Unique and Healthy Dog Toys – A Gift List

It seems like it’s puppy season for my family and friends. Lots of new puppies are joining their families, and  as a gift guru I love to celebrate the arrival of any new family member!

photo of puppies
Two pooped pups! No doubt resting up for more playtime 🙂

I reached out to the experts for help cultivating the perfect list of unique and healthy dog toys, and I want to thank our friends at Petagogy, a local Pittsburgh pet store, for sharing their list of puppy essentials.

6 Gifts For Puppies of All Ages

1. Molly Mutt Dog Beds and Duvets

Molly Mutt Dog Bed Duvet

These beds are adorable, durable, eco-friends, and well, – genius! It all starts with a mesh (or a waterproof version) sack stuffed with your old towels, sheets, or other unused soft stuff. Then you insert the filled stuff sack into one of Molly Mutt’s stylish duvets. These cotton canvas beds are washable and come in lots of fun patterns and prints. We’ve found a use for all of those t-shirts that you can’t seem to part with! Upcycle them into one of these great dog beds.

Available directly from molly mutt: molly mutt dog bed duvets

2. The Double-Tuff

double tuff toy

This extra-tough dog toy is “doggie-durable, bouncy and buoyant. …[and] its asymmetrical ‘doubled’ design makes for amazingly unpredictable bounces.” It’s designed for chompers and rated to stand up to even the most aggressive chewers.

It’s also made for treats! Peanut butter is a favorite of our Bug and Bella – fill the end with peanut butter, freeze for a few hours and voila – peanut butter pup-sicle!

Available from Planet Dog: The Diamond Plate Double-Tuff

3. Training Treats

Cloud Star Training Dog Treats

These treats are made from natural ingredients, they’re bite-size, and they stay soft. Treats are an effective reward when training pups of any age, and we think you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Available from Cloud Star: Chewy Tricky Trainers

4. Barkworthies Bully Sticks

Barkworthies Bully Stick Dog Treats

Dogs love bully sticks and humans love giving them these all natural, safe chew toys. Barkworthies are made from free range, grass-fed cattle, making them 100% digestible and a great way to promote dental health.

Available from Barkworthies: Bully Sticks

5. Fluff & Tuff Plush Dog Toys

Fluff and Tuff plush dog toy

These plush dog toys are high-quality and durable, created by dog lovers, for dog lovers. These adorable designs are made with quality ultra-plush fabrics and “tuff-luv” construction. The company is also a Giving Partner of Leader Dogs for  the Blind and donates $.50 for every toy sold.

Available from Fluff & Tuff: Plush Dog Toys

5. The Deedle Dude

Deedle Dude Plush Dog Toy

And here friends, is the Deedle Dude, a favorite toy of Bug and Bella’s and oft gifted to new 4-legged friends. This plush singing mouse plays a song that the whole family will love 😉

Available from Amazon: The Deedle Dude Plush Mouse Dog Toy


A giftbug registry is perfect for the 4-legged family members too. Bug and Bella have their own category on my registry – check it out!

*If you’re in Pittsburgh, be sure to check out Petagogy for these and other great puppy gifts.

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