Well my good friend, Marianne, asked what a dog puzzle toy is. Evidently she knows a dog that might enjoy one. So I asked Elle to demonstrate how they are used for her. She was delighted to help. In fact, Elle brought me her toy first thing this morning.
Basically, a dog puzzle toy contains a place to hide food treats. The dog needs to figure out how to get the food out. For example, a hollow ball with a small hole on one side or a long bone shape with holes for treats. The dog rolls, squeezes, shakes, and uses a range of motions to obtain the food. You can find dog puzzles at most pet stores, the humane society shop, and on-line. They are a bit expensive–10-20 dollars apiece. But I need the big sturdy versions for Elle, she’s hard on her toys. A smaller dog might get away with the smaller and cheaper (under 10 dollar) versions of the toys.
So here is Elle playing with one of her toys. This is one of the kong toys with a small hole on the side. You can unscrew the top and fill it with food. The bottom is weighted, so Elle knocks it around and rolls the toy over. She’s very clever using her paws and nose together and quickly can empty the toy of kibble.