Puzzle toys

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Puzzle toys
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Thu, 11-22-2012 - 10:51am

I bought a treat ball for Comet, because he and the cat have been getting in trouble when they are alone.  I figured he was bored.  It's one of those you put treats in and they are supposed to roll it around until the treats fall out the hole.  Comet doesn't have a clue...

Have you tried these with your dogs, and do they help?  My ACD used to be a pro at it, but he was the only one ever!

Barbara

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Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: binkeebee
Fri, 11-23-2012 - 10:25am

I had bought one years ago...a Buster Cube....for my ^Valetine^.  She really wasn't too interested in it.  When we got Cleo I gave it to her and she played with it once or twice.  On my tile floors it was so noisy that I took it away from her (also she was eating too much....LOL)....but she did love it.

Laura
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Registered: 11-19-2001
In reply to: binkeebee
Fri, 11-23-2012 - 11:29am
I have a treat ball like that for Emmy and she just loves it! She figured it out right away. She's very food motivated though. She watched me put some of her kibble in the ball, shake it around and then I got on the floor with her and rolled the ball until some of the kibble came out, made sure she saw it and ate it and then she took it from there. She will roll the ball forever until there's nothing left inside it making kibble noises. LOL!
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In reply to: binkeebee
Fri, 11-23-2012 - 9:06pm

I bought a puzzle toy for Dylan Thomcat for Christmas.  He is an intelligent cat, but he doesn't play much.  Catnip doesn't interest him, either.  He has figured how to get into all sorts of things in the house, so I hope he likes his puzzle.

I have honestly never tried anything more inventive than a stuffed Kong with the pugs.  Mine haven't tended to be very bright, so I didn't even consider it.  Pugs are also prone to weight gain, and I try to severely limt treats at our house.

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Registered: 03-20-2001
In reply to: binkeebee
Mon, 11-26-2012 - 9:09am
Coffee has a rubber ball that you stick kibble into it.. it's good for her teeth as she knaws at it trying to get the kibbles out. She gets that out of her toybox the minute we sit down at night to watch TV , we watch the TV she knaws (like 45 miniutes or so). she also has two other play puzzle boxes, one has places to hide the kibbles and she has to slide the doors right or left or up and down to get to them and another one made from wood with pegs that have empty space in them to put the kibble piece. Those are places in spaces and she has to actually tilt her head, grab the peg , lift it up and then the kibble falls out. She loves all of them .... I do not fill a kong as everyone here said, weight can be a problem and Coffee is very food driven so I'd have to watch what I put in it. I like to stick to toys that are filled with single kibbles and then I can substract it from her dinner..... ;O)
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Registered: 02-27-1999
In reply to: binkeebee
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 11:11pm

I WISH mine were not so good at it!   I have to hide the Kongs, after they've had as much as I think they need.  I wedge the treats WAY up in there with a wooden spoon handle, nice and tight, and it doesn't take them a minute or two to get the treat out.  If Lucy has any trouble, she will throw the Kong toy to dislodge the treats.  Willie is a bit smaller, with smaller canines, so he crushes the narrow end of the Kong until the cookies start breaking up, then he shakes out the pieces.  

Good grief, Charlie Brown...I need something tougher than a Kong for these two!


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Fri, 11-30-2012 - 10:35am

k_roni wrote:
I WISH mine were not so good at it!   I have to hide the Kongs, after they've had as much as I think they need.  I wedge the treats WAY up in there with a wooden spoon handle, nice and tight, and it doesn't take them a minute or two to get the treat out.  If Lucy has any trouble, she will throw the Kong toy to dislodge the treats.  Willie is a bit smaller, with smaller canines, so he crushes the narrow end of the Kong until the cookies start breaking up, then he shakes out the pieces.

I've had the same Kong for my last three dogs and not one of them was the least bit interested, no matter what I put in it. Too much trouble, maybe? They all love stuffies though.