The 10 Best Puzzle Toys for Your Bored Furry Friend

the 10 best puzzle toys for your bored furry friend FI

Do you leave your dog alone in the house for long periods of time?

bulldog laying down on blue carpet

Dogs can get bored when you’re not home and there isn’t much that’s stimulating them.

So, they can easily indulge in destructive behaviors such as chewing on things they aren’t supposed to, ruining your shoes, etc.

This is why puzzle toys are recommended by dog behaviorists.

These toys are designed to help keep your dog busy while you’re away and are available in various sizes to cater to your doggy friend’s needs.

Let’s take a look at the best options available to buy!

The Top 10 10 Best Puzzle Toys for Your Dog

In this section of the article, we will quickly review the best puzzle toys available to buy on the market for your dog.

Take a look.

KONG Classic

Kong Classic Dog Toy

KONG toys are one of the best available to buy on the market. You can fill this bouncy rubber toy up with treats that your dog loves, like doggy safe beef jerky, biscuits, etc.

This toy is bound to keep your doggy friend entertained throughout the day as he’ll definitely be  pawing it around the house to lick out every last bit of the treat. The toy is available in various sizes for seniors, puppies, etc.


Hide a Squirrel Fun Hide and Seek Interactive Puzzle Plush Dog Toy by Outward Hound, 4 Piece, Jumbo

Hide and squeak by Outward Hound is a simple plush puzzle game in which you stuff the tiny squeaky squirrels into a  tree trunk. Your dog has to pull each of the squirrels out one by one. You just have to keep stuffing them back in and watch your dog enjoy this game!

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This toy is an excellent food-free choice for your dog that’s bound to keep him busy for a few hours.

Hide-and-Slide Puzzle

Nina Ottosson Outward Hound Dog Puzzle Toy Dog Game

This clever puzzle will keep your dog mentally stimulated as it provides your furry friend with actions to retrieve treat rewards in different way and is great for dogs that enjoy treat games. The puzzle stimulates your dog’s mind and requires your dog to maneuver the levers to reveal the dog treats.

The toy can easily help reduce your dog’s boredom and makes the act of feeding interactive and fun.

With this toy in the house, you can be sure that your dog won’t resort to destructive behavior.

IQ Treat Ball

Our Pets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy (ASSORTED COLOR)

You can fill this IQ Treat Ball up with treats for healthy feeding and determine an opening based on the level of difficulty that you may want to set. If you wish to keep your doggy friend entertained for all day, you can tighten the opening.

This one size fits all puzzle is an excellent choice for all dogs.


PetSafe Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug Meal-Dispensing Dog Toy Use with Kibble or Treats

This sustained play interactive toy provides your furry friend with multi-sensory stimulation which helps in keeping your furry friend engaged for a long time. The toy is made from durable non-toxic materials and can holds up to an entire meal worth of kibble.

This means that the toy won’t only satisfy your dog’s hunger, but keep him occupied for quite some time, too. This is best suited for larger breeds.

Bob-A-Lot Treat Dispenser

StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Pet Toy, Large

This treat dispenser exercises and feeds your dog at the same time. The toy comes with a large bottom chamber that you can fill up up to 3 cups of food while the adjustable openings at the top and the bottom allow you to adjust the level of difficulty.

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The toy comes with a weighted anti-slip bottom which makes the toy wobble erratically and entices your dog to play. This toy can keep your dog engaged for a long time and is fun to play with.

Tricky Treat Ball

Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball, Large

This Tricky Treat Ball by Omega Paw is available in three sizes which caters to the needs of all size dogs. This ball looks like a regular ball but with tricky-to-find treats.

All you have to do is to simply load the ball up and watch as your dog pushes it around the house trying to get out his favorite snack. It’s simple, effective, and extremely easy to use.

Dog Twister

Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Puzzle Toy Dog Game

This is an advanced dog puzzle that features a wheel of compartments to be filled with hidden treats. These treats are revealed only after the dog moves one block after another in a circle. It’s a level 3 game that’s bound to make your dog smarter.

You can even lock some of the blocks with a bone shaped peg for added difficulty!

Mad Scientist Puzzle

Trixie Mad Scientist for Dogs, Level 2

This game will make you think that your dog is extremely smart. All your dog has to do is to flip over the three “beakers” to release tasty treats. The weighted base can of course be set on the floor, but the puzzle can also be suspended in the air.

Dog Activity Flip Board

Trixie Pet Products Flip Board, Level 2

This is designed for smaller dogs and is a difficult game. Each flap, knob, and cone must be operated in some way to get the treat. The challenge is that dogs don’t have opposable thumbs!

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The puzzle toys mentioned above are safe and effective.

Which one did you like the best for your dog? Let us know in the comments!

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