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    Updated on Jul 22, 2020. Posted on Jul 12, 2020

    25 Things That’ll Help You And Your Pet Make The Most Out Of Your Backyard

    Including a dog bed with a canopy, a cat harness, a cooling mat, and other presents that'll finally earn you your pet's love.

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    1. An elevated dog bed with a canopy to keep your pupperino cool when they're hanging out with you in the backyard.

    Medium-size dog on the cot with plenty of room leftover

    Promising review: "Have had these for a few months and so far they have worked out well. They cover the cots and help to shade the puppies from the sun, and light rain as long as there isn't much wind blowing it sideways. The cot covers are lightweight and easy to assemble, as well as easy to take off again when needed. So far they have been durable and stood up to indoor and light outdoor use. They wouldn't be good for puppies that chew, because the base rods and elastic straps are thin and could be easily torn up; however if your dogs don't like to chew their beds it is a great addition to the cots to help give a little more shade and protection." —Daniel

    Get it from Wayfair for $29.99 (also available in red).

    2. A pack of paw protection cream because the sun is out and concrete or stone in your backyard can be deceptively hot on your pup's paws. It's made with vitamin E to keep the paw pads moisturized, but some reviewers use it on their own dry, cracked heels as well as their tattoos.

    Reviewer before and after showing how effective the balm is moisturizing a dog's paw pads

    Promising review: "My dog has extremely dry and cracked paws, so rough she gets stuck to the carpet. I've tried just about everything, all failed for various reasons. This product works. I was only able to do one paw the first time, she fought me like a demon. Next time she let me do all four with little fuss, she likes the result. I followed everyone's lead and put it on right before walks. I've noticed that she wants to run and jump more, and genuinely is happy with her feet. One downside is because it softens the pads you have to be careful where they step; she picked up a thorny branch where before the treatment it wouldn't penetrate. Fair trade in my opinion; now we can play and snuggle without her scratching me up. Bottom line: love it, the dog loves it, good value little goes a long ways.Peggy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    3. An immunity-boosting allergy supplement so your poor pup can find relief from itchy skin and outdoor allergens. These soft chews deliver a dose of probiotics and other nutrients to help improve immune function, aid digestion, promote healthy skin, and add shine to a dog's coat.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely the best product. It saved my itchy goldendoodle! We tried changing food, Benadryl, medicated shampoo, fish oil, everything you can imagine... nothing worked long-term. He was itching his face so badly he would make himself bleed. Had sores and scabs all over his face and neck. I bought these because they had good reviews and I was desperate. It changed his life! He no longer scratches AT ALL! His coat looks great and all of his sores are healed. He’s the happiest he’s been which makes me a very happy momma. He is also very picky and never eats treats... he eats these every time so that’s an added bonus!" —Darcie Nation

    Get them from Amazon for $25.96.

    4. Or an anti-fungal antibacterial spray made with cooling aloe if you don't want your pup to be sidelined because of outdoor allergens. It's made to treat a range of skin conditions, including cuts, hot spots, infections, rashes, and scrapes.,

    Promising review: "My Frenchie chews on his paws night and day. I’ve tried raw diets, but it was not a food allergy. My dog just produces too much yeast in his paws and tail pocket that he just can’t help it but gnaw on his paws for hours on and scooting his butt to get that itch in that tail pocket. I’ve tried foot soaks, balms, and so many other products, wasting so much money. This is the first product that worked! The smell is very pleasant and easy application; be careful and don’t let your dog ingest it. I love this product and won’t be using any other product. Since I’ve been using it, his paws are starting to look normal and not all red/raw and chewed up. I would recommend this to any animal owner to use this if the pets have skin issues." —Uyen Mai Thi Tran

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    5. A joint support chew with glucosamine, an anti-inflammatory ingredient that'll lubricate your pup's joints so they engage in zoomies without pain. These are especially helpful for very active doggos as well as working breeds and senior pooches who still wanna have fun outdoors.

    Reviewer photo of dog sticking its head out the car window

    Promising review: "My 12-year-old German shepherd has hip dysplasia and had trouble up and down stairs. After a month of taking Glycoflex, he is bouncing up the stairs. He is feeling much less pain and is enjoying his walks much more. I'd like to know if there is a human version of this wonderful product?" —SB

    Get it from Amazon for $38.

    6. A Nerf ball launcher for blasting tennis balls all the way across your yard so your pooch can hit full speed.

    A white and black dog holding a tennis ball in its mouth as it stands behind the plastic ball launcher

    Promising review: "Molly absolutely LOVES her Nerf Gun Tennis Ball Blaster. She whines and starts jumping around with excitement whenever we bring it out to play. She usually likes to hang on to the tennis balls instead of dropping it for us to throw again, but with this toy she’s so excited for us to launch it that she is willing to drop the ball. She’s so happy with this toy, and it’s great to use in the backyard to get some exercise if we don’t have time to go for a walk. It is a little bigger than we were expecting (see pictures for size) but works great. We’ve been using regular tennis balls, and they fit perfectly into the launcher. Overall, I would highly recommend this toy for any tennis ball-loving dogs." —Paul Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes).

    7. Or a Chuckit! ball launcher to tire out your energetic pup with minimum effort on your part. You'll both have a ball — literally and figuratively!

    The launcher

    Promising review: "My dog never understood the concept of Fetch. It didn't matter what I tried. This FINALLY has her fetching and using up all (OK, most) of the energy that a cattle dog has. We can play over and over and over without my measly arm wearing out, and she's able to sprint to her heart's content. I'm already planning to gift one to my brother's dog who also is fetch-dumb." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.92.

    8. A glow-in-the-dark ball because playtime doesn't have to end when the sun goes down. It's compatible with tennis ball launchers, and reviewers say it's surprisingly durable.

    Reviewer photo of a dog holding the glowing ball in its mouth

    Promising review: "My dog loves this ball! I have a 1-year-old Husky who loves to chew on everything. This ball can handle her destructive nature. I work late and by the time I get home, it's dark out but I still want to spend time playing with her and this ball works amazingly. I toss it in front of a light for a few minutes and it's charged and ready to be thrown. She loves the ball so much that when she's done playing fetch, she'll bring it to bed with her. There's a hole in the middle that makes a whistling noise when thrown, which catches her attention. Great ball, glad I bought it." —Quyen

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    9. A floating flying disc made of a durable nylon so you can tire out your pup with lots of running back and forth...and back again.

    A tan and white dog running across grass with a yellow nylon flying disc in its mouth

    Promising review: "My shollie puppy LOVES this. She is very high energy, and destructive when bored. This toy keeps her happily busy for hours (and gives me exercise!), and has survived for three months now. To put it in perspective, this is the ONLY toy that has survived that long." —ADKhiker

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    10. A seriously genius doggie doorbell if your dog would rather play outside all day but you don't want to check the back door every 15 minutes to see whether they want to come inside or not. The solution: teach your dogs to ring a doorbell when they're ready to come in.

    Dog using its nose to push a yellow disc on the doorbell

    Promising review: "We got this for our 4-month-old boxer puppy. It took her about three to four weeks to really understand the cause and effect. We did hand over hand (or paw in this case) so we used our hand to pick up and place her paw on the bell each time she wanted to go out and said 'Ring the bell.' We almost gave up and then all the sudden she just got it! We now LOVE it! She has a bell inside and outside and it keeps her from scratching the door, and we can hear it from anywhere in the house but it isn't annoying. Instead of mounting it to use her nose, we decided to put sticky back Velcro on the back of it and the floor so we can take it places with us when we go to friends' houses or on vacation and it works great! We have used it consistently for a few months now and love it." —Mrs. T

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    11. A portable shower attachment that'll come in handy when your pup inevitably gets dirty on one of your outdoor adventures. It attaches to standard plastic water bottle openings, is machine-washable, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

    The product

    Promising review: "We have three Aussies who find mud in drought. Works great on any bottle we tried it with. A gallon milk jug is my favorite. Also terrific for muddy or overheated children!" —J. W. Ramsden

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    12. A floatable toy for making sure your pup gets plenty of exercise no matter the terrain.

    Reviewer's dog playing with the toy outside

    Promising review: "This is the ONLY toy that my pit/lab mix hasn't been able to destroy in five minutes. Even the Kong toys last less than a day in our house. Bought this exact one three years ago and finally had to replace it, because he managed to chew a little off the end. That was after three years of indoor/outdoor CONSTANT play. We call it 'blue thing,' and it's his absolute favorite toy in the world." —Cathy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    13. A soft playpen to bring outdoors so your pets can join you for some exercise outside.,

    Promising review: "It's perfect to get my piggies their exercise both indoors and outdoors. We have two cats who would love to 'play' with the piggies, so the full mesh protection is perfect to help predator and prey safely coexist. It is also great for piggie playdates in the yard since you can take out the bottom for grass playtime. We have hawks so again the protection is great. So far a great product." —Craig R

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in eight sizes and eight colors).

    14. A collapsible dog bowl because your furry friend needs to stay hydrated too. It folds flat, making it a ~port-a-bowl~ option you can easily store in your backpack or pocket the next time you're on the go.

    The bowl

    Promising review: "I love this bowl!! It's lightweight. You could shove it in your pocket. It has a loop for hanging or attaching it. I've used it a few times on walks and around the house. My dog loves to drink from it. It holds more than her collapsible dog bowl. Today I leak tested it. I filled it with cold water so at first it did have some moisture under and around the bottom. After two hours, several dog slurps and the water warming, there is no moisture and the bottom is dry. Just noticed it was sitting in direct sunlight so I temp tested. The water inside is still very cool. This is a great buy!!" —baduffy

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    15. A mesh harness so your curious cat can also explore the backyard. It has three layers of security so even the wiggliest cat will have trouble squirming out of it.,

    Promising review: "I got this for a petite cat whose wily ways drove me to try walking her. She LOVES it, but she pulled out of the first two (skimpy) harnesses. This one is better and more secure — especially when you pull the Velcro tight before snapping into place. The two leash hooks make it even more secure. She could probably still wiggle out with serious effort, but it's the best I've tried yet. Plus she looks like a bada$$ mofo, which counters my own crazy-cat-lady-walking-her-cat vibe just enough to be passable." —LBB

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven sizes and 16 colors).

    16. A rope toy if your active doggos could play tug-of-war all day. This toy is designed to hang from a tree so your pooch can yank it to his heart's desire. Just make sure you hang it low enough on the tree that your dog's feet can still touch the ground.

    A black and white dog grabs the rope toy that's been wrapped around a thick branch and is hanging from a large tree

    Promising review: "The toy has been up for about two weeks and it seems to be holding up well. My dog is a little lazy and needs the exercise but won't play fetch/return. One run down and she is done, so this toy was an experiment. I am happy to say she loves it. It is the first thing she runs to when she is let out. She will play with it for about 15 minutes before she gets tired. All seems very durable and safe. I would recommend this toy!" —KShoe

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    17. A life vest that'll come in handy if you have a water-loving pup. Plus, swimming is really great for dogs with joint issues as it allows them to exercise without putting strain on their joints and tendons.,

    Promising review: "Purchased this for my 12-year-old 45-pound Labradoodle to get him in the pool and getting some exercise. He doesn't have a lot of muscle anymore but this does a great job of holding him up so he can swim some laps. It fits him well, and it easy to take on/off." —Majape

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five sizes).

    18. A cat cottage for kitties who love nothing more than snoozing in the great outdoors.

    Promising review: "We have a kitty at our apartment complex that is technically homeless (although about 10 families feed her and love her!). She used to have a box that we put under the porch cover to keep her warm, but I wanted to treat her to something special. This house is perfect! It’s really only good for one kitty, but the kit is super easy to put together and is very sturdy. It will definitely keep her warm and dry this winter. The top lifts up and can stay propped up, which was great for her getting used to. (I was afraid she wouldn’t go in if she felt trapped.) The kit smells strongly of cedar, which may be good/bad depending on your opinion. But I feel that the smell normalized after a day or two of being outside and propped open. We put a thinner pillow inside to make it even more comfortable for her. We also painted the 'cat condo' sign and put her name on it. I would highly recommend it to anyone that needs an outdoor shelter for their furry friend." —Katie Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $39.91.

    19. A durable flying squirrel toy (it works like a Frisbee) to ensure even the roughest, toughest chewers can't bite their way through it and ruin playtime.

    A large German shepherd and a smaller white and brown speckled dog holding the same frisbee toy in their mouth at the same time

    Promising review: "Our 4-year-old German Shepherd will go absolutely BONKERS if she sees this bad boy coming out of the closet. We have to keep it locked away, otherwise she will dig it out of her toy box and smack us with it until we take her out to play with it. It's a fun toy to throw in the park for her to chase, and once you figure out the perfect throwing technique, it'll have 'hang time' in the air to allow for the dog to jump up and snag it before it hits the ground. Great exercise for her that also wears her out and lets us have some peace and quiet. The squirrel is very durable and has withstood our GSD playing tug-of-war with a 6-month-old Labrodoodle with sharp puppy teeth. The undersides of the 'feet' glow in the dark too! So many people have stopped me in the park to ask 'What is that thing??' and I just tell them to look for the Flying Squirrel on Amazon. Just buy the dang squirrel, you won't regret it!!" —Loakes13

    Get it from Amazon for $8.69.

    20. A Wobble Wag Giggle ball with an internal noisemaker and six pockets because it'll engage your pet's natural curiosity and having them rolling, fetching, and shaking it until they're panting.

    A very happy white, brown, and black dog sitting on grass with the ball in front of him

    Promising review: "Wow!! This hasn't been out of the box 10 minutes and my little Shih-Poo Girl is exhausted!! She loves squeaky toys, but she usually has the squeaker out in 5–10 minutes, and she gets upset because they don't make noise anymore. I was looking on Amazon for some dog toys and I was watching the video about this ball and she heard the noise and started barking and looking all over for it, That's when I knew I had to try it with her. Now she can get some exercise that I cannot personally help her with (I'm disabled)." —hill1000

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    21. A virtually indestructible Kong flying disc that's made of a soft rubber versus a hard plastic so you can feel confident that throwing this around in the yard with Fido won't hurt him.

    A white and brown dog jumping in the air to catch the flying disc. It's bending in its mouth so you can tell its flexible

    Promising review: "My dog loved playing Frisbee but broke all the other ones we have bought him, until I found this! We play everyday he even sleeps with it sometimes! It flies so far and really good! There are no teeth marks in it nor has he been able to rip it up or anything. It's super easy to clean as well. He absolutely lovessss it! Totally worth the money! Totally recommend for anyone's dog who loves Frisbee!" —Lana96

    Get it from Chewy for $10.99.

    22. A multi-level playpen if your kitty begs to go outside but would bolt if you didn't put them in an enclosure. This "catio" will solve that problem!

    Reviewer photo of two of their cats in the playpen

    Promising review: "I bought this for my cat so that she could be outside with my husband and I while we relax on our back porch. She adapted to it very quickly. We assembled it indoors and let her adjust to it by going in and out of the cage at her leisure for a day or two before taking her outside. We have a covered rear porch so we're able to store it outside through warm weather and roll it up the screen door for her get in. She positively loves it and will begin crying to be outside the moment she sees the cage. She enjoys lounging inside and watching the birds, squirrels and chipmunks that come into the yard. She is a small-framed cat, weighing about 8 pounds, but this cage would work for a larger kitty too. It's her own portable 'catio!'" —Mae Clair

    Get it from Amazon for $125.18+ (available in two styles).

    23. A cooling pad that'll keep your pet comfy no matter how hot it is outside. It's pressure activated and will stay cool for up to three hours.,

    It takes about 15 to 20 minutes of non-use to reset.

    Promising review: "Really happy I purchased this mat. I was on the fence last year due to the price, but it is well worth it. My Aussie loves to be outside no matter how hot it is and after a swim likes to lay on the cool garage floor. Now she's a bit more comfortable and cool! Once she comes inside, I bring the mat in and she still likes to lay on it inside. The mat is very easy to brush off with a hand broom or a towel!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes).

    24. A durable dog pool for sweltering hot days when the only reasonable thing to do is hop in the pool. These are portable and fold down so you can store them in the garage for next summer. And reviewers say they're sturdy enough to stand up to pups roughhousing in them.

    Reviewer's large dog relaxing in the pool with plenty of room leftover

    Promising review: "I am now the proud owner of THREE of these dog pools. I have an XXL, an XL, and an S pool for our backyard 'frogs' that wouldn't stay out of the big pools! Yes, I bought the frogs their own pool...that's how amazing these pools are! We had the XXL and XL pools out every day last summer (changed the water twice per week) and they were used daily by all three dogs. There have been no punctures of any sort or any issues at all with these pools, and my dogs can play pretty rough at times. The XXL pool was used for both the 2018 and 2019 summers with no issues. These pools are literally my dogs' favorite part of summer... I can't keep them out of them! As soon as we get back from a walk, they jump right in!" —Kate M

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in four sizes).

    25. A rechargeable LED dog collar to give you peace of mind if you have a large backyard and your pupper (or alpaca!) likes to go outside one more time before bed. No more losing your black dog!,

    Promising review: "Stealthy Alpaca is...well, stealthy. He's very difficult to locate on my five acres in the dark. He doesn't make any audible noises and unlike the horses, you can't even hear his footsteps. He takes great pleasure in hiding behind bushes and not revealing his location as I walk just 10 feet away calling his name. I'm sick of thinking he's escaped, stolen, or dead. Illumiseen collar solves the problem. Ninja no more, ha!" —Polomare

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in sizes XXS–XL and six colors).

    Literally (OK, figuratively) your dog when they see you opening their new toys:

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