What dog doesn’t love playing fetch and catch? And a fun session of frisbee has to be the best catching game of all. The beauty of a dog frisbee is that it is not just for the larger, tougher dogs as, with a host of different types and styles of frisbee toys available, even the smallest pooch can join in and play. A game of frisbee is not only great exercise for your pooch, it is also a wonderful way to train and challenge your pet as well as giving you both the chance to bond and have some fun, quality time together outdoors. And, if your doggo proves to be a dog disc catching natural, well, there are even frisbee competitions you can put him in for!
We take a look at some the best frisbees for dogs currently flying off the pet store shelves.
Best Dog Frisbee
The Kong brand is renowned for producing tough dog toys, and their flyer is no exception. Available in two sizes – small and large – the Kong dog frisbee is also great for dogs of all sizes. The non-toxic rubber is durable but soft on the mouth, making it easier for your pooch to catch and carry. And, as with all the Kong rubber toys, this flyer also has a fun rebound bounce is your dog misses the initial catch, giving him a second chance to stop it in its tracks. The flyer is pretty chew resistant too and for around $10, you get a lot of outdoor, frisbee throwing fun for your money. A top contender for our ‘best frisbee for dogs’ title.
Made from non-toxic durable rubber
Softer, flexible design for a safer catch
Available in small and large sizes
Rebound bounce for extra fun
Suitable for dogs up to 85 pounds
- Weight6.9 ounces
For those fun days at the beach, the Zisc is the ideal frisbee to pop into your bag as not only is it a super-flyer, it also floats and can be used in water. But don’t just save it for a day by the ocean, it can be used anywhere as it has a great bounce, a decent flightpath and thanks to its citrus color can be spotted if it goes a little astray. Made from BPA free, dog safe material, it is soft on your pooch’s mouth but can fly hard and far, making it one of the most durable, almost indestructible dog frisbees in this review. Available in two sizes, for small and larger dogs, it is also nicely flexible, giving you a fun game of tug-o-war at the end of a frisbee session. Plus, the whole frisbee is recyclable when it does eventually come to the end of its flying life.
Soft frisbee that flies like harder plastic
BPA-free flexible and recyclable material
Soft and safe for dogs’ mouths
High-flying and floatable
Available in 6.5-Inch and 8.5-Inch
- BrandWest Paw Design
- Weight4.2 ounces
Lightweight with a great flying range and floatable in water, the Chuckit! Paraflight is an impressive dog frisbee that will give you both hours of fun. Made from multi-layered nylon with a soft rubber edging, the Paraflight has been designed to travel longer distances, giving your energetic pooch more of a workout as he plays. We also like the Paraflight design, meaning it will gradually descend, making it easier for your dog to jump and catch it mid-flight. And the whole design is durable but kind on your dog’s mouth, with the rubber edge perfect for comfortable carrying and can be used for smaller or younger dogs too.
Aerodynamically designed for high flying
Nylon frisbee with soft rubber edge
Kind on the mouth and easier to carry
Slow descending makes it fun to catch mid-air
Can float on water
- Weight0.16 ounces
If you are looking for a dog frisbee that is not only fun and easy for your pooch to catch, but also for you to throw, then check out the Tail-Spin Flyer from Booda. Made from lightweight, flexible material with a soft, mouth-friendly rubber edge, this is the ideal frisbee to always have with you for the opportune throw and catch game and comes in a choice of three sizes. It floats in water, is bright enough to find in long grass and is surprisingly durable although it may not be the best to have a game of tug if you want it to last. As his human you will be able to get a good throw with minimal effort and when the play session is done, it can also double up as a shallow water bowl to cool down your pup.
Made from lightweight and flexible fabric
Soft rubber edge for mouth-friendly carrying
Floats on water and easy to throw
Bright colors making finding it a doddle
Can be used as a shallow water bowl
- Weight5.9 ounces
Although lightweight and flexible, this fabric dog frisbee from Hyper Pet has a decent range and can be popped in a bag or back of the car, ready for the chance to get out and play. This is a very buoyant frisbee and at 9-inches in diameter can be easily enjoyed by medium to larger dogs. It is also super-safe for teeth and gentle on the mouth, both when catching and carrying. Being made from nylon it isn’t the most durable in our review, but the multi-layered fabric design can take some serious play and easily portable – so great for taking on vacation or road trips. Available in a choice of five bright colors.
Made from multi-layered nylon
Lightweight and portable
Will float in water
Available in 9-inch diameter
Kind on mouth and teeth
- BrandHyper Pet
- Weight2.4 ounces
The aerodynamic Zipflight will give your pooch a good run, thanks to its ability to travel impressive distances and the vibrant lime color reduces the risk of it getting lost. Made from dense polyester canvas that is both buoyant and lightweight, the rubber-reinforced edge is also soft enough for your dog’s mouth. And the canvas construction means it can be easily washed and kept clean. It is best to keep this frisbee to fetch games only to prolong its life, but it is surprisingly durable and can cope with more energetic hounds. Available in two sizes – small and medium – this is a good buy for small to medium dogs and is available in a choice of funky colors, including some that glow in the dark.
Aerodynamic frisbee for easy flight
Durable canvas construction
Rubber edging for safe catching
Available in a choice of bright colors
Ideal for small to medium-sized dogs
- Weight4.6 ounces
Made from tear and puncture resistant material that is nice and soft, without losing any of its durability, the Aerobie Dogobie is based on a frisbee for humans and is as much fun for you as it will be for your pooch. Looking and handling like a conventional frisbee, the Dogobie Disc is really kind on your dog’s mouth, making it soft and easy to catch and carry. And it is also easy to grip and throw, getting a decent height and distance, your dog, from small to larger medium-sized hounds. Available in an 8-inch diameter size and a range of colors.
Made from soft but durable material
Puncture and tear resistant
Easy grip and throw design
Kind on canine mouths and teeth
Available in 8-inch diameter disc
- Weight1.44 ounces
If you think your pooch has frisbee catching potential or is already into the game, check out the Hyperflite Jawz, a competition standard flying disc to outshine all the other competitors. Made from super-tough and puncture resistant polymers and a stunning aerodynamic design, this is the dog frisbee to impress. It can withstand teeth and works well with large, energetic dogs and as it is a competition-grade flying disc, is capable of impressive distances. With an 8.75-inch diameter it is the perfect size and design for some serious frisbee play although it cannot float in water. Perhaps not your average dog accessory – it’s not really to be used as a chew toy – if you are looking for some serious dog frisbee action, then our premium pick is the disc to go for.
Competition-approved dog frisbee
Made from high-tech polymers
Aerodynamic and puncture resistant design
Dual gripping surfaces
Capable of record-setting distance throws
- Weight4.8 ounces
Ideal as a small dog frisbee, this disc toy from MK9 is made from lovely soft rubber that is gentle, lightweight and easy for your mini pooch to catch and carry. It has also been aerodynamically designed to be thrown with ease and has a decent range too. The natural rubber is also durable and won’t break up into sharp pieces which could be harmful for your pet. And for extra peace of mind, it comes with MK9’s money back ‘Chewed Up’ guarantee. Available in a choice of bright colors that work with your dog’s eyesight for easy visibility, the dog frisbee comes in a size that is perfect for small to medium dogs. It even doubles up as a water bowl after all that thirsty frisbee catching hard work.
Colored for maximum visibility for your dog
Soft rubber that is durable and lightweight
Kind on canine mouths and teeth
Comes with a ‘Chewed Up’ guarantee
Doubles up as a water bowl
- Brand IMK9
- Weight2.08 ounces
With the Nerf brand, you can be sure this dog frisbee is going to be serious fun, and with its tough credentials, can stand up to the challenges of being a larger dog’s favorite outdoor toy. All for around $6. Bargain. Made from nylon, this durable dog frisbee features a tear-resistant outer coat, and in a bright red, you will easily see it in the undergrowth. Nice and lightweight, it is super-portable and has been designed for medium to larger dog breeds. The outer ring gives it more durability, although it can impact a little on distance travelled but not enough to detract from the fun. And, as it floats on water, we think this is the ideal dog disc for an active day at the beach.
Made from tear-resistant nylon
9-inch diameter disc
High viz red color
Ideal for medium to larger dogs
Designed to float on water
- BrandNerf Dog
- Weight2.08 ounces
Best Dog Frisbee Buying Guide & FAQ
Things to Consider When Buying a Dog Frisbee
When choosing the best frisbee for dogs, there are several things to consider:
You can get a dog frisbee in a range of materials and all have their positive characteristics, although the most popular are made from either rubber or a cloth material such as canvas or tough nylon. You want the material to make the frisbee an effective flier while being able to stand up to the rough and tumble of being a dog toy.
This is essential as you want your new dog frisbee to last beyond the first couple of play sessions, especially if your pooch is more of an aggressive player. Rubber is the most durable and can withstand not only repeated throwing but also the time it will spend in your dog’s mouth. Canvas or nylon are nice and lightweight, so very portable but may not last as long.
- Size and ‘gripability’
The size and weight of your new canine frisbee needs to work with the size and energy levels of your own dog, otherwise it will never leave his toy box. Larger rubber frisbees are great for medium to large dogs who have lots of energy and the mouth strength to grip and carry the toy, while smaller rubber frisbees or material versions can be the better choice for smaller or less robust dogs.
- Ease of throwing/smooth flight
You want to get a decent lift and distance when throwing your dog frisbee, so it needs to be easy to throw. The glide is also important as you need it to travel smoothly so your dog can chase and hopefully catch it.
- Ability to float
Especially if you will be playing with your dog near water or on the beach, it’s worth ensuring that your new dog frisbee can float to avoid that sinking feeling.
While you may think the color is not important, picking a brightly-hued frisbee is going to save you time looking for it, should it get lost in the undergrowth. A dog flying disc that won’t easily blend into its surroundings is the way to go.
Types of Frisbees: Hard vs Soft Dog Flying Disc
There are two main types you can choose from – hard and soft. And the final choice depends on the size, strength and playtime behavior of your pooch. Here is the lowdown on each to help you choose:
- Hard dog frisbee
Frisbees made from harder materials such as rubber are going to fly better than a softer material frisbee, but they are also heavier and may not be suited to small dogs. And while hard dog frisbees are tougher, so perfect for bigger dogs or dogs that love to chew, they can also be tougher on your dog and their teeth. But for a dog that is used to catching a frisbee and loves a good workout, then a hard frisbee is going to give you the most predictable flight pattern.
- Soft dog frisbee
Less durable than a rubber dog frisbee, soft dog flying discs are a great way to introduce the game to your pooch. They are also ideal for smaller dogs as well as dogs that may have a more sensitive mouth, so you don’t need to get a harder, more indestructible dog frisbee. Softer frisbees, either made from cloth or soft rubber, are easier to catch and more likely to float, but don’t fly as predictably as harder versions.
How to Teach Your Dog to Play Frisbee?
To keep the game safe and fun for your pooch, you need to take some time to show them how it’s done. If they are already into playing fetch, then moving them onto frisbee catching shouldn’t be difficult. Start off by tossing the frisbee a few feet away and encourage your dog to retrieve and bring it back to you. Once they are happy bringing it back to you and releasing it, you are ready to take frisbee playtime to new heights. Gradually extend the distance you throw it, and then start introducing more of a frisbee throw so it gets nicely airborne. Praise and reward your pooch every time they catch and return it to you and before you know it, you’ll soon have a dog frisbee-catching pro!
Is It Safe for Dogs to Play Frisbee?
As long as your pooch is a willing participant and you have the right style of frisbee for their energy levels, size and breed, then playing frisbee with your dog should be a safe and fun activity. But to keep them free of injury or risk, you should always:
- Match the size of a frisbee to your dog and ensure it is not causing them any discomfort when picking it up and holding it in their mouth.
- Ensure you are throwing the frisbee in a relatively enclosed area so that if the flight of the dog disc goes awry, it is not going to put your pooch in any danger.
- Train your dog to use the frisbee first and never throw too hard or far for your dog and their physical abilities.
- Make sure the surface you are playing frisbee on is appropriate – eg, soft grass – so you can protect your dog’s legs and joints as they run and play.
- Stop immediately if your dog appears to be struggling to keep up or has sustained an injury and don’t play frisbee for too long, especially in the heat.
Our Top Pick
With the Kong reputation and made from their durable, non-toxic natural rubber, the Flyer is a great flying frisbee that will keep your pooch on their toes. Made in two sizes, for both smaller and larger dogs, it is also kinder on the mouth and can safely be caught and held, thanks to the softer, flexible rubber, without losing any of its toughness – making it perfect for outdoor frisbee play.