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The Best Dog Puzzles and Dog Games

Updated on March 12, 2014
Nina Ottosson Dog Finder
Nina Ottosson Dog Finder

Smart Dogs Deserve Toys that Make 'Em Think!

If your dog is tired of the same old ball and stick then it's probably time for a challenge. Luckily, there are lots of fun dog puzzles and games available that make your pooch use his brainpower. The incentive? Treats of course! Yep, all these dog toys may be different but they all have one thing in common: they all make your dog work in order to find and get at the treats hidden inside.

What's especially nice about dog puzzles and games is that they're so engaging. Dogs play with them longer than with average dog toys because not only is it fun, but the reward incentive is constantly there.

Nina Ottosson Dog Magic
Nina Ottosson Dog Magic

Nina Ottosson Dog Magic The perfect beginner puzzle for your dog to start with

To play with the Nina Ottosson Dog Magic dog puzzle, simply hide dog treats underneath the bones and your dog must figure out how move the bones (with his / her nose or paws) in order to "win" the game.

Watch the Nina Ottosson Dog Magic Puzzle in Action!

Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Turbo
Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Turbo

Nina Ottosson Dog Turbo One of the most challenging dog puzzle games

Dog treats are placed inside the passages and then your dog needs to move the pegs toward the outside of the Nina Ottosson Dog Turbo dog puzzle. It's a challenge, but once he does he'll earn a windfall of yummy treats!

Busy Buddy Linkables
Busy Buddy Linkables

Busy Buddy Linkables Adding more pieces increases the challenge

Busy Buddy Linkables dog treat toys come in three shapes: Twist, Elbow and Orb. They can be used alone or with other Linkables. Of course, the more pieces you add, the more difficult it is for your dog to get the treats out. Just put treats inside the Linkables and your dog must shake, roll and move the pieces around for the treats to come out through the holes.

Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug Dog Treat Dispenser
Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug Dog Treat Dispenser

Tug-A-Jug Unique design lets dogs see, smell, & hear the treats as they roll around in the toy.

You can fill Tug-A-Jug with either kibble or treats. Dogs must roll the dog toy around or tug at the rope in order to release the treats.

See the Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug in Action!

Nina Ottosson Dog Pyramid
Nina Ottosson Dog Pyramid

Dog Pyramid Unique weighted design always puts it back in the upright position

After you fill the Nina Ottosson Dog Pyramid with treats your dog needs to roll, spin, knock and move it around to get the treats out. What makes it really fun is that it wobbles and bops unpredictably and dogs go crazy trying to get it to stay put.

Busy Buddy Twist and Treat Dog Toy
Busy Buddy Twist and Treat Dog Toy

Twist 'N Treat Easy to adjust the difficulty level for dogs

The unique design of the Twist 'N Treat dog toy lets dogs easily smell the treats that are waiting inside. However, it's not that easy - there's only one hole for the treats to come out, but you can decide how large or small you want the treat opening to be for your dog.

Nina Ottosson Dog Memory
Nina Ottosson Dog Memory

Dog Memory Game Dogs need to remember under which colored bone you hid the treat

First, hide a treat under one of the colored puzzle pieces while your dog is watching. Then let your dog try to pick the correct puzzle piece by indicating with his nose or paw. The Nina Ottosson Dog Memory game can be made even more challenging by covering up the puzzle (or spinning it a few times) after your dog watches where you put the treat, and then uncovering it to see if he / she can remember where the treat is.

Kyjen Paw Flapper Dog Puzzle
Kyjen Paw Flapper Dog Puzzle

Kyjen Paw Flapper Eight Hidden Dog Treat Chambers Make For One Challenging Dog Puzzle

What's fun about the Paw Flapper dog game is that there are lots of scent holes on the top so that your dog won't forget that there's tasty dog treats waiting inside to be found!

Mystery Tree Dog Puzzle
Mystery Tree Dog Puzzle

Mystery Tree Not All Puzzles Offer Treat Rewards - This One Gives a Tennis Ball!

Amazing as it is, not all dogs are treat motivated. Some are motivated by love and attention while others are motivated by a tennis ball. The Kyjen Mystery dog puzzle is perfect for any ball-obsessed dog. The way this dog puzzle works is that a tennis ball is first dropped into the top of the Mystery Tree. The ball will then roll randomly into any one of the three root chambers. It's the dog's job to figure out which chamber the ball is hiding in. One of the most fun dog toys out there!

Nina Ottosson Dog Treat Maze
Nina Ottosson Dog Treat Maze

Nina Ottosson Dog Treat Maze Move The Toy Around To Move the Treats Through and Out of the Maze

The Nina Ottosson Dog Treat Maze was designed to keep dogs entertained and occupied. Dogs know those tasty treats are somewhere inside that maze and they'll try just about anything to get them out! There is a maze inside of the dog puzzle, so getting the dog treats isn't a simple task: dogs must move spin, rock the Dog Treat Maze around in order to maneuver the treats through the maze and out. The Nina Ottosson Dog Treat Maze comes in two different sizes: small and large.

Does your dog like dog puzzles and games? If so, what's the favorite?

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