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Treat Dispenser Toys – Fun & Yum!

Dog Toy - Twist 'n Treat

Twist ‘n Treat

Give your dog some mental exercise and fun with a treat dispenser toy – put your dog’s food or tasty treats in a toy and your dog works to get to the food. Especially for puppies, it’s a great way to keep dogs entertained.

Dog Treat Toy

Star Spinner

By nature, dogs are made to hunt, scavenge and work for their food. So these treat dispenser toys will give your dog some work and opportunity to use their problem solving skills. They are especially helpful for puppies as they can keep them entertain for long periods of time and as a result they are less likely to destroy other things in your home. They’re also great for dogs that have behavior problems which might be a result of sheer boredom, often due to a lack of physical exercise, problem solving opportunities and outdoor exploration. We’re sure you’d prefer him chewing on a food toy rather than your shoes.

Food stuffed dog toys

Food Stuffed Bone

You can get something as simple as a food stuffed bone to an interactive dog puzzle such as a Star Spinner or Kibble Drop Treat Dog Toy. Some dog trainers even recommend that you give up feeding your dog from a bowl and instead use these interactive dog food and treat dispenser toys to give your dog more mental challenges.

Atomic Ball

Atomic Ball

If your dog is quick to figure these toys out, an excellent way to keep them busy for a long time is to get a food stuffed bone or classic Kong, fill it with the treat (e.g. peanut butter or wet dog food) and then freeze it. Since the treat is frozen, it’s going to take much longer for your puppy or dog to finish it. Another tip – if the food is stuck in the toy, I use a strong, plastic chopstick to get it out.

Check out our category of Treat Dispenser Toys

The Ultimate Toy for Dogs that Love to Play Fetch

Does your dog love to play fetch? Do you sometimes wish he would just play fetch by himself? Well someone has come up with a solution for that! This brilliant invention called the iFetch allows your dog to play fetch with himself.

Your dog drops the ball into the large blue funnel on one side and the ball shoots out on the other.  It’s an on-demand ball launcher! Check out this quick video to see how it works:

Of course you’ll probably need to train your dog to use the iFetch (unless your dog is an Einstein-dog). They recommend you train your dog with the iFetch at most three times a day and only for ten minutes at a time. It’s recommended that your dog is supervised while they’re playing with the toy. If your dog is a heavy slobberer the iFetch may require wiping off balls from time to time.

ifetch

Just Drop the Ball In!

How is the iFetch powered? All you need to do is plug it in (or insert 6 c-cell batteries), press the button on the back, drop in the special ball, and it’s playtime. Unfortunately it’s not created to use with full sized tennis balls. iFetch is designed to work with iFetch balls which are 1 ½” diameter.

iFetch was created by the Hamill Family from Austin, Texas. Their toy poodle, Prancer, kept begging them to play fetch. As we all know, sometimes you just don’t have time to play fetch. The patriarch, grandfather Denny, figured they could develop something that could throw the ball for Prancer and would be a fun family project.

After several months and hundreds of hours of prototyping, testing, and refining, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Within 30 days, they had more than 1,000 backers and they received $88,000 in funding – more than four times the original goal. Clearly there were a lot of other dog families that could really use an on-demand ball launcher too!

Luckily, the iFetch is now available for any dog family (click to purchase) and loads of dogs are having endless fun with their new toy!

If you’re looking for an automatic ball launcher fetch machine that uses different sized balls and can launch farther, check out our review on the GoDogGo.

Top 20 Dog Gifts – 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we put together our top 20 dog gifts list. All products are linked for easy online shopping. If you’re getting a gift for your best friend or buying a gift for another dog, these top 20 dog gifts will be sure to put a smile any dog’s face:

Chuckit! Flying Squirrel 1. The Chuckit Flying Squirrel
Grab one of the orange corners and toss it like a flying disc – your dog will love it! This is an amazing toy for all dogs. It comes in different sizes and is very durable. The paws glow in the dark after being exposed to light and also floats on water!
Teafco Otto Memory Foam Bed with Heat Relief Padding, Green 2. Teafco Otto Memory Foam Bed with Relief Padding
This bed is made from the most integrated memory foam and organic crystals. It is also one of the top pet beds with cooling technology. It will make your pampered pooch even more comfortable when resting.
Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain 3. Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
Your dog will love this water fountain! It’s also very healthy for them as it increases aeration in your dog’s water with oxygen. It has an adjustable water flow. Bowl and reservoir are dishwasher safe.
Hide-A-Squirrel 4. Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy
Hide the squeaky squirrel pieces in the in the various openings in the plush tree trunk. Then sit back and watch as your dogs use their problem solving skills to retrieve them. Dogs love to search, stalk, and capture the small “squeaky” prey.
Hurtta Rainwear Slush Combat Suit 5. Hurtta Rainwear Slush Combat Suit
This is a great dog jacket, especially if you’re tired of cleaning your dog off every time your dog goes outside. It is made of high-performance outdoor fabric, which provides effective protection against water, mud and dirt. It’s also comfortable for the dog to run and play in.
 Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried 6. Stella & Chewy Freeze Dried Surf & Turf
Dogs just love Stella & Chewy’s. They are freeze dried and can be given as a meal or broken into pieces for a treat. When you check the list of ingredients, you’ll see it that every patty is made with select organic produce and meat.
 H2O4K9 Stainless Steel Dog Water Bottle  7. H2O4K9 Stainless Steel Dog Water Bottle
Give your dog water wherever you go with this dog water bottle, where the lid is the bowl. H2O4K9 Bottles are made from safe materials with no hinges or complex parts that can break or rust. It’s a simple, durable, stylish, screw-top bottle and lid.
 orvis wraparound dog bed - blue 8. Orvis Fleecelock Wraparound Dog Bed
This popular this popular oval-shaped fleece bolster dog bed offers the ultimate in luxury, comfort, and security. It has a supersoft, plush FleeceLock sleep surface on the inside and a high-quality, luxurious microsuede on the outside.
Petego Rear Car Seat 9. Petego Rear Car Seat Protector by Motor Trend
This is a gift for your dog and your car! Constructed with extremely durable polyester “canvass”, the underside is made with an anti-skid mesh. Your dog will have a comfortable ride and your car seat will be protected.
KONG Squeakair Tennis Balls - Dog Toy 10. KONG Squeakair Tennis Balls – Dog Toy
This is by far one of our dog’s favorite toys! It bounces and it squeaks – what’s not to love? These come in various sizes. Our dog has both small and medium sized ones.
 snout soother 11. Natural Dog Snout Soother
This nose balm is the perfect blend of 100% all natural nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients. A dog’s nose is highly sensitive and can become very painful when their tissues are dry, chapped or cracked. Snout Soother comes to the rescue for a dog’s nose (or paws).
 Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier 12. Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier
This is a very stylish and ultra plush in-cabin dog carrier. It has a folding system that allows pets to travel in the largest space possible while the airplane is in the air, while still being under an airline seat during takeoff and landing.
Merrick Flossies Tendon Chews Pack of 5 13. Merrick Flossies
We have not met a dog yet who has turned down one of these tasty treats! Merrick Flossies Tendon Dog Chew Treats are made from a beef tendon. The unique design of this treat creates a natural chewing friction against the teeth which helps to clean a dog’s teeth – tasty and beneficial!
top paw water bowl 14. Top Paw Collapsible Travel Bowl
This travel dog bowl collapses to less than 0.5 inches thick and is great for traveling, camping, walks and pet sport events. The expandable food and water travel bowl can latch onto your dog’s leash when you are on the go.
Hartman Rose Leather Dog Collar - Haute Couture Collection 15. Hartman & Rose Leather Dog Collar – Haute Couture Collection
This series is truly decadent and fabulous! Made of 100% Italian full grain leather and Swarovski crystals. The highest quality dog collars for your best friend!
 ThunderShirt 16. Thundershirt – Dog Anxiety Treatment Attire
Thundershirts gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs, if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and is used to relieve anxiety. No medications needed!
 Pro-Treat Beef Liver 17. Pro-Treat Beef Liver, Freeze Dried Dog Treats
These treats are 100% pure beef liver. They were developed many years ago as a tool for training pure bred dogs for show. Now they’re available for dog owners that want a more natural and healthy treat for their dogs.
 Kong Toy 18. The KONG Classic – Food Stuffed Toy
This is the gold standard for food stuffed dog toys and has been recommended by vets and trainers more than any other dog toy. KONG’s performance and durability is legendary and extremely tough for long chew sessions.
 Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Jacket 19. Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Jacket
It’s ideal for trail running, hiking, in-town excursions or any time your dog needs warmth and insulation from the elements. The Polartec fabric is breathable, durable, pill-resistant and quick-drying.
 Wacky Paws Sporty Pet Backpack, Green 20. Wacky Paws Sporty Dog Backpack
It’s very popular, fun and easy to use. This backpack features air mesh material, giving your small dog the proper ventilation. A unique feature is the waist line strap that can buckle around your waist to better secure and support the weight of your dog.

8 Funny Fashion Dog Toys by Haute Diggity Dog

We’ve seen these Haute Diggity Dog toys around NYC and we love them!
Why? Because they are hysterical!
Here are some of our favorite named dog toys by Haute Diggity Dog:

Chewy Vuiton Handbag

Chewy Vuiton Handbag

Cosmuttpolitan

Cosmuttpolitan

Jimmy Chew Shoe

Jimmy Chew Shoe

Dog Perignonn

Dog Perignonn

Bark Street Journal

Bark Street Journal

Pawda Bag

Pawda Bag

iBone

iBone

Sniffany Box

Sniffany Box

Haute Diggity Dog is a unique line of parody dog toys inspired by some of the world’s most desired designers. A must-have accessory for any distinguished furry fashionista! Many of their products have been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and the CBS Early Show. Haute Diggity Dog has an extensive celebrity following and has also been a featured item in gift bags to nominees and presenters at the Oscars and Emmy Awards. The stylish plush toys come complete with a squeaker inside.