If you’re looking for ways to play and interact with your dog, you may have seen these dog puzzle toys. We bought this Seek-A-Treat Shuffle Bone puzzle by Spot for my 10-year old daughter to play with her dog Ginger.
The Seek-A-Treat Shuffle dog puzzle works by putting in a few small treats (or kibble) inside the holes and covering it with the sliding circles. Your dog learns he needs to use his nose to find where the treats are and are awarded when he learns how to open the slider.
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Our dog, Ginger figured out the puzzle very quickly, but still has fun playing it. She is very food motivated, so she likes to play anything when food is involved! She also has had practice playing with some homemade puzzle games before playing this one.
Our yellow lab, Bear, had fun playing and finding the treats too, but needed a little more time to learn how to move the puzzle so he can get to the treats.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT leave the puzzle out for your dog to play with on his own. It’s interactive for you AND your dog to play with. Not for your dog to play with it by himself. If you are looking for a toy for your dog to play on his own, try a frozen Kong filled with treats.
Amazon has a few reviews stating dogs have chewed it apart. One reviewer stats there were sharp edges on the puzzle. On the one we have, there are no sharp edges. In fact, the edges are all rounded with the exception of the inside holes. Just a reminder that we should really inspect any new toy we give our dogs.
The Seek-A-Treat Shuffle Bone puzzle is made from compressed wood and is made in China. I would have preferred if it was made in the U.S.A.
You can find the Seek-A-Treat Shuffle Bone puzzle on Amazon.
Every dog is different and enjoys playing different games, so your dog may or may not like playing this puzzle. If not, then keeps searching for toys that motivate your dog to move and use his brain!
I want to hear from you, have you played any of these games with your dog? Did he figure out the puzzle quickly and get bored, or does he enjoy playing over and over? Comment below and share your experience with our Rescue Dogs 101 community.
Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, two dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.