Some dog toys are a cut above the rest. Dog puzzle toys do more than just entertain your dog. They pique your pup’s curiosity and stimulate your furry friend mentally. Dog puzzle toys foster dogs’ problem-solving capabilities. Some puzzles can take hours for your dog to solve which will help wear out very energetic dogs so that they (and you) can rest easy. Just like our fur babies, dog puzzle toys come in many shapes and sizes. Some are more appropriate for smaller breeds while others are best for the big ones.
We decided to round up some of the most beloved dog puzzle toys for all types of dogs. Some dogs prefer to chew others prefer to paw at obstacles while still more offer a squeaky reward for dogs who love that sweet sound of success. If you are looking for ways to stimulate your dog, you could do no better than these outstanding dog puzzle toys for your pooch.
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Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Easy)
$14.99 at the time of publication.
This level-1 interactive dog puzzle toy is an entertaining dog treat dispenser that will prepare your pup for more challenging games. Exercise your dog’s brain with 9 removable treat dispensing compartments that keep pups busy while redirecting destructive behaviors. You can also use this as a food dispenser to slow down eating and make it even more fun for your baby. This is excellent for puppies or dogs new to dog puzzle toys.
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Intermediate)
$19.99 at the time of publication.
The Dog Hide N’ Slide level 2 intermediate dog puzzle is a fun hide-and-seek challenge that requires your pup to learn how combined actions lead to a tasty reward! It’s great for dogs who have mastered level-1 puzzles. Swivel to hide treats under the flippers or place them in the blocks through the top opening for an added challenge! Your pup will need to take sequential steps to release the final rewards!
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Advanced)
$32.99 at the time of publication.
If you can’t already tell, we are huge fans of Outward Hounds dog puzzle toys. They really are some of the most entertaining puzzles out there for pups. The Nina Ottosson Challenge Slider is a fun, level 3 puzzle for dogs who get bored quickly and need an engaging activity to keep them stimulated. Your pup will enjoy sniffing and pawing for treats as they discover the specific sequential steps needed to get to the tasty reward.
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Expert)
$38.49 at the time of publication.
Do you have a particularly bright pooch who loves to solve problems? This is the most advanced dog puzzle toy that Outward Hound offers and it is a blast for the right kind of pup. This level 4 puzzle requires your dog to complete a series of steps in the correct order to keep discovering more hidden treats or kibble. It even has a spinning wheel component that your dog must solve.
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Block Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Best Overall)
$13.99 at the time of publication.
If you have no idea which of the above dog puzzle toys to get, no sweat! This very affordable puzzle toy is best for most dogs and almost any dog will eventually figure this one out. Apart from the first dog puzzle toy we shared, this is a very accessible toy for most dogs to play with. And, that will be our final Outward Hound toy. They are all so fantastic and we urge you to give one of these toys a try.
Pet Zone (Small Dog) IQ Treat Ball
$14 at the time of publication.
Do you have a small dog who likes to chase after things? Well, we are positive your little fur baby will want to chase after this ball that dispenses kibble or treats. Your furry friend gets smarter as they play with this interactive dog puzzle toy ball, learning how to roll the ball to get dog treats to fall out. Adjust the desired difficulty level using the ball’s adjustable interior disc. They really will have a ball.
TRIXIE Dog Gambling Tower (Great for Puppies)
$24.99 at the time of publication.
Designed for puppies, this dog puzzle toy from Trixie can help sharpen your baby’s mental skills. It has three tiers that let you vary the placement and the amount of treats (or kibble). When your puppy pulls on one of the rope loops, it releases treats down to the next level until eventually, it falls out of the bottom, and your puppy gets to claim his reward. As for design, it has non-slip rubber feet and evenly placed weight to prevent it from sliding and tipping over as your puppy plays.
KONG Classic Dog Toy (For Large Dogs Who Love to Chew)
$13.99 at the time of publication.
Do you have a larger dog that chews as if its life depends on it? This classic dog puzzle toy from KONG can be used as a normal chew toy, a toy to play fetch with, and a treat dispenser. It’s made from an ultra-durable rubber that’s next to impossible to pierce and has a bubbled design that makes it bounce erratically for the most mental stimulation possible. There is a compartment where you can put your dog’s favorite treats or kibble or even peanut butter. They will stay occupied for a long time trying to get all of them out.
KONG Classic Dog Toy (Great for Small Dogs Who Love to Chew)
$8.49 at the time of publication.
Big dogs don’t get to have all the fun! KONG also makes their classic dog puzzle toy for smaller breeds as well. This small option will be a beloved toy for your pup to try and coax treats and other goodies out of.
WEST PAW Zogoflex Toppl Treat Dispensing Dog Toy Puzzle (Small or Large Options)
$18.95 at the time of publication.
Keep your friendly Fido busy and entertained with this dog chew toy from West Paw that features hidden treats or kibble they must discover during play. It’s great for this feature alone but when your dog has eaten all the treats, it is also a great toy for fetch and general chewing. It comes in a small size for smaller breeds and a large one for bigger dogs.
There you go! We hope you found some dog puzzle toys that your pup will enjoy solving. There is something on this list for every type of dog so choose the one or two that you think your fur baby will enjoy most and see how they do with it.
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- 1 Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Easy)
- 2 Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Intermediate)
- 3 Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Advanced)
- 4 Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Expert)
- 5 Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Block Treat Puzzle Dog Toy (Best Overall)
- 6 Pet Zone (Small Dog) IQ Treat Ball
- 7 TRIXIE Dog Gambling Tower (Great for Puppies)
- 8 KONG Classic Dog Toy (For Large Dogs Who Love to Chew)
- 9 KONG Classic Dog Toy (Great for Small Dogs Who Love to Chew)
- 10 WEST PAW Zogoflex Toppl Treat Dispensing Dog Toy Puzzle (Small or Large Options)
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