This month we are testing out a new puzzle toy from Chewy.com, the Outward Hound Doggy Blocks Spinning Puzzle Toy. I’m a fan of puzzle toys for my dogs, especially Pug, because it’s a way to keep his mind and body active since he’s a very sedentary animal (much like his mama, let’s be honest).
This is the first time Pug has used this style of puzzle. In the past we’ve used a couple different type of puzzle balls which he enjoyed. Pug isn’t exactly the brightest dog, but he is extremely food motivated so I thought he might be able to master this.
The Doggy Blocks puzzle has 8 treat compartments in all. For our first tests, I used really smelly treats like pieces of Beggin’ Strips. But, freeze-dried raw would work great too, or even their regular dog food. In fact if you’re using kibble, a puzzle toy can act as a slow feeder.
Pug figured out pretty quickly he wanted inside those blocks but his mouth wasn’t quite big enough to pick them up. I think this would work better on carpet for him because he ended up scooting it around a lot and it made a lot of noise.
It took him a good amount of time to get all the blocks out, and he was panting from the effort! Once the 4 blocks are removed, the cover can be shifted to reveal 4 more treat spots. I actually thought the reveal of the new treats was a little too easy, but I didn’t realize until later that there is a knob on the bottom to tighten the cover which makes it more difficult to move.
I always prefer when puzzles have a way to increase or decrease the difficulty because making it too hard off the bat may make the dog give up. But if it’s too easy it won’t be as stimulating.
Overall, I enjoyed this puzzle toy and it will go into the toy rotation even though I do think Pug’s flat put him at a disadvantage. It’s a nice change of pace and more mentally stimulating versus a treat ball that he would just push around the room. It’s actually something I could see setting up for Pug before I left to keep him occupied and not screaming. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend leaving it unattended for everyone, especially if you think your dog may take the easier route of chewing through the plastic!
Disclaimer: This Outward Hound Doggy Blocks puzzle was sent to me for free by Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I never recommend any products I don’t truly love!