Demonstration and Review: Canine Food Puzzles and Games - Dr. Marty Becker


Demonstration and Review: Canine Food Puzzles and Games

Thursday, Jun 3rd, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

These are the products I featured in my Facebook Live presentation featuring a roundup of dog food puzzles and games designed to give both their mind and body a workout! You can view the video here or at the end of this post.

The remarks below include information from the manufacturers as well as my own comments.

Note: I purchased all these products myself. Nothing was sponsored in any way. I haven’t linked to anything and receive no compensation of any kind if you decide to purchase one of these puzzles.

Trixie Flower Tower Dog Activity Center & Strategy Game, Level 3 ($31.99)

  1. Play tower comes with six cones
  2. Various ways to change difficulty using cones, slots and sliders
  3. The dog earns food rewards by opening the slots
  4. The rubber feet discourage sliding
  5. We also like the Trixie Pet Products Poker Box 2, Level 2

Trixie Gambling Tower Activity Center & Strategy Game, Level 2 ($15.59)

  1. Dog earns rewards by gently pulling on loops to open drawers in the correct order
  2. Can vary the number of drawers to increase difficulty
  3. Also has three cones to hide treats in the base.
  4. Design prevents cones from simply being knocked over because they must be pulled straight up to lift out

Green Interactive Feeder ($34.99) 

  1. Like a giant golf divot, this product slows down feeding to reduce the risk of bloat and increase enrichment
  2. Stimulates dog’s natural tendency to scavenge for food

Buster Dog Maze ($17.99 mini and $26.99 large)

  1. Available in five pleasing colors, this maze utilizes the fact dogs can both see and smell the food to get it out
  2. Make your dog a Houndini as they use “slight of paw” to eat

Kibble Nibble in Busy Buddy line of toys by PetSafe ($10.95 small and $15.95 large)

  1. Slows down eating by making mealtime playtime
  2. Holds up to two cups of food. You can trim the treat meters (flexible tabs) to decrease difficulty or accommodate larger sizes of kibble
  3. Stands up to heavy chewers and top-rack dishwasher safe
  4. To make the challenge even more enjoyable for the dog, you can use multiple Kibble Nibbles, split the food evenly between them, and hide them in the house, or in the yard

Paw5 Wooly Snuffle Mat ($33.00)

  1. Encourages natural foraging with dogs using their powerful sense of smell to find food
  2. Easy to clean, fully machine washable

Mighty Paw Dog Lick Pad ($14.99)

  1. Strong suction cups to attach to the floor, wall, or side of the bathtub
  2. Can use with canned food, peanut butter, EasyCheese, whipped cream, or yogurt
  3. What I like about this product is that you can use very little product to keep them occupied for a long time

Hot Bob-A-Lot treat dispenser by Starmark ($15.57 small and $26.84 large; two pack of large $39.68)

  1. Small holds one cup of food; large holds three cups of kibble
  2. Adjustable openings at the top and bottom accommodate most kinds of food and allow you to modify difficulty
  3. Weighted bottom makes the toy wobble erratically (like a Weeble Wobble), enticing your dog to engage in play
  4. Like the Kibble Nibble, split food between multiple Bob-A-Lots to make dog hunt for their meal…just like in the wild


This article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the king of dog toys — yeah, King Kong!

These products in many different sizes, colors, and chewing strengths, and remain one of the most recommended and popular dog toys years after it was created more than four decades ago.

Now sold in over 80 countries, the classic Kong is a mentally stimulating toy that serves multiple purposes. Unpredictable action is great for play, and chewing on a Kong can help with oral health. The Original Kong can be stuffed with food and/or treats for a long-lasting meal. Here are some Kong toys specifically intended to be used as food puzzles and games:

Kong Genius Leo Interactive Dog Feeding Toys ($12.99 and up)

  1. Named in honor of Leonardo Da Vinci, this product interlocks with other Genius toys for an added challenge
  2. Great for reducing separation anxiety
  3. Available in three sizes: small, medium, and large

Kong Flipz Treat Dispenser ($17.49 small and $23.99 large)

  1. Kong Flipz pops up and over when dogs tap it, dispensing threats as it flips and wobbles, sparking natural foraging instincts for a mentally stimulating meal
  2. The unpredictable action and squeaker keeps the dogs interest as it stimulates all senses (smell, taste, hearing, touch)

Kong Tikr ($21.99 )

  1. Autorotating, timed release feeding
  2. Simply twist to start the timer; no batteries are needed
  3. The auto-rotating holes control the pace of dispensing and can be set for up to 45 minutes
  4. Rolling action rewards natural foraging instincts

Kong Gyro ($11.99)

  1. Dispenses food & treats
  2. Roll & flip action
  3. Dogs love the rotating ball inside the ring
  4. Not good for dogs who are heavy chewers

Kong Wobbler ($27.99 small and $31.99 large)

  1. This action-packed food puzzle feeds the body and the mind
  2. The Kong shaped toy sits upright until nudged by the dog’s paw or nose, dispensing treats as it wobbles, spins and rolls
  3. The unpredictable movements keep even the most season users, engaged and challenged