Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Smart Composite Puzzle Game Dog Toy

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About This Item

  • Exercises your pup’s brain and motor skills through delicious, playtime fun!
  • Designed with a unique composite material that looks like real wood but has the benefits of wood and plastic - sturdy and easy to clean.
  • Features 9 cups offering plenty of space for treats.
  • Place your dog’s favorite treats under each nob, put the toy on the floor and watch your furry friend work for his rewards.
  • Encourages plenty of interactive play—teach your dog how to use the puzzle and help guide him to victory!
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About Outward Hound Puzzle Toys for Dogs

Healthy Playtime Problem Solving

Did you know that 15 minutes of mental exercise can have a similar effect on your dog’s emotional well-being as 30 minutes of physical exercise? Dogs love to explore and problem solve and will use their noses and paws as tools. Each Nina Ottoson puzzle toy game is designed with your dog’s natural behaviors, senses and safety in mind.

Reduce Unwanted Behaviors

Setting your dog to work on a puzzle or game helps focus his attention and energy. This mental redirection can help reduce boredom, anxiety and destructive behaviors, too. Try using puzzle toys to distract your dog from fireworks, thunderstorms and other stressful situations.

Four Levels of Play

All dogs are different. That’s why each treat puzzle toy was designed with a different level of difficulty—to please dogs of all skill levels, whether they are beginners or puzzle-solving pros. Start by choosing a level that suits your pup’s skill set and level up as he learns!

Level 1

Perfect for beginners, these puzzles help gain interest and prepare dogs for puzzles to come.

Level 2

Features added obstacles, requiring your dog to combine actions to retrieve each tasty reward.

Level 3

These advanced puzzles challenge your dog to complete several steps in order to reach the hidden treats.

Level 4

This is the hardest level and requires multiple steps and problem-solving skills to solve!

For Bonding and Training

Nina Ottosson puzzle games are a great way to build your relationship with a newly adopted dog or help a shy dog come out of his shell. You can also use puzzles to help train your dog and practice basic commands like “sit” and “stay”.

About Outward Hound

Designed for dog lovers by dog lovers, Outward Hound products are made to meet the demands of your pet and your active lifestyle. Their unique lines of gear, toys, treat puzzles and dog bowls create engaging, interactive experiences that foster bonding between pets and their people. Let Outward Hound help you push the boundaries of playtime and Raise the Woof on what you expect from your pet gear!
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Questions & Answers

8 Customer Questions

Can a flat nosed breed (Frenchie) retrieve the treats without having to tip the whole thing over?
Answer by ChewyJun 02, 2019
This dog toy was designed with all breeds in mind.

Can the dog remove the covers by pawing at them or do they need to lift them up with their mouths? How deep is the indentation?
Answer by ChewyApr 22, 2020
Typically the treat covers are removed by mouth however, it may be possible to get the covers off with their paws. The hole that the treats rest in is approximately 3/8 inch deep within the base.

Would this toy work for a cat too?
Answer by ChewyMar 13, 2022
This toy is designed and tested for use with a dog.

what level is this puzzel
Answer by ChewyJan 30, 2022
This is a level 1 puzzle.

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60 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Qtpie on Apr 3, 2022

Not what I thought

Honest review : it may work for your dog but this is just our experience. After reading the comments and seeing that this game was supposed to be elementary I purchased it hoping it would be a good choice. The pegs are pretty thick and go deep. I don't know about big dogs but I just know for a small dog there is almost no way for them to knock it off with their paw and even biting and picking it up is not simple. We ended up having to play the game ourselves almost removing the pegs and just giving her the treats. Hoping to find a different game on chewy website that is better.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Libby on May 24, 2022

great game

It took him a little while to figure it out, but once I showed him how to use it (basically I pretended to be the one looking for the treat) he got it right away. Doesn’t entertain him for long, but a good 10-15 minutes.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Erica on Feb 21, 2022

Just hard enough for 10wk pup

We started putting the last bit of our 10wk black lab’s kibble in this at the end of every meal. At first we had to show him a few to keep him interested, very fun to watch him get them by accident and then eventually clearly know what to do but not quite be able to execute it. By day 4 he is effortlessly pulling up each peg, it takes him about 3-5 minutes, but it still engages him and keeps him busy. Perfect challenge for his age. I’ll definitely be getting a level 2 puzzle next! PS You just put a kibble or 2 into the base and set the peg over it, although you can partially fill the peg and then tip it into place easily if you want to do more.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Forsythiablooming on Apr 28, 2022

Great Puzzle!

My puppy loves this puzzle toy! He gets so excited when I take it out and barks for me to fill it faster. He loves picking up/knocking over the puzzle pieces to get to the treats.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By OLDCFB on Jun 3, 2022

Caught on in a flash.

After the first go-round, she picked the right ones quickly. Ready for next level. Delivery from you was very fast.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Rory on Feb 16, 2022

There Are Better Puzzles Out There

If you're looking into a starter enrichment or puzzle toy, I'd recommend looking at a different toy. The blocks are really small and it's really tedious placing food in the trays and getting the blocks to sit firmly in their place. I ended up giving this away because it was too annoying to use (and honestly way too easy for my dog). It might work well if you have a small dog and smaller pieces of kibble/treats, but for someone with a medium-large dog, I'd get another Nina Ottosson puzzle.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ncast on Apr 18, 2022

Puppy LOVES this puzzle

My 4 month old puppy loves this puzzle! Perfect for some quiet play time all though she does only want to eat from the puzzle now and not her bowl.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Meghan on Mar 26, 2022

works but dog chewed it up

I really wanted this to work, but when I left my 13 lb dog alone with he it, he was able to destroy the litte cups that are used to hide the food. Works if your dog isn’t a chewer

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Blackwatchtartan on Feb 17, 2022

Dogs think pegs are the treats

Maybe my dogs are dumb, but they remove the pegs and chew on them! I have to monitor the exercise and then chase the dog who runs off with the peg! I suppose we all get exercise with the game of chase, but that’s not the goal here! LOL!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By FreyaSkullz on Nov 5, 2021

Simple and fun

While we typically use other puzzle toys as feeders, we keep this one exclusively for treats (a "dessert" toy, if you will). Pop one treat in, let your dog figure out where it's hidden, repeat. The board and pieces are sturdy and the high quality you should expect from a Nina Ottosson product.