Treat Dispensing Dog Toys
Treat dispensing toys are a great way to stimulate and engage all your dog’s senses. There are all types available but choose those items that are sturdy, well made, and relatively easy to clean. There are two types; dry kibble treat dispensing, and products that can be used to stuff and/or freeze treats inside. The rubber Kong was probably the first popular dog toy people stuffed with differing foods treats to keep dogs entertained. Kong’s are a longtime favorite for many dogs but some dogs’ loose interest quickly because the treats inside can be difficult to get. My favorites are Qwizl’s, and Tux. Although nothing is indestructible with aggressive chewers these toys are among the best, made in the USA and are easy to clean. Dog toys help to reduce boredom, stress, and frustration for dogs and puppies. Safe dog toys assist with reducing stress, anxiety, and frustration and behaviors such as, barking, jumping, spinning, chewing, among others. Boredom and loneliness are sources of excessive stress for both dogs and cats. If your dog has destructive chewing also check this page for additional help: Chewing & Destructive Behavior
I recommend every dog have three sets of toys:
No toy is indestructible.
Rotate the toys your dog has access to at least every few days so they do not get bored with them.
Supervisor your dog with any new toy to be sure it is safe for your dog.
Treat Dispensing Toys
Start by using a small treat so that they come out easily when the toy is rolled or moved (Kong Wobbler, Treat Stik, Twist-N-Treat)
Nurture your dog′s natural curiosity by providing encouragement as he explores the toy
Slowly roll or move the toy so treats fall out, then encourage your dog to eat the treats
The toy can be used to feed your dog a part of his daily meal if you use kibble