Once puppies start chewing, it seems like they always have something in their mouths. Seeing as you likely don’t want that something to be your new sneakers or a kitchen table leg, it’s best to have a variety of toys around the house to keep their attention. Yet, given that puppies need toys gentle enough to ease teething pain but also durable enough to help them develop good chewing habits, there are some toys better suited for little ones than others.
With safety, fun, and your favorite pair of leather shoes in mind, here are 6 of the best toys for puppies:
Any puppy whose chompers are coming in needs some seriously strong toys. As young’uns may chew all day (or at least when they’re not napping), highly-textured toys in BARK’s Super Chewer category also keep a busy dog occupied. Made with ropes, squeakers, or holes to hide treats in, there’s entertainment here for hours. Plus, popular toys like the Bacon Benebone or Benebone Bark Pretzel contain the component of nylon in order to keep the risk of choking at bay.
Sometimes young pups just need something snuggly to cuddle with…or to rip into. BARK’s huge range of Plush Toys are the greatest around because of their double-stuffed size, ultra-soft exteriors, and fun shapes and features. Don’t be fooled by the squishy textures and adorable options though. These toys are also durable and should take even the toughest of teethers awhile.
Every puppy needs a ball to play fetch with. In fact, this old-fashioned staple is the most famous dog toy for a reason: sometimes the simplest things are the most enjoyable. Still, don’t settle for the regular, too-tough tennis balls that have the texture of a bristle pad. BARK’s “Best Balls Ever,” for instance, are bouncy, squeaky, and safe for tiny puppy teeth. Their bright blue color also means you won’t be scanning the grass for yet another toy lost to history.
From an early age, most puppies enjoy the game of tug. While it looks like simple fun, playing tug-of-war with a durable rope toy can actually help your puppy build muscle, not to mention drain some of their limitless energy. Furthermore, each of BARK’s Tug Toys are designed with tiny attention spans in mind. Built to include multiple elements like plush bodies, squeakers, and even shreddable fur, no pup will walk away without winning.
What could be better than a plush toy and squeaky ball combined? Bark’s Spiky Core Balls are durable, soft and slightly bouncy, making them perfect for even the most vivacious of puppies. Their delightful designs, which often pay homage to popular culture, will also entertain the humans in the room. In the fight against canine boredom, these toys take first prize every time.
When puppies grow older and start looking for bigger challenges, it’s the perfect time to introduce Thinker/Puzzle Toys to their toy repertoire. These uniquely-designed products motivate pups to exercise their mouths and their minds by learning to turn over puzzle pieces, slide open compartments, or twist toys into new angles. Given that these puzzles are reward-based, consider stocking up on a few bags of BARK’s training treats as well.