Smarter Toys for Smarter Dogs! Smarter Toys provide variable learning
levels to encourage mind-bending, challenging play that keeps dogs busy
for hours. Fill Smarter Toys with your dog’s favorite treats for
irresistible fun, a healthy outlet for instinct and energy, and a
diversion from unwanted behavior.
Why Dogs Need Toys
Playtime keeps dogs physically fit and mentally sharp. Without toys and healthy exercise, dogs may grow bored and engage in destructive behavior.
Atomic Treat Ball
What better way to keep your dog mentally stimulated, physically active, happy, and healthy than with a toy that dispenses his favorite treats? Fill the Atomic Treat Ball with kibble or treats and watch as your dog rolls and nudges the ball to get the tasty morsels inside. Available in 3” and 5” sizes.IQ Treat Ball
For a challenge that’s filled with tasty fun, try the IQ Treat Ball. Fill with treats or kibble, set your desired difficulty level using the ball’s adjustable interior insert, and let your dog roll the ball across the floor to try to release the food inside. Available in 3” and 5” sizes.Buster Food Cube
Give your dog the ultimate brain teaser with the Buster Food Cube! Remove the adjustable cylinder and fill the cube with your dog’s favorite treats. Then, reinsert the cylinder, adjusting the level of difficulty, and let your dog push and nuzzle the cube to release the treats. Available in large and mini sizes.
I have a 12 week old golden
retriever. This is his favorite toy since it provides him with treats.
It's mine because it keeps him busy for a good 30 minutes- which, as any
puppy owner knows, is a long respite from puppy antics. Although the
plastic looks like it's a bit weak, it seems to be holding up extremely
well. Especially since puppy has learned to pick it up and drop it.
*Add puppy's food along with small treats so that he doesn't get an upset tummy.
*If it confuses him at first (mine sat and barked at it) then put all the treats on the top of the toy, closing the 'trap door'. This makes it much easier for him to figure out how to get the treats. As he gets the hang of it, put the treats on the bottom and open the door to the widest, slowly closing it as he gets the hang of it.
This might not be great for you:
*If you don't have a fairly big non-carpeted space- I don't think it would move too great on carpet. You don't want treats spilling out on your carpeting anyway.
*If your dog is very sedentary. To get the treats, the dog really has to bat this around- so a sedentary dog may loose interest quickly.
*If your dog is not food motivated(as few dogs as this may be)- once again, may not have much interest.
*If you have a very small puppy- small breeds may have difficulty with this as it needs to be batted very hard and it may be too large for them to get it to tip over (is weighted to stay with hole up if not hit hard). However, that depends on how active your puppy is.
By Ifer on August 21, 2010
When I first gave this to my 5 pound maltese/papillion mix, I thought it was going to be a big success. She is rarely challenged and this seemed to do the trick. However, she is so persistent that she was able to get both of her bottom canines through the outer hole (which is slightly oval shaped and not round - thus why she was able to get both canines through). Then she somehow jammed her little jaw through the hole and got the entire piece stuck on her jaw. Although we were watching her the entire time, we didn't even realize she had done this until she starting acting strange - trying to wildly buck the ball off of her jaw, rocking back and forth in a sitting position (which she only does when she is nervous or anxious). Only when we tried to take it from her did we realize that it wouldn't come off of her jaw and that it was cutting her and making her bleed. The only way it was coming off (without hurting her further) was to break the plastic piece that was attached to her jaw, but we didn't have anything strong enough (cardboard/carpet cutters didn't even work - the plastic is very strong). Luckily, the emergency vet is only about 15-20 minutes away - and they were only able to get it off of her after sedating her and using bolt cutters to shatter it! The cut to her jaw also was not bad enough to need stitches or antibiotics, so we lucked out. But she was traumatized by it, and the poor thing was forced to bear the pain of it cutting her jaw and having her mouth open and drooling for about an hour. I think this toy would work for a larger dog, or if the outer hole was round, so, the only reason I'm giving this a low rating is to draw attention to the fact that it is dangerous for very small dogs, especially if they are food aggressive.
By Jen on December 12, 2010