Outdoor Dog Toys to Keep Your Pet Entertained in the Garden

Staying entertained is an important factor in human happiness and the same can be said of our pets. This is especially true of the breeds that tend to be intelligent, like poodles and Doberman pinschers. That's why we've compiled a list of the best dog toys to keep your pet entertained outdoors – whether on land or in the water. So, instead of throwing that chewed-up old stick or slobbery tennis ball for your dog, you can simply throw it away!

What to look for in an outdoor dog toy

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What to look for in an outdoor dog toy

Plush toys probably aren’t your best bet for playing outdoors unless you want stuffing all over your lawn. They’re also likely to get filthy. Outdoor dog toys need to be made from durable materials that are resistant to lots of chewing, dirt and playing. If your dog loves splashing around in the water, then the toy needs to be quick-drying, floatable and clearly visible. If you plan to take it to the park for playtime, it’s handy for the toy to be lightweight and brightly coloured so you can spot it in bushes and long grass. You can take advantage of the space and security of a fenced-off garden by using it for agility courses and ball shooters. It may help to think about your dog’s size, weight and breed when it comes to choosing the best toy for them.

Balls of all shapes and sizes for dogs

Balls of all shapes and sizes

Some dogs love nothing more than simply playing with a ball, and there’s a huge variety available for different sizes and ages:

  • KONG makes a great selection of balls that come in small, medium and large sizes. KONG Squeezz Balls are made from durable rubber that has a grippy texture – perfect for chewing. They also have a squeak to encourage play and a bounce action for fun games of fetch.
  • The Company of Animals Boomer Ball is unlike other balls because your dog can’t pick it up. It’s made to be kicked and pushed and is virtually indestructible, so your dog won’t be able to puncture it or rip it to shreds.

Fetch!

You don’t need to have the overarm throw of Shane Warne for a dog that loves chasing balls – you and your dog can have hours of fun with ball launchers, whether they’re handheld or automatic machines:

  • Chuck it! Pro Launcher is a handheld thrower that hurls balls faster and further than you naturally could, so your pup can get rid of excess energy without your arm getting tired. It’s lightweight and allows you to scoop the ball up, so you won’t have to pick up slobbery balls with your bare hands.
  • All for Paws Interactives Dog Hyper Fetch is great if you don’t have time to play but want your dog to be entertained in the garden. It shoots out tennis balls at three selectable distances, and the wide ball hopper means your dog can drop the ball back in after fetching.

Doggy paddle

If your dog is a water-lover, what better way to help them cool off outdoors than in a doggy paddling pool?

  • The Peteast Splash Sprinkler has a pad that hooks up to your garden hose and comes complete with a sprinkler system that a dog will love darting through on warm days.
  • The Yaheetec Foldable Pet Pool is made of hardy PVC and MDF, so sharp claws won’t pierce it. It can be folded into a compact size for easy storage and carrying and comes with a drain, so it’s easy to empty when your dog’s all paddled out.

Floating dog toys

Lots of dogs like to have a dip in lakes and ponds, but rather than throwing sticks for them to splash after, which are hard to spot in the water, you could try some of the dog water toys on the market:

  • Kurgo skipping stones are perfect for playing fetch in the water because of their bright colours. They skip and float on the water just like real skipping stones, so you don’t have to worry about them sinking and your dog dunking their head. They’re also made from non-toxic materials.
  • The KONG Wet Wubba comes in three vivid colours and has ‘tails’ that make it easy for you to throw and for your dog to grab hold of in the water. It’s made from durable and waterproof neoprene (wetsuit material) and floats in the water.
Dog Toys to tug on

Toys to tug on

Tether tug toys mean your dog can enjoy wrestling with a rope without you having to put your back out in the process:

  • The Tresbro Retractable Interactive Dog Toy is made from bungee cord covered with a polyester weave that’s resistant to breaking, no matter how hard your dog yanks on it. You simply loop the cord around a sturdy tree, adjust it to the height of your dog and watch them happily tug away.
  • The Squishy Face Flirt Pole V2 is a handheld pole with a durable bungee rope and a braided fleece lure. It’s great for dogs to chase and tug on and works particularly well for training dogs that tend to have high preying drives, such as terriers.
Flying frisbees for dogs

Flying frisbees

Frisbees and throwing rings are great choices for breeds that have heaps of energy to leap and run longer distances. It’s good to look for a toy made from a durable material that’s still gentle on your dog’s teeth:

  • The West Paw Zogoflex Zisc is made from durable, flexible and non-toxic material. It’s even dishwasher safe, so you can clean it easily after muddy adventures.
  • The Chuckit! Paraflight Dog Toy has a soft rubber edge and a durable nylon middle. The lightweight material and aerodynamic shape make it easy to throw and send soaring for your dog to chase after.
Agility course for dogs

Agility course

Agility toys for dogs are an excellent way to stimulate their brains and bodies, especially for more intelligent and active breeds. Agility toys engage a dog’s natural problem-solving skills, burn off excess energy and give you a chance to bond with your animal:

  • With the PAWISE Agility Set, you can have your very own Crufts in the back garden. It comes with hurdles, a jumping ring and a slalom set for your dog to weave in and out of.
  • Houseables Dog Tunnel comes in a regulation size so you can be sure it’s safe for your dog and has a carry case, so it’s easily transported. Not only is it fun for your dog to crawl through, but it can also improve dexterity and obedience.

Light-up dog toys

The fun doesn’t have to stop once the sun goes down. These light-up dog toys aren’t so likely to get lost in the park and will keep playtime going after dusk:

  • Chuckit! Light Fetch Ball is made from durable material and lights up with bright colours on impact, giving dogs something exciting to chase. The unique shape of this ball also engages a dog’s chase instinct because it bounces in an erratic path.
  • The Regatta Glow in The Dark Flying Disc Dog Toy is made with a lightweight material that’s strong and weather-resistant. It’s perfect for chasing and hiding in low-light conditions.
Cooling chew toys for dogs

Cooling chew toys

Cold chew toys are great for keeping your dog refreshed and occupied on warmer days:

  • The Rosewood Jolly Doggy Chillax Cool Bone comes in two sizes – for small to medium or for large dogs. All you need to do is fill it with water and freeze it overnight.
  • All For Paws Chill Out Strawberry Ice Cream Soaker simply needs to be soaked in water. Once the water has absorbed, you can give it to your dog as a thirst-quenching treat. It even has a squeaker for added sunny-day fun.

Toys are a great way to keep your dog entertained and active outdoors. Now that you have some outdoor dog toy ideas, why not check out all of the amazing pet equipment available at Gumtree?