Puzzle Dog Toys: A Dog-Gone Good Challenge

by DFS-Pet-Blog on November 30, 2011

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

Most dogs are very motivated by food, which makes puzzle dog toys the perfect dog toy!

What are puzzle dog toys? Puzzle toys exercise your dog’s mind by making him solve a problem to get treats hidden inside the toy. Dogs love to be challenged, especially when they are rewarded with treats! The mental exercise provided by puzzle dog toys may even deter unwanted behaviors that happen when a dog is bored.

My dog was happy to demonstrate some of his puzzle toys for this short video. Watch and you’ll see that he goes nuts over these toys!


Benefits of Puzzle Dog Toys

Tricky Treat Ball

  • Indoor Exercise: When poor weather prevents outdoor exercise, puzzle dog toys are an easy, fun way to provide your dog mental exercise. It gives them something to focus their energy on.
  • Slow Down Eating: Digestive problems may occur if a dog eats too fast. Put a portion (or all) of their meal inside a food dispensing puzzle toy such as the Kibble Nibble or the Tricky Treat Ball. As the toy gets pushed around, it releases food. Your dog will have fun working through the challenge of getting his favorite kibble out, not even realizing he is eating at a slower pace.
  • Prevent Boredom: Puzzle dog toys stimulate a dog’s mind and can really help reduce boredom. Did you know that boredom is the leading cause of dog behavioral problems?

Puzzle dog toys are a must-have in my dogs’ toy box. The following are some of my dogs’ favorite puzzle dog toys, but you can browse many more interactive puzzle dog toys at Drs. Foster & Smith.

Linkables: 	Put treats inside and challenge your smart dog to fish them out as she plays.

Linkables: Put treats inside and challenge your smart dog to fish them out as she plays.

Make mealtime more fun with this challenging Kibble Nibble dog toy.

Make mealtime more fun with this challenging Kibble Nibble dog toy.

Test your dog's treat-finding IQ with these durable Seek-A-Treat Puzzle Toys.

Test your dog's treat-finding IQ with these durable Seek-A-Treat Puzzle Toys.


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