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Interactive Toys: Brand Breakdown

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

Interactive toys can be hard to purchase online as they don’t always

give you clear information or are lacking a description completely. This is a

in-depth break-down of different interactive toys, brands, styles,

how to use and more.

There are so many different types of interactive toys for your dogs to

engage with. There even are different difficulty levels for them to work

their way through and learn to solve. Some of these can take more time to learn.


Brand : KONG (specific toys)

Classic KONG Puppy - Pink and Blue (XS, S, M, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like a pyramid of 3 rings made from the softest of the KONG line durable natural rubber specifically designed for puppy teeth and teething.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with. It also bounces erratically if dropped to play with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy

Classic KONG - Red (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like a pyramid of 3 rings made from durable natural rubber specifically designed for regular dog chewing.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with. It also bounces erratically if dropped to play with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy or Intermediate (depends on how and what it is stuffed with)

Classic KONG Extreme - Black (S, M, L, XL, XXL)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like a pyramid of 3 rings made from extra durable natural rubber specifically designed for determined chewers.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with. It also bounces erratically if dropped to play with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Classic KONG Senior - Purple (small, medium, large)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like a pyramid of 3 rings made from durable rubber specifically designed for senior dog teeth and gums.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with. It also bounces erratically if dropped to play with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy or Intermediate (depends on how and what it is stuffed with)

Wobbler - Red (S, L)

  • Shaped like a giant Classic KONG but with a weighted bottom to keep correcting itself to sit upright. Unscrew to gain access to the hollow area. Not designed to be chewed on.

  • Dog bats and pushes the Wobbler around with paws and/or snout.

  • Dry food/treats are used for this toy

  • Difficulty: Easy

Goodie Bone Puppy - Pink and Blue (S)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like a dog bone, made from the softest of the KONG line durable natural rubber specifically designed for puppy teeth and teething.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used along with long treats like chews and carrots (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy

Goodie Ribbon - Red (S, M, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like 2 ringed Classic KONGS that are attached in a row of 4, made from durable natural rubber specifically designed for regular dog chewing.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used along with long treats like chew and carrots (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy or Intermediate (depends how and what it is stuffed with)

Goodie Ribbon Extreme - Black (M, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like 2 ringed Classic KONGS that are attached in a row of 4, made from extra durable natural rubber specifically designed for determined chewers.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used along with long treats like chews and carrots (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Puppy Activity Ball - Pink and Blue (S, M)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like an octagonal ball with grooves and indents along its sides, made from the softest of the KONG line durable natural rubber specifically designed for puppy teeth and teething and to promote healthy teeth and gums.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet foods can be filled into the grooves and wet and/or dry food can be used on the inside of the ball (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy

Puppy Teething Stick - Pink and Blue (S, M, L)

  • Stuffable interactive cylinder with grooves and slits along its sides, made from the softest of the KONG line durable natural rubber specifically designed for puppy teeth and teething and to promote healthy teeth and gums.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet foods can be filled into the grooves and wet and/or dry food can be used on the inside of the ball (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy

Squeezz Dental Ball - Green (M)

  • Stuffable interactive toy ball with deep grooves filled with small soft spikes made of flexible material designed for regular dog chewing and to promote healthy teeth and gums.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used (freezing it after makes it last longer) Especially good for thin flat treats/foods to be stuck in pockets and held in place by the soft spikes.

  • Difficulty: Easy

Dental Extreme - Black (L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like an hourglass/rounded dumbbell with grooves and indents along its sides, made with extra durable natural rubber designed for determined dog chewing and to promote healthy teeth and gums.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet foods can be filled into the grooves and wet and/or dry food can be used on the inside of the toy (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Squeezz Stick - Red, Blue, Green and Purple (M, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like a stick with a hollow inside and recessed squeaker (works still if punctured). Grippy textures for chewing enjoyment. Designed for regular dog chewing.

  • Dog chews on the stick to break up and push up what it is stuffed with.

  • Dry food can be used, especially long treats like chews.

  • Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate (depends on how deep you stuff it)

Squeezz Dumbbell - Red, Blue, Green and Purple (S, M, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like an hourglass/rounded dumbbell with a hollow inside and recessed squeaker (works still if punctured). Grippy textures for chewing enjoyment. Designed for regular dog chewing.

  • Dog chews on the dumbbell to break up and push up what it is stuffed with.

  • Dry food can be used, especially long treats like chews.

  • Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate (depends on how deep you stuff it)

Bounzer - Red (M, L, XL)

  • Shaped like a Classic KONG but with a top handle, made of a thick but light material, not designed for chewing.

  • When grabbed by a dog the Bounzer compresses and releases air from the toy to encourage individual play with the dog. Bounces back to its original shape ready to be bounced, rolled or tossed.

  • No food needed, the air bursts are the interactive feature

  • Difficulty: Easy

Biscuit Ball - Red (S, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy ball with 4 dog bone shaped holes for food to fall out of, made flexible material designed for regular dog chewing.

  • Dog bats and pushes the ball around with paws and/or snout.

  • Dry food/treats are used for this toy

  • Difficulty: Easy

Rewards Ball - Blue (S, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy ball with a hole for food to fall out of, made flexible material designed for regular dog chewing.

  • Dog bats and pushes the ball around with paws and/or snout.

  • Dry food/treats are used for this toy

  • Difficulty: Easy

Gyro - Red/Blue (S, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy that is a center spinning ball with a stationary ring around it (looks like Saturn) designed for engagement not chewing.

  • Dog bat, pushes, flips and spins the Gyro around with paws and/or snout.

  • Dry food/treats are used for this toy

  • Difficulty: Intermediate


Brand : West Paw (specific toys)

Rumbl Treat Toy - Purple, Green and Orange (S, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy that has an egg-like shape. One hole on its side and grooved lips going inwards on the top hole to trap the exiting food, like a slow feeder. Made with dishwasher safe recycled materials designed for moderate chewers - 100% guarantee to replace if destroyed.

  • Dog chews and licks to be able to work out what it is stuffed with. It also bounces erratically if dropped to play with.

  • Dry food is used for this toy

  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Toppl Treat Toy - Blue, Green, Orange and Red (S, L, XL)

  • Stuffable interactive toy that has a rounded bottom cup-like shape. One hole on its side and 5 prongs on the inside to hold food better. Made with dishwasher safe recycled materials designed for moderate chewers - 100% guarantee to replace if destroyed.

  • Dog chews, licks, bats, and rolls the Toppl to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used along with long treats like chews and carrots (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy or Intermediate (depending on how and what it is stuffed with). Difficulty can also be increased by combining two sizes together.

Tux Treat Toy - Blue, Green and Orange (S, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy that resembles 4 balls unified into a triangle. The middle bottom ball is open on one side with slight lips hanging over it. Made with dishwasher safe recycled materials designed for the toughest chewers - 100% guarantee to replace if destroyed.

  • Dog chews, licks, bats, and rolls the Tux to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used along with long treats like chews and carrots (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy or Intermediate (depending on how and what it is stuffed with).

Qwizl Treat Toy - Blue, Green and Orange (S, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy shaped like a slightly twisted cylinder. The sides have 2 small but long openings.. Made with dishwasher safe recycled materials designed for moderate chewers - 100% guarantee to replace if destroyed.

  • Dog chews, licks, bats, and rolls the Qwizl to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used along with long treats like chews and carrots (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy or Intermediate (depending on how and what it is stuffed with).


Brand : Planet Dog (specific toy)

Orbee-Tuff Snoops - Orange and Blue (S, L)

  • Stuffable interactive toy that has a rounded bottom cup-like shape. Flexible opening pops up/open to be able to insert food. Not designed to be chewed.

  • Dog bats and rolls the toy to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Dry food is used with this toy

  • Difficulty: Easy or Intermediate (depending on size of food).

Brand : Injoya

Snuffle Mats

  • Different fabrics and materials placed closely together and creating folds for food to hide in (this brand offers many fun designs like french fries, pizza, bubblegum and more). Not designed to be chewed.

  • Dog rummages around in the materials to discover the treats

  • Dry food is used with snuffle mats

  • Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate (depending on the pattern or tightness - some mats have draw strings so you can customize how small/hard it is)


Brand : Sodapup

Lick Mats

  • Different patterns and textures with short walls to hold food (this brand offers a bunch of fun designs like whales, flowers, jigsaw puzzles and more). Can withstand light chewing but not designed for it.

  • Dog licks and picks at food on the mat

  • Wet food is used with lick mats (you can even blend your own foods)

  • Difficulty: Easy (freezing it after makes it last longer)

Slow Feeders (bowls/trays)

  • Bowls/trays with different designs/patterns and grooves (this brand offers a bunch of fun designs like honeycombs, frogs, flowers and more). Not designed to be chewed.

  • Slows dogs eating pace down by requiring more effort than in a loose bowl

  • Wet or dry food can be used in slow feeders (wet turns it into lick mat style).

  • Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate (some slow feeders have multiple layers that requiring turning and pushing to get to the next level)

Stuffable Toys

  • Different shaped durable rubber toys with holes and grooves for food to be placed inside (this brand offers many fun designs like cupcake, honey pot, pop cans, corn on the cob and more). Designed for average dog chewing.

  • Dog chews, licks, bats, and rolls to be able to work out what it is stuffed with.

  • Wet and dry food can be used (freezing it after makes it last longer)

  • Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate (depending on how and what it is stuffed with).


Brand : Outward Hound

Puzzles

  • Different patterns and designs with flaps and compartments to hide food. Not designed to be chewed.

  • Dog pushes, opens and moves pieces to unlock food compartments.

  • Dry food is used with puzzle games.

  • Difficulty: Easy, Intermediate, Advanced (there are many types and levels)

Snuffle Mats

  • Different fabrics and materials placed closely together and creating folds for food to hide in (this brand has a small selection). Not designed to be chewed.

  • Dog rummages around in the materials to discover the treats

  • Dry food is used with snuffle mats

  • Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate (depending on the pattern or tightness)

Slow Feeder Bowls

  • Bowls with different twirling patterns and grooves (this brand has a small selection). Not designed to be chewed.

  • Slows dogs eating pace down by requiring more effort than in a loose bowl

  • Wet or dry food can be used in slow feeders (wet turns it into lick mat style).

  • Difficulty: Easy


PetDreamHouse

Spinning Slow Feeders

  • Bowls with different layered levels of designs/patterns to hold food. Not designed to be chewed.

  • Slows dogs eating pace down by requiring more effort than in a loose bowl

  • Dry food can be used in spinning slow feeders

  • Difficulty: Intermediate (depending on design and layers)


ZippyPaws

Slow Feeder Bowls

  • Bowls with different twirling patterns and grooves (this brand has a fun selection like hamburgers, ice cream cones, donuts and more). Not designed to be chewed.

  • Slows dogs eating pace down by requiring more effort than in a loose bowl

  • Wet or dry food can be used in slow feeders (wet turns it into lick mat style).

  • Difficulty: Easy


What Else Is Out There?

This is not a complete list of every interactive toy you can purchase. There are many other interactive toys and styles to get or make for your dog. The toys and brands listed above are trusted and personally tested with my own dogs. Every dog is unique and will have different tastes in how they like to engage in fun.


Have you tried any other brands that aren't listed? What did you think? Share your feedback on the ones listed above or ask any questions in the comment section.

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