Challenge Your Dog with Interactive Puzzle Toys

Posted by Allison Johnson
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Many of our dogs are absolute characters. Just full of personality and outgoing. Since they tend to have extrovert personalities, our pets can get bored easily. While you're at work, your dog can be bored around the house or outside. If you're looking for something more interactive than a dog chew toy or tennis ball, you should check out a variety of dog toys and pet treat toys.

Interactive dog toys can fall under puzzle toys, treat dispensing dog toys, plush toys, squeaky toys, and more for mental stimulation.

Staff note: All toys and chews should be supervised of course so make sure if you purchase these that you're comfortable leaving them in a crate while you're out doing errands like a Kong. The Snuffle Mat should be supervised if your dog likes to chew on blankets or soft objects.

Best interactive dog toys

1. Wangou Interactive Dog Toy

Wangou Interactive Dog Toy

When it comes to dog treats, many pet owners might resort to making their dog obey a command before giving them a treat, but this is an interactive way for dogs to treat themselves. Your dog will have to figure out how to get the treats to fall out of the IQ treat ball.

Get it here for $18.99.

2. Prosper Pet Tunnel

Prosper Pet Cat Tunnel

This tunnel is for rabbits, kittens, and small dogs. This interactive toy has a built-in peephole, crackle paper, and bell toy. It comes in 17 colors. It's also collapsible and portable. If you take your pets on vacation with you, this makes a great toy to keep your pet occupied.

Get it here for $14.99.

3. ZippyPaws Woodland Friends Burrow

ZippyPaws - Woodland Friends Burrow

You'll have to help your dog out with this toy if he loves it! Put the chipmunks in the den and watch him dig them out. Once all three plush dog toys are out, put them back in and see if your dog is eager to get them out again. If he is, you've found a great dog puzzle toy to challenge your dog.

Get it here for $13.99.

4. The Snuffle Mat for Dogs

The Snuffle Mat for Dogs

Let your dog use his natural search instinct with the snuffle mat. Your dog will have to put some effort into finding his favorite treats. Hide some treats in the mat, and watch her sniff until she's found them all. The mat is anti-slip and machine washable.

Get it here for $23.99.

5. Ancaixin Interactive Dog Cat Bowl Slow Feeder

Ancaixin Interactive Dog Cat Bowl Slow Feeder

The food spills out when your dog turns it on with their paw or nose. Or if they're really talented, their tail. If they look to you in confusion, just give it a few days. Your fur baby will figure it out.

Get it here for $27.99.

6. Pet Qwerks Flipstick Chase & Tug Interactive Dog Toy

Pet Qwerks Flipstick Chase & Tug Interactive Dog Toy

"Ohhh you almost had it. You gotta be quicker than that." Teach your dog some speed with his toy. Make him grab the bait. Add some patterns to trick him. Raise it higher, move the stick side to side, eventually your dog will catch on and will grab the fabric. I think large dogs with a lot of energy would enjoy this toy.

Get it here for $19.99.

7. VolacoPets 5 Different Functions Interactive Dog Toys

VolacoPets 5 Different Functions Interactive Dog Toys

There's a lot in this bundle for under $20. There's a squeaker, rubber, wool, dental cleaning, and treat-dispensing ball. Squeak toys are a source of entertainment for dogs. The dental cleaning ball also acts as entertainment. The treat dispenser ball is my favorite. They're in charge of giving themselves a treat once they figure out how the ball works.

Get it here for $19.98.

8. Dog Food Mat by Seonova Snuffle Mat

senova hunting mat

Here's another puzzle dog toy to help your dog's bad eating habits. Since your dog has to find their food, this slows down their eating time. If your dog eats too fast, this is probably what your pet needs. The mat by PetBemo is a great mat as well, but I like the shapes on this one. Try putting treats under certain shapes, and change your pattern for the next feed.

Get it here for $29.99.

9. HuggleHounds Plush Durable Squeaky Hand Puppet Dog Toy

HuggleHounds Plush Durable Squeaky Hand Puppet Dog Toy

Has your dog ever snapped at your hand while playing? Snapback with his alligator! Ha, kidding. If your doggie has sharp teeth, this is a smart and fun way to protect yourself during playtime. This is a way to interact with your dog while letting your toy get all of the rough play. If your dog is an aggressive chewer, especially with hands, check this one out. It's made from durable material.

Get it here for $39.99.

10. Outward Hound Fetchtablez Plush Squeaky Dog Toy

Outward Hound Fetchtablez Plush Squeaky Dog Toy

Plush toys make great puppy toys. Getting your pooch a plush will teach them an interactive game of tug and fetch. There's squeak sounds, so your puppy will be sure to be stimulated and eager to pick up the toy.

Get it here for $9.99.

These toys don't seem to have a high difficulty level. Reviews are great and I highly encourage helping your dog combat boredom with the best toys.

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