Treat Pod Review

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….treatnplayunless 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  cartoon_bonecartoon_bone  out of 5.  The Treat Pod is available at most pet stores for about $14.50

Treatstik Review…for your pet’s fun and health

I’m always on the hunt for a new treat dispensing toy. The Treatstik is a great toy made in the USA from heavy duty nylon (it’s not toxic).  You remove the screw cap and insert kibble, treats, veggies etc. You can adjust the difficulty by changing the size of the treat. The idea is simple, as your dog plays with the toy…treats fall out. This toy kept even our lazy puppy interested (if it’s too hard she usually gives up).  We also discovered that it’s great to slow down her eating…normally she just gobbles up her food but by placing some in the Treatstik it forces her to slow down. The makers of this toy also say it’s good to help dogs lose weight.  Our puppy really seemed to enjoy this toy and more importantly it appears to be able to hold up to her occasional mouthing. Although it’s not intended as an actual chew toy…the makers of the Treatstik do state that it can hold up to even heavy chewers. It is dishwasher safe and comes in small (6″ long or 1/2 cup) and large (9.75″ or 1.5 cups). It’s available in pink, green, orange, and blue for $12.99/15.99. We give the Treatstik cartoon_bonecartoon_bonecartoon_bonecartoon_bonecartoon_bone out of 5

Twist ‘N Treat Dispensing Toy

twistntreat 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). twistntreat2The 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.