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12 Dog Toys And Accessories To Deck Out Your Backyard


Dogs love being outside and who can blame them? Not only is it refreshing, but it provides are all kinds of physical and mental health benefits. It's truly an excellent form of self-care for both humans and canines alike. So why not take your yard to the next level for your pooch. Here are 12 dog toys and accessories to deck out your backyard for your canine companion.

Tether & Tug Toys (Grounded and Hanging Options)

belgian malinois dog puppy tether and tug toy with ball

If your dog loves tug-of-war, these toys are for them! One end has an enticing toy (like a tennis ball or braided rope) while the other end secures into the ground or around a tree, metal fence, wood deck or other strong object. Though the grounded tug toys work well for some, especially smaller dogs, the hanging ones tend to be more sturdy and less likely to destroy the part of your yard where they're planted. The grounded tether toys do come in a variety of sizes based on your dog's weight in an attempt to mitigate this issue. But the hanging ones typically hold more weight (some up to 260 pounds) and can be hung up to 10 feet off the ground, depending on the size of your dog. Just make sure to position it where you dog's feet can still touch the ground. Also, supervision during use is highly recommended.

Great for: Dogs who love tug-of-war, smaller dogs (grounded option), large and strong dogs (hanging option), yards with trees or other objects to secure the bungee to.

Tether Tug Inground Outdoor Tug Toy (Big Dogs Over 65-175lbs)

Tether Tug Inground Outdoor Tug Toy (Medium Dogs Over 36-69lbs)

Tether Tug Inground Outdoor Tug Toy (Small Dogs Over Under 35lbs) 

XiaZ Retractable Outdoor Hanging Interactive Dog Toy

Tumbo Tugger Outdoor Hanging Doggie Bungee Rope

Pick For Life Outdoor Hanging Bungee Dog Tug Toy

LOOBANI Dog Outdoor Bungee Hanging Toy

DIBBATU Spring Pole Dog Rope Toys with a Big Spring Pole Kit

Flirt Poles

dog toy flirt pole flirt poles training tool

Flirt poles are essentially the dog version of cat wand toys - with a pole on one end that you hold and a tassel toy on the other that your dog goes after. You can run the toy along the grass for chasing or wave it in the air to get your pup jumping. It's a great option for quick bursts of physical exertion as well as mental stimulation. This is also a toy regularly used by dog trainers because of those benefits and to help with agility.  

Great for: Dogs of any size, smaller yards.

Manual Ball Launchers

jack Russell terrier dog chasing tennis ball manual ball launcher ball thrower

Manual ball launchers are great for dogs who love fetch but could use an increase in the intensity of the game. There are plenty of options - from the classic ChuckIt! Sport Ball Launcher (which comes in a variety of sizes and types) and Franklin Pet Supply Tennis Ball Launcher to the more playful Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster (also comes in a compact version) and Hyper Pet Dog Ball Launcher gun. If you want to rocket tennis balls up to 50 feet, the latter two are for you. Just make sure you get there right size balls for your launcher of choice. 

Great for: Dogs who love fetch, larger yards (depending on the launch distance of the device).

ChuckIt! Sport Ball Launcher (Large)

ChuckIt! Sport Ball Launcher (Medium)

ChuckIt! Sport Ball Launcher (Small)

Franklin Pet Supply Tennis Ball Launcher for Dogs (Black/Green)

Franklin Pet Supply Tennis Ball Launcher for Dogs (Glow In The Dark)

Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster

Nerf Dog Compact Tennis Ball Blaster

Hyper Pet Dog Ball Launcher (Mini)

Hyper Pet Dog Ball Launcher (Full-Size)

Automatic Ball Launchers

border collie dog chasing after red ball

This one is for the fetch lovers out there who can't get enough of the game. Automatic ball launchers allow your pup to play fetch for as long as their heart desires (so you'll probably need to provide forced breaks, unless you go for the PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher, which gives a 15 minute break for every 15 minutes of play). Automatic launchers typically have several settings for launch distance, time between launches and ball size. They also have a handful of safety measures in place to protect humans and canines alike (such as sensors to prevent launching into someone, noises to signal an upcoming launch and more). Many are rechargeable, though some have batteries, and come with the option to launch via remote or independent play.

A few things to note: they are pricier, reviews are mixed and some have size or brand (typically their own) requirements regarding what balls you can use. Also, you'll need to teach your dog how to use it, but that's part of the fun!

Great for: Dogs who love fetch, larger yards (depending on the launch distance of the device).

PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher

IDOGMATE Automatic Dog Ball Launcher

iFetch Interactive Ball Launchers for Dogs

PetPrime Dog Automatic Ball Launcher

GoDogGo Inc. Fetch Machine G4 Automatic Dog Ball Launcher

Franklin Pet Supply Ready Set Fetch Automatic Tennis Ball Launcher

Oversized Balls

bull terrier dog with boomer ball dog toy

The backyard is the perfect place for an oversized ball, which would otherwise cause some damage in the house. There are several options that serve different purposes. One example is the Chuckit! Kick Fetch Toy Ball, which is great for throwing and kicking. It's made of durable canvas, rubber and foam to withstand tough chewers and has a grooved design that makes it easy to for you to throw and for your dog to grab. It comes in several sizes and varieties, including one that glows in the dark and one that makes noise.

Another is the Wobble Wag Giggle Ball, a tough toy that makes silly sounds dogs seem to love. It's made of durable vinyl with several indents to help your dog grab it. No batteries are required either thanks to a special internal tube system that creates the unique noise. Also comes in a glow in the dark version for extended play time.

One more example is the Boomer Ball, which provides some extra mental stimulation as it challenges your dog to play without their mouth - from pushing with their nose, pawing at it, kicking it and beyond. The oversized ball is made from durable polyethylene, so it's very difficult to puncture or rip. And it comes in several sizes to accommodate all kinds of dogs. The company recommends you select a size bigger than what your dog can carry for the extra challenge that can provide.

Great for: Medium to large dogs, strong dogs, dogs who love fetch or balls.

Chuckit! Kick Fetch Toy Ball (Large, Regular/Glow)

Chuckit! Kick Fetch Toy Ball (Small, Giggle/Glow/Regular)

Wobble Wag Giggle Ball (Original/Glow In The Dark)

Boomer Ball (S/M/L/XL)

Flying Discs (Frisbees)

German shepherd with Chuck It Paraflight Flyer Dog Toy frisbee flying disc

Flying discs or Frisbees are a favorite for outside play because they fly high and travel far (and in various directions). You could throw them inside at extremely short distances to avoid destroying something in the house or apartment, but that's not as fun for dogs. Look for discs made of soft material, as they're easier on your dog's gums and teeth while still flying high with nice hang times. They are typically made of nylon, polyester, soft rubber and/or non-toxic foam. This makes them lightweight but durable, able to withstand your dog's jaws as well as water, mud and bad weather.

Great for: Dogs who love to run, dogs who love to retrieve, large or long yards.

ChuckIt! Paraflight Flyer Dog Frisbee Toy Floats

RUFFWEAR - Hydro Plane Floating Disc

ChuckIt! Zipflight Flyer Dog Frisbee Toy Floats

Nerf Dog Durable Nylon Flyer

Chuckit! Flying Squirrel Dog Toy (Small/Petite)

Chuckit! Flying Squirrel Dog Toy (Medium)

Chuckit! Flying Squirrel Dog Toy (Large)

Chuckit! Lite Flight

Puller Fitness Rings

border collie with puller ring fitness dog toy

If your dog likes fetch, tug-of-war and Frisbees then these puller fitness rings may be right up his or her alley. Especially if you have a smaller yard, as these don't launch as far as flying discs. Puller fitness rings are not just an ordinary dog toy, but are also a fitness tool that provides physical exercise and mental stimulation for your pup. You can use them in multiple ways - for pulling, running (throw and roll them so your dog has to chase it) and jumping (hold them out for your dog to jump and grab). The two rings will keep your dog in constant motion, which provides more exercise in a shorter amount of time. This is especially useful for smaller spaces. In addition, the rings are made of soft yet durable material that has a slight give, so as not to damage teeth or gums but can stand up to tough play. They are also buoyant, meaning you can take exercising to the water. Lastly, they come in many sizes to accommodate all kinds of dogs.

Great for: Dogs who love to run or jump, dogs who love fetch or tug-of-war, smaller yards.

Collar Puller Fitness Rings (Mini, Midi, Standard)

Collar Puller Fitness Rings (Mini, Midi, Standard, Maxi)

PlayfulSpirit Durable Natural Rubber Ring (S/M and L)

PetPSpy Dog Training Fitness Floatable Pulling Ring (S/M and L)

Dog Agility Course

Australian shepherd dog agility course jumps

If you have the space in your yard, an outdoor agility course can have many benefits for your dog. Not only does it provide physical exercise, it also stimulates your dog's mind thanks to the training involved. They'll learn how to navigate a course while also using problem-solving skills (note: you may need to use treats to help them learn). Courses usually include poles to weave in and out of, tunnels to run through, jump bars to leap over and more. You can also opt to just get one piece of the course at a time - like jump bars if your dog is a jumper, the tunnel if they love to run and weaving poles if they're all about training.

Great for: High-energy dogs, larger yards.

Outward Hound Outdoor Interactive Dog Training Toys and Agility Kit

PawHut 4 Piece Obstacle Dog Agility Training Course Kit

XiaZ Dog Agility Course Equipments, Obstacle Agility Training Starter Kit

CHEERING PET Dog Agility Equipment Set (5 or 6 Pieces)

CHEERING PET Dog Agility Training Equipment, 28 Piece Dog Obstacle Course

PAWISE Pet Dogs Individual Outdoor Agility Exercise Training Equipment (Slalom/Ring/Hurdle)

PawHut Adjustable Dog Agility Training Obstacle Set with Weaves Poles and Storage Bag

PawHut 4 Piece Adjustable Dog Jump Bar Agility Training Equipment with Carrying Case

HDP 18 Ft Dog Agility Training Open Tunnel

Kiddie Pool But For Doggies

white dog in dog kiddie pool

For all those with water loving dogs who don't live at a house with a pool, this could be their new favorite thing. These kiddie pools are specifically designed for dogs, as they are not inflatable and thus won't pop from nail or teeth punctures. They are portable and durable (made from tough PVC), and are easy to set up as well as drain and clean. They come in various sizes to accommodate all kinds of dogs too.

Great for: Dogs that love water, summer and hot days, baths.

Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pet Bath Pool (S/M/L/XL/XXL)

Yaheetech Foldable Hard Plastic Dog Pet Bath Swimming Pool (Black/Blue/Gray/Red, XXL/XL/L/M)

Pidsen Foldable Pet Swimming Pool (Multiple Sizes/Colors)

RELIANCER Foldable Dog Swimming Pool (32"/40"/47"/63")

Dog Splash Pad

young boy child playing on splash pad splash mat inflatable fountain sprinkler for kids and dogs

If your dog likes water but not being submerged in it, then splash pads may be right for them. These are similar to fountains you can find in public, where water springs out in an arc shape, but for your person yard (so you have all the control over when to turn them on, how much water pressure to use and more). They are made of durable and thick PVC to protect against claw and tooth punctures, though it is recommended that dogs have their nails trimmed before using, as these are inflatable. They are also made of a non-slip material to prevent falls and are large enough to accommodate big dogs.

Great for: Dogs that like water, summer and hot days.

Dog Activated Water Sprinklers

golden retriever playing with water sprinkler mouth open drinking

For an even more interactive water option, try outdoor dog water sprinklers that only dispense water when stepped on by your dog. This provides a play element with a little more mental stimulation, as your dog will have to learn and remember how it works. It's almost like learning a new trick! Best of all, it doesn't waste water or force your dog to have water that got warm sitting in their water bowl (since your dog gets water when they want it). Also, it's easy to set up and lightweight enough to be portable.

Great for: Dogs that like water, summer and hot days.

Trio Gato Dog Outdoor Dog Drinking Water Fountain Step On Paw Activated Drinking Pet Dispenser

Scuddles Dog Water Fountain Dog Sprinkler

Piepea Dog/Pet Water Fountain, Step On Dog/Pet Water Dispenser System

BRINGERPET Dog Water Dispenser Pet Fountain Easy Paw Activated

Outdoor Dog Bed

beagle dog on outdoor dog bed

Sure, dogs love to play in the yard but they also like to relax and spend time soaking up the sun. They could lie in the grass, or worse the dirt, but you could also get them an outdoor dog bed. There are plenty of lounging options but the elevated versions providing cooling and a space away from mess. Some even have detachable canopies for added shade, while others take on a more "stylish" form.

Amazon Basics Cooling Elevated Pet Bed, XS to XL Sizes

Bedsure Elevated Dog Bed (S/M/L)

K&H Pet Products Original Bolster Pet Cot Outdoor Elevated Dog Bed (S/M/L)

Veehoo Cooling Elevated Dog Bed (S/M/L/XL)

Coolaroo The Original Cooling Elevated Pet Bed, S to L Sizes

Western Home Elevated Dog Bed, Raised Dog Bed Cot (S/M/L)

Best Choice Products Elevated Cooling Dog Bed, Outdoor Raised Mesh Pet Cot w/Removable Canopy (S/M/L)

The Refined Canine Outdoor Dog Chaise Bed w/ Shade Hood, Waterproof Poly Rattan Lounger with Washable Cushion

Great for: Dogs that like to relax in the yard, summer and hot days. 

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