During therapy dog visits, I explain to the children that Mr. N does puzzles too only instead of the satisfaction of putting it together, he does it for food. He then demonstrates and the kids always enjoy watching him.
We recently added two new food toys to our arsenal, courtesy of Company of Animals. We were sent the Mini Green Slow Dog Feeder and the Nina Ottosson Mix Max Treat Puzzle, Advanced Level.
Mr. N doesn’t/won’t eat kibble so I put some jerky pieces in the feeder. After eating the treats around the edges, Mr. N approached the feeder like he does food puzzles and tried to tip it over. He had trouble reaching the ones in the middle. I think his muzzle isn’t long enough to nab the treats there effectively.
Overall, I think this would be an excellent tool for most dogs that like to gulp down their food and I like the design. This is also dishwasher-safe. Brachycephalic dogs and some of the toy dogs with short, snippy muzzles may have trouble getting all of the food out.
I specifically asked for an advanced food puzzle because Mr. N does all of the ones at home in less than a minute and it completely ruins the point of having him be occupied for a while. The MixMax comes in three difficulties (easy, medium and advanced) and can be combined with the other levels.
There are four yellow round pieces. The dog needs to slide the yellow piece out of a corner and slide it over to an exit in order to retrieve the treat. The treat needs to be small enough to fit under the circle but big enough so that it can’t be retrieved through the hole. Mr. N ate all the small pieces I put in initially through the holes.
It took him a little longer to solve than his other ones and he enjoyed playing with it once he figured out he couldn’t “cheat” anymore. This toy is perfectly-sized for Mr. N but for medium to large dogs, I think the pieces are too small to be played without strict supervision.
|This is Mr. N’s triumphant “I got the food out” face|
Does your dog(s) play with food puzzle toys?
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