Super enrichment for a 12-y-o border collie who is not destructive nor a terribly strong chewer. The little silicone fingers at the bottom hold goodies like frozen peas, crumbs from the bottom of his treat pouch, bits of meat, etc. I fill the rest of the cavity with layers of canned pumpkin and greek yogurt, into which I have mixed more of all of the above tasty bits. Then I pop it into the freezer for later use as a surprise treat for settling in an open crate. Licking the contents out of the Toppl takes him 15-20 minutes. Licking behavior is calming and best done on a toy like this, rather than a leg or paw. Of course my dog gets a significant amount of outdoor exercise every day, along with several play sessions, as well as several brief sessions of positive reinforcement training that keep him intellectually stimulated as well. This toy is not a replacement but a fun adjunct to exercise, play and training. It relieves boredom for our dog while we catch an NBA game, and leaves him feeling quite satisfied with his evening. Note: it is insane that this comments section does not allow an accent on pumpkin puree, nor quotation marks or even so much as a possessive or word contraction apostrophe. All are apparently considered (quote) emojis (end quote), which is disallowed, and means re-typing an entire review. [irritated emoji-face]
After a lot of consideration I bought both the large and small of toppl. Background: I have a 9 month border collie/cattle dog/lab mix. She’s a strong chewer but not super destructive. She is very food motivated. She has A LOT of treat toys and I like to use treat feeders to giver her meals in to burn off some energy. As a meal feeder: You need both sizes if you’re going to use this for dry kibble. Otherwise it’ll all just fall out. But for the price and the amount of time it takes her to get the kibble out and the amount it holds (1/2 c of dry), it’s not worth it imo. Also screwing the top to the bottom is not nearly as easy as the video shows and sometimes I really need to pull them apart. She has an orange ball with indents that holds all of her meal (1 cup dry) that takes longer and was MUCH cheaper. The larger toppl is pretty good for freezing kibble though. Easier than a large kong bc it holds more and is less frustrating for her to get out. There is that hole on the side that’s nickle sized. I put either peanut butter to plug it up or I prefer plain canned pumpkin, freeze that, then fill with kibble and water. As a treat holder: separately they’re just too easy for my dog. The openings are huge and she just sticks her snout in and voila. Now I could smear peanut butter or pumpkin in there but I don’t give those to her a lot plus I think it would be messy but maybe not. And you can do that with a kong too. If you put them together and use smaller training sized treats so they fall out, that works better. TLDR; for my dog, the larger size works best as a frozen kibble feeder. Buying both was unnecessary.
This is definitely not the fault of Chewy but in the manufacturer's description of it. My German Shorthair Pointer had this less than 5 minutes and tore it. I was quite disappointed as other West Paw products I have purchased were wonderful.
We absolutely love the toppl! We have both the small and large sizes and several of each. They're great for a slow feeder as is for our little guy who's got about a brain cell and a half and are really wonderful frozen with Pumpkin's dinner. Sometimes we put two together and both dogs love that. Much easier to clean than others on the market and can be very versatile for different dogs (or growing puppies) ability and/or confidence levels. Obviously would buy again.
I love using these for my dog. The large toppl will last him an hour at least. It is safer to use than a kong as his tongue can not get suctioned into the feeder.
I bought this to go with the large dispensing toy. When joined they created a nice distraction for my 10 month old golden retriever. Once separated, tho, and the treats consumed, he continued to chew the toy and soon some bits of the toy were also consumed. Just hoping for a good 'out'come, if you know what I mean.
nice enough strong enough but when i hooked 2 of them together, my dog separated them in no time flat. She is a tough dog who likes to chew is all !!!!
I've used Kongs forever to keep my dogs busy but they are so difficult to fill. These toppls are an absolute game changer. SOOOOO easy to fill up and freeze.
We love this toy! It's so much easier to fill than Kongs. I place a wine cork in the hole for freezing and remove before giving to my dog. This gives us the ability to top it off with liquids like salt-free broths. My goal is to eventually have 4 or 5 of these to keep on rotation.
Great for freezing treats. Entertains Charles as he works at eating his frozen banana. Well made and durable. Charles is not an aggressive chewer but is definitely food driven