When I first got this for my cattle/border collie mix it was great. It lasted us about 6 months before I needed to replace it. They recently had a redesign of the product, because small dogs were getting their mouth stuck in the opening. while I understand the change, it now doesn't work at all for us. I've had to replace this twice in the last month.. and I only did that because it's my dog's favorite item. It constantly splits the top off in half, and it has small plastic strips that cause my dog to rip and pull it off. But I'll be searching for something else now, as I can't keep paying to replace this. Might work well for small dogs that can't fit their mouth around it.
I also have the pet IQ orange treat ball with the adjustable slider as comparison, and I really like that. I thought this was going to be similar, and that it would work well. However, I was mistaken. It says that it is adjustable, but neither of the instructions, nor the video tells you exactly how to adjust it. The only way I think it can be adjusted is by taking out one or two of the desks. However, when you take them out, it unbalance is the weight of the ball, making it harder for the dog to get the treat out of the hole. Furthermore, I am baffled by why they chose to make the top section split into two. Maybe I’m missing something here and it’s actually a brilliant design, but all I know is what I have observed: my dogs get frustrated by this toy since they can’t get the treats out of the hole in the intended manner, and they find it is much easier to dismantle the toy. I think that the split top design makes it too easy for the dog to dismantle. I am a product designer myself (admittedly I design digital products for humans, not dog toys) but I can’t understand why the toy was made this way if it just makes it easy to break and hard to use. Did they even do usability testing on the prototype before rolling it out? If there is a way to use the toy that my dogs and I are missing, the company should outline that in the product instructions or make a video. Not including a photo since I see plenty of other customers photos with the dismantled ball.
Loved the concept of this, especially with the different advancement levels as your dog gets used to one. I have a medium/large size dog. He's a one year old lab mix at maybe 55lbs. He loved the toy, but within 2-3 uses, it started chipping plastic pieces. This toy isn't great if you have non-carpeted floors as the impact causes the top to unscrew pretty easily and tear apart within minutes, exposing all of the treats and leaving four big plastic pieces for your dog to chew if he's a chewer (two quarter spheres, a half sphere, and the inside section). This toy would be of better quality if the ball was only two pieces instead of three (the quarter sphere top makes it easier for your dog to rip the to toy apart to grab all the treats at once) or the two half spheres locked tighter.
I have a 3 month old golden retriever that is too smart for his own good! I’ve been trying to find something that will keep him occupied for a while and help stimulate his brain. I found it! I broke up two little puppy bone treats and put it in the ball and he rolled it all around and got mad because because nothing was happening! So I helped him and showed him how it worked and that was all it took! He’s chased that thing all over the house! I’m not sure why one side of it is two halves, but so far, it hasn’t been a problem for us.
If you have a dog who prefers to chew over figuring out a puzzle, i can speak from experience that within hours of receiving this, my dog completely missed the purpose of this toy and managed to CRACK the plastic ball into pieces. You've been warned. Otherwise, I honestly think this would've been a successful product for perhaps a smaller dog or for a dog with less destructive tendencies.
My 8.5 month old puppy got the treats out all right First time introduced it to her, she had the ball unscrewed and was chewing on the hard plastic half in under 5 minutes (after she had finished all the treats off the floor).
Our 75lb rescue black lab mix, loves opening Christmas gifts. So Santa got lots of toys from Chewy.com elves! All stuffed animals were a hit but the treat dispensing ball only lasted a matter of THREE minutes. He already had it cracked because his intent was SERIOUS...he had to get the treats inside by any means. So if you have a large dog that will get to the food anyway possible, don't buy this breakable plastic item. Tried attaching a photo but I keep getting an error message about pixel size.
Our dog got the ball for Christmas. It got stuck under the couch and I pulled it out the next day. Within 5min of playing with it she had managed to pop it open. My son walked past the room she was playing in and asked if the ball was supposed to be in 4 pieces. After thsy every time I gave it to her she immediately broke it open to eat the food. I guess she figured it out, just not the way we expected. Felt like it was a waste of money.
My French bulldog LOVES this treat toy! She continues to play with it long after the treats are gone. She will play with it until she gets tired and goes to sleep! We have hardwood floors and the ball makes a lot of noise which she loves. Great exercise for a winter day!
My large 90 lbs doodle puppy can pick this up in his mouth so although he does push it around to dispense food, I think it's a matter of time before he cracks the hard plastic in his teeth to get the kibble out. Probably best for smaller dogs who can't fit it in their mouth