7 Best Toys for High Energy Dogs


Every dog needs exercise and some breeds need constant stimulation. Cattle dogs, Dalmations, and other high-energy, high intelligence breeds do best when properly exercised.

Toys and Tips for the Dogs that Just Don’t Quit

And we know you know all the types of dogs we are talking about. Those dogs that no matter how long or hard they play, just keep on going. The ones that are outlasting you at night, still ready for a game of catch. It doesn’t matter the size of your high energy dog, they can still be a lot to handle. Check out these 7 toys that are best for high energy dogs.

Chuckit Ultra Squeaker Ball Dog Toy

The Chuckit Ultra Squeaker Ball is a new spin on your dog’s favorite Ultra Ball, now with a fun squeaker inside for even more fun! This high-bouncing ball is perfect for games of fetch or solo play.

  • Durable, high-bouncing rubber ball for dogs
  • Molded-in squeaker for added fun and improved safety
  • Compatible with Chuckit Launcher

Ultra Squeaker Balls are compatible with all Chuckit Launchers (depending on size). These long-lasting toys are a great way to encourage healthy exercise while strengthening the bond between you and your pet. Ultra squeaker balls come in three sizes to meet all your pet needs!

Chuckit Erratic Ball for Dogs

Chuckit Erratic dog toys are made with a fun durable design! These toys help stimulate exercise and agility with their random action bouncing. Keeping your dog’s mind and body active with these unique toys will help improve his mood, health and quality of life!

  • Erratic ball bounces randomly to entertain your dog
  • Made with 100% natural rubber
  • Use with Chuckit Ball Launchers

Great for wild fun in the backyard or park!


Bulletproof Pet Products Indestructibone is a virtually indestructible chew toy. It is made especially for those dogs that are tough on their chew toys. It has a small treat hole on each end so that you can add your dog’s favorite treat.

Indestructibone comes in 7 sizes from Mini – Super Max.

USA-K9 Grenade

With a durable rope attached, the grenade becomes an ideal reward toy/prey toy/tug toy for your working K9.

  • DURABLE CHEW TOY: The Grenade Toy is designed to withstand the abuse of most “power chewer” dogs. Chewing on this toy will help keep your dogs’ teeth clean and breath fresh
  • DISPENSES TREATS: Help your dog fight boredom by filling the Grenade Toy with treats like kibble, canned dog food, peanut butter, or your favorite dog treat recipe. Best results: mix wet/dry foods. Freeze with treats inside to prolong use.
  • REDUCES PROBLEM BEHAVIORS: Reduces problem chewing, helps reduce boredom, and relieves separation anxiety.

Ultra Tug – UT

Waterproof handle with the option of a super chew ball, glow in the dark ball or a Chuckit ball. Product intended for interactive play such as Tug & Fetch.

USA-K9 Stars & Stripes Ball

This ultra-durable near-solid rubber retrieving ball for power-chewers can help your dog fight boredom with this fun new toy.

  • LARGE DOGS: Excellent for even the most aggressive chewers.
  • REDUCES PROBLEM BEHAVIORS: Reduces problem chewing, helps reduce boredom, and relieves separation anxiety.
  • DENTAL RIDGES: The ridges on the Stars and Stripes ball are stimulating for your dog while also cleaning your dog’s teeth while he chews, helping prevent tooth decay and bad breath.
  • NATURAL: SodaPup’s all natural rubber compound is FDA compliant, non-toxic and biodegradable. It is sustainably harvested, helping us reduce our carbon footprint. Animal and planet friendly!
  • Size: 3″ Diameter 5.9 oz. for dogs 30-65 LBS/15-30 KG

USA-K9 grenades come in three sizes to meet all your pet needs!

Teaser Ball

Your dog is going to spend countless hours trying to get the smaller ball outside of the bigger ball. No need to worry though, that inside ball isn’t going anywhere. And to make it more interesting, you can put some peanut butter on the inside ball to drive them even crazier!

  • Chase – sure to give your dog a run for his money
  • Swim – ideal for water-based fun
  • Entertain – Ball-within-a-ball amuses during solo play

Are new toys just not doing the trick? These 6 tips can help you tire out your high energy dog.

6 Tips to Tire Out Your High Energy Dog

Ensure your pup is getting the right amount of exercise

If you want to help your pup slow down by bedtime, you first have to ensure your pup is getting just the right amount of exercise. Not enough and they’ll still be raring to go or too much and you risk having to deal with an overtired overstimulated dog who just can’t seem to settle.

Try other forms of “exercise” like trick training

For pups who want to work their brains and bodies, trick training can be a great bonding activity for you and your pup. Unlike obedience training, trick training will take a little more creativity from you in how you teach your dog.

Consider that your pup might need more mental stimulation

If you have an older dog, you might remember that after puppy kindergarten your pup came home exhausted. But, why? A couple of sits, downs, and stays aren’t that physically demanding. Your pup was exhausted from learning!

As your pup gets older, the things they find mentally stimulating may change. Consider some interactive toys.

Another great way to work your dog’s brain and not just their bodies is scentwork. Once your pup gets the hang of it, you can actually set up scavenger hunts for your pup to find where you hid a certain scent.

Enroll in a dog sport

No matter your dog’s interest from Rally (competitive obedience) to agility (doggy obstacle courses) or even something in the water like dock diving there is a sport for every pup.

Even if your dog isn’t going to compete, taking some lessons and learning a sport together can be great fun. As a bonus, you might find yourself getting some extra exercise too.

Find another canine playmate

It might benefit your pup to have another high-energy dog to play with. Consider reaching out to friends or neighbors to find a pup who is similar in age and play style. If you are having trouble, ask your trainer or local doggie daycare to put the word out to their clients. Chances are you might find another pup parent in a similar situation.

Helping a high-energy dog calm down

If your dog has had some strenuous exercise or high-energy playtime, you might need to help them relax after. Let your pup cool down and then maybe spend some time relaxing on a mat or place or even in their crate. You can turn on some soothing music or put the TV on for them to unwind.

Keep in mind the time of day that you are exercising with your pup. If you let them run around too close to bedtime it may have the same impact as you working out too late and might make your pup have trouble falling asleep. This can lead to an overtired and cranky pup. Be sure that in addition to getting enough exercise your pup is getting good quality sleep too!


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