The best dog toys for kids (not to be confused with dog toys for dogs) are *almost* as good as the real furry thing! From experience, we know it’s not the same (no matter how much we begged for the real deal), but sometimes allergies, space, or young age don’t permit getting a dog at the moment. As parents now — we get it. Although when we were growing up without a pet, all we had was our 90s cartoons and Tamagotchis. These days there are walking robot dogs that poop…oh the evolution.
If you have a kid who’d rather spend time with dogs than with people (we get it), check out our list of adorable puppy toys for kids. From walking puppy toys, snuggly stuffies for babies, and the most realistic dog stuffed animals ever, we’ve rounded up the best mom-approved gifts for all kids who just really, really love dogs.
As opposed to a real living pup, the toys on this list can give your child a sense of responsibility for caring for a pet, but without all the poop and shedding. So, if a real dog isn’t in the cards for your family right now — or even if you already have your own good dog at home — let us help you find the perfect toy dog for your kid.
Best Toy Dogs For Kids
After your little onE rescues this adorable Chocolate Lab puppy, they’ll need to give them a bath! This Little Tikes Rescue Tales set comes with a collar, name tag, adoption certificate, grooming tub, pretend shampoo bottle, shower hose, grooming brush, pretend hair dryer and rubber duck. The Chocolate Lab is water safe, so bath time is more realistic. Fill up the tub and use the tools to get the little guy squeaky clean. One mama said, “Everything you see is what you get! My daughter loved it, especially the fact that it looks like a real dog. The accessories were really cute as well.”
This cute puppy with black spots and a pink bandana has been trained well. It can flip over and walk on carpet and hard surfaces. And according to the company, it’s hypoallergenic, which is a weird selling point considering it’s a toy, but it made us laugh.
A Yorkie may be one of the dogs that your little one has been begging for, and this one from FurReal Friends is as close as you can get to the real thing! The size, the barking, and the adorable little tongue that pokes out will make this a hit in your home. To top it off, this Yorkie can jump on his hind legs as a response to being pet or waved at!
Walking Dog Toys
If you can’t get your kid a real dog, the next best thing (aside from a cat) is a robotic dog. This smart dog can be programmed to walk, dance, blink, look around, and interact. It isn’t cuddly or soft, but it’s super engaging and can keep kids occupied for a long time, which is very ideal.
Harry is a smart electronic pet dog that responds to touch. It can walk, bark, sing, dance, and play chase. According to reviews, Harry is sturdy enough to live in a house full of kids who may or may not understand the concept of being gentle.
There’s no question that this cute little white puppy belongs to Barbie. She’s wearing a pink tutu, after all. She comes with fun accessories, and when her leash is pulled, she barks, walks, and wags her tail.
Dog Toys With a Leash
Pretend poop is way more fun than real poop—at least for parents. This little furry friend makes sounds when it needs to go. It comes with a detachable leash, treats, and a cleanup bag—which is a great way to teach your kids how to be responsible pet owners. Consider this a teaching toy if you’re planning on adding a real-life pooch to the family!
This adorable fluff ball walks and wags its tail like a real dog. Of course, it can’t walk as fast as a real dog, so it’ll likely get dragged around the house a bit, but what toy doesn’t? It comes with a remote control leash, and you can choose from a white, brown, or black dog.
When you get a new puppy, you have to get all the puppy essentials. This little guy comes with everything—a leash, carrier, food bowl, dog bone, dog bed, tennis ball, and brush—all things you’d need for the real deal. FYI, this pup is on the smaller side (6.5 by 7 inches) and would make an adorable “pet” for your kid’s favorite doll.
This sweet Goldendoodle is ready to be adopted into his forever home. His name is Max, and he comes with a leash, carrying bag, toys, a name tag, and an adoption paper ready to be filled out. This seals the deal that your kid’s found a “fur-ever” friend!
Dog Toys for Babies
This educational and interactive toy from VTech is a great introduction to caring for a pet. The set comes with a plush puppy, bowl, ball, comb, and a bottle to encourage role play. Light up buttons on the carrier teach letters, shapes, pet care, songs, and sounds. The songs will likely drive you crazy, but your baby will love them.
All four of the little good boys that are included in the set bark and make other realistic dog sounds. The plush dogs are small and huggable, so they’re great for kiddos as young as three months! One parent reviewed the toy and said, “This is a nice little set that my little boy has enjoyed playing with. It reminds me of toys that I’ve bought at higher end toy stores …except it would have cost a lot more at one of those stores. The individual dogs are cute and each have working sound – they each say “I am a dog” and then bark.”
Violet isn’t just a toy dog, she also helps babies learn first words, feelings and emotions, and colors and numbers. She comes equipped with over 40 songs and lullabies, over 15 personalized activities, and over 5,000 Amazon reviews with a nearly-perfect rating, overall.
The classic Pound Puppies from the ’80s are back and basically the same as you remember them. They even come in the same Pound Puppy box with an adoption paper. Each puppy also comes with a sheet of stickers and a serious dose of nostalgia. While it’s excellent for teaching kids the joy of adopting a shelter pup, let’s be honest: This one’s really for you.
This one is a friendly push/pull toy dog that plays songs while helping your baby build motor skills. Various songs and lessons introduce numbers, colors, and parts of the body. And in case anyone was wondering, it has an option to turn the volume down.
Okay, it doesn’t get much cuter than Puddles the animated puppy. This little guy sings, moves, and offers a fun surprise at the touch of his nose. He’s also super soft and cuddly, making him extra fun for baby dog lovers to interact with him!