About Ruff Rope

Our Story

It instantly became the only toy he wanted to play with.

Our family dog Roxy would love chewing on my climbing ropes whenever I didn't put them away. When it was time to get rid of some old rope I decided to make her a toy. She absolutely loved it. It instantly became the only toy she wanted to play with. After a while I started making rope toys for friends and family and the result was always the same: "Our Dog loves it. You should sell these."


I got together with my brother and we started putting together a plan. We began calling climbing gyms to see what they did with their old rope and discovered it usually got thrown away. We researched and talked to vets to see if climbing rope was safe for dogs. We tested it and worked out designs. We began to realize that we could make a dog toy that matched up to the standards and ideals that we looked for.


Then life sort of happened. Marriage, kids, a move across the ocean. Ruff Rope left our priority list, but never the back of our minds. When we were back home for Christmas we saw that Roxy was still playing with the rope toy I made her 9 years prior. It was still her favorite.

We committed to making this a reality and now after lots and lots and lots of research, preparation, and work we're pleased to share Ruff Rope with you and we hope your dogs will love and enjoy them just as much as all of our dogs have.

You’re awesome for being a part of something we hope will have a positive impact on our planet, our pets, and ourselves. Thank you.


With sincere gratitude,

- Aaron Rayl

( Roxy, Frank, Meeko, Piper, Jack, and Coco too)

Our Process

We do our best to keep everything local, hand-made, chemical-free, low-waste, and recyclable.

  1. We work with climbing gyms to acquire retired climbing rope that can be up-cycled into dog toys instead of sent to a landfill.

  2. We provide prepped rope, tools, and training to our local network of gig workers so they can hand tie the toys at their own home on their own time. 

  3. We donate every 10th toy to shelters along with 10 cents for every foot of rope used to make our toys.

  4. We sell them to you so your best friend has a new favorite toy.