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Puppies, am I right? They chew and chew. They sleep and play and sleep and wake you up all through the night so they can go outside. They’re also heart-stealers that you wouldn’t trade for a minute of that lost sleep.
We’re here to support your search for the perfect toys to keep your pup busy and away from temptations, such as chewing your favorite shoes to pieces or nibbling on the couch leg. Your puppy’s toy needs to be durable enough for those razor puppy teeth. And the toy needs to be gentle on your pup’s delicate little growing body.
Why did we include Maltese in the best toys for puppies?
And why lump Maltese with puppies? Well, maybe Maltese aren’t overflowing with energy like puppies, but just like puppies, when bored, they can find trouble pretty quickly. And they definitely love playtime.
Like most dogs, Maltese need toys that will engage them physically, mentally, and in interaction with other dogs or people. They particularly love to interact with you, their favorite person. Maltese need toys designed for small dogs with delicate bodies. And like puppies, Maltese are show-stopping cuties.
Every dog needs a KONG. It’s a classic and incredibly durable. It’s fun to chase, good for indoor and outdoor use, and has a great pocket to stuff with (dog safe) peanut butter, treats, or your pup’s favorite veggies.Buy Now on Amazon for $6.99
Chew and chew and chew. This toy will help your Maltese or your puppy develop and maintain strong, healthy teeth. And there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of babying for your little baby with baby toys.Buy Now on Amazon for $6.17
KONG’s line of plush toys, Cozies, offer excellent cuddlability for your pup. They come with a squeaker, and less stuffing for less mess.
We love Marvin the Moose, but Chewy.com also offers a pink elephant, purple rhino, green alligator, a pink monkey, white lamb, yellow ducky…we may own them all.Buy Now on Chewy for $4.81
Despite its humble appearance, this tiny little ball packs in a lot of features. It’s non-toxic and durable, can be used for chasing and fetching, as well as serves as a puzzle toy for treats. It’s sure to keep your Maltese or puppy chasing it around until the treats run out, and maybe even for longer.Buy Now on Chewy for $6.81
Another fairly humble looking toy, the Benebone is actually quite ingenious. Ergonomically designed so your pup can grasp it with its tiny little paws, the Benebone smells and tastes good (though it’s not edible, so offer with supervision). It’s designed for keeping your dog’s tiny teeth healthy.Buy Now on Chewy for $9.65
A big upgrade from your average tennis ball, this toy is for little dogs who love to go after a bouncing ball. Made from toxin-free rubber material, these balls are durable, too.Buy Now on Amazon for $4.49
For your zealous ball chaser with a little mouth, this small ball launcher is still one of the best designs for giving your arm a rest and your pup a long throw to chase after. A necessity for those of us with a throwing range that disappoints even the tiniest of dogs (#noshame).Buy Now on Amazon for $13.06
This toy challenges your pup to search for and retrieve tiny, squeaky plush creatures from their hiding place. Dogs love this toy.
Our hardest task is selecting the creature to feature. We went with a woodland classic, the bunnies, but there are also hedgehogs, squirrels, or chipmunks.
ZippyPaws understands our love for tiny little cuties, as well as a pup’s love for seeking and destroying those cuties, so they have added pandas, giraffes, polar bears, penguins, and even unicorns. Unicorns! They’re adorable.Buy Now on Amazon for $7.98
Designed just for your puppy or your tiny Maltie, this chew toy looks super cute hanging from your dog’s mouth. It’s also a great start on fulfilling every dog owner’s training dream: teaching your pup to retrieve your keys, wherever you may have left them.Buy Now on Chewy for $5.52
It’s a sad fact that we can’t always be holding our dogs to our hearts, offering comfort with our heat and heartbeat. And sometimes new pups miss their mom and litter mates. So this smart toy, while a bit on the pricey side, does a good job of giving your pup the comfort they crave.
A very popular behavioral aid toy, the Snuggle Puppy provides your anxious pup with comfort. The cute little plush pup is stuffed with goodies that mimic a companion heartbeat and offer warmth. These comforts can address whining and barking, as well as assist your dog in sleeping through the night. Great for crate training.Buy Now on Amazon for $39.95