Wilbur Reviews the Kong Wobbler

The Kong Wobbler is one of our most used food toys here at Treat. Play. Love. It looks like a giant version of the classic Kong, but it is made from hard plastic instead of rubber, and it has a weighted bottom so that when the dog knocks it over it immediately pops back up. The bulk of the toy is a hollow cavity, and there is one small hole for the biscuits to fall out of. The toy unscrews for easy filling and cleaning.

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What can you put in the Kong Wobbler?

The Kong Wobbler is ideal for dry biscuits and treats. I use a variety of odd shaped treats in Wilbur’s one to make it harder for the biscuits to fall out. The cavity for food is very large, so if you wanted to feed a whole meal from this toy it would be easy to do. Being hard plastic the toy is easy to clean thoroughly, so you could put semi-moist food into the toy as well – something like “chunkers” might work quite well.

How does the dog get the food out?

Due to the weighted bottom keeping the toy upright, the dog needs to push and paw at the toy repeatedly to get the treats to fall out of the single hole. Some dogs figure out how to step on the toy and keep the hole face down, so for those guys (or for anyone wanting to make the toy harder) you can try putting a tennis ball or a couple of golf balls in the toy with the food, or some scrunched up paper. Either of these options slow down the rate at which the food will drop out. This toy generally takes Wilbur under 5 minutes to empty completely.

Durability

As with all the Kong products i have tried, this is a winner for durability. You can see in the above photo that Wilbur has managed to make some scratches on the plastic with his teeth and nails, but he hasn’t been able to cause any real damage to it. I think this toy would be great for some of the bigger chewers.

In Summary

We love this toy for its capacity, ease of use (for the human), and the level of activity required to get the food out. There is always plenty of pouncing and running around after the spinning toy (talking about the dog now). Often we will use this toy for a large portion of Wilbur’s daily biscuits, while using other toys for smaller quantities of biscuits, treats, or even wet food.

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Wilbur Reviews the Aikiou Bowl

One of our lovely friends gave us their old dogs Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl the other day. We are very excited about this, because it was on our “wish list” but it’s a little pricey so we hadn’t got to it yet. The Aikiou Bowl is a paw-shaped, plastic bowl which has 6 compartments in the centre and 8 compartments in total on the four toes. Plastic covers need to be moved back and forth or around to access all the compartments and get the food. This can be done either by pushing the covers with a nose, or pulling them with a paw. The Aikiou Bowl has rubber pads on the bottom of the bowl to stop it sliding around too much, as it is quite light weight.

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What can you put in the Aikiou Bowl?

This toy is completely plastic, and can be taken apart to clean thoroughly in the dishwasher, which means you can put anything you want in the bowl! As far as capacity goes, it is supposed to hold several cups of dry food so it isn’t too limiting for large dogs. Wilbur enjoyed working to get his measley half cup of biscuits and a couple of teaspoons of wet food.

Difficulty

The parts on the Aikiou Bowl move quite easily, which means that the toy is not difficult to use. Even a dog that isn’t experienced at using their nose and paws to access food should be able to accidentally make something happen with a bit of sniffing. The toy is lightweight, so i would suggest it be used under supervision to ensure it isn’t carried off and chewed up! Wilbur did attempt the push and flip methods of emptying the toy.

In Summary

This toy is pretty cool, and makes a good option as a slow-feed bowl. I like that it can be taken apart and cleaned, so i’m not limited in what surprises i can hide in the different compartments. I think i would prefer the plastic covers be a little more snug, so that it is just a tad harder for Wilbur, but i don’t hear him complaining so that’s ok. Another good toy to add to our collection!

Wilbur Reviews the West Paw Tizzi

Wilbur went to the pet shop and bought himself a new toy with his pocket money today, and we just tried it out so thought we would share our thoughts. The toy is by the USA brand West Paw, and this particularly one is called the “Tizzi”. It is actually designed as a throwing/fetch toy, and is marketed as being durable as a chew toy too. It has a hollow cavity in the base of the toy, which a fellow trainer i know has used with great success for stuffing food into. This toy was pricey, but that is pretty typical of USA made toys. It is also eco-friendly, dishwasher safe, and protected by a chew-damage guarantee which means you get one free replacement if your dog wrecks it.

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What can you put in the Tizzi?

Depending on the size you purchase, the cavity in this toy is not terribly large. This toy is ideal for stuffing with wet food, peanut butter, or cream cheese and freezing. That’s what we’ll be using it for! For today’s test run we stuffed it with some light cream cheese with a baked dog biscuit stuffed in there too.

How does the dog get the treats out?

The Tizzi has got, for want of a better word, legs which you can cross or uncross. Crossed legs make accessing the treats much harder, and that is how Wilbur was given this toy. To get to the treats, the dog can either lick around the crossed legs, or maneuver the toy in such a way as to uncross the legs and make the task much easier. Wilbur managed to achieve this by throwing the toy a few times so that it bounced around. Then he was able to chew and lick the treats out. It lasted about 15 minutes, but will last much longer if the treats are frozen.

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Appearance

I can’t be the only one who can’t look at this toy without laughing uncontrollably. It only gets worse when your dog starts passionately licking at the treats. I’m not sure what the design team was thinking, but it sure is funny.

Overall

Humour was a large part of the reason for buying this toy, but i am pretty impressed by the time it took Wilbur to fiddle around with it getting the cream cheese out. It will happily work its way into our rotation of food toys.

Wilbur Reviews the Buster Cube

Welcome to the “Wilbur Reviews”! Wilbur is our 7 month old, 11kg, crossbreed puppy, and the purpose of these reviews is to show people the different food toys that are available to keep our four-legged friends busy. Not only that, but we’ll let you know what we think of them, what types of food they work well for, and in some cases the things we don’t like about them.

For our first Wilbur Review we thought we’d show you the Buster Cube, because that’s what Wilbur is eating his breakfast from as I type. The Buster Cube is a very solid, hollow plastic cube with a round opening on one side. It comes in 2 sizes, and 4 different colours. Wilbur has the mini size, in the pink colour (randomly selected by the eBay seller). The mini size cost about $15 delivered, there are LOTS of online sellers to choose from.

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What can you put in a Buster Cube?

The Buster Cube is good for dry food and treats only, you cannot use it for wet food. It has a fairly large capacity, which means that i could fit Wilbur’s whole 1/2 to 3/4 cup of breakfast into the one toy if i wanted. To fill the toy you drop the food in the hole and shake the food down. There is a plastic cylinder through the centre of the toy, which makes the food harder to get out – it also makes it harder to get the food in! I mostly put dry biscuits in Wilbur’s Buster Cube, and i’ll sometimes add in a few dry treats too as little surprises.

How does the dog get the treats out?

Wilbur’s standard approach to most dry-food toys is to push them with his paws and nose. This causes the Buster Cube to roll around, and as it tumbles on its different sides the food falls through the cylinder piece by piece. Wilbur has the most success with this toy on a hard flood, such as indoors or on the patio, and when he plays with the Buster Cube on these surfaces the treats come out in all directions as the toy spins around. Wilbur also picks the toy up in his mouth and throws it, which is another successful way to get treats to fall out. In our home this is a HIGH ACTIVITY toy, and there is a lot of running, pouncing, swatting, and throwing involved. The only downside of this is that the hard plastic is very loud on the tiles! Compared to some of our other toys (to be revealed in future posts) this toy takes a long time for Wilbur to empty, up to 20 minutes if it doesn’t get stuck beside the fridge or under our blue-tongue lizards tank.

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How do you clean it?

Cleaning is a bit of a downside. The cube doesn’t come apart, which means the only way to clean it is to rinse it and leave it to dry. But it isn’t too much of a problem as nothing wet or sticky goes in the cube anyway.

Overall

This one is definitely a winner with Wilbur, and it isn’t too much hassle to fill it when you consider how much food you can put in there and how long it lasts. I love how active it keeps Wilbur, and it is hilarious to watch him in action. I would highly recommend this toy to other dog owners, especially for dogs that have experience with other toys that need to be pushed and rolled to get biscuits out – this one is just a little harder which is great!