I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to dog toys that help keep them busy, work their brains and additionally are robust enough to withstand a bit of a bashing, so I was pretty pleased to try out a few of these with my crew the other day. There is more to life than rubber Kongs!
The Hunter Smart Snack Cactus Dog Toy (from Bonlays) (pictured above) came pretty near top of the list for my mutts. It was tricky enough for them to have to work it out but not so difficult that it became frustrating. They could pick it up quite easily and bowl it around, but when they managed to get it the right way up, the treats came out quite easily. If I were to criticise it I’d say that you are restricted to only small morsels and nothing sticky, as it might be a tough one to try and wash out. Easy to load (unscrew one of the cactussy legs) and it gives your dogs a different kind of challenge!
My other favourite at the moment is the Zogoflex ‘Tux’ from Collarways. This is ideal to put sticky treats (like a scrape of cream cheese) inside, or pack full and freeze. The dogs grabbed it and flung it about in an effort to dislodge the doggies but ended up just licking away at it peacefully – perfect!
And finally what about my old stalwart, the Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug. I adore this toy for even my greediest dogs. Easy to open and fill with any size goodies, this is so simply to wash out that you could use it for pretty much anything including moister treats like carrot and apple. Yes, the tugger may not last forever but that is easily rectified by popping a ball inside the bottle to form a valve. You can even get it in different sizes as well, and the plastic is (I am told) bullet-proof. Well, it survives Jack the Retriever who has toughed it out at many a mealtime, so I think – definitely worth your doggy spends.