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We love puzzle toys, and your dog will too. Often recommended by dog behaviorists, interactive dog toys are designed to help keep your dog busy while you’re away. While these toys offer much-needed mental stimulation for your pup, nothing can replace the value of you engaging in interactive play with your dog (i.e. tug-of-war or fetch). However, puzzle toys are a great supplement to playing with your dog.
Amazon has a great selection of puzzle games and treat toys for small dogs, large dogs, and everyone in between. Here are some of the best puzzle toys for dogs you can get in 2019.
Move over, hide and seek. There’s a new game in town, and it’s called hide and squeak by Outward Hound. This plush puzzle game is simple, really— you stuff the adorable little squeaky squirrels into the oh-so-soft tree trunk and watch your dog pull them out one by one. Then stuff ’em back in, and do it again. This interactive toy is super fun and food free for dogs on a diet.
It’s slightly less cardio-heavy than the normal chasing of squirrels, but it keeps dogs entertained even when they’re just, well, chewing on the squirrels. Comes in three sizes.Buy Now on Amazon for $16.82
Whether your dog is pawing it around the house or carefully licking out every last goody, it’s bound to keep him entertained all day long. Available in multiple sizes and with special varieties for puppies, seniors, and extreme chewers.Buy Now on Amazon for $12.99
Watch out! You let your dog spend too much time with this clever puzzle and he’ll soon outsmart you. The wooden toy requires your dog to maneuver the levers to reveal the dog treats.
Made by well-regarded Swedish puzzle toys for dogs line Nina Ottosson, it’s a great exercise in mental stimulation that keeps your dog curious.Buy Now on Amazon for $19.49
You know those blow-up bop bags you’d punch as a kid? This treat-dispensing toy by Starmark is kind of like that, only much smaller, and filled with delicious goodies. It’s a dog puzzle to be solved with face and feet, so expect some loud and ecstatic playtime with this.
Fill the toy with your dog’s favorite treat, or even his entire dinner, then customize the opening to determine just how many calories your dog should get. As he works for it, the toy bobs and tilts on an anti-slip, weighted base. It’s like dinner and a show.Buy Now on Amazon for $25.19
Like the Bob-a-Lot, the IQ Treat Ball by Our Pets can be filled with treats, then an opening is determined based on the desired difficulty. Want to entertain your canine all day long? Tighten that opening. Make it easy? Open it up. A one size fits all dog puzzle toy.Buy Now on Amazon for $11.70
Shaped like a warped tube, the Qwizle puzzle toy from West Paw can be stuffed with dog food kibble, apple slices, dog biscuits, jerky strips, carrot sticks nut butters…you name it! As long as your dog likes it and it’s healthy for them, feel free to stuff it into the Qwizl. West Paw touts this toy as one of their strongest, so even if your pup is a heavy chewer, this one should be able to withstand their chomping…at least for a while.Buy Now on Amazon for $19.95
It’s like fast food for dogs. The Tug-A-Jug by PetSafe, which holds up to an entire meal worth of kibble, won’t only satisfy your dog’s hunger, but keep him occupied for quite some time, too.
The unique design features a textured rubber wrap, which cleans teeth, a rope to tug on, and a jug filled with snacks. Best suited for larger breeds, it’s basically a dog’s dream.Buy Now on Amazon for $15.95
Available in three sizes for all size dogs, the Tricky Treat Ball by Omega Paw is as simple as it sounds— a familiar ball shape, with tricky-to-find treats. No gimmicks here, simply load it up and watch as your dog pushes it around the house, focused and trying to get out his favorite snack. One of our readers’ most popular treat-dispensing toys of all time.
Dogs like it because it’s basically their favorite game: fetch.Buy Now on Amazon for $6.53
Designed especially for small dogs, this little puzzle by Trixie Pet Products is legitimately difficult. Each knob, flap, and cone must be operated in some way (tongues, paws, whatever) to get the treat.
Remember: dogs don’t have opposable thumbs. With a non-slip rubber rim, this game stays in place as long as it takes.Buy Now on Amazon for $7.70
Similar in shape to the Classic Kong, this treat-dispensing puzzle toy teeters from side to side, gradually gifting dog food to your pup. In addition to keeping your dog entertained, this toy has the added benefit of slowing down your dog’s eating pace.Buy Now on Amazon for $19.99
We’ve all played the human Twister, but how about Dog Twister? This game features a wheel of compartments to be filled with hidden treats that are only revealed after the dog moves one block after another in a circle.
You can even lock some of the blocks with a bone shaped peg for added difficulty. When they finally understand how the game works, more blocks can be locked, upping the difficulty level.Buy Now on Amazon for $19.99
With three different levels to choose from, you can make this treat-dispensing puzzle toy more or less difficult based upon your dog’s age or familiarity with the toy. It’s made from durable plastic that you can easily take apart for cleaning.
Fill this ball dog toy with kibble or treats to keep your dog physically motivated and mentally engaged. Food toys like this one are also a great way to get your enthusiastic eater to slow down when they snack.Buy Now on Amazon for $8.99
This toy’s soft, rubber-like material keeps hardwoods and furniture from getting scratched. If you buy more than one, you can connect two or more together to change the way the toy rolls and bounces. To change up the challenge for your clever pup, add treats of different sizes. We have dogs in our office who love this toy and recommend it for dogs of all ages and sizes.Buy Now on Amazon for $23
Made from hard plastic that stands up well to chewers, this toy will almost certainly keep your dog busy. The rings must be chewed off to be removed, which can take some time. You can buy replacement rings once the original pieces have been chewed off.
This toy might be especially useful for dogs with poor eyesight who are unable to see when the treats fall out of traditional toys.Buy Now on Amazon for $19.97
Business in the front, party in the back, indeed.
This toy’s design is really fun—you may enjoy it just as much as your dog! It’s made from durable, non-toxic rubber and has two differently shaped openings for large and small treats. You can also play fetch with this toy, so it’s a good option for dogs who like to chase just as much as they like to puzzle.Buy Now on Amazon for $14.99
This puzzle toy is a little on the easier side, so it would be a good choice for senior dogs or dogs who might get easily frustrated by more challenging toys. Getting treats out of this toy isn’t quite as tough as others because it’s made from soft (but strong) rubber. Your dog will have a blast bouncing this puzzle ball around, knocking treats loose as he plays.Buy Now on Amazon for $10.99
Dogs have to work to knock their reward loose from this toy which traps treats in its ridges. To make the puzzle even more challenging for precocious pups, you can interlock the small and large sizes to make it even more challenging. This toy is more challenging than some of the others, especially if you use treats that don’t easily dislodge.
Expect this toy to see lots of action and get a little dirty—good thing it’s dishwasher safe.Buy Now on Amazon for $20.95
How cute is this? You can stuff six little aliens into this plush spaceship for your inquisitive dog to remove in whatever way he can. To increase the level of intrigue, the aliens are all equipped with a squeaker that will surprise your dog when it’s compressed. This toy is kind of like seven toys in one since you can toss the miniature Martians across the room for your doggie to retrieve.
Not recommended for heavy chewers who will quickly decapitate the adorable aliens. And be aware that squeaky toys can be fun for your dog but may not always be fun for you.Buy Now on Chewy for $15.99
Let the experiments begin! Your dog will be challenged to flip the canisters upside down and keep them balanced until the treats fall out. This toy comes with several lids with varying hole sizes for increased or decreased difficulty. It’s probably best for a dog who’s familiar with puzzle toys because it’s a little on the challenging side.Buy Now on Chewy for $15.38
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