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|Toy Feature||Teething, Exercise||—||—||Water Toy, Exercise, Tough Chewer, Bouncy, Outdoor||—|
|Breed Size||Medium Breeds||Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds||Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds||Medium Breeds||All Breeds|
|Toy Type||Treat Dispensers||Treat Dispensers||Treat Dispensers||Chew Toys, Treat Dispensers||Balls, Treat Dispensers|
It's a sticker shock, I know. I uploaded 2 images of my dog's bobs-a-lot after 4 years of play. He's 30 lb cocker spaniel. A hunting breed, it's a breed-appropriate toy. I can control the level, and amount of treats as well, thanks to the 2 sliders, which extend playtime. On hard floors, it does sound like a bowling ball, however. If you have a grumpy downstairs neighbor, or partner, this might not be the optimal toy.
I’m using this as a slow feeding toy for my Golden Retriever puppy. Since the large can hold 3 cups max, it makes sense that it can be used for kibble vs just small treats. It keeps my dog entertained and works his mind, which is my goal. However he’s a large breed puppy eating 2 cups of food per meal. One of the biggest flaws with this toy is that it takes forever to fill, even with the top hole adjusted to be all the way open. I have to pour in 1/3-1/2 cup, put my hand over the mound of dog food sitting in the top chamber that hasn’t fallen in, and shake it until the food falls through the hole and into the toy. By the time I’ve nearly filled 2 cups worth of food I’m really annoyed. A solution would be the hole being able to be adjusted to be much bigger, or better yet have the hole adjuster detach completely so you can simply pour entire cups of food into the toy and then screw the lid on. It’s not the toy to use when you’re in a rush in the morning trying to provide enrichment before you leave. The second biggest flaw with this toy is the hard plastic construction. It makes it durable, but I’ve used this on 3 dogs and all of them end up pushing it against the walls/doors as they nudge it along, and it’s so heavy and rough that it’s going to scratch the paint on my doors and trim. A solution would be a rubber coating on the outside of the toy to provide at least a little cushion. Overall it entertains my dog, but between these two major issues I’m searching for an alternative. If improvements noted above were made it would be perfect. Would be great if they came out with an updated version as this toy has been around for awhile.
My two adorable Chihuahua mixes absolutely adore this toy! Initially, I bought just one to see if it would catch their interest, but it turned into a playful battle between them. They both loved it so much that I'm definitely ordering another to keep up with these mischievous boys!
My lab is a fast eater and I've used bowls with knobs to slow down eating. She prefers the bob-a-lot to the bowl! And it keeps her busy for about 10 minutes until it's empty. This is easy to fill! My first bob-a-lot I didn't screw the yellow lid back on figuring food would come out from both openings but she starting chewing on the top and now it's a mess. I'm putting the lid on each time with the new one.
I have a standard poodle puppy that gets her last round of shots next month. So In the meantime she’s relatively a house pup. Which is very difficult to use up some of that energy. So I was looking for an interactive toy to tire her out so I can be productive with other things sometimes. This toy is PERFECT. I filled it with treats but honestly she is more into just whacking it and dragging it around. It’s definitely her favorite toy right now!
I have a 70 lb, 9mo old GSP/Heeler/Bloodhound mix. This toy is covering all of his bases. He gets to slap it, which makes his GSP happy. He gets to chase it, which entertains the heeler in him. AND the bloodhound gets to sniff out all the flying kibble! It's large enough to fit a whole meal inside which is great. So far it's been 13 minutes of play and he's still got half his breakfast left. It's hard plastic so definitely not for dogs who want to chew their way to their food, and it'll definitely break a window if thrown. I'd also keep it away from stairs, if it falls, I'd imagine it'll break.
The intention of this toy is to be slow feeder /enrichment toy but if there is any risk to your pup chewing on it please do not buy it. This plastic breaks easily and caused a block in my dogs stomach resulting in the need for surgery.
I know this was on clearance and I can see why now. It has a distinct moldy smell that won't wash out. I didn't notice it until my pet finished the first bit of kibble in it and then proceeded to start to scratch and chew on the top. It's a shame since it's a great way to feed my beagle to keep him from wolfing down his meal or treats.
I bought several toys recently to see which ones my English mastiff wouldn't immediately destroy. She loves this toy and plays with it even when I don't fill it with treats. She carries it around by the yellow cap. It is still intact! Great purchase!
I like the idea of this, but my puppy has been having a difficult time understanding it. She is only 14 weeks old, and weighs 14 lbs, so maybe in a few weeks we will try again.