This is my Chewy.com review for January. I chose the Outward Hound Kibble Drop food puzzle. Now that winter weather has hit, I figured the boys would enjoy a brain-teaser for indoor activity. Since it involves food, I knew it would be an instant hit!
This is a light weight plastic puzzle with four sloping "legs" that have little flaps at the bottom. There is a hole at the top where you drop small kibble treats in and they randomly roll down into one of the legs. Your dog should then sniff out where the kibble went and flip up the flap to get at the kibble.
The feet bottoms have plastic grippers to help stablize the puzzle......
I let Jimmy and Wilson have separate sessions with this toy for ease of learning as well as safety. Food and an exciting new toy together can make Jimmy a bit possessive so I wanted to be sure there were no issues.
I let Jimmy go first. I gave him a very brief introduction to the toy. I showed him how the flaps flipped up, put one kibble in, opened the flap for him to get it and that was it. So maybe a one minute intro.....
I'm a terrible videographer....sorry about that....
You can see by the end of his first test, he had figured out a short cut to the food. Why flip the flaps when you can just dump the whole toy?
His second try was a bit prettier......
Now with Wilson, I did no introduction at all. This video shows him seeing it for the first time.
As you can see, he figured out the shortcut as well. Wilson took a break and then tried a second time. He went straight for the whole flip and got all the kibbles at once.
Now there's no doubt corgis are very food motivated and they also rate high on the intelligence scale, but I do believe this puzzle is rather easy to figure out. Cheating results in a jackpot so cheating it is! I suppose you could hold it down while they play and prevent the total flip. Also, maybe a tiny dog wouldn't flip it?
All in all, I had a lot of fun trying out this puzzle. I know the boys did because it involved food!
My recommendation would be to never leave your dog alone with this puzzle. The plastic is soft enough it would be very easy to chew into pieces, especially the flaps. I think this is a supervised play and then put away toy. It's always best to think safety first! If you want to try it out, at this writing it is on sale! It is an inexpensive puzzle, even at full price!
And of course, my disclaimer. Chewy.com provided me this toy free of charge for an honest review. I was not compensated otherwise. The opinions are all mine and those of my dogs!
New this month, the Chewy.com reviews will be rolled into a blog hop for ease of location. It will be hosted the 3rd Tuesday of each month by Golden Woofs and Oz the Terrier.