I bought this because it has no removable pieces to chew up or choke on , because it looked more difficult than any other puzzle I looked at and because our male Dobie needs to be challenged mentally on a regular basis. So I thought this one might be a bit of a challenge. Phffft! Not. As soon as we received it, we placed little pieces of kibble in each of the holes, covered them up and set it before him. To our amazement, in no more than 6 seconds, he had “unlocked” each and every hole and gobbled the bits down. On his first attempt! We tried it again with the same results. I was so disappointed because I thought he would be challenged. Now I don’t know what to do with it.
I bought this to use with my service dog. She loves it. You can just put food in the compartments and make it more challenging by moving the "leaves" over the wells with food. Slide a peg over and the dog needs to shift the peg aside before she can move the leaf-lids and access the treat well. Finally, you can add yet another level of difficulty by dropping a bit of treat into the holes of the pegs. Those treats will only drop into the well as the dog shifts the peg over the well and then back again. Very heavy duty and has quickly become a favorite to use for some brain puzzle playtime with my dog.
Great concept, but not for dogs that are very strong! The knob piece broke off, and then the bottom of that knob piece cracked off into 2 smaller pieces within minutes of him pushing it to open for a treat. Thank goodness for us supervising or he would have eaten the knob and pieces.
This treat dispenser was a fun addition to a chewy.com order. Our 9 year old Labrador was excited to try it out and easily discovered how to move the sliders and covers. I just have to break up her treats to fit them into the slots. I'm sure it keeps her occupied for about 12 seconds, but she seems to have fun with it. Hard plastic so it should be easy to keep clean but I haven't put anything too gooey into it.
This is a nice game for our dogs... with a little modification. Our rescues did not have great dental care before we got them. Our smaller dog has no teeth left and our bigger fellow has 4 teeth. So it is almost impossible for them to remove the cap that hid the treats. I modified them by sanding the bottoms to about a 45 degree angle so a little tap would get them moving out of position. See picture
We have three Nina Ottoson puzzles and our shepherd/ridgeback loves them. He is also a chewer and the puzzles withstand it. Will be progressing to the next stage soon as he figured this one out in about 3 seconds. The puzzles work great also combined as he has a good time going back and forth.
It doesn't take long for a dog to figure it out, but it is entertaining to watch. I would not suggest putting peanut butter in the slots. Well built, not easily destructible like other toys
1st interactive toy. Finished in less than 2 min then started chewing it up. 2nd time took under 1 min & walked away as if to say "I know there are no more treats, I'm done". Took longer to fill than for her to get them all!
my dog loved the beginner puzzles so i decided to go up a level and get this one. he LOVES it. i made it too easy the first time he did it until i saw how if you position some of the flaps a certain way it can stop other ones from opening and vice versa. i love how you can drop pieces of kibble in the sliders so they have to be moved twice to get the treats. super high quality too!
This is my puppy's first puzzle. I went all in on the hardest setting and it took her less than 10 minutes to work it out. I'd rate it lower because it was too easy but she kept going back to it and playing with the sliders. She really enjoys sliding each one back and forth with her nose or paw. She's not sniffing for food, just examining the sliding function. She went back three or four times and played for a while without snacks over the course of an hour. I'll update if it doesn't hold her attention past day one, but thus far I'm content that she's enjoying it. I think it's more to slow her down then to actually provide a challenge.