Friday, July 10, 2015

Best dog toys for pugs: Think small!

Curious pug with small dog toy
Pugs may be part of the AKC toy group, but they're far from tiny. Liam weighs in at about 24 pounds, and most of that is sheer muscle. He's a densely built little guy with a lot of jaw, neck and back power. As a result, he can handle toys that are made for dogs that are twice his size.

But, most of the time, he prefers to play with toys that are smaller. Like a zillion times smaller.
Pug smiling while holding a small dog toy
Very wee toys like this are the first things to come out of the toy box at night, and Liam's favorite thing to do is to hold these toys between his claws while he pulls and pulls on anything that sticks out. He could fit this whole thing in his mouth, but he seems to know that he should just take delicate bites of it. I no longer worry about him choking on toys that are this small.

And, they're a great value. Larger toys tend to come with vulnerable stitching that makes rips and tears common. Bigger toys can also be shaken and stretched and pulled, which also results in rips. Little toys are just harder to get a purchase on, so they're not so easy to destroy. I like that.
Two dogs playing with a very small toy
Liam and Sinead also enjoy playing a very weird dominant/submissive game with small toys like this. One dog uses the toy like a pacifier, and that dog bops the other on the mouth with the toy. Pretty soon, they're passing this very small piece of fabric back and forth.

I have no idea why they play this way, but it seems to make them happy.
Pug and Boston terrier playing an active game with a dog toy
I mean, really. Who can argue with this, right?

This particular toy came in a BarkBox shipment a few months ago. I have a small-dog setup with BarkBox, so we get a lot of really wee toys in our shipments. Want one of your own? Click here for a discount.

And if you have stories about favorite dog toys, hit me up in the comments! I'd love to hear more about what your dogs love.

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  1. Awww....they are soo cute.

    Dogs have great toys, I wish there's a toy for turtle ;)

    1. I thought about you when I was writing this! Your turtles are so cute, and they make me conflicted about turtle dog toys.

  2. I have a pug and he does play with toys which toys should i get him plz help me

    1. Consider heading over to your local pet shop and checking out the cat toy selection. Sounds crazy, I know. But the little toys filled with catnip make Liam wild with joy. Might work for you, too!