Congratulations on your new puppy! If you’re like a lot of new puppy parents, you’re on the lookout for the best toys for puppies. From rope toys to teething toys, it’s important to learn what is the safest type of toy for your new furry family member.
The following puppy toys represent a fun mix of doggie puzzles and puppy chew toys that are good for dental health. As you may know, playtime is essential because it provides training and exercise opportunities for your energetic puppy. No matter their age, every dog needs mental and physical stimulation daily.
Puppy toys also help you bond with your puppy. Bonding is fun and can help you have a strong relationship with your dog as they grow up. So how do you choose the best puppy toys for your furry little ball of energy?
To make it easy, we’ve divided them into four different categories for you.
- Best chew toys for puppies
- Best plush toys for puppies
- Best training toys for puppies
- Best interactive toys for puppies
Which ones will be your puppy’s new favorite?
Best Chew Toys for Puppies
Why Do Puppies Chew?
In case you’re wondering, there are two reasons puppies tend to chew.
Instinct – Because puppies learn about the world through chewing, which accounts for why they aren’t very picky about what they put in their mouths, either. Plastic bottles, chair legs, and really anything within reach is fair game.
Gum Relief – When your puppy reaches about four months old, they’ll start teething. While they’ll lose their baby teeth, their adult teeth will start pushing through the gums. As a result, they’ll want to soothe their gum pain. With this in mind, you’ll probably want to find puppy chew toys that can help relieve teething discomfort.
The following are the best chew toys for puppies.
1. Mini Orka Bone
Designed for small dogs with delicate teefs, this toy massages those tender puppy gums. Not only is it chewy and good for dental health, but it also bounces and floats. Plus, this sturdy chew toy stands up to strong jaws and aggressive chewers so you can count on it lasting while maintaining your pup’s clean teeth.
The Petstages Orka Mini Bone dog chew toy provides your pup with an appropriate option for instinctual satisfaction, while helping to reduce boredom and destructive behavior. The unique Orka TPE rubber material keeps these toys lasting through tough chewing while keeping dogs interested. The flat shape of the Orka Mini Bone helps exercise jaw muscles while rope pieces support good dental hygiene by…
2. Orka Petite Chew Pair
Orka Petite Chew Pair is perfect for teething puppies. The different textures of this dog chew are meant to soothe the sore gums around your dog’s teeth. Made of durable material, these chew toys are long-lasting. They have attached streamers too, which are fun! Imagine your puppy chewing on these for hours of entertainment.
The Mini Orka Chew Pair from Petstages is a brightly colored chew toy duo your pup is sure to love! Made from durable Orka TPE rubber with multiple textures that massage gums, while canvas streamers remove soft tartar and plaque. These cute dog chew toys are a fun way to keep your pup occupied while you’re busy or for interactive playtime. Please note, that these mini chew toys are designed specifically…
3. Dogwood Puppy Small 2 Pack
Dogwood Puppy Small 2-Pack is a must for any puppy. A safer alternative to sticks, they’re made of a specially designed material that mimics the taste, texture, and appearance of sticks but with less choking hazards. Plus, they’re made in the USA with high-quality materials. In this 2-pack, one chew is made of softer material perfect for young teeth, while the other one is a bit harder for durability.
4. Mini Dental Chew Pack
The Mini Dental Chew Pack looks like cute puppy toys, and they are, but they’re also dental chews. You can even freeze the mini cool chew to soothe tender gums. Plus, the rope chew section helps reduce tartar buildup.
The Petstages Mini Dental Chew Starter Pack is the perfect gift for the puppy in your life. This trio of dental chew toys is designed to address a number of dental concerns so that your puppy stays happy and healthy! The set comes with one Mini Orka Pinecone made from durable TPE rubber and knotted cotton streamers to help massage your puppy’s gums while they chew. This toy even bounces and floats for more…
5. Dogwood Chew Toys
These puppy chew toys are made with real wood and durable material that mimic the tree branches dogs love to chew on but without the splinter risk of real tree branches. It comes in four sizes for different size puppy mouths. There’s also a Chick-a-Bone, a chew toy with chicken flavor that looks like a real bone but is made of pet-safe materials.
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…
6. Deerhorn Chew Toys
Deerhorn combines textures and taste for your puppy’s enjoyment. Made in the USA, it’s lead and phthalate-free so you know your pup is getting a quality puppy chew toy. Deerhorns come in four sizes from petite to large. They are made of naturally shed antlers and carry the natural taste and smell dogs love, without the choking risks posed by real antlers.
Satisfy your pup’s wild instincts with Deerhorn by Petstages! Made with naturally shed antler material, Deerhorn has a natural taste and smell your dog will love, but is safer than actual antlers. Newly formulated to be gentler on your pup’s gums while maintaining the same durability. Made in the U.S.A. with care and free from harmful lead and phthalates. Available in 4 sizes, ranging from petite to…
Best Plush Toys for Puppies
7. Hide A Squirrel
Every dog loves chasing squirrels. With the Hide A Squirrel, your puppy can join in the fun without leaving your living room. You can teach your puppy to pull them out and put them back into the “tree” for hours of entertainment. There’s even a puzzle component to this puppy toy. The squirrels have hidden squeakers and the attached tree trunk makes it tougher to figure out how to pull out the squirrels.
8. Invincibles Minis
Introducing, Invincibles Minis Chicky. As durable as he is cute, Chicky is a mini version of the popular Outward Hound Invincibles, so-called because they keep squeaking even when punctured. Dogs love them. Bonus: there is no stuffing so you don’t have to clean up a mess!
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…
9. Cuddle Tugs
A dual interactive tug-of-war toy combined with a cuddly snuggle pal for your puppy. Let your puppy romp and tug, squeak and flop, or simply cuddle up and snooze.
Charming Pet’s line of Cuddle Tugs dog toys are the perfect all around pal for your pup. The soft textured corduroy material is soft on your dog’s gums and comes stuffed with crinkle paper and 2 squeaker pads for a stimulating experience. Cuddle Tugs dog toys are designed to be used in interactive play games such as tug of war and extend out to 26 inches. Made with K9 Tuff Guard material featuring denier…
10. Stuffing Free Monkey
Stuffing Free Lil’ Squeak Mini Monkey by Petstages has tons of fun without the mess! It keeps squeaking when punctured, so your small puppy can have hours of safe, squeaky fun!
The Petstages Stuffing-Free Lil’ Squeak dog toys are brightly colored and suitable for the small sized furry friends in your life. Plush and soft on the outside, these adorable dog toys come with one long-lasting squeaker to excite and entice your dog to play. Thanks to our proprietary Invincibles squeakers, this toy still continues to squeak even after being punctured. Not meant to be used as a chew toy,…
With soft faux fur and minimal seams, the Hedgehogz stuffed dog toy is an adorable fluffy character your pup will love to cuddle.
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 and medium Hedgehogz feature the classical squeaker while large and XL Hedgehogz feature a grunting squeaker and rattling noisemaker…
Best Puppy Training Toys
12. Puppy Smart Treat Puzzle Toy
A great way to introduce your puppy to problem-solving puzzle games, Puppy Smart is a level 1 treat-dispensing game to keep your puppy busy, happy, and mentally engaged. Moreover, you can use these toys as a positive reinforcement reward when practicing basic trying commands. Curious how smart your puppy is? Try our Dog IQ test here.
The Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Puppy Smart interactive dog puzzle is a fun way to get your dog excited about problem solving games! This level 1 dog puzzle toy features nine treat hiding compartments that can be filled with your pup’s favorite treats and covered with nine dog bones that release the tasty scent of treats through the top hole. Place on the ground and watch your dog use his noggin as…
13. Fun Feeder Slo-Bowl Puppy Bowl
Got an eater who inhales dinner like they’re in the Indy 500? The Fun Feeder Slo-Bowl Mini will slow them down. After all, speedy eaters are at risk for upset tummies and other digestion problems. Instead of eating like a wild animal, the maze design separates the kibble making it harder to gobble up as fast. The result is, your puppy eats up to 10x as slow!
Tip: Add a smudge of peanut butter to the bowl to give your pup an extra-tasty reward!
While your furry friend no longer needs to fight for food, those survival instincts can still persist even with the best trained pup. That’s why at Outward Hound we’ve created the Fun Feeder Slo Bowl dog bowls featuring meal-lengthening ridges and multiple challenging mazes. Fun Feeder Slo Bowls keep pups engaged for up to 10x longer during mealtimes, which helps improve overall digestion while helping…
14. Snoop Treat-Dispensing Toy
Snoop is translucent and squishy with a deep crevice that conceals dog treats. Puppies will pounce, nudge, nose, and nibble to release the hidden reward. It’s a great way to keep your puppy engaged.
Planet Dog’s multiple award-winning Orbee-Tuff Snoop challenges the brain in fun and stimulating ways! This interactive dog puzzle toy is great for bored pups who need a rewarding brain teaser or to encourage slower eating habits in fast eaters. The Snoop is translucent and squishy with a deep crevice that conceals the treats. Just pop open, fill with treats, and pop back in before playing with your pup!…
Best Interactive Puppy Toys
15. Tail Teaser Flirt Pole Puppy Toy
The Tail Teaser Wand is a fun new toy that will encourage your puppy’s natural tendencies to pounce and tug. Since the fluffy faux tails also squeak and rattle, you’ll engage your pup on multiple levels. Plus, you can use it inside or out.
Lure in the fun with Outward Hound Tail Teaser dog wand! This chasable, tuggable luring toy will provide your dog with plenty of entertainment and exercise whether you’re out in the sun or indoors. Featuring a durable nylon chord and flexible pull with two squeaky and rattling plush toys to activate your dog’s natural hunting instincts and get them excited to play. Whether your existing lures are worn out…
16. Squeaker Ballz
No puppy’s toy collection is complete without Squeaker Ballz. These tennis balls combine unbeatable bounce with the squeak sounds puppies love. Plus, they come in four sizes from XS to XL to grow with your puppy.
The 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…
17. Ice Agerz Puppy Toys
These cuddly plush pals feature a rattle shaker inside that releases a lavender scent to help relieve anxiety and stress. Great for keeping puppies calm through play.
Charming Pet Ice Agerz dog toys are cuddly on the outside and tough on the inside so your pup can take them from nap time to play time. Made with K9 Tuff Guard technology featuring denier canvas lining, nylon-fused backing, and double stitched seams for added durability and longevity. Your dog is bound to stay engaged with the crinkle material, squeaker, and rattler that get activated when chomped or…
BEFORE YOU PICK A TOY
If you’re wondering which toy to buy next to spoil your bundle of fur, make it personal.
Generally, what’s your puppy’s age and size? You wouldn’t give your 15-week old Shih Tzu a toy designed for a retriever-sized dog because their mouth sizes are so different. Additionally, every dog toy manufacturer and sellers like Kong and Outward Hound offers safety guidelines for their puppy toys, which will give age and size recommendations.
Likewise, you’ll want to supervise your puppy’s play and toss any toy that looks like it’s coming apart or otherwise at risk of being a choking hazard.
Altogether, there are many wonderful puppy toys available. Hopefully, you see that the best puppy toy for your pooch is one that encourages playtime. You can choose from dog puzzle games to slow down fast eaters, to chew toys that relieve teething gum discomfort. There really is a toy out there for every kind of dog from puppyhood to their golden years.