Updated: Jul 16, 2021
Tip: Don't overbuy before your puppy comes home! I totally made that mistake with Bella. I even have a full container in my closet filled with toys that I transfer out. A lot of items have been donated too. Pick up just a few staple toys and see what your new puppy gravitates towards! They might like squeaky over crinkly, soft over tough, noisy over quiet...you get the point!
Frozen Kongs: Fill with some goodies and pop it in the freezer for a while. The added challenge of the items being frozen can keep your pup occupied and happy for a while! Check out the Kong sizing information for safety.
Teething: Benebones, antlers, frozen towels, cold baby carrots, ice cubes. All great chewing options for your teething pup!
Fun toys, linked for examples:
Tennis balls/squeaker balls
Wobble Wag Ball (fun but annoying noise)
Squeaky pig (same thing)
Snuffle Mat: Encourages the dog to use their nose and brain! Bonus - mentally challenging and tiring!
Want to practice this before purchasing a snuffle mat? Use a muffin tin! Fill the tin with food and treats and cover it with balls and other toys (whatever you have on hand). Example photo below. You can also take a towel, fold it in half lengthwise, and sprinkle in some kibble/treats. Roll it up and let your pup sniff out the food!
Need to calm down an excited or overly tired pup? Try a LickiMat! Constant licking can help calm down the brain and force them to slow down. Peanut butter, nonfat plain yogurt, bananas, wet dog food (even wet kibble pressed down) - anything your pup favors!
Hot outside but want to hang out outdoors? Fill a small kiddy pool with dog/kid-safe balls and ice cubes! For added sniffy enrichment, throw in some kibble/treats.
Everything linked is just to provide a visual example. Many of these items can also be found at your local pet stores, as well as stores like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, or Ross!