Dog Toys that Hold Treats. Yummy!

Many dogs are driven by their stomachs, and treats can play a big part in many aspects of their lives. For example, reward-based training. However, treats can be great for encouraging interactive play too, and there are quote a number of toys on the market today that revolve around dispensing treats. In my opinion, the best ones are those that require a little bit of effort to get the treats out. These ones make your dog work a little harder and keep them stimulated for longer. So what are the ones that are highly rated?

 

IQ Treat Ball


IQ Traet Ball Dog Toy in Action

Available in:

Available in the USA   Available in the UK

Size: 4 inches in diameter (7.62cm)

Weight: 8.8 oz; 68 g (available in a smaller size too)

Average customer rating: 8.1/10

==> price check it at Amazon: USA or UK

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?

What I love about this treat-dispensing ball is that the difficulty level can be adjusted to keep challenging your dog. Keep it simple for a start, and then as they start to find it easy, change it up to a harder level. There are plenty of treat-dispensing balls out there, but not many of them can do this!

The adjustable part is an insert on the inside of the ball. Fill with your dog’s favorite treat or kibble and watch the fun begin. They will have to roll the ball along the floor at certain angles to get the food out.

IQ Treat Ball with different levels of difficulty for your dog IQ Treat Ball Interactive Dog Toy

 KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS:

Features Benefits
Twist mechanism Can be twisted apart by the dog owner for easy cleaning
Adjustable insert You can set the level of difficulty for your dog, to make it easier or harder to get the treats to dispense from the ball
Interactive Will keep your dog entertained and gives them a stimulating toy that engages their brain

WHAT ELSE IS GOOD ABOUT IT?

  • It’s available in two different sizes – a 3″ or 4″ diameter.
  • Lots of owners say they use the ball as part of their dog’s feeding routine, as the dogs love the satisfaction of working out the puzzle!

==> GET YOUR IQ TREAT BALL HERE: USA or UK <==

 

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT’S NOT SO GOOD?

  • The manufacturers state that the IQ Ball should be at least the width of your dog’s mouth. This is to avoid the toy becoming jammed in a smaller dog’s jaw. Having looked through the comments however, I wouldn’t recommend this toy for very small or toy dogs. Some have found that their little jaws have become trapped in the opening where the treats come out. I would say it’s best for medium sized dogs.

 

 

Bob-a-Lot Interactive Dog Toy


Bob-a-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

Available in:

Available in the USA   Available in the UK

Size: 8.5 x 6 x 6 inches; 15.2 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm (this is a large, but there is also a smaller size available)

Weight: 1 lb; 454 g

Average customer rating: 8.7/10

==> price check it at Amazon: USA or UK

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?

The name of this says it all! You can see from the picture that the shape will definitely bob around a lot. This treat-dispensing toy can hold up to 3 cups of food, depending obviously on the size of your dog’s food.

Like the IQ ball above, this toy also has different difficulty levels of getting the food or treats out.

KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS:

Features Benefits
The base is weighted and anti-slip Means the toy wobbles from side to side, adding a playful dimension to the toy
Adjustable openings These can be altered both at the top and bottom parts of this toy, which sets the difficulty level. This is also where the food/treats are inserted
Large base chamber Holds a lot of food, so could be a good toy if your dog is own their own for a longer period of time. Keeps them interested for longer!

WHAT ELSE IS GOOD ABOUT IT?

  • Made of tough plastic, so quite a durable toy
  • I love one owner’s suggestion of rinsing it out with water and vinegar to clean it – she quite rightly suggested that because you can’t see in it, it’s not a good idea to put soapy suds inside as you won’t know if you’ve rinsed them all out again before your dog plays with it. Water, vinegar and air drying is a great, natural way to clean any dog toy – especially ones that contact your dog’s food.

==> GET YOUR BOB-A-LOT DOG TOY HERE: USA or UK <==

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT’S NOT SO GOOD?

  • Not a chew toy (I feel like I am repeating myself with most of my dog toy reviews, but I still keep seeing people complain because a toy is not indestructible, or they buy an interactive toy but their dog is a chewer, so bites into it).

The best piece of advice I can give you is you know your dog best, so buy size appropriate toys and ones that are suited to their degree of biting and chewing. That way you won’t be disappointed, and accidents are less likely to happen.

 

 

The KONG Wobbler


The KONG Wobbler

Available in:

Available in the USA   Available in the UK

Size: 7.5 x 5.1 x 5.1 in; 19 x 13 x 13 cm (also comes in a smaller size)

Weight: 1.9 lb; 880 g

Average customer rating: 8.8/10

==> price check it at Amazon: USA or UK

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?

 

For a start, this is a lot heavier than other interactive toys, but KONG toys are well known for their quality and durability, so this isn’t a massive surprise.

This extra weight helps means it stays upright until your dog pushes it over, with their nose or paws. Until they do this, there are no treats coming out of this thing! So whilst it doesn’t have adjustable levels, the dogs do have to work a little to get the food to come out of the hole, which is quite small.

 

KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS:

Features Benefits
Unpredictable motion Works your dog’s intelligence and keeps them engaged by wobbling and moving in an a way they can’t always anticipate
Twist-off dispenser Makes it easy to take apart and get the food or treats inside the toy
Made in the USA Some people don’t mind where the toys are made, but other’s do. So for those people, perhaps this is a good feature.

 Kong Wobbler Toy in Action

WHAT ELSE IS GOOD ABOUT IT?

  • The screw on and off dispenser means it’s also easy to clean. It can also go in the dishwasher if you’re feeling lazy or want to give it a deep clean.
  • It’s made from a plastic polymer that is very strong, but also approved by the FDA.

==> GET YOUR KONG WOBBLER TOY HERE: USA or UK <==

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT’S NOT SO GOOD?

  • Some dogs can take a while to get used to this, because it can seem quite heavy to nudge or tip over, particularly for smaller dogs. However, if you persevere and show your dog, helping them to understand how it works, they will eventually get it and they are likely to get lots of fun from this toy.

 


I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a closer look at these interactive dog treat toys. I think they’re all great fun, and I’m sure you will find one to your liking, and that your dog enjoys too. What’s not to like about getting treats! If you have any feedback or would like to share your own toys that you like, please do so below. I would love to hear from you, Mara.

10 thoughts on “Dog Toys that Hold Treats. Yummy!

  1. Simon

    If I could roll the years back to when out sheltie dog Bonnie was in her element, I’d grasp that occasion with both hands. She was highly intelligent and would have taken delight trying to dispense food out of the IQ Treat Ball.

    I like they way you can adjust the level, great idea. A football was her favourite toy, she had a nose designed for football dribbling, we’d play all day and she’d never get fed up. To have a ball dispensing treats would really have been the icing on the cake. During her days, toy options revolved around sticks bones & balls, haven’t things moved on?
    Simon.

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Simon and thanks for visiting my site. Things sure have moved on – I can’t believe the sheer number of different toys on the market for dogs now. So many options! I try and keep my reviews and recommendations to the ones I think genuinely have something a little bit unique, or are great quality. All aiming to provide useful info for the readers! Have a great weekend, Mara.

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  2. Craig

    The dog IQ treat ball looks great fun. I have previously bought a similar sort of toy for our cat but he did not appreciate it at all. This proves cats clearly aren’t as good as dogs..

    My mum has a jack russel, and he would love to use this sort of toy. What size would you recommend for him?

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Craig,

      Your cat sounds funny – some cats definitely do things on their own terms! The IQ Treat Ball comes in two sizes, and I would recommmend the 3inch diameter ball for your mum’s Jack Russell. I’m sure he would love it. Thanks for stopping by, Mara

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  3. Paul

    Hi, Mara.

    Being a dog parent myself, I am always interested in anything that can benefit my best, non-human, friend. Toys that can challenge our pets can be real winners.

    We all agree that dogs are intelligent pets and these various toy models all provide special skills to master. I also like the safety concerns you describe and the best toys that apply to their various sizes.

    A must-read for all dog parents and a definite return site for me. Thanks.

    Paul

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you so much for visiting and I really appreciate your feedback. I strive really hard to bring value to dog-parents, so I’m pleased you feel this is a site you will return to. Thanks again for reading. Have a rgeat week, Mara.

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  4. Jim

    I think these treat dispensing toys are simply great! I really like the ball that you can adjust for degree of difficulty. That would be really cool to watch as your dog learns to be more and more adept at getting the treats out. I’ve used several of the Kongs before, but I never did put any treats inside of them. Can I buy these right from your site? Also, is the ball treat made of plastic, or some kind of hard rubber? I wouldn’t want plastic to get chewed up and result in splinters.

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Lots of people have used the KONG toy to hold treats, and I also know lots of dog owners put peanut butter inside as well. Their dogs seem to enjoy licking the butter out of the cavity, just as much as hard treats, if not more! You can buy any of these toys by clicking on the links or main pictures, and I will add in some options for treats as well to save my readers some extra time – thanks for the good idea! The IQ ball does have a plastic component, which is the see-through section. |I’ve not come across any dogs who have chewed this, primarily due to the shape of it would be hard to grip in the mouth to bite into. Here’s one review which relates to big dogs:

      Question:

      since the IQ treat ball is plastic will a large dog break it

      Answer:

      Mine have never broken it but they are so wrapped up in rolling it and being rewarded by a piece of kibble that they do not get frustrated and try to break it. My dogs are big dogs,but have been fine with it.I gave this toy to all of my 4 kids’ dogs,2 Christmases ago and only one of the 4 broke his. ALL DOGS ARE BIG IN OUR FAMILY—ALL 12 DOGS!

      This IQ ball seems to be a popular toy treat toy, but no-one knows a dog better than their owner, so if you have any doubts about your own dog biting into the plastic, then please choose one of the other options I’ve given.

      Hope to see you here again soon, Mara.

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  5. Shaun

    OMG OMG! I want this IQ Treat Ball so bad!
    I’ll have to show it to my human parents when my birthday is coming. I have high IQ so I’m sure I’ll figure it out doggy style!
    I think I’ve had The Kong Wobbler before (or something similar) and I loved it so I can def. recommend it to the fellow doggies (or their human owners)
    I think I am officially addicted to your website!
    Shaun

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Shaun,

      I have to say your enthusiasm is brilliant. I know you would have loads of fun with this IQ Ball – especially since you sound like such a clever dog! Hopefully you do get it for your birthday 🙂 I’d love to see a photo of you playing with it too, for my playtime gallery on the site. Have fun, Mara.

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