The Best Toys & Gifts For Kids Who Love Dogs

Kids and dogs share some of the sweetest, most heartwarming relationships we’ve ever seen. There’s a reason pups wait for their tiny humans at the bus stop and snuggle in their beds at night—to them, those kids are the best thing since canned chicken liver. And to kids, their dogs are just as special. For all the little puppy-loving people in the world, here are some awesome gifts that are bound to make them smile.


For Trendy Tykes

Why we love it:

  • Super easy to put on and take off
  • Comfortable for all day play
  • Available in white and gray

BarkShop: Bark & Co Kids Shoodles

No one needs to mess with laces and bunny ears when the kiddos can slip on their kicks and be out the door in a snap. Bark & Co teamed up with Bucketfeet to design the comfy & play-ready Shoodles (that’s shoes & dog doodles) with squishy toe nubs and a cushy bubble under the heel. These shoes will stand up to all kinds of horseplay, and they’ll definitely get some green eyes of jealousy on the playground.


For Kids Who Love A Challenge

Why we love it:

  • Measures 13″ x 24″ when complete
  • Oversized, soft pieces are great for little hands
  • Kids love the Paw Patrol pups

Amazon: Paw Patrol 25-Piece Foam Floor Puzzle

If your miniature dog-lover hasn’t gotten into Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol tv show, they’re sure to fall in love with Chase, Rubble, Marshall, and the entire gang of rescue pups in-training. This big floor puzzle with easy-to-grab pieces is the perfect task for a kid looking to get their brain working.


For Fetch Partners-In-Crime

Why we love it:

  • Mini-sized for little hands and little dogs
  • Easy for kids to hold and use
  • Never touch a slobbery ball again!

BarkShop: K9 Kannon Mini Ball Launcher

What’s more fun than being a kid and playing fetch with your best friend? Launching tennis balls across the yard and never having to feel the slobber slime on your fingers, that’s what. This ball launcher is like a decked-out slingshot built to fire mini balls with a click of the trigger, and it’s just plain fun to use.


For Lit-Lovers

Why we love it:

  • Part of the classic “If You Give…” children’s book collection
  • Fun story with awesome illustrations
  • Recommended for kids 4–8 years old

Amazon: If You Give A Dog A Donut Book

From the genius author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond, who gave me the classic If You Give A Mouse A Cookie as a kid, comes the equally fun bedtime story, If You Give A Dog A Donut. Any kid with an “If You Give…” book is truly living childhood to the fullest, and they should all have this tome on their bookshelves right beside Goodnight Moon.


For Silly Photo-Takers

Why we love it:

  • Includes non-toxic washable marker
  • Machine-washable to wipe the slate clean
  • Built with tough nylon and rope for play sessions with your dog

BarkShop: Write On! Thought Bubble

Got a tiny comedian-at-heart? This thought bubble toy comes with a non-toxic washable marker for kids to imagine & write their pup’s silliest innermost thoughts and snap a fun picture. The best part? It doubles as a tough nylon & t-shirt rope toy for endless games of tug. Just throw it in the wash to start again!


For Tiny Travelers

Why we love it:

  • Measures 16″ x 16″ x 4″
  • Machine-washable (gentle cycle, cold temp, place inside pillow case & tie shut)
  • Available in many other animals, including a brown puppy & St. Bernard

Amazon: Dalmatian Pillow Pet

The infamous Pillow Pets are well-known for their transformation from a super-soft stuffed animal to a plush pillow. Perfect for snuggling in bed, lounging in front of the tv, or on long car or plane rides, they’re much less bulky than an actually pillow and 10x as soft.


For Unbridled Imaginations

Why we love it:

  • Awesome for wildly imaginative kids
  • Who doesn’t love LEGO?
  • Recommended for ages 6–12

Amazon: LEGO Friends Heartlake Puppy Daycare

A childhood without LEGOs is seriously missing out on some fun! I would have loved a LEGO doggie daycare if it had been around when I was a kid, but now I can live vicariously through all the youngins in my life. This set includes a puppy bath, grooming station, office area, and even a cute outdoor garden, plus two pups and a ton of accessories. Groom those mini-entrepreneurs!


For Stuffed Animal Lovers

Why we love it:

  • Over 2 feet tall
  • Soft & lifelike
  • Interior frame keeps dogs standing or sitting upright

Amazon: Melissa & Doug Giant Lifelike Stuffed Dog

Border Collies, Labradors, and Huskies, oh my! Melissa & Doug are the ultimate toy-makers, and their crazy-realistic stuffed dogs pretty much take the cake—especially because they’re over 2 feet tall. If your kiddo has a favorite breed, there are also Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Dalmatians, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, Pugs, and too many more to list.

Meet Tazz Uppin and Benji

I am a proud dog parent who’s always on the hunt for cool dog inspired items. On the other hand, there’s Benji a mellow dog who doesn’t care too much for toys (except when it comes to fetching) and who loves to snuggle. As a parent of a long dog, we’ve had to deal with sudden surgery, hospital bills, and new purchases due to his long dog needs which has equipped me with the know-how to help pet parents in similar situations!


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