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- Most difficult treat dispenser
- Easy to load, Easy to use
- Adjustable for added difficulty
- Center removes for easy cleaning-Thermoplastic rubber is safe and durable
- Promotes physical and mental alertness
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Why Smarter Toys?
Smarter Toys for Smarter Dogs! Smarter Toys provide variable learning levels to encourage mind-bending, challenging play that keeps dogs busy for hours. Fill Smarter Toys with your dog’s favorite treats for irresistible fun, a healthy outlet for instinct and energy, and a diversion from unwanted behavior.
Why Dogs Need Toys
Playtime keeps dogs physically fit and mentally sharp. Without toys and healthy exercise, dogs may grow bored and engage in destructive behavior.
Atomic Treat Ball
What better way to keep your dog mentally stimulated, physically active, happy, and healthy than with a toy that dispenses his favorite treats? Fill the Atomic Treat Ball with kibble or treats and watch as your dog rolls and nudges the ball to get the tasty morsels inside. Available in 3” and 5” sizes.
IQ Treat Ball
For a challenge that’s filled with tasty fun, try the IQ Treat Ball. Fill with treats or kibble, set your desired difficulty level using the ball’s adjustable interior insert, and let your dog roll the ball across the floor to try to release the food inside. Available in 3” and 5” sizes.
Buster Food Cube
Give your dog the ultimate brain teaser with the Buster Food Cube! Remove the adjustable cylinder and fill the cube with your dog’s favorite treats. Then, reinsert the cylinder, adjusting the level of difficulty, and let your dog push and nuzzle the cube to release the treats. Available in large and mini sizes.
- Discourages destructive behavior
- Rewards healthy play
- A great way to treat your dog
- Each toy is available in two sizes
- Note: Toy must be larger than the width of your dog’s mouth
Dogs need mental and physical stimulation to maintain health. Buster Food Cubes challenges dogs to earn their treats, and in the process the gain the stimulation they need. Smarter Toys are recommended by leading dog trainers and animal behaviorists.
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Top customer reviews
Not bad at all for what it is
I have a little 6 month old pitbull mix
Once he got the hang of getting the food out and was determined to do so, I decided to make it a bit more difficult for the food to come out. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the inside piece that makes the food harder to get out, to turn, and when I tried to use pliers, the little flap you are supposed to use to turn it, turned white with weakness, so I stopped trying. A few weeks later, the cube was run over by a car and the center piece popped completely out and then was ran over. I contacted the manufacturer who has yet to respond (it's been about 3 weeks) about getting a replacement center piece because this thing would never completely burn or decompose in a landfill, and I try to be environmentally thoughtful as much as possible. Still waiting on their reply.....
Since the manufacturer didn't/hasn't responded and my dog needed this toy and I didn't want to throw it away, I started just putting food in it and then using duct tape to cover the hole (I use three strips over the hole) and cut a small rectangle out in the center. It works fine that way until he gets frustrated and manages to get a tooth into the little hole and pulls the duct tape off. That's usually towards the end of the session, so it's not that big of a deal. I'm usually out there to supervise, since I'm letting my three other dogs hang out in the drop zone and I don't want any trouble amongst them over food rights. (usually I shake out some food out of his area for the other dogs to mill around and eat while he's playing with his toy so we keep it fair 'cause we are all about equal fairness around here. Btw, the other three dogs are 7+ years old and don't have the ambition or desire to try this toy, though I'm not sure he would even let them, because it kind of technically has just been his toy since the beginning)
All of that being said, I'm not sure I'd ever want to use this in my house on my hardwood floors or carpets. First off, if your dog is very food driven, he/she will probably send this thing flying into cabinets, furniture, etc., which may or may not be an issue, but it would be for me. Secondly, even if I didn't care about my floors or furniture getting dinged and scratched up and oil or crumbs from the food getting on the floors and carpets, I kind of like quiet and this thing is kind of loud between the rattling of food and the scooting/sliding around. I could easily hear it in the house when he was playing with it in the garage.
This dog is very hard on bones and stuff and aside from being scuffed up, it is still holding together just fine and our new method of using duct tape is working well. Depending on your circumstances, it may be what you are looking for. I only gave it three stars because it is sort of a pain to get the food in the small hole and very hard to adjust how much food comes out, which was one of the reasons I bought it. I measure out my dogs' food, so I used my measure cup to fill it, which kept my hands from getting greasy/dirty from the food. Also disappointed that the manufacturer apparently doesn't care about customer service, which counts for a lot to me when there are so many other options available.
I'd seen the Buster Cube mentioned in a lot of dog training/care books and decided to spend the $10 and try it out. My first impression was that it's HUGE! She just let it sit there while she stuck her tongue in the hole licking out treats she could reach. Eventually, she bumped it and it rolled and out popped some treats. The race was on! Shortly thereafter she came up with a method. She could hook a tooth in the hole and get another tooth around an edge and pick up the cube to carry it to her bed, then she'd nose it across the floor rolling it to get treats out until she met an obstacle. She would pick it up again and repeat—over and over and over and over again. I put cheerios and some kibble in it. She went so long with it I eventually had to take it away from her so she could go to bed. The nice thing about the large size of this cube is that you won't have to refill it as often, or that it won't disappear under nearly as much furniture as the small IQ ball and it's much easier to find when it does. She'll not stop playing with it on her own unless it goes empty or ends up where she can't retrieve it. Be aware that if you have hardwood floors this thing can get pretty loud. =(
The ONLY problem I see with this cube is that it says you can adjust the level of difficulty, but the little raised ridges that go around the edge of the plug are supposed to lock in whatever level of difficulty you choose don't catch like they're supposed to because they don't make contact like they should. Either this is a design flaw or I have a faulty cube. This results allows the level of difficulty to keep changing to the hardest or easiest. If you have small treats like cheerios they're always coming out. But if you have larger treats like kibble they come out rarely. So the key to using THIS particular cube will be finding a way to put a piece of tape or something in the opening so the difficulty level will stay put. Either that or I'll have to find the exact right-sized treat to reach a happy medium.
So far so good! My dog is a heavy chewer and at first he tired to chew up the cube to get to the treats...but then he realized that he has to push it around with his nose for the treats to fall out. It kept him busy for quite a while which is good cause he's a super smart dog that never gets tired and wants me to play with him 24/7. So now he can entertain himself with the cube for a while. He loves everything that involves treats ;)