Pug is a senior and a pug (read: lazy) so he definitely leads a sedentary life. That’s why I like puzzle toys that are mentally stimulating and encourage a bit of exercise. Today I’ll be reviewing PetSafe’s Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat from our friends at Chewy.com to see if it meets those requirements! The Twist ‘n Treat is shaped kind of like a space ship. I like puzzle toys that encourage movement, and I wasn’t sure if Pug would be able to roll this one around since it’s not an actual ball.
The two halves twist apart so you can load in your treats. A nice feature of the Twist ‘n Treat is the fact that it’s adjustable to a range of sizes. This not only lets you adjust the difficulty level, it also allows you to use a variety of treat sizes. The more you twist, the smaller the opening becomes. If you twist the pieces all the way together, there will be only 2 small openings for pieces of food to come out.
He was flipping it with his nose, picking it up with his mouth and batting it with his paws. Getting these pictures was difficult because he was all over the place! The unique shape of the Twist ‘n Treat caused it to bounce irregularly and really kept Pug on his toes as he tossed it around.
I’ve only used treats in the Twist ‘n Treat but you can also use kibble. You can even put a serving of your dog’s food in and use it as a slow feeder. I also think it would be a great toy to give to your dog before you leave the house (assuming you’ve supervised their play enough to know they won’t try to eat through it) to keep them occupied.
Overall I think the Twist ‘n Treat is a great puzzle toy for any dog (it comes in 4 sizes). Since it’s adjustable it’s great for a beginner, but you can increase the difficulty as they learn to use it. If your dog is a destructive chewer I would definitely supervise their play, but I find that many dogs won’t chew on toys like these once they figure out that tossing or rolling will dispense the food.
Disclaimer: This PetSafe Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat was sent to me for free by Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I never recommend a product I don’t fully believe in.