There are many different kinds of toys for puppies that perform unique functions and appeal to different needs of a puppy - chewing, gnawing, munching, discovery, calming, curiousity, and even cause and effect.
My own experience raising five puppies, my research over 12 years of writing pet blogs, and the purchase experiences of other pet owners have led me to choose the following toys and toy kits for your puppies. Because they all fulfill different canine needs and are moderately priced, you might want to purchase all of these toys over the course of your puppy's puppyhood, usually from 3 to 15 months, depending on the breed.
These toys may also be appropriate for full grown dogs depending on their size and needs for destruction!
Want a Frisbee dog? Start early with a West Paw Zogoflex Zisc, a sturdy but gentle catch for your puppy. One of my favorite toy manufacturers, West Paw,uses a proprietary eco-friendly material to make these flying disks (Ziscs) just for puppies and young dogs. Zogoflex is a material that can be modified to be very resistant or very tough, so West Paw makes toys for the whole range of dogs that love to chew, from gentle to rough chewers.
Not convinced? Watch this video!
The Zisc is the best way to start your dog's career as a 'high flyer!'
This is the cutest puppy mat I've ever seen! And I have company: customers think so too. And their puppies love it!
Best for small to medium breeds of puppies, HOUNDGAMES Doggy Play Mat is foam-covered with eco-friendly material that's soft and cuddly like your new puppy. It's also removable and washable, just in case! This Play Mat will fit in a crate or comfy corner at 20 x 20 inches plus a few extended chew toys. It's chew toys our nubby and flexible, offering comfort to gums and new teeth.
What dogs see (top) and what people see (bottom) via
The manufacturer reminds customers that dogs don't perceive the same colors that we see, and that where we perceive more reds and greens, dogs see objects in shades of blue and yellow - so, of course, HOUNDGAMES made its Doggy Play Mat in colors that would be more rich to our canine friends.
PEUPET makes a range of Puppy Teething Toys with non-toxic thermo-plastic rubber (TPR) and 100 percent cotton cloth. Both materials provide safe, effective, chewing and teeth cleaning surfaces for puppies and small dogs.
The teething toys above come together in a 3-pack and are available in pink, blue, and yellow rubber centers.
You can get all of these safe, dog-fun teether toys in sets. They are great buys!
(If you want even more choices for your pup, these teether toys offer a bit more variety.)
You can never start your pup's education too early! And the 'Mistress of Dog Puzzles' is Nina Ottosson. Made especially for puppies, the Nina Ottosson Dog Smart Beginner Dog Puzzlecan be used to hide toys, treats, or even food (It's great as a slow feeder!) The circumference of the puzzle is about 11 inches and the cubicles are approximately 2 inches long. There are lots of foods you can use to introduce the Smart Beginner Dog Puzzle, but make it something smelly, delicious, and healthy; treats, peanut butter, apples, white meat chicken chunks, etc.
The Nina Ottosson Dog Smart Beginner Dog Puzzle is great for pups and, included with the puzzles, are ways you can vary it, but once your pup masters all the varieties of challenge in this puzzle, you should move on to the intermediate and advanced level Nina Ottosson dog puzzles. Here are other puzzles you pup might like!
Puppy's shoe wardrobe by Pohshido Fun Dog Chew Toy
These latex rubber shoe toys are thick and enimently chewable with a nice clear squeaker inside that you can even use to get your dog's attention. The Crocs and the AJ4s are available at this writing, but there are similar Pohshido squeaky toys on this link in different representations (e.g., wine bottles!).
I love these Crocs, but customers report that all the Pohshido Chew Toys are terrific, regardless of their brand! These toys are made very well - just not for aggressive chewers!
Pohshido Fun Dog Chew Toy - Crocs
Stuffed inside the latex is soft "doll cotton," which gives your dog a great response, much better for young dogs than hollow squeeze toys.
The carve-out design on the bottom of the shoes are for traction, of course - your dog's traction as he rubs his gums and new teeth.
Pohshido Fun Dog Chew Toy - Crocs bottom
The Pohshidos are also fun throw toys. See if you can get your puppy to start retrieving.
Okay, so AMZpets has its own 10 best toys for pups. But I'm treating the whole AMZpets 10 Most Popular Dog Toys for Small Dogs & Puppies as just one of my 10 best. It's true that each toy in the AMZpets kits is well-selected, and that's why I'm recommending it. I love the variety (plush, squeaker, rubber, and rope), number one; and number two, the use of cotton rope in many of the toys is important for your puppy's teeth. Cotton rope is one of the best soothers for sore gums and also it's also great as a tooth cleaning device.
Aggressive chewers and large puppies will easily destry these toys, so I'm warning you not to purchase them for those dogs, but for small to medium dogs who are not particularly destructive, these are great - even for teacups!
AMZpets' favorite toys come in a handy carrybag/storage case, which is a great bonus!
SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy (look for the DOG in this photo!)
If you believe that a stuffed toy can't calm your puppy down when he is anxious, just read some of the 3,000 pet parents who've reviewed the SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy. The Snuggle Puppy has been fulfilling its mission for 22 years, and hopes to continue comforting many more thousands of dogs in stressful situations.
All puppies have stress; even when they seem happy, they may be stressed. Whether they are new to your home, getting acquainted with another pet, being alone in their crate, or hearing a doorbell, something drop, thunder, or even rain for the first time, they may be stressed. That's why your pup needs her SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy.
It's even got a heart!
And the heart fits neatly in a small pocket in his Snuggle Puppy's tummy. Also, the Snuggle Puppy contains an internal warmer, so he gets the heartbeat and the warmth he would get from his own mom! (Great for all dogs and cats!)
Snuggle Puppy comes in a couple of different breeds and colors, but all of them will be your dog's saviors when she's needing the kind of hugs we need when we have fear or uncertainty in our lives. Here's what I mean:
If you want to go all out, the Snuggle Puppy can be purchased as part of a New Puppy Starter Kit:
To read more about the Snuggle Puppy, follow this link.
This season seems to be the hottest one for families to adopt puppies and other pets. Make sure you meet as many of their needs as you can for age and health-appropriate food, housing, and play. And, most of all, love them.
That's the buzz for today!