Apparently you no longer need to turn on a movie or leave the radio playing for your pet when you leave home in the morning.

The iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher launches tennis balls for pets to fetch as many times as they want. The only trick is teaching them to return the ball by dropping it back into the top of the machine.

A family in Texas invented the iFetch to keep Prancer, their hyperactive poodle, entertained even when there’s no one home. There is a mini version for smaller dogs, in addition to the full size. And with the winter season drawing nearer, this machine may also be ideal for replacing walks in nasty weather.