The 11 Best Toys for Hyperactive Dogs
by Jessi Larson
Some dogs just have no shortage of energy. They run, jump, bark and just can’t seem to sit still. While their enthusiasm is endearing, it can also be exhausting.
What’s a pup parent to do?
Luckily, there are many toys that are great for hyperactive dogs. These toys help mentally and physically stimulate a hyper pup, helping them get tuckered out faster.
If you’re a mom to a crazy canine, consider these 11 toys that are perfect for a hyperactive pup.
Toys for a hyperactive dog don’t get much better than this. The Babble Ball “talks” and makes animal sounds when it’s touched. But don’t worry, the ball won’t keep chattering on even when you’re not around. The technology inside it sets off the sounds only when the pet is near.
Keeping a hyperactive dog occupied isn’t easy, which is why the Babble Ball is so great. It’s active, unpredictable and crazy fun. Your dog will think it’s alive!
Fun sayings include Rock ‘n Roll Big Doggy,” “Hey, What are you doing?,” “Grrrrr!,” and “Sweet Puppy.” The ball is available in three sizes and various colors.
Have you ever seen a dog trying to catch bubbles? It’s adorable! They’re so amused, curious and excited at the same time.
Instead of blowing bubbles manually, get a bubble machine. And not just any machine – one that blows bacon-flavored bubbles. BACON!
The Bubbletastic Bacon Bull Machine blows out a windstorm of bacon bubbles for your dog to enjoy popping. It’s definitely a good activity to keep those crazy canines busy.
Squishy Face Studio Flirt Pole
We bought this for Toby during a frigid cold Minnesota winter where his paws would literally freeze to ground if he went outside. He was an oversized puppy with an enormous amount of pent-up energy, and this Squishy Face Studio Flirt Pole was a lifesaver.
The concept is pretty simple: It’s a long pole with a bungee cord and a braided fleece toy at the end. You grab the pole and whip it around, encouraging your dog to chase the toy at the end. The running and jumping wears them out in no time.
Toby LOVED playing with this and still does. In fact, the other day, I found him sitting next to the pole whining and wanting to play.
I highly recommend this toy for active pups, and think Toby would too if he could talk.
This is another toy we bought for Toby that crazy cold first winter. It’s a little loud, but it certainly does the trick.
Like the name implies, it’s a cube that holds dog food, and your pup has to push it around the house to let out the kernels. With the way it’s designed, however, the dog really has to work at it for the food to disperse.
The Buster Food Cube keeps Toby busy for a good 30 minutes straight, which is eons when you have an active dog.
This toy has not one, not two, but four different configurations to occupy your dog and provide the mental and physical stimulation they need. You can move pieces around to create different sized toys that do different things. Play around and see what your dog likes best!
Made out of extra durable materials, this is a good toy for the aggressive chewers, which means your pup will stay busy for extended periods of time.
What are you going to do with all that free time you’ll have?
When the name of the brand is “Hyper Pet,” you know this is going to good for those extra energetic dogs.
What’s great about this toy is that it is made out of ultra-strong materials with a loud squeaker. It bounces and moves unpredictably – another great way to catch the attention of a hyper pup.
If we had to sum it up, it would be this: It’s like a stick on steroids. I mean, does a regular stick come in neon colors, squeak loudly and bounce? Nope, so get your dog a Dura-Squeaks Stick.
The first time I saw the Chuckit! Launcher, I scoffed and said I didn’t need it. After all, I played fastpitch and was an outfielder – I could launch the ball pretty darn far by myself.
That is, until I saw how far the Launcher threw the ball. It seriously makes it sail. And dogs LOVE it. There is always someone at the dog park with a Launcher and a pack of dogs lining up to play fetch.
If you’ve got a hyper dog who likes to play fetch, it is crazy not to have a Launcher. They’re so darn cheap and will launch the ball so much further than your arm could, which equals more running. Which equals a calmer, more pooped-out pup.
If you’ve read this site before, you’ll likely know just how much I love the KONG brand. These products are ingeniously designed and ultra durable. For example, Toby still has the two Classic KONG toys we got him as a puppy. He has literally destroyed every other toy we bought around that time, but the KONG toys are still kicking.
The KONG Wubba is great because you can use it for a game of fetch (the tail makes it really sail!) or for tug-of-war. Or just let the dog chew on it. They’ll love the squeaky nose, and because it’s a KONG product, you don’t have to worry about it getting ripped apart.
This isn’t just any other chew toy. On the outside is a strong, ruggedly constructed mini tire. On the inside is a bell that jingles and will catch your dog’s attention. It’s the perfect combination.
You can use the ball to play fetch with your dog. The noise will definitely be enticing!
Or just let your dog have at it. They’ll surely want to try to get at the bell on the inside.
If you’re looking for holiday gifts for your dog, this is kind of the perfect combination. The jingle bell certainly has a holiday spirit, but it’s not over-the-top Christmas-y, like a Santa stuffed animal or reindeer chew toy, where they are instantly out of season after the holiday.
Toys where dogs really have to work at it to get their treat are the best. So many dogs will do anything for food, and by using a device that makes it challenging for them to get at the treat, you’ll keep them mentally and physically stimulated for a long time.
The Tough Puzzle Treat Toy is designed to hold a treat stick, like a Bullystick or a training stick from the Honest Company. It’s available in small or large, depending on what your dog needs.
Best of all, it is made in the USA, recyclable and dishwasher safe, and 100% guaranteed against dog damage, so you can feel good about your purchase.
And last but not least is another KONG product. In all honesty, almost every KONG toy is good for a hyperactive dog. But this one is especially good.
With Jumbler Ball, you get a whole new take on the classic dog toy, the tennis ball. Here it is encapsulated with another ball made from super-tough thermoplastic and includes a squeaker and a handle.
Dogs love shaking the ball and trying to get the tennis ball on the inside, and it also makes for a very interesting game of fetch!
Do you have any recommendations for toys for hyperactive dogs? If so, we want to hear them! Comment below.