I didn’t get the pug fixation until I lived with one. A former roommate had “Arthur,” who’d hang out with me when his mom wasn’t home. He’d make those snorty sounds and cock his smushed-up face at me when I asked him a question. Arthur was a great companion and welcomed my dog, an American Eskimo named Baggins, right into the household.
At the time, I didn’t know much about short-faced or brachycephalic breeds like bulldogs and pugs. Only that they had adorable smushed faces and snorted a lot. However, it was clear that Arthur the pug didn’t need much exercise. A jaunt about the yard or a short walk a couple of times a day suited him fine, and he’d far rather snuggle on my bed.
If you have a pug dog, you probably know that their short muzzle and head contribute to that noisy, snuffling breathing pattern. They’re also not big on exercise and can overheat quickly, so if you live in a hot and humid climate, you’ll want to minimize outdoor playtime in the summer heat.
However, while pug owners know the pug isn’t a high-energy breed, that doesn’t mean their dogs don’t need mental stimulation and regular playtime. Many dog owners keep a basket of dog toys nearby, making it easy to play tug-of-war, fetch, and other games with your pup. What’s your pug’s favorite toy?
12 High-Quality Dog Toys for Pugs
Pug enthusiasts know this is a friendly and loveable dog breed. Depending on your dog’s age and preference, the following dog toys offer plenty of enrichment for the sociable pug. Like many small dogs, they’ll enjoy the discovery of their favorite treats hidden in some of these pet-safe and non-toxic toys.
Try a few new toys and see which ones your pug loves.
Outward Hound Hide a Squirrel
Hide A Toy Plush Puzzle Toy
Outward Hound’s Hide A line of hide and seek plush dog puzzles was designed specifically to eliminate boredom, encourage positive play, and feed your dog’s natural hunting instincts. 2-in-1 interactive play means double the fun with options to play fetch or hide and seek to keep your dog mentally-stimulated. For dogs who can’t get enough of these plushy animals, check out our replacement 3-packs! Bound to…
This dog toy combines plush toys with an interactive puzzle toy dogs love. Imagine a plush “trunk” with removable stuffed squeaky toys in squirrel form. You can toss the squirrels to your pug for fun and interactive playtime and play hide and seek with the squirrels. When your dog finds one, they’ll chomp on it in squeaky delight because each soft squirrel is also a squeaky toy.
Hedgehogz Hedgehog Dog Toy
Hedgehogz Dog Toy
Outward Hound’s plush Hedgehogz are a favorite amongst dogs. Made with minimal seams to reduce tearing, and soft faux-fur to mimic a natural feel, your pet will adore snuggling up and playing games with this cuddly companion. Available in a range of sizes. Small Hedgehogz feature the classic squeaker while medium, large, and XL Hedgehogz feature both squeaking and grunting noisemakers. If your dog likes to…
How cute will your pug be nibbling on a Hedgehog chew toy? These stuffed animals have few seams, which means it’s more difficult to tear them, they make squeaky sounds, and they come in four sizes – from small to XL so you can choose the one you want for your pooch.
Dogwood Alternative Dog Chew Toy
Dogwood Wood Alternative Dog Chew Toy, Original
A safe and long lasting alternative to chewing real wood sticks, Petstages Dogwood product line has all the taste and texture of a natural tree branch, but will last much longer and won’t splinter and cause potential harm to your beloved pup. Made in the U.S.A. to ensure quality and care, Dogwood combines real wood with lead-free and phthalate-free synthetic strength, making it a chew toy favorite…
A classic dog chew toy for chewers. All dog breeds love these branch-like dog bones. Unlike real branches, which can come loose and be a choking hazard, this alternative material is safer. It’s also Made in the U.S.A. and comes in different sizes so that you can choose small sizes appropriate for small dogs.
Petstages Orka Mini Dental Dog Chew Toys – 3 Pack
Orka Mini Dental Dog Chew Toys – 3 Pack, Multi, Mini
Petstages chew toys satisfy your dog’s natural instinct to chew with a wide variety of innovative and durable toys that enhance their dental health and keep dogs occupied with appropriate chewing solutions. The ergonomic design and shape make it easy for dogs to hold between their paws as they gnaw away on the chew toy. Great for dogs that love to chew, the Liver Branch occupies dogs as much as it…
Pug puppies everywhere go through their teething stage; when they do, they need high-quality chew toys that can withstand those sharp teeth. These mini dental chews fit the small mouth of a pug puppy, and thanks to the multiple textures and ropes, they help scrape off plaque so your pup maintains healthy teeth and gums.
Petstages Cool Teething Stick Dog Toy
Cool Teething Stick Dog Toy, Multi
The Cool Teething Stick by Petstages is an ideal solution for teething puppies and dogs with inflamed gums. The bright cotton-poly blend fabric and stuffed interior make freezing and reusing this toy a cinch. Just simply soak in water, place in the freezer, and remove once frozen. Your pup will enjoy the soothing, icy relief and the crunchy texture of that this frozen teething stick provides their achy…
Pug puppies with inflamed gums will appreciate a cold teething toy to cool down their burning gums. You can fill this puppy toy with water and freeze it. Then, offer it to your puppy for their gnawing pleasure.
Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Carrot Treat-Dispensing Dog Chew Toy
Orbee-Tuff Carrot Treat-Dispensing Dog Chew Toy, Orange
The Orbee-Tuff Foodies dog toy line features a range of fruit and vegetables suitable for dogs of all sizes and breeds! Made in the USA from BPA, lead, and phthalate-free TPE material, Orbee-Tuff dog toys are durable. The treat spot located in the center of these dog chew toys is great for stuffing with treats to max out the fun of interactive or solo play. Orbee-Tuff Foodie dog toys bounce and float…
Pugs love this carrot-shaped treat-dispensing toy. Like a kong, it’s hollow inside, meaning you can fill it with your pug’s favorite treats, kibble, or a peanut butter taste. It’s a durable rubber toy Made in the USA and stands up to aggressive chewers. Plus, it bounces, so you can play fetch with your pug if your pug is the fetching type.
Nina Ottosson Treat Tumble Interactive Puzzle Dog Toy
Treat Tumble Interactive Puzzle Dog Toy, Blue, Small
The Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Treat Tumble is a perfect puzzle ball for any pup! A level 1 treat-dispensing dog puzzle, the Treat Tumbler will keep your dog intrigued as they roll the ball and sniff around to find ways to release the reward. Easy to fill with two treat-dispensing holes. Made with food safe BPA-free plastic that is easy to wipe clean for outdoor and indoor fun!BEGINNER’S PUZZLE…
Another great treat-dispensing toy is a blue and yellow ball that you can fill with treats or kibble. As a Level One Nina Ottosson interactive toy, your pug pup will enjoy pawing it around the floor and figuring out how to make a treat fall out. This may become your pug’s favorite toy because we all know pugs love their snacks.
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Brick Interactive Dog Puzzle
Dog Brick Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, Blue
The Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Brick level 2 puzzle dog game will keep your dog entertained for hours as they use their natural hunting skills to seek out the hidden treats! This toy comes with 3 easy-to-fill compartments to hide your dog’s favorite treats and snacks in. Flip lid compartments open up to reveal the first compartment and can also slides to reveal a hidden second compartment…
Once your dog masters the Nina Ottosson Level One interactive toy, give them a new challenge with a Level Two game! This game teaches your dog how to flip, slide, and leave the bricks to uncover the treats hidden below.
It turns out that 15 minutes of mental stimulation can be as tiring as a 30-minute cardio workout! Plus, problem-solving is fun and can reduce anxiety since it gives your dog a positive outlet to focus on.
Naturals Jute Rope Tug Dog Toy
Naturals Jute Rope Tug Dog Toy, Green
The Outward Hound Naturals Jute Rope Tug Toy for dogs is made of plant-based material, making it eco-friendly and pet-friendly! Featuring durable jute rope material and looped ends, this rope toy is perfect for dogs who love to play tug. Great fun for your dog. Great for our planet.ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS: Made with natural jute and cotton bindings, this tug toy for dogs is both Earth-friendly and…
Jute is a durable plant that makes a pug-friendly rope tug toy perfect for playing a game of tug-of-war. This rope toy is a good chew toy because the texture helps clean your dog’s teeth and gums.
Invincibles Gecko Plush Dog Toy
Invincibles Gecko Plush Dog Toy, Medium
Outward Hound’s line of Invincibles was specifically designed for dogs who like to play rough. While still cuddly and cute on the outside, these plush toys have a special Dura-Tuff inner lining and double-layered outer seams to keep your pup’s new best friends intact longer. The stuff-free design reduces messiness and multiple squeakers will keep your dog entertained even after they’ve bitten through…
The Invincible brand is a plush toy that is tough to tear and has no stuffing. One of the best dog toys, the Dura-Tuff inner lining helps these adorable soft toys stand up to sharp teeth, and while they have a squeaker, there’s no messy stuffing. Your pug can chew, bite, toss, and pounce and the Invincibles will endure the toughest playtime. As a result of their durability, they make great tug toys.
Squawkers Grandma Latex Rubber Chicken
Squawkers Grandma Latex Rubber Chicken Interactive Dog Toy, Multi, Large
Charming Pet Squawkers Latex Rubber Chickens are a favorite amongst pet owners and pups alike. Made from natural latex rubber and lead-free paint these hilarious dog toys are perfect for playing fetch and other games with your dog! The irresistible squawking squeaker will keep them engaged and mentally stimulated as they chomp and play. Choose from this funny flock of original Squawkers characters or gift…
Rubber toys are a staple in dog play boxes everywhere, but few have the hilarity of a rubber chicken in a bikini. This one squeaks and is makes a great toy for the pug in your life.
Squeaker Ballz Squeaky Dog Tennis Balls
Squeaker Ballz Squeaky Tennis Balls, Small
Outward Hound Squeaker Ballz are a new twist on the classic tennis ball! These brightly colored, multi-sized balls are made with premium rubber so that the bounce doesn’t end before the games are done. Your pup will love fetching this squeaky tennis ball whether playing indoors or enjoying the great outdoors. Squeaker Ballz come in multi-packs of 2,4,6,& 8 making them a great addition to families with one…
These brightly colored tennis balls are full of bounce for your dog. They come in packs of four, eight, or more and different sizes, so you can choose the rubber tennis ball combo that best suits your household.
With so many types of toys to choose from, which will be your pug’s new favorite? Will they go for the stuffed toy? Or is your pug currently interested in chasing a rubber ball?