Choosing the Perfect Comfort Toy for Your New Puppy - Zach's Pet Shop

Choosing a comfort toy for your new puppy can be an overwhelming task. The array of options on offer is staggering, each one claiming to be the ideal pick.

A well-chosen puppy comfort toy can make all the difference in helping your pup adjust to its new home.

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Types of Comfort Toys for Puppies

Puppy comfort toys are plush toys designed to provide a sense of security and calmness to young puppies. The main three types are:

Warm Toys

Warm soft toys come with in-built heat packs mimicking another living being's warmth. This reassures a puppy by feeling like its mother is nearby. It is also great for keeping puppy beds warm in winter.

Heartbeat Toys

Dog heartbeat toys contain a plastic, battery-operated heart in the belly that gently beats. This beating can be both heard and felt by the puppy, helping it feel like another dog is nearby. 

Scented Toys

Scented soft toys contain soothing scents to help puppies relax at bedtime. They are usually lavender scented and made from extra-soft plush, to encourage snuggling.

Cavoodle puppy with Heart beat toy

Cavoodle puppy with Heart Beat Sheep

Do Puppies Need a Comfort Toy?

The early stages of puppyhood are filled with rapid growth and new experiences. A comfort toy can provide many benefits during this time, providing familiarity amidst the unfamiliarity.

Sleeping Through the Night

Puppy comfort toys play a crucial role in aiding restful nights for young dogs. With features like simulated heartbeats and cosy textures, these toys create a sense of security, easing nighttime anxiety. 

This, in turn, will reduce excessive barking or whining throughout the night, helping you get a better night's sleep too! They are the ultimate nighttime crate-training aid.

Adjusting to their New Home

Puppy comfort toys are invaluable for easing the transition to a new home. These toys help puppies feel like their mother or littermates are nearby, providing familiarity in a new environment. This will result in a smoother adjustment and a sense of security in their new home. 

Separation Anxiety

Comfort toys provide solace to puppies and small dogs struggling with separation anxiety. Their simulated heartbeats and comforting warmth offer reassurance, mitigating distress when apart from caregivers.

These toys become companions, easing anxiety and helping dogs of all ages cope with the challenges of being separated from their loved ones.

Ian's Tip: 

To familiarise your puppy with a new toy, place it nearby and let them sniff the new toy at their own pace. Praise your puppy when they go near the toy, using positive reinforcement to encourage use of the toy.

Top 5 Comfort Toys for Puppies

In the world of puppy parenting, selecting the right comfort toy can make all the difference in helping your furry friend feel secure and content. Add these top sellers to our pet parent's anti-anxiety toolkit:

1. Heart Beat Sheep

The Little Buddy Heart Beat Sheep is the original heartbeat dog toy and our number 1 best seller! It has a realistic heartbeat device that can be both heard and felt. It is the ultimate nighttime crate-training aid.

Key Features:

  • Heartbeat device that gently beats for 20 minutes.
  • Proven to reduce separation anxiety
  • Reduces negative behaviours like barking and whining at night.
Little Buddy Heart Beat Sheep is the original heartbeat dog toy

2. Warm Bear

Warm Bear is designed to make your puppy feel warm and cosy during cuddle time. This helps soothes loneliness and also keeps puppies warm on cold winter nights.

Key Features:

  • Microwavable pouch for warmth
  • Ultra soft plush toy
  • Great for winter comfort
Warm Bear is designed to make your puppy feel warm and cosy during cuddle time

3. Heartbeat'N'Warm Pacifier Buddy

The Pups Heartbeat'N'Warm Pacifier Buddy is the ultimate companion for lonely or anxious puppies.

This cute toy is designed to provide a sense of security and companionship, offering a lifelike heartbeat and comforting warmth. It is safe as the pup can't access directly the heat pack inside.

Key Features:

  • Heartbeat device that can be heard and felt by puppies.
  • Disposable heat pack that lasts for up to 24 hours.
  • Chewable pacifier
Pacifier Buddy is the ultimate companion for lonely or anxious puppies

4. Lavender Scented Sheep

Our popular Lavender Scented Sheep is an ultra-soft plush toy with a gentle lavender scent. This can help puppies relax as they snuggle into it at night time.

Key Features:

  • Lavender scented for relaxation
  • Ultra-soft plush
  • Cute sleeping-sheep design
Lavender Scented Sheep is an ultra-soft plush toy with a gentle lavender scent

5. Heart Beat Pillow

This pillow-style heartbeat toy is a popular purchase for new puppies. Similar to the original heartbeat dog toy Heart Beat Sheep, it has an internal heartbeat device that reproduces lifelike heartbeats.

This pillow-style heartbeat pad is loved by even the most strongly opinionated pups.

Key Features:

  • Pillow-style heartbeat pad - very comfortable for snuggles.
  • Reproduces the vibrations and sounds of the mother dog's heartbeat.
  • Easy to use - push to activate
Pillow style heartbeat toy is a popular purchase for new puppies

FAQs in Relation to Comfort Toy for New Puppy

Do puppies need a comfort toy?

Absolutely! Dog heartbeat toys can assist pups in adjusting to their new homes, providing them with a sense of security and familiarity.

Should puppies sleep with a stuffed animal?

While regular soft toys are nice, puppies will benefit most from sleeping with comfort toys like warm toys or heartbeat toys.

 

Ian's Wrap

Selecting the perfect comfort toy for your new puppy can be a key factor in their successful transition to life with you. 

With an array of options from warm toys to heartbeat companions, you're spoilt for choice. The right one can provide warmth, mimic a mother's heartbeat or even offer soothing scents to calm anxious pups.

Picking out the perfect fit might require some trial and error, but when your puppy sleeps through the night, it'll all be worth it.

Zach's Pet Shop is here every step of the way offering the heartbeat toys featured above plus plenty more high-quality pet supplies at affordable prices!

 


 

Pet Expert - Ian Hamblin

About Ian

Ian Hamblin is a renowned pet enthusiast and the driving force behind Zach's Pet Shop, a trusted name in the Australian pet industry.

 

With an impressive track record of nearly 15 years, Ian has been supplying high-quality pet products to Australians, earning their trust and loyalty.

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