I purchased the smaller ball for my 40lb mixed, medium-sized dog. He didn't show much interest in it at first and when he did months later it shattered. I was afraid he might swallow the plastic pieces so I didn't replace the ball. A year later after using other toys for mental stimulation on my pup, I decided to buy this again but in a bigger size. The large ball prevents him from using his mouth because I think that's why it broke in the first place. It is big enough that he is constantly rolling it around for 30-60 mins, out of breath, and went to sleep after. If the ball can fit in your pup's mouth, monitor them, or don't buy it in case it breaks. Overall, the bigger size is perfect for my dog, tires him out, and we would have to take a break in between ball-treat times because he would get frustrated and bark at the ball lol.
We purchased this for our Goldendoodle. She has never destroyed a toy that we have given her. All her stuff animals are still in one piece as are her food puzzles. We put small treats in this for her to play with while we ate. Within a few minutes we saw that it was destroyed. The top screws into the bottom of theball. The top also can break into 2 pieces. We were concerned that the pieces could easily be broken and swallowed. I am attaching a picture. I would not recommend this and worry that it could be a choking hazard.
My chihuahua terrier mix is a chowhound. I fill this with his food and it keeps him occupied for a while. He needs a bit of activity so it helps with that and mind stimulation too as he comes up with different strategies to try to get the food out. I have lick mats, bullies, other treat balls, puzzles, forage mats, etc! And this is the best of all. I bought the small one for my 14 pounder. Note he is not an avid chewer/does not destroy toys but he did bite off part of a rubber treat ball before I bought this one. With this one there are no signs of that happening. It's very hard plastic so with small dogs it seems it'd be difficult for them to break it apart.
How to put food in it!!! A lot of people complain of it “breaking” and hard to keep together, if you have small treats and poor it the hole and kinda shake it till it all falls to the bottom ( then fill to your disire, I do all the way to under the top white border) it doesn’t fall apart and it’s not hard to fill Definitely smaller than I thought but I did order the smallest! My Great Pyrenees is a puzzle loving and food motivated dog so she quite loves it!
My guy loves his new ball! He loudly bangs it into the walls all day. He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, so I have it set as level one and it is just challenging enough. He's not a chewer, so no issues with him destroying it. However, I'm confused about why the part you unscrew is two pieces, it easily could've been one and would have been easier for the human to put it back together. <shrug> Overall, in this house it's a win!
At first I thought this was great. It kept my beagle puppy entertained for a good amount of time but it was too small. I couldn’t put too much kibble in it at a time so I had to refill plus if he would hit it agains a baseboard too hard or pounce on it hard enough it pops open. I eventually glued it together and just shake the treats into the lower compartment. I think with a small dog or maybe just a calmer dog it would be great
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.
At first Amadeus kept trying to bite the ball instead of moving it around to get the treats out of it. We put in some of his kibble instead of treats and it's great to tire out your pup. However, Amadeus did get frustrated very quickly with this one since the treats are on a multi level and he's new to dispensing toys.