Puzzle and interactive games for dogs provide mental stimulation.
It challenges and entertains your dog’s mind.
What is a Puzzle/Interactive Games?
Puzzle/Interactive games are containers typically made of rubber, plastic or wood. It holds treats/food inside but don’t provide a dog an easy access to it. They usually have holes/compartments/chambers and a dog must work by pawing, rolling, shaking, nibbling or licking the toy to get the treat/food.
Puzzle/interactive games for dogs are similar games/toys used by many toddlers and preschoolers. Instead of objects, treats/food are used to keep the dog’s attention on the game/toy. Sugar recently received a Treat Puzzle Game by Toys R Us Pets, which can be purchased at PetSmart.
For Sugar, the treat puzzle game is a good alternative for her chew treat toy (since she had a tongue surgery, Sugar is not recommended to have a chew toy, i.e. classic KONG).
2 Benefits of Dog Treat Puzzle Game
The Treat Puzzle Game definitely provides Mental Stimulation. Sugar was interested and intrigued while finding the treat. However, she figured it out in seconds. By varying and adjusting the spinning resistance of the toy, it made the chambers rotate, Sugar took a longer time to find the treat. The treat puzzle game also encourages Natural Foraging Behaviors. Sugar loves treats and will work for it. The toy surely encouraged Sugar to look for the treat. I made it difficult by placing a small ( Zuke’s Mini Naturals) treat. Also, Sugar’s large snout seems to be a disadvantage getting the treat out of the chamber.
The Treat Puzzle Game by Toys R US Pets is made of Durable Plastic Construction. It is a very hard plastic. It was easy to clean and wash off Sugar’s slobbers. The nonslip feet did not keep the toy in place. It was very disappointing. It did not work on both wood or carpeted surfaces. I also tried to place it on a yoga mat, still moved. In a way it is a good thing, Sugar was moving while the toy stimulating her mind.
Overall, dog treat puzzle games (for some dogs) require time, patience and problemsolving. These skills are PAWsome for any dog to learn. Many experts say, it is a great natural solution for dog boredom. From my research, it is interesting to find out that many experts say that 15 minutes of mental stimulation for a dog is like going on a 1 hour walk.
Do you own a dog treat puzzle game?
On Monday (1/27), you’ll find out why treat/feeding toys are good for senior dogs.