We have quite a collection of treat dispensing toys (and not just for the dog) but I’m always on the lookout for new ones. So when I saw the JW Pet Company’s Treat Pod toy at a local pet store I thought we should give it a try. It has three soft plastic shapes on a rope; as with any treat toy the idea is to place treats inside the toy (or peanut butter but personally I think that would be incredibly messy) and as the dog plays with the toy treats fall out. Great in theory….unless you put the treats in the blue part, they would never fall out (and even they it wasn’t easy…not good if you have a lazy gal like us). The pods are pretty tight and probably would require A LOT of hard play to get the treats out in the other sections. As a regular toy, it was just ok. It wasn’t her favorite but (unlike some people I have heard of) it also didn’t fall apart during play. Overall, I would say to put this at the bottom of the toy shopping list.
We give Treat pod out of 5. The Treat Pod is available at most pet stores for about $14.50
I picked this toy up on sale at a big pet box store. It’s meant for dogs but (given the fact the cat uses her nose like a dog) we intended this for the cat. The Busy Buddy Twist ‘N Treat is available in sizes ranging from extra small (dogs under 10 pounds) to extra large (dogs over 50 pounds). We bought the small version. It features the ability to twist the two halves of this toy to adjust how easily the treats will fall out or to take apart for cleaning and is even top rack dishwasher safe (a big plus since so many toys can’t be easily cleaned). The packaging indicates that the toy can be used with smearing treats (eg. peanut butter) or kibble type treats.
For the cat, we just popped some kibble inside and adjusted the size so it was easy enough to keep her interest but not too easy she’d be done in two minutes. The kibble would almost fly out when she played with it making when and where the kibble would appear almost random (unlike her food ball that would dispense treats almost predictably…great at slowing her eating down but wasn’t a truly “interesting” thing). Our cat seemed to enjoy playing with this toy and I would imagine a dog would as well. The only issue with dogs is if they chew on the toy. The toy really isn’t designed to be chewed and I don’t think this toy would hold up well to it either(although like this should only be used with supervision). Therefore, I would recommend this toy for cats (if they’re fairly active and a bit “dog like”) or in the case of dogs…non heavy chewers. Busy Buddy Twist ‘N Treat starts at $7.00.