PETSAFE Busy Buddy Barnacle Treat Dispenser Dog Toy, Large -

PetSafe Busy Buddy Barnacle Treat Dispenser Dog Toy

By PetSafe
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About This Item


  • This toy includes three treat chambers with the patented Treat Meter prong-design.
  • Bone-shaped grooves can be filled with your pup’s favorite spreadable treat for extra enjoyment.
  • Made from vanilla-scented rubber for a delicious and appealing toy.
  • Unpredictable bounce keeps this toy fun and exciting for prolonged enjoyment.
  • This toy is dishwasher-safe to keep it clean and ready for playtime.

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Questions & Answers

3 Customer Questions

Is the sportsmen version stronger than the purple barnacle by petsafe?
Answer by ChewyJan 10, 2019
Both the Sportsmen Barnacle and Busy Buddy (Purple) Barnacle have the same chew strength. The only different is in the color. Dogs can see purple very well, but they can't see orange very well. The reason for the orange toys is because hunters like to train using scents alone. That's where the orange comes in handy.

Would this be safe to leave with my dog unsupervised?
Answer by ChewyJan 04, 2020
Every dog plays differently and, since not all toys are created equal, it’s always best to keep a close watch on your pup in case things get ruff. Supervised play will help toys last longer and most importantly keep your pal safe.

Where is this made?
Answer by ChewyOct 17, 2018
This toy is manufactured in China using BPA free latex material with a natural vanilla scent.

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Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Mavericksmom19 on Mar 10, 2023

Great In Theory

We wanted to love this, but the ball falls wayyyyy short of expectations. He can’t get his treats out and if you clip the flanges on the inside to make it easier the treats don’t stay in. Even when you only clip one! Not a great ball at all. It is now a doorstop at our house.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Quincy on Mar 15, 2022

Works great for our restless pup... but what's that smell?

Our dog, who gets stir crazy quite a bit, enjoys playing with this and extracting the treats (kibble) that we put in it. The food comes out pretty easily, even without trimming the little spines that keep it in. Unfortunately, though, the toy has a strong 'resiny' smell that will not go away, even after running through the dishwasher top shelf (as advised). It doesn't bother our dog, but we sure do know when she's been chewing. It's not really a chemical smell, but it's definitely pungent, especially when she's been chewing on it. So, be aware if you don't like unusual odors, though it might work well outside (and the smell dies down when its not chewed).

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By JoMac on Dec 8, 2021

GSD loves this

Our toy arrived and smelled almost like vanilla. It doesn’t bother us nor our GSD, Lady. I put Charlee Bear treats inside, and it keeps her busy for hours! She can get them out without needing to trim any of the inside treat meter prongs. Best toy of the season thus far.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By TadS on Sep 7, 2021

That's not Vanilla

This toy has a rubber/urethane/scuba suit stink that is off putting to our dog. I put it outside to "air it out" but had do effect. Smell permeated the whole garage. Other than the fact my dog won't touch it, it seems like a good toy.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By BonesandChews on Feb 20, 2021

A Bad Choice

I was very excited about this toy because of the different treat areas and it would provide some play and interaction for her. I tried to put treats in it but they just fell out. I thought I had ordered the medium size for my puppy who weighs 20 pounds, but it just seemed too big and held no interest for her at all.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By forgetful on Feb 27, 2021

fantastic food dispenser

We've been through a lot of different dispensers trying to slow eating. For years, I used maze bowls and perhaps I'm slow, but it took me years to connect those with why so all the dogs that lived here got chipped/broken teeth. (I was super strict about not allowing bones, sticks, hooves, etc etc and I used to adopt senior/hospice dogs, so at the time, I wrote it off to old dog and that my resident dog just had bad teeth). Finally figured out that while they did indeed slow eating time, the zest for eating was expressed by chomping on the hard plastic + repeated tooth banging on the hard plastic. My doing things like smearing peanut butter in the bowls probably didn't help either. So, 3 lovely maze bowls went in the trash to prevent another dog from breaking their teeth on them. My latest girl is middle aged and has tooth resorption so I've been trying to find something that slows her eating without breaking teeth. She's not much of a puzzle solver. If she's given a figure it out puzzle, her method is to try and break it open with her mouth. As such, the hard plastic Kong wobbler which should be pretty simple was a big no for her since her method wasn't to wobble, but to try to crack it open. The same goes for a maze ball I used to use for some pups. It is great - if the dog is a brains over force kind of dog and takes the time to push it around. My not. We also tried a squishier feed ball. That one didn't risk breaking her teeth, but when you flip it over, 90% of the food falls out, so it was kind of pointless. Enter the Barnacle. This thing is amazing. First, it's somewhat squishy rubber (not that gross stuff that fur and dirt sticks to, but kind of a slightly more giving version of Kong rubber; and it's still very sturdy). That means that no matter how she tries to get her food out, I don't have to worry about it. I first put food in each of the 3 chambers and thought that the harder ones would be too hard for her, but she figured it. There are little rubber fingers that help hold the food in and you can cut them shorter so food falls out faster, but we left it as-is and it was perfect. The 3 sections are also all separated so if you have to empty each individually. A bowl of food that lasted less than 2 minutes now takes half an hour to get through - and during the whole half hour, she is enthralled. Even better, we do 4 smaller meals a day, which means she gets 2 hours a day working on eating. A win win for both of us. She's a bit lazy and usually just picks it up, brings it to her bed, lays down, and gets to work. But for a more active dog, pushing and pawing it around would work to dispense too. Overall, this was the dispenser we've been looking for and I couldn't be happier with it.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Shorty on Feb 14, 2021


It's more of a chew toy for our dog, because she can't figure out how to get the treats out of it, but the downside of it is the strong smell. It smells sort of like baby powder on steroids. After she's chewed on it, her breath smells like the toy. Ewwwww.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on Mar 8, 2021

My dog chased it around for hours

I'm a "bad mommy" and didn't trim any of the prongs so my dog had to chase these around hours. It kept him busy while I worked so I loved it!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Furmomma on Nov 13, 2020

Fun toy; great entertainment

I gave each of my pups their new toy with kibble hidden inside. One pup went right after it while the other took a little while to care about it. I expected this since that's their typical personalities. My terrier mix is very determined so as I expected, she chewed her toy up a little but it took some serious chewing. It's a good product. I taught my chi to play with it by tossing it down the hallway so he could see the kibble pop out when it bounced. After that, he smacked it around the house till it was empty lol I didn't have to show my terrier mix. She figured it out right away. So glad I bought this toy. It's perfect for days when the weather is crummy and we're stuck inside.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MrsMcQ on Jan 13, 2021

Great toy!

Our dog loves to chew! I wasn't sure how long this toy would last but so far it's holding up and it keeps her entertained/busy for HOURS this is by far the best "puzzle toy" or treat dispenser we've bought so far.