Toys are a great way for your puppy to learn, interact, and burn off energy all at the same time. And of course, just like human kids, puppies love to play and always love a new toy. We have lots of toys and rotate them, putting some away for a few weeks and then reintroducing them. It keeps the toys 'new' and our dogs think those toys are extra fun even though they've played with them before. Always consider the size and durability of toys before purchasing. As your puppy grows he will need larger, more durable toys especially while going through the teething stages. Be sure toys are not too small that they pose a choking hazard - buy larger sized toys as your puppy grows. A standard size tennis ball is too small for most adult dogs.
 favorite dog toys
   Toys for our adult dogs include an 'unstuffy' skunk, a well-worn Wubba, two nylabones, a blue Jolly Ball, pink Good Cuz, and a latex pig.

Here are our favorite toy recommendations!


Kong makes a wide variety of toys in puppy to large dog sizes.  The classic rubbery ones are essential toys for pups and some of the safest that you'll find. 
The classic Kong shape is always a winner and has a hole in the middle where you can put treats or a smear of peanut butter.  You can keep this type of Kong as a special treat for your puppy to have only when he's in his crate, since it will give him something to do while crated. 


Kong makes other durable toys too.  The balls and Wubba's are favorites.  Kong Cozies are more durable than most stuffed toys and come in a variety of critters - get the medium size or larger.


By playing with interactive toys, your puppy learns while playing.  Hide n Seek toys are a favorite - cute little 'stuffies' hidden inside a larger toy.  Best for supervised play - you're going to be entertained by watching your pup pull those little creatures out one by one!  Then stuff them back inside to start all over!


Outdoor games are perfect for burning off some excess energy.  If you want to play fetch, using a Chuck It is the only way to go and will keep your hands slobber free - haha!  I use two balls, so when my dog brings one back I have the second already in the handle ready to throw.  When she sees this, she'll drop the one that's in her mouth and get ready to go for ball #2.   Remember, puppies' can't follow a fast moving ball with their eyes like an adult can.  Start out by rolling the ball short distances, then throwing short distances, and gradually increase the distance as your puppy matures.  Don't encourage your puppy to jump, as that is hard on joints!  Get the medium size ChuckIt for puppies, Large size for adults!  Bubbles are a big hit with some dogs, but others are indifferent.  Blow bubbles low to the ground to discourage jumping.


JW Good Cuz toy is a favorite here - the feet are easily chewed on but the rest of the ball is pretty durable and it has a squeaker inside.  The latex pigs are fragile and play with them should be well supervised - but they make a hilarious grunting sound that our dogs love and we find entertaining.  The Jolly Bounce Ball is really durable - ours is riddled with teeth marks but still perfectly fine!  We use ours indoors but it'd also be good for kicking around outside.

Last year we had a herd of these long legged swingin slevin animals that we put into puppy 'go home packets' and they were a big hit.  The hedgehog makes a grunting sound similar to the latex pig, but is more durable than the pig.  The no stuffing toys have squeakers but no stuffing to make a mess.  We call them 'unstuffies'.

Nylabone makes a wide variety of chew toys.   There are smaller ones made for puppies, just be sure they aren't TOO small. We don't recommend the 'edibles' versions, but the hard nylon ones are excellent.  If your pup shows no interest, try spreading a little peanut butter on it now and then until he gets the hang of chewing on it.   The treat dispenser can be used for small treats, or even your puppy's regular food.