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do you think the interactive toys are worth the money? im trying to fond things to mental stimulate zero, hes a very quick thinker so i need some fun things
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It depends on the dog and what you want the toy to do. I got a Dog Brick (plastic) and Bianca likes it a lot but she can get all the treats out really quickly so it doesn't distract her for a long time or anything. I guess some of the other ones are more complicated and may take longer.


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yeah, Im just trying to think of how to stimulate his brain and make him think..
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yeah, Im just trying to think of how to stimulate his brain and make him think..
I've also definitely considered some of these toys. One thing you might consider is a "buster cube" which can be found at pretty much any Petco/Petsmart. I got one for Pimg, and she really didn't care much for it. I think something to consider is how high a value of treat you can load the toy with. Some of those toys can put pretty much anything (like NB roll, i.e., "doggy crack") and as such, the dog will likely enjoy it. Others, though- like the Buster Cube, need something hard like kibble. My dog didn't find that overly entertaining or stimulating. So just some thoughts there... if your dog requires pretty high-value treats for "new" things, then you might want to consider how well the toy will work with such sticky (non-hard/dry) treats.

Also- I've been using a normal Kong lately stuffing it with either peanut butter or NB rolls (cut up, of course). You can stuff the NB roll slices in the kong in such a way that it is really not easy to get out. Pimg will spend 15mins or so on this! Peanut butter is great too, but her loooooong tongue has little problem getting it out. It probably lasts 5mins or so.

[EDIT] Rereading this- I am not sure I made my point on the Buster Cube. It is about $10 to buy compared to the $60+ Nina toys... I'd rather find out my dog doesn't care for a $10 toy than a $70 one.

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i have about every thing from petsmart that can hold food lol, i just bought him that food bowl tha looks like a paw and holds food in small spaces, can wait to see how that works!
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You can make your own puzzles, too.


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That muffin tin idea is great! I'm gonna have to try it!!! Gotta find all my balls first...hmm.
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Wow- awesome idea!

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Love the muffin idea!!! Thanks for sharing that! Exactly the kind of things i need
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I use the muffin tin with Stark, have since he was a baby. He loves it.

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