Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound 41032 Dog Fighter Interactive Puzzle Mental Stimulation Brain Game for Dogs, Wood
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- Interactive, treat seeking fun
- 9 treat pegs
- Solid, eco-friendly wood construction
- Made in Sweden
- Keeps your pup engaged and entertained for hours
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Nina Ottosson Dog Fighter.
By Outward Hound.
Watch your pup wrestle and wrangle each block out of the Dog Fighter
Place a treat in each block, and watch them having fun figuring out how to slide the blocks and pull them out, to unveil a piece of kibble or small treat. Bring the battle further uphill by adding pegs to stop the blocks. Every dog's a winner with Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Games! Bring out the genius in your dog with our interactive, treat-seeking puzzles and exercise toys. Difficulty level 2 - Moderate. Perfect for your smarty pup.
Who is Nina Ottosson?
Since 1990, Nina's award-winning products have improved the lives of pets and pet parents all over the world. Named one of '45 People Who Changed the Dog World' by Dog Fancy Magazine, Nina Ottosson has pioneered the development of puzzle games and toys that utilize reward-based play patterns to keep pets stimulated.
It's Fun. It Feeds. It's a challenge your dog needs.
All dogs are natural problem solvers, but they just don't get enough chances to flex their mind muscles. And that's a shame because - for our dogs - just 10 minutes of mental activity is equal to 30 minutes of physical activity.
Now part of the Outward Hound family, Nina will continue to develop new puzzle games and toys that exercise your pet's body and mind, reduce boredom, and help to curb destructive behavior. Get your game on!
Top Customer Reviews
All I have to do is take it out and they recognize it by sight and can't wait to have their turn with their game. I have to put the other four in a closed room while one uses it, and I hear whining until each has had their turn.
And of course, it achieves the desired effect: dogs that are MENTALLY stimulated AND worn out - and ready for a nap afterwards!
We also have a plastic Ottosson toy, and a benefit to that one is that it has rubber feet, and only four pieces come out (the others just slide) - so it is much easier to put away when finished. Also, the treat holes in this game are smaller, and it's kind of hard to get the treat to stay in the tube while you're inserting the tube into the board. These are human considerations - from the dogs' perspective, that one is a bit easy to get the hang of; not so with this challenging toy.
The construction is very good, and stands up to our dogs' sometimes overly-enthusiastic attempts at getting to the treats (they weight between 50 and 75 lbs.)
For treats we use Premier Liver Biscotti and they work very well.
I'd recommend this toy to any of my friends who are owned by dogs - and have. Our dogs are our kids, so we value a product that provides them with a means to stimulate their little minds and bodies in a constructive way.
If you have a dog that is destructive due to boredom, this toy is just what you need!
For anyone who is wondering if their dog will like this toy, try this experiment at home. Get a "favorite thing" (toy or cookie) and put it under a piece of furniture with a opening that your dog can see under and get a paw under (like a dresser that starts a couple inches off the ground) and see what your dog does. My dog LOVES it when a ball gets stuck under a chest. . . she will work and work to get the ball out and rarely gets frustrated. Then when she gets it out, she puts it right back under the chest so she can get it out again. That told me she is interested in problem solving, which is exactly what this game is for. I had a visiting dog stay with me for a week (she is a 2 year old yellow lab) and she had NO interest in this game. Once she realized the cookies where not easily retrievable, she lost interest and walked away, so this game is not for all dogs. Try the exercise above to check your dog's interest in problem solving because you don't want to spend $50 on a toy your dog will have no interest in.
I don't regret buying this toy, but I do wish they were less expensive. I would love to buy a different version, but they are just too expensive to buy in multiples.
The size is great for both large and small dogs even though the intention was for a large dog.
Large Dog Experience:
I have a 8yr old female Dogo Argentino, 87 lbs. (Very Intelligent, Advanced Problem Solver)
At first, I was not sure how much interest she had. Once I showed her each peg has a treat, she loves to "play puzzel"! Her first attempt took about 10-15 minutes with verbal and pointing queues and I had to take it away for a second when she started pry and chew the peg to get to the treat. I repeated one more round to ensure she dose not chew the pegs. The next day I loaded up the pegs and let her figure it out with no verbal or physical queues. She took about 5 min, such a smarty! I no longer have to ask if she wants to play, she is already there and can't get enough.
Small Dog Experience:
My wife's dog is a 8yr old male PekaPoo (pekingese-Poodle), 13 lbs. (Smart but Short Atten. Span)
Similar first try with the attempt of chewing after repeated failed attempts to lift or lick the treat out. He took about 15-20 mins with more queues because of the weight and size of his little nose and paws. Again we tried a third time the next day and once he remembered his technique of moving the pegs with his nose and mouth without chewing, he finished in less than 10 minutes.
These are two dogs with totally different personalities and physical abilities, from the large family oriented hunting dog, to the Small fast-pace royalty dog. They both love to play.
Only thing I could suggest is a little piece of paper stating the material/chemical make up of the board and wooden pegs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We bought this for our 6 month old lab/boxer. He got the concept of getting the treats out very quickly. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by SD Shopper
If you asked my dog how she would rate this puzzle it would be a 10/10. And she truely loves the thing as soon as she sees it. But she isn't much of a critic. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by D. Butts
I bought this for my Bassett puppy when she was 6 months old. She is now 2-1/2. She absolutely loves this game. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by hat woman
this is the second treat fighter I have purchased. My dog only eats his food from this. I wish it wasn't so expensive but you get what you pay for.Published on January 31, 2014 by lovesrain
Our puppy loved this toy! We brought it out again after our daughter was born and it was a great way to keep connected with our first "child. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Annie
Another great puzzle! I love these wooden puzzles and I am so glad I found them It's worth the few extra days of shipping time to get these from England. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Bogart20
I have a small, 16lb dog, who absolutely loves this puzzle!
I followed the instructions to make it very easy and used real meat with lots of scent for the first round. Read more