It’s summer and our pets might be even more excited than we are to spend time in the outdoors, having fun in the sun. Give your pet more reasons to play outside with these top outdoor dog toys. From chew toys to outdoor treats to fetch and floating toys, these balls, tugs, and tossers will keep your dog entertained for hours whether it’s a BBQ, afternoon at the park, or day trip.
For the Water-Lover
The summer is a wonderful time to enjoy cool and refreshing water. Whether you are visiting the lake or your dog is having a splash in the kiddie pool, waterproof toys are a must for making the most of a wet and wild adventure.
1. Kiddie Pool
If you don’t already have one, pick up a hard, plastic kiddie pool. There really is no better summer toy to keep dogs cool and having fun. The hard plastic shell prevents claws and rough play from ripping holes in soft plastic or inflatable pools.
2. Wet Wubba
Wet Wubba comes in 3 bright colours, so they’re perfect for taking out to the lake for play. They are covered in neoprene for fun water play, but they also dry quickly for a game of tug on the grass. Just be sure you don’t leave your dog to chew on it. While Wubba is durable for toss and tug play, it’s not designed as a chew toy.
For the Frisbee Fan
Frisbees make fetch fun for everyone. These frisbees are tailored specifically for dog's play. Bring one along to the park or the beach.
3. Kong Extreme Flyer
The Kong Extreme Flyer has been around for a while, but that’s a good reason to count on it. The Extreme Flyer is made out of Kong’s most durable rubber, so it’s an excellent toy for dogs who are rough on their toys as it can stand up to heavy play. The Kong Extreme Flyer is also softer on your dog’s gums than hard plastic Frisbees, so it’s sure to become a favourite for trips to the park.
4. Nerf Trackshot Squeaker Boomerang
This is not your average boomerang. The brightly-coloured Nerf Trackshot Squeaker Boomerang is a delight for your pet’s senses. With multiple squeakers and crinkle fabric sewn right into the toy, this boomerang will no doubt grab your dog’s attention. The only downside to this boomerang is that your dog will inevitably want to chew it until there’s nothing left of it. Either keep it as a fetch only toy, or be prepared to replace it once your dog finally gets every…last…squeaker.
For the Tugger
You can play a game of tug almost anywhere. But like most things in the summertime, it's just better outside. Check out these toys that your dog definitely won't mind getting a little dirty in the great outdoors this summer.
5. Flossy Chews Mammoth Rope Bone Tug
Flossy rope bones are some of the simplest, yet best dog tug toys out there. The Flossy Chews Mammoth Rope Bone Tug makes the perfect outdoor summer toy because of its sheer size. At 48”+ it’s the perfect toy for large and giant breed dogs, but your dog will have fun dragging this no matter what his size. Added bonus: the premium fibres also floss your dog’s teeth during play!
6. Tugga Wubba
Wrapped in ballistic nylon for extra durability, the Tugga Wubba is perfect for whatever your tugger (or tuggers) can muster. With braiding for reinforcement and nylon tails for enticement, this toy is sure to give your dog plenty of interactive fun, whether it’s solo play, with a doggy friend, or you. Available in 3 sizes to suit any dog.
For the Ball Lover
Balls are a dog's best friend. These unique toys are a twist on the old classic, giving your dog more of what he wants.
7. Kong Squeezz Dog Football
The bright, fun Kong Squeezz Dog Football makes a great dog toy for many reasons: it includes an imbedded squeaker, it is made of a durable and non-toxic rubber, and it bounces erratically for unpredictable, interactive play.
8. Kong Airdog SqueakAir Tennis Balls
These Kong tennis balls might be a mouthful, but the idea behind them is simple. Dogs love tennis balls and dogs love squeakers. Put both together and what have you got? The Kong Airdog SqueakAir Tennis Balls. They’re more fun than ordinary tennis balls and they come in different sizes to suit your dog.
9. JW iSqueak Bouncin' Baseball
JW is known for their unique rubber toys, and the JW iSqueak Bouncin' Baseball is no exception. The appeal from this ball comes from its internal squeaker, nearly indestructible rubber exterior, and its unique ridges for better grip. It also has an excellent bounce.
For the High Energy Dog
Being outside there are plenty of opportunities to let off some energy. Get your dog running and jumping with these unique toys designed for his energy level.
10. Chuckit! Ball Launcher
If your dog loves fetch, but you hate slobbery, wet tennis balls, the Chuckit! Ball Launcher is the perfect addition to your dog’s toys. You can throw tennis balls (and Chuckit has a variety of durable, unique balls to choose from including glow-in-the-dark balls) without ever having to handle them. What is not often mentioned is that you can actually throw tennis balls further with the ChuckIt! Ball Launcher, so it also makes an excellent toy for the dog that never seems to get enough fetch.
11. Nerf Ball Stomper
The Nerf Ball Stomper is designed to give you and your dog more out of your game of fetch. With the ball stomper, you can launch a ball over 100 feet without injuring your arm. If your dog is big into fetch or has a lot of energy she needs to work off, bring a Nerf Ball Stomper along with you to the park.
For the Chewer
The greatest thing about chewing in the great outdoors - other than a lovely, cool bed of grass - is there's no mess to clean up!
12. Kong Extreme
Kong Extreme is another classic chew toy from Kong that continues to get recommendations. Built with an ultra-strong and durable rubber, the Extreme Kong is designed to stand up to the toughest chewers. Stuff treats, treat paste, or peanut butter into the toy’s cavity and watch your dog go crazy for it.
13. Ruff Roots
A new natural chew alternative from Himalayan Dog Chews, Ruff Roots are made from 100% shrub/tree roots, making them safe for your dog and also an eco-friendly, sustainable option. Coming in a variety of sizes, they make great chews for teething puppies, anxious dogs, and any dog that loves to chew. No worries if your dog ingests Ruff Roots, either – these chews will likely eventually be consumed, but will break down naturally in your pet’s system. Ruff Roots can also help clean your dog’s teeth!
For the Jack-of-all-Trades
Tugging, fetching, and chewing...your dog can't choose! With these multi-purpose toys, she doesn't have to.
14. Jolly Egg
It’s ideal to find dog toys that can perform many different functions and excel at each of them. The Jolly Egg is one of those toys. A fun egg shape, the Jolly Egg dog toy is made of durable plastic, bounces, and even floats to make it one of the best all-around outside dog toys. Comes in two sizes.
15. Bionic Rubber Toys
Bionic Rubber Dog Toys come in a variety of shapes, each unique and with its own advantages, that it was hard to pick just one. The entire line of toys is fun, engaging, and multi-purpose for those dogs who really do it all. Most of the toys can be stuffed with treats, bounce unpredictably, are made of durable rubber, and float. As a bonus, the Bionic Ball fits into standard throwing/tossing toys. The company also includes a manufacturer durability guarantee, which is a sure sign of the toys’ quality.