10 Best Stuffed Animals for Dogs at Zach's Pet Shop

Stuffed animals for dogs are more than just cute toys. They serve a crucial role in your furry friend's life, providing comfort, mental stimulation and an outlet for their natural instincts.

Stuffed animals for dogs have been shown to contribute positively to their overall well-being. But which plushie is the right one for your toy collector? Let us help...

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Benefits of Stuffed Animals for Dogs

Dog plush toys can play a significant role in your pet's overall happiness and well-being. But what exactly are the benefits?

Mental Stimulation

Just like their human companions, dogs need mental stimulation. Dog plush soft toys are an exciting encouragement to play. Activity helps keep canine minds sharp, reducing destructive behaviour caused by boredom and anxiety. 

Cute toys add a fun element to playtime, making it an enjoyable and engaging experience.


Anxiety soft toys can provide comfort for dogs experiencing separation anxiety or who are in stressful situations such as thunderstorms. Some are lavender scented to help evoke a feeling of relaxation. Other anxiety soft toys mimic the warmth or heartbeat of another dog, providing an additional layer of reassurance when you're not around.

Ian's Tip: 

To ensure your dog's safety, avoid plushies with small components that could become choking hazards. Always supervise your pup with new toys to prevent potential accidents.

Top 10 Stuffed Animals for Dogs

In the vast world of pet supplies, finding high-quality and fun-filled toys can be a challenge.

At Zach's Pet Shop, we've done all the hard work so you don't have to. We present our top ten picks of dog plush soft toys:

Best Squeaker: Omer Hedgehog

Omer Hedgehog is a cute woodland stuffed toy with a giant flat squeaker in its belly. This is sure to be an instant favourite for your dog!

For dogs that gut every soft toy, Omer Hedgehog has minimal stuffing in its head and feet meaning minimal mess for you.

Key Features:

  • Big flat squeaker
  • Minimal stuffing in head and feet
  • Cute design

best squeaker toys


Best Lifelike: Classic Mallard

The Classic Mallard is a delightful and interactive pet toy created by All For Paws.

Designed for small dogs, this plush toy resembles a realistic mallard duck, enticing your furry friend with its lifelike appearance and inner squeaker.

Key Features:

  • Squeaker
  • Floppy wings and neck
  • Lifelike duck design

good lifelike toy for dogs


Best Crinkle: Felicy Squirrel

The Felicy Squirrel is an adorable plush dog toy available at Zach's Pet Shop. 

Designed to resemble a woodland squirrel, this soft toy will capture your dog's attention with the crinkle noise in its belly and the squeaker in its head.

Key Features:

  • Crinkle noise in the belly
  • No stuffing in the body; minimal stuffing in the head and feet.
  • Squeaker in the head

best toys that crinkle


Best for Puppies: Heart Beat Warm Unicorn

Heart Beat Warm Unicorn is the cutest soft toy to help puppies sleep through the night.

It has 3 features to help anxious or lonely puppies relax: warmth, a life-like heartbeat, and a relaxing lavender scent.

Key Features:

  • Removeable microwavable pouch for warmth
  • Includes a heartbeat device that mimics a mother’s heartbeat.
  • Calming lavender scent

best dog toy with heartbeat


Best No Filling: Road Kill Mouse

The All For Paws Road Kill Mouse is a fun plush toy for your dog. 

This toy is designed to resemble a realistic mouse, without any stuffing, ensuring a mess-free playtime experience for your furry friend.

Key Features:

  • No stuffing in the body; minimal stuffing in head and feet.
  • Squeaker
  • Novelty tyre marks across the belly

best toy with no filling


Best Warm: Warm Bear

Meet Warm Bear, the cutest dog toy designed to alleviate separation anxiety and keep your furry friend warm during chilly nights. 

Crafted with love and care, this cuddly companion is especially great for helping puppies sleep at night.

Key Features:

  • Microwavable pouch for warmth
  • Great for winter
  • Helps separation anxiety

warm bear toy for dogs


Best Heartbeat: Heart Beat Sheep

The number 1 selling Heart Beat Sheep is a soft toy with a plastic heart in the belly that gently beats. This makes puppies feel like their mother is nearby.

If you're suffering from sleepless nights because your puppy is whining or barking throughout the night, the Heart Beat Sheep can help soothe them and get them to sleep.

Key Features:

  • Contains beating heart that can be heard and felt.
  • Eases separation anxiety in puppies
  • Easy to use - push on the belly to activate for 20 minutes.

Heartbeat sheep toy for dogs


Best Silent: Ultrasonic Hypno Monkey

The Ultrasonic Hypno Monkey dog toy has a clever ultrasonic squeaker hidden inside that only dogs can hear.

This ensures exciting playtimes for your canine companion without any annoying noise for human ears!

Key Features:

  • Ultrasonic squeaker - can only be heard by dogs.
  • No irritating noise for you
  • Charming monkey design

Hypno Monkey toy for dogs


Best for Anxiety: Lavender Scented Sheep

The Lavender Scented Sheep is the perfect soothing companion for anxious dogs and puppies, thanks to its gentle lavender fragrance and ultra-soft texture. 

Suitable for both playtime and sleep time, this plushie will quickly become your dog's favourite soft toy.

Key Features:

  • Lavender scented
  • Ultra soft plush, great for cuddling
  • Relaxes anxious puppies

toys good for dogs with anxiety


Best Rope: Safari Rope Cuddle Koala

Discover the Safari Rope Cuddle Koala, the perfect blend of softness and durability for your furry companion. 

The charming soft toy koala is holding onto a sturdy rope, making it the perfect gift for dogs that love soft toys.

Key Features:

  • Soft toy on rope
  • Variety of textures for mental stimulation
  • Perfect for cuddles and play

toys that are good and have a rope


Ian's Tip: 

Properly maintaining your dog's stuffed animal collection is important. Regular cleaning, either by hand or machine, helps prevent bacterial build-up. Extend the lifespan of toys by periodically inspecting them and making repairs if needed.

FAQs in Relation to Stuffed Animals for Dogs

Are stuffed animals OK for dogs?

Absolutely, as long as you buy dog plush toys specifically designed for canine play. Ensure the toy is durable and free from small parts that could be a choking hazard.

Why do dogs gut stuffed animals?

Dogs often 'gut' their soft toys because of their natural predatory instincts. Dog plushies capture their innate desire to hunt and capture prey.


Ian's Wrap

Stuffed animals for dogs are more than just toys; they're a source of comfort and companionship. Choosing the right one is crucial - it needs to match your pup's size, breed, and play style.

Zach's Pet Shop has an impressive range of stuffed toys online that can cater to every dog’s unique preferences. Each toy is designed with love, keeping in mind your furry mate's happiness, healthiness, and entertainment needs – all 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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