Dogs love playing tug-of-war. Anytime, anywhere, most pups are down for a rousing round of the classic game. 

The only problem? It takes two to play. So if you’re not available, your pup is out of luck—unless, of course, he has a suction-cup dog toy.

The concept is simple: a strong suction cup anchors the toy to the ground, while the attached rope and chew toy challenges your dog to pull, bite, and play to his heart’s content. 

While a one-on-one play session with you is always preferable, suction-cup dog toys can provide enriching entertainment when your pup is home alone (or when your arms are too tired for another game of tug-of-war).

Suction-Cup Dog Chew Toys: What to Look For 

dog playing with blue suction-cup toy

When selecting a suction-cup toy, durability is key. After all, it needs to hold up to some serious gnawing and pawing. 

“Look for dog-friendly, durable materials,” says Joan Hunter Mayer, a certified professional dog trainer based in Santa Barbara, California. “The materials and design should be easy to clean and care for, and not have too many pieces that come apart.”

Carefully read the toy’s instructions to ensure it is safe for dogs of all ages and size, advises Mayer. For example, a toy that is appropriate for a Chihuahua might be a choking hazard for a stronger, larger German Shepherd.

When first offering the toy, supervise all play. A poorly constructed toy could potentially injure your dog or present a choking hazard. “Both the owner and dog will need to learn to trust the toy to make sure it is friendly,” says Mayer. 

Suction-Cup On Floor Dog Toys: What to Consider

Suction-cup dog toys aren’t for every dog or home.

Even the most durable versions concede that large, strong, persistent dogs will eventually get the best of the suction cups. Clever pups may even figure out how to skip the pulling and undo the suction cups with their paws.

Suction cups adhere best to smooth surfaces, such as tile or laminate flooring. Floors with more texture, including hardwood or concrete, aren’t ideal. 

If you’d also like to use the toy for interactive play, consider suction-cup dog toys with balls. When detached from the floor, toys with bouncy balls can be great for a game of backyard fetch. 

How We Ranked Our Top Suction-Cup Dog Toys

When selecting our favorite suction-cup toys, we considered a number of criteria. 

Sturdy, durable construction and pet-safe materials were at the top of our list. Toys that offered extra enrichment—such as textured surfaces and treat-dispensing options—added bonus points. 

And finally, we looked for pawsitive reviews from satisfied pups.

Best All-Around Suction-Cup Dog Toy

Our Pick: MeFee Dog Pulling Chew Toy 

MeFee Dog Pulling Chew Toy

This tug-of-war dog toy offers a little bit of everything. With an extra-strong double anchor, it can stand up to significant pulling. To make things more interesting, the ball features a textured surface and removable jingle bell. 

Want to treat your Very Good Boy? Stuff some kibble in the ball—your pup will have fun working for his snack!   

Highlights

  • Suitable for small to large dogs
  • Double suction-cup anchor
  • Quick-release suction cup design
  • Treat-dispensing slots
  • Removable bell

Things to Consider

  • Some super smart pups may find the part of the toy that allows for humans to remove the suction cup. But this toy worked for most dogs who tried it. 

Sample Buyer Review: “My dog loved this toy! It stuck very well on the glass of my sliding door, porch tile floor, underneath the counter, and on my bedroom door. It turned into a fun game for my dog.”

Best Teeth Cleaning Suction-Cup Dog Toy

Our Pick: Vister Molar Stick Chew Toy

Vister Molar Stick Chew Toy

Looking for a two-in-one toy? This crafty design can help clean your dog’s teeth as he plays. While most suction-cup toys feature a ball, this one boasts a molar stick. The curved, serrated edges are specially molded to clean your dog’s teeth, as well as provide extra stimulation for teething puppies. 

Highlights

  • Suitable for small to large dogs and dogs of all ages.
  • Double suction-cup anchor.
  • Made of food-grade TPR rubber materials. Eco-friendly and safe. 
  • We love the added dental benefits and unique design.

Things to Consider

  • Best for ceramic tile or glass.
  • Pull the corners on the suction cup to release.

Sample Buyer Review: “This is a great toy because I can put a treat inside and she can chew on it and play with it for awhile.”

Best Treat Dispensing Suction-Cup Dog Toy 

Our Pick: PLYFUNS Upgraded Suction Cup Dog Toy

PLYFUNS Upgraded Suction Cup Dog Toy

Treat dispensing toys are a great way to turn mealtime into playtime. This suction-cup version provides a double-dose of enrichment: Your pup gets to enjoy a game of tug-of-war, as well as a tasty snack. 

This toy has specially designed slots that slowly release treats as your pup plays. Simply stuff it with kibble or small snacks, secure it to the ground, and let your dog take things from there.  

Highlights

  • Suitable for small to large dogs.
  • Specialized treat dispensing slots.
  • Textured ball.

Things to Consider

  • Some online buyers found the bells a little bit annoying. But if your pup likes noises, it might add a fun element. 
  • For the best suction results, step on the suction cup with your foot when attaching to a smooth, clean surface. 

Sample Buyer Review: “Our pup prefers this toy to his other busy toys. Very durable and great at keeping treats from coming out all at once, but often enough to keep him intrigued.”

Best Suction-Cup Dog Toy for Strong Chewers 

Our Pick: JRHC Suction Cup Dog Toy

Dog chewing on suction cup dog toy

No dog toy is truly “indestructible.” Given enough time, aggressive chewers can destroy almost any plaything on the market. 

This toy, however, is built to stand up to some serious gnashing. Dual suction cups hold it down, while both the torpedo-shaped chew toy and sturdy ropes are bite-resistant. If your chompy dog manages to destroy it, return it for a full refund for up to 30 days. 

Highlights

  • Suitable for small to large dogs.
  • Double suction-cup anchor. 
  • Bite-resistant rope and chew toy.
  • Quick-release suction cup design.
  • We love the money-back guarantee.

Things to Consider

  • Some of the online reviewers thought the rope was a little short. Otherwise, this toy gets great ratings. 

Sample Buyer Review: “Love this thing! Dog loves it, too. He can chew through pretty much anything, and believe me, he has. Since having this, he hasn’t chewed anything else!”

Best Suction-Cup Dog Toy for Interactive Play 

Our Pick: Charminer Tug Dog Toy

Charminer Tug Dog Toy

With a sturdy suction cup anchor, this toy is first and foremost designed for self-play. However, the attached ball is specially designed to bounce, meaning it’s just as much fun when you toss it around the yard or home with your pup. Whether your dog is playing tug-of-war alone or fetch with you, he’ll have fun chewing its textured surface. 

Highlights

  • Suitable for small to large dogs.
  • Bouncy construction that is good for tossing and interactive play sessions.
  • Textured surface that helps with teeth cleaning.

Things to Consider

  • Suction works best on tile or glass, not so much on wood floors or plaster walls.

Sample Buyer Review: “We have a puppy and she loves this toy. We attached ours to the sliding doors and we’re teaching her to use it to open the door. This is a fantastic diversion for your pet if you’re working from home.”

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