My almost three-year old was gobbling his two daily cups of food with half a minute. This feeder ball slowed him down making mealtimes more enjoyable from my point of view and definitely fun for him.
I have a lazy boy, if something is too challenging he is likely to stare at me and walk away. I have been trying to add more mentally stimulating toys to his collection. I had to give a few toys away. After reading some negative reviews about how easy this toy is, I decided it was great for my boy. Once I showed him the treats easily fell out by rolling it, he was willing to give it a try. Now he looks forward to playing with it, he waits patiently as I fill it up. He mainly pushes it with his nose and occasionally use his paws to get the treats out. I even created my own homemade dispensing toy. After I rolled the homemade toy on the floor, He immediately began pushing it with his nose!! Concept learned!! Now I feel more confident buying a slightly more challenging toy. PS. I have learned that dogs like mine need more incentive. Buying better treats based on your dog’s taste makes a difference.
I can see that this could be really good for larger kibble. I didn't think we had particularly small kibble (we use stella and chewy) but this dumps out too much of it at a time. We still use it but I'd prefer something that takes up more of her time.
I love it and also find a few flaws with the design (that's why 4 and not 5 stars). I use it to help my pit/hound mix eat slower. The holes being large and on BOTH sides are annoying but I've learned how to place it on its side and let him roll it to his hearts content. He has picked it up and tried to chew on it a few times at first but I removed it every time since it is NOT a chew toy, regardless of it being KONG brand. It does its job of helping him eat slower and amusing him during meal time, making him work for his food (not as stimulating as some other toys out there) so I would recommend this. Wish there were different sizes though. :/ As some of the other reviews point out, don't leave your dog alone with it or it WILL very destroyed. Use it properly and it should do the job properly for you as well. :)
Within a couple of minutes my lab had opened the ball and chewed chunks out of it. I’m very disappointed.
It’s ok it works good but they did get it apart and then start chewing it so be sure it’s tightly closed
My Doberman loves this feeder ball! As other reviewers have said the openings don't make this challenging as a treat dispenser, but I place his kibble inside to slow down his meal time. I've also cut small sections of cork to plug one or two of the holes which really slows him down. Yes, I know cork isn't digestible, but he only has this when I'm home with him, so I haven't had to worry about him getting the cork out & eating it. Plus, the cork falls in the ball if his tooth pushes it, so no issues here. I usually don't let him sit & chew it for long after his meal is finished, so both the exterior & interior have held up well. One issue I noticed was that it unscrewed a little too easily at first, but once he chewed the inner section it actually grips better!
The toy is great for our dog and very quiet when she rolls it around. The only trouble is the holes are large and they let out treats very quickly. She's a puppy so the kibble is too small, so we're looking for treats or food that is perfect size for the toy.
We have a large, hyper, stupid-smart Australian shepherd. This is the one puzzle toy that has kept him happy and engaged for years! We’ve been feeding him all of his meals out of it since he came home with it and it is amazing! Every meal is a game!
This kept my dog entertained for 5 to 7 minutes before he simply picked it up and chewed the whole thing. I now have a ball that has hard plastic edges sticking out and not able to be used. It isn't very durable, the bamboo