Lap dogs are of the playful kind and aren’t always easy to please with toys. To keep them amused and occupied there are various item to choose from but deciding on the ideal dog toys for your smaller pooches can be a challenge.

Small dogs require different types of toys than those that are suited towards larger dogs. Butch might enjoy a large ball for a fetch game but Fido, try as he might, will have difficulty playing with that same ball.

Think before you get your canine friend a toy. We’re here to help you get it right. Here’s a list of toys that will accommodate your small dog’s needs.

Nylabone Moderate Chew Toy Pack for Small Dogs

The Nylabone Moderate Chew Toy Pack provides your small dog with three different flavorful chew toys: bacon, beef and peanut butter. These toys also consist of a design that doesn’t contain allergens.

This is a flexible chew toy for gentle chewers and as it satisfies their need to chew, keeping them away from chewing your belongings around the house. This toy is not recommended for forceful chewing as they will chew it up in seconds.

Nylabone Moderate Chew Toys have raised bristles which are great for dental cleaning as it reduces buildup on your pup’s teeth.

As the names suggests, this toy is for sensible chewers. Your small dog requires supervision when chewing on this chew toy as it can break into tiny fragments if it is constantly gnawed on.

Pros

  • Three different flavors
  • Allergen-free
  • Promotes dental health
  • Helps good chewing habits

Cons

  • Not for forceful chewing

Zogoflex Toppl Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Puzzle

This chew toy dispenses treats and makes for stimulating fun altogether. Small dogs will be entertained as they snack on their favorite treats.

The Zogoflex Dog Puzzle Treat holds snacks inside with rubber prongs holding them in place, and is the ideal toy for stimulating small dogs mentally and physically.

Made from durable nontoxic material and with dishwasher safe properties, the Treat Dispensing Puzzle Toy is easy to clean. This toy can be stuffed with treats and then frozen, making playtime super fun.

To make the dispensing of snacks even more challenging, extras are available for purchase at an additional cost.

Pros

  • Entertaining
  • Stimulating mentally and physically
  • Durable for moderate chewers
  • Easy cleaning and dishwasher safe
  • Additional parts available separately (Transforms for aggressive chewers)

Cons

  • Not for aggressive chewers without additional parts
  • Pricy when purchasing additional parts

Chuckit! Breathe Right Fetch Ball

Just like you, your small dog also needs to breathe when active. The Chuckit! Breathe Right Fetch Ball promotes easy breathing while your dog plays a robust game of fetch. It comes in a pack of two brightly colored balls.

Designed with easy breathing holes, your small dog will have an easier grip and will be able to run further with the ball. You can add treats inside the ball for an extended play. This Chuckit! ball can also be used with Chuckit! Launchers for further throws.

With a rugged design, the ball can be used for gnawing on though it’s not recommended for dogs who are known to have a more aggressive chewing behavior.  

Pros

  • Breathable design
  • Easy gripping
  • Compatible with Chuckit! Launchers

Cons

Not recommended for aggressive chewers

Benebone Real Flavor Wishbone Dog Chew Toy

For marketing this product, Benebone uses the tongue-in-cheek catchphrase ‘For dogs without thumbs.’ The Wishbone Chew Toy features a clever design for easy chewing and with it small dogs can officially get their chew on.

For those wondering about the ‘Real Flavor’ in the name, this chew toy is manufactured from real food products for long-lasting flavor. And you get three flavors: peanut, pork, and chicken.

The Benebone Chew Toy may not last long with heavy chewers and the manufacturer recommends supervising dogs while they enjoy chomping on the product. Due to the natural ingredients that form part of the toy’s construction, the possibility of an allergic reaction occurring is present, so keep an eye the first time you give one to your pup.

A bonus: Benebone donates products to animal rescue shelters weekly and your purchase of their Wishbone Dog Chew Toy makes this possible.

Pros

  • Shaped for easy chewing
  • Real flavors
  • Strong chew toy
  • Helps promote donations to animal shelters
  • Available in three different flavors

Cons

  • Supervision recommended
  • Allergens from ingredients

Wobble Wag Giggle Ball

The Wobble Wag Giggle Ball needs no batteries yet can keep your dog entertained for hours with inner tubes that make engaging sounds as they nudge it with their nose.

Keeping your dog occupied with this ball will distract them from destroying your home when you’re not around. It also produces sounds that help dogs to not feel alone while their humans are away.

The Wobble Wag Giggle Ball enhances your dog’s exercising habits by keeping them active. It has six pockets on the ball for easy gripping. This empowers smaller dogs to proudly carry it around with ease. This ball is designed for dogs of all sizes, though it can be destroyed by heavy chewers.

With this model being such a popular product in the dog community, there are knockoff products similar to this one on the market. Make sure to purchase from the real manufacturer, Wobble Wag Giggle, and not an imitator.

Pros

  • Entertaining for dogs and owner
  • Keeps your dog occupied
  • Promotes good exercising habits
  • Easy gripping pockets for small dogs

Cons

  • Can be destroyed by heavy chewers
  • Many knock off products on the market

Conclusion

You love your small dog and would give them anything to further their happiness and health. But here’s something else to keep in mind when selecting a dog toy: You can’t only rely on toys to keep your furry friend happy. Your small dog needs love and human interaction.

There are many toys on the market that support the good health of your best friend. Simply make sure to get the best suited toy for your small dog.

Have you tried one of the toys mentioned above? If so, please tell us about it so others can use your response to make their decision.

About the author

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer is a writer at DogeToys and loves dogs! While she doesn't have any of her own currently due to a small apartment, she loves visiting her family's dogs, and always brings them new toys and treats.