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    Updated on Jun 4, 2020. Posted on May 25, 2020

    24 Things That’ll Help Your Pet Get More Exercise

    You may even get a bit of a workout too.

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    1. 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
    amazon.com

    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.

    2. A foam stick toy that floats for making sure your pup gets plenty of exercise no matter the terrain.

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    Promising review: "Perfect fetch and tug toy for power chewers! We have two big dogs who will destroy a rope, tennis ball, or soft toy in less than an hour, but this toy keeps them busy for a couple months before it starts to wear and tear (which is saying a lot with two big chewers)! Highly recommend!" —Kayla Humiston

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    3. A ball launcher that'll help you fling tennis balls farther than you could by hand, meaning your dog gets more of a workout with each throw.

    A set of four images of a person using the ball launcher, a happy dog catching the ball in its mouth, and a photo demonstrating that the ball launcher is adjustable in length
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Hands-down this is the best tennis ball thrower ever. We lost ours somewhere out in the yard and bought several other ball launchers that were simply sub-standard and some are made purposely to not fit regular tennis balls in them. Finally found this kind again on Amazon and ordered three of them just in case we lose another one. Our dogs go berserk when we pull it out. With little arm effort, the ball goes really far, giving the dogs more exercise per throw. LOVE that we don't have to touch the slobbery tennis balls!" —LKF Ohio

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    4. An interactive cat toy if you want to treat your kitty to a stimulating toy that'll actually tire them out. Fluffy won't even bother looking at her bin of playthings once you take this out of its packaging.

    The toy
    Petco

    Promising review: "I didn’t expect this to be that much of a hit. Everywhere I read, people highly recommended this toy so I purchased it and OH MY! This thing he is addicted too! He will exhaust himself so much that he will start to pant! And my 7-month-old is very high energy!" —MomtowKittens

    Get it from Petco for $2.09.

    5. A bottle of catnip bubbles (yes, this exists!) to entertain your fur baby and convince them to leave their bed more often.

    A gray cat with a white chest looking at two bubbles in mid air
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The cats chased the bubbles and loved the smell after the bubbles popped!" —CRISTA M.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    6. A stimulating activity mat, because your pup needs help exercising their brain too. With this, you can keep your doggos entertained and challenged, especially if you hide treats and kibble in it.

    Two dogs, one white and fluffy like a poodle and the other white with brown ears, sniffing the activity mat
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My puppy LOVES this mat! He gets super excited whenever he sees it. He sometimes doesn't like to eat his kibbles in his bowl, but he has so much fun finding and eating kibbles when I hide them into this mat. I heard nose work is also good for reducing separation anxiety in dogs, so I give him this mat whenever I need to leave more than two hours. He deals with separation way better with this. I'm 100% satisfied!" —Bom

    Get it from Amazon for $31.97.

    7. A ~wheelie~ practical leash extender for your bike so the whole family can stay active together.

    A bike-riding couple holding hands while two dogs attached to the bike via the leash extender walk alongside them
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have what may be the most hyper, puppy-dumb, yellow lab. She also weighs around 75 pounds. I'm not a very confident bike rider since I have only ridden a bike a handful of times between 14 and 43 years of age. My dog took to this within minutes. She has tried to take off after another dog, but I did not become fodder for a YouTube fail video. She stopped abruptly to scratch her ear, and again, it didn't knock me off of the bicycle. I have held off of an activity that I love for years because I had such guilt leaving my sweet dog at home, especially since she is home alone all day while I work. Now we can both get the exercise we desperately need and enjoy ourselves in the process." —Vicki

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    8. A rope toy for energetic doggos whose ideal day consists of a never-ending game of tug-of-war. This toy is designed to hang from a tree so your pooch can yank it to his heart's desire.

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

    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.

    9. A retractable hands-free leash that'll enable Fido to join you on your runs with you getting jerked all over the sidewalk.

    A woman with the hands-free leash around her waist running on the sidewalk with a large brown dog
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am a petite person, and running with my 70-pound Weimaraner was getting to be hard on my upper back. He needs the exercise and loves running, but I was getting to the point of leaving him behind because the yanking was leaving me with upper back soreness for days. So, I did some research... Yesterday I ran three miles with him and continued for three miles without him or the leash. I felt great either way. The bungee-style leash is brilliant for running! As he changed pace, found a mailbox to pee on, or ran from a cow, instead of the leash yanking me, it gives some slack to minimize the tug and the elasticity of the bungee helps to pull the dog back. Don’t get me wrong, I could still feel him pulling, but no where near a normal leash. And I’m able to use my body weight to help control him as opposed to my arm and upper back. The handles on the leash are well placed as well, and as we cross streets or see other animals, I can have better control of him by using the adequately placed handles. I have two small children and being able to be hands free outside on walks or playing is a game-changer. Bottom line: I wish I would have found something like this years ago" —MeganS

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    10. A mesh harness if your curious cat clamors for her afternoon walk. It has three layers of security so even the wiggliest cat will have trouble squirming out of it.

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    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 $12.99+ (available in five sizes and 16 colors).

    11. 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
    amazon.com

    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.

    12. 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
    amazon.com

    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 can not personally help her with (I'm disabled)." —hill1000

    Get it from Amazon for $8.74.

    13. A lure toy on a pole so you can send your pet running without ever having to touch a slobbery toy.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I don't write or give reviews EVER but this dog toy is so great I had to review it! We have a high energy, super strong 55-pound German shorthair that HAS to be run multiple times a day. This teaser toy is a fun way for us to exercise him, and our dog LOVES it! It is one of the only exercises that will get him panting and a bit tired (he has endless energy) after only 10 or 15 minutes of play. He gets so excited when he sees us grab the toy! It is a great way to release some energy in a short amount of time, and we use it right before company comes for this reason! He loves to play tug-of-war and this toy has held up great to lots of tug; the toy has had no problem holding up to his strength. For a dog that destroys most toys within minutes, we are extremely pleased that it has held up well to daily play after six weeks." —Reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    14. A cozy multi-tier cat tower that'll serve two purposes: 1. keeping your spoiled kitty pampered and 2. forcing lazy cats to exert *some* energy to make it to their favorite nap spot.

    A product shot of a multi-level beige carpeted cat tower with stairs, pouches to sleep in, sisal leg posts to scratch, and nooks to explore
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We bought this for our 9-week-old kittens, and as soon as we set it up, they been to explore. At first they stayed on the lowest level, but within a few weeks, they were utilizing every level and cubby. They use the scratch posts frequently, and they even climb the ladder. This was well worth the money because our kittens use it every day both for napping and exercising." —Frequent Buyer

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in four colors).

    15. A wall-mounted cat bridge if you're looking for an easy way to encourage your kitties to be more active. They'll love hopping to the next level so they can survey their kingdom — aka your living room.

    A product shot of the white version of this cat bridge mounted to the wall
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I love this bridge, but our cats are actually scared of the moving planks so they hop to each platform instead. They do like having an elevated perch, and I would recommend this to anyone with multiple cats or small spaces who need to give their babies some vertical room." —Wayfair Customer

    Get it from Wayfair for $57.99 (also available in brown).

    16. A squeaky rubber ball to keep your puppy coming back for more. Because of its small devil horns and large feet, this ball has a habit of bouncing every which way, so your doggo never knows what's coming next.

    A brown and white dog sitting on carpet with a blue ball between his front legs
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "OK I've got to say, I probably review 1 out of 50 Amazon purchases, but I have to review this one. Our dogs (Rottweilers) LOVE these. I purchased about six or eight for Christmas and when they are out running they all have one in their mouth. They love the squeak they make, you have to laugh just watching them. And they last for months." —PCFlorida

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (and buy a Good Cuz for $7.95 to ensure the perfect balance of good and evil).

    17. A treat-dispensing ball with an open design because biting stiff rubber balls is hard for some pups and that shouldn't stop them from staying active.

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    Promising review: "I have a rescue Aussie who has finally come out of his scared shell. He has taken to the Hol-ee roller ball in a special way. He keeps it and throws it up in the air. Then he catches it and runs around me like crazy. It is good exercise for him and a good laugh for me." —Bre Zee

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95+ (available in five sizes and as a two-pack).

    18. 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
    Chewy

    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+ (available in two sizes).

    19. 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
    amazon.com

    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 $10.68+ (available in two sizes).

    20. 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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $19.99+ (available in four sizes).

    21. A three-tier playpen if your kitty prefers to exercise in peace.

    A playpen with two cats inside, one black cat sitting on a pad on the second tier and one black and white cat playing with a ball on the first tier
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We needed a solution for a cat who must be kept away from the other cats. This gives her some exercise and an escape from being annoyed by her food-stealing brothers. LOL she loves it and we do too. She’s much happier! It’s so easy to clean! She has her own two litter pans in the bottom. No boy cats allowed in her 'she shed.'" —Vickie C.

    Get it from Amazon for $94.99.

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

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    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).

    23. A cat perch because it's a cozy spot where your feline can relax but it also helps get your cat moving.

    An orange and white cat standing on top of the perch on its hind legs reaching for a toy on another ledge
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Day one, no, first hour, Molly mastered the steps and has found her happy place! She absolutely adores this! A must-have for any active, freaky cat!" —Kimberly

    Get it from Wayfair for $75.99 (also available in brown).

    24. A cozy window hammock so your cat always has a stimulating view. This is key to helping your pets stay active, because bored kitties often won't want to exercise.

    Cat in hammock that is suction cupped to the window
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Our cats love their new sunbeds! Perfect for snoozing, spying on the neighbors, and squirrel watching! Easy to assemble, sturdy, and attractive." —26.2 Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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