There is a lot of variety when it comes to dog toys. Some of them are interactive and are perfect to stimulate the natural curiosity of dogs. Similarly, other toys are ideal for games like fetch and tug-of-war that provide physical exercise.
Dog Puzzle toys offer a combination of both these characteristics as they offer mental as well as physical activity. They are often recommended by behaviorists to keep your dog busy while you’re away or at work. Below is a list of some of the indestructible puzzle toys for your canine friend.
Hide-A-Squirrel by Outward Hound
This hide and squeak is a plush puzzle game (found on Amazon) that is best suited for small breeds. Simply stuff the adorable little squirrels into the soft tree trunk and watch your dog pull them out. You can expect your pup to stuff the squirrels back in and do it again and again.
This interactive toy is a lot of fun for those dogs who need mental exercise. It is available in three sizes and is less cardio-heavy than the chasing of squirrels in real life. However, it will keep your dog just as entertained.
Interactive Pet Toy by Bob-a-Lot
This dog puzzle found on Amazon is to be solved by your sweet pooch using his/her face and feet. Fill the toy with some dog treats and let your pet earn his way to a delicious reward. You can also customize the toy to control the calories consumed by your dog.
The weighted and anti-slip base of this dog puzzle tilts and bobs as your canine works on it. The weight of the base ensures that the toy gets a lot of wobbles. Therefore, you should expect some elated and loud playtime.
Food Dispensing Dog Toy by OurPets
This IQ ball found on Amazon is another dog toy that can be filled with treats. The dispensing speed of this ball can be set according to the desired difficulty. For example, if you want to entertain your canine all day long, tighten the toy’s opening. On the other hand, relax the difficulty for a shorter play session.
This dog toy is perfect for pups of all ages and sizes. It simultaneously provides mental stimulation and physical workout to your dog. On top of all that, this puzzle is incredibly easy to clean once the playtime is over.
Snuffle Mat Puzzle Toy by CROPBOY
CROPBOY (you can find it on Amazon) has done a great job of imitating actual grass with this snuffle mat. This soft toy tests your dog’s strong sniffing instincts that are generally activated outdoors. You can hide treats in this grass for your dog that he/she needs to find by sniffing them.
The anti-slip design does not allow this grass mat to slide around. Consequently, your puppy can play comfortably with it. The durable material of this interactive dog toy is completely safe for pets and is also machine washable.
Activity Flip Board by Trixie
The Activity Flip Board (you can find it on Amazon)contains cones, discs, and knobs. With three separate compartment types to conceal the treats, your dog will have to act smart to discover the rewards.
You can also use this challenging dog puzzle toy to keep him busy while he/she is alone. This easy to clean puzzle comes with a rubber base that prevents it from sliding around. One less thing to worry about as your dog is trying to hunt the goods.
Classic Chew Toy by KONG
Although it is not exactly a puzzle, this chew toy (found on Amazon) is perfect for heavy chewers and big dogs. You can also fill it with treats to keep your pet engaged while you are at work. In addition to that, these ultra-durable toys are also wonderful for playing fetch with your furry companion.
Healthy play sessions are important for a dog’s physical and mental development, emotions, and behavior. This interactive toy helps to solve chewing, separation anxiety, and teething issues by satisfying the instinctual needs of your canine.
Zogoflex Toppl Interactive Toy by West Paw Design
The interactive dispenser from West Paw Design and found on Amazon, can turn your pet’s supper into playtime. Dogs have to work hard to knock their reward loose from this puzzle toy. It traps the treats in internal ridges to make it a challenging experience for your pup. This toy is perfect for pups that love treats but want to savor the experience.
Zogoflex Toppl comes in different sizes and colors to match the varying needs of all dog breeds. To make the puzzle even more dynamic, you can interlock the small and large sizes for a bigger challenge.
Mad Scientist Turn Around Toy by Trixie
This toy is a little more challenging and is designed for the intermediate canine puzzle solver. It has three rotating beakers and two sets of lids that you can mix and match for varying levels of difficulty. Your dog will have to exhibit intelligence and composure to release the treats from this mad scientist.
The non-slip rubber feet keep the dog puzzle toy in place as your dog tries to get the treats. Your dog will be challenged to flip the canisters upside down and keep them balanced until the treats fall out.
IQ Treat Ball by Pet Zone
This IQ Ball (found on Amazon) is a fun, slow-dispensing alternative to dog bowls that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Add your dog’s favorite kibble in the toy ball and it will dispense a treat only when it is rolled. Fill the ball with treats to keep your dog physically motivated and mentally busy.
With three different levels to choose from, you can adjust the difficulty of this treat-dispensing puzzle. What difficulty level is best suited for your pet is dependent on his/her age and familiarity with the toy.