over 75 citations to published, peer-reviewed academic studies. We think that it shows quite comprehensively why the Drool Fuel formula is so effective. If you have any questions that aren't covered in the research whitepaper, please CONTACT US.

Will my dog like the taste of Drool Fuel?

We can't be 100% sure, but if experience is any indicator we strongly suspect that she will. During development, we tested the Drool Fuel flavor profile with dozens of dogs and we were extremely impressed with the results -- in almost all cases, dogs presented with a 12-ounce serving of pre-mixed Drool Fuel tended to finish the entire serving without a break, regardless of whether they were displaying signs of thirst beforehand. That being said, due to individual taste preferences, we can't promise that every dog will like the taste.

Will Drool Fuel give my dog digestive problems?

If used appropriately (in appropriate doses and with appropriate frequency), it's highly unlikely that Drool Fuel will cause digestive problems such as gas, constipation, or diarrhea.  The testing that we conducted during development of the product and the feedback we have received from our customers have given us no reason to believe that it causes any such problems whatsoever.  That being said, just like with people, intense physical exercise puts a considerable amount of stress on the canine digestive system.  So, to the extent that Drool Fuel is used as part of a high-intensity exercise program, the possibility of encountering occasional exercise-induced gas, vomiting, or diarrhea shouldn't be entirely unexpected.

How much Drool Fuel is appropriate for my dog?

A single serving of Drool Fuel (one packet) contains 6.15 grams of formula.  In almost all cases, a single serving should be mixed with 6-12 ounces of water and fed before, during, or within 30 minutes after physical activity (as explained more fully on the packet itself).  In the following instances, a larger dose is more appropriate:

-- Moderately-intense exercise lasting longer than 60 minutes.

-- High-intensity exercise lasting between 30 and 60 minutes (if an activity can be performed by your dog for over 60 minutes, we don't consider it "high-intensity exercise").

-- Use of any kind by dogs weighing over 80 pounds.

In any of those cases, a "double dose" (two packets of Drool Fuel mixed into 12-24 ounces of water) is more appropriate, although an ordinary serving will not be ineffective either.

Please remember that Drool Fuel is a dietary supplement intended for intermittent, supplemental feeding only. It is not remotely intended to be your dog's primary source of food or nutrition. Please use good judgment and don't overdo it -- for all but the most active dogs, more than four (4) servings a day is probably excessive.

Does Drool Fuel contain stimulants?

Nope.  None whatsoever.

Is Drool Fuel a weight gain formula?

No. Significant weight gain requires ingestion of lots of calories. Drool Fuel contains fewer than 50 calories per serving, which is not remotely close to enough for significant weight gain.  The carbohydrates and canine essential amino acids in Drool Fuel help to build lean muscle by optimizing muscular regeneration during the post-exercise period, but they won't turn your dog into a bulky meat-head (unless he already is one).

What is "pre-hydration"?

"Pre-hydration" is a term that we coined for the state in which a body is optimally hydrated prior to entering a high-risk dehydration environment, such as one in which high-intensity exercise or hot weather is expected.  Pre-hydrating with Drool Fuel can help to delay the onset of deadly dehydration in such high-risk environments.

Please don't take this to mean that a pre-hydrated dog has no risk of becoming dehydrated.  Always monitor your dog for signs of dangerous dehydration.

Is Drool Fuel appropriate for human consumption?

While consuming Drool Fuel is not going to hurt you, it's not intended for you either.  The Drool Fuel formula was created to meet canine nutritional needs, not human ones.  Your body doesn't need canine-essential amino acids.  Just leave it to the dogs.

Is Drool Fuel appropriate for consumption by puppies or elderly dogs?

It's not intended for puppies younger than 8 weeks of age but it's fine for dogs of any other age.

How does Drool Fuel help to burn fat?

Drool Fuel will help your dog to exercise more effectively.  Additional exercise will contribute to fat loss, unless offset by contemporaneous dietary changes.  Additionally, if used as a post-workout recovery supplement, Drool Fuel will help your dog to build muscle. And bodies with more muscle mass tend to burn calories more quickly than those with less muscle mass.  Drool Fuel does not, however, contain any fairy dust or other ingredients which will magically cause fat to simply disappear from your dog's body.  Alas, those magic ingredients don't exist in the real world -- if you've ever purchased such a product, you've been duped by a snake-oil salesman.  Sorry to burst your bubble.

With which charitable organizations does Varsity Pets share the proceeds from Drool Fuel?

We're not wed exclusively to one organization.  We share with organizations that do good, meaningful work that benefits dogs (usually though not always public service working dogs and/or canine athletes).  If you'd like us to consider donating to your charitable oranization, please e-mail us at partnerwithus@varsitypetsonline.com.

Is Drool Fuel guaranteed?

Absolutely.  If you're not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, just mail it back to us for a refund of your purchase price, excluding shipping and handling costs.  If you want to return your Drool Fuel, please e-mail us at tellus@varsitypetsonline.com and we'll provide you with our return shipping address.