Best Toys for Dogs Who Are Bored: Which Puzzle Toys Are Best for Dogs Who Get Bored Easily?

Looking for fun puzzle toys for dogs to burn off some energy?

“I’d like to adopt a very intelligent dog.” That’s something I’ve heard a few
times. Prospective pet parents love the idea of teaching their dogs cool tricks
to show off to their friends at dinner parties, but not everyone considers what
it means to have a dog with a busy mind. Sure, you can teach them to play dead
while staring down the barrel of your finger-gun, but intelligent dogs require
a lot of mental stimulation to stay bored.

Boredom leads to fewer fun activities. A happy dog has an occupied mind, and we
want nothing more for our best friends. Here are ten of the best toys for
exercising your mind.

Dogs who get bored easily will enjoy these 14 puzzle toys.

DOG TOYS WITH A BRICK PUZZLE

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Is your dog able to lift anything at all? I’m hoping that’s the case because
there’s no other way to get the reward from this challenging puzzle. Puppies
have to move the bones off the board and open the lids on the compartments
around the edges to get treats.

Why do we like it?

– DIFFICULTY LEVEL INTERMEDIATE
– The variety of puzzle components keeps puppies engaged.
– suitable for any size or type of treat

BUY NOW FOR $17.99

SPIN THE WOBBLE BALL

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This toy does it all: spinning, bouncing, twirling, and rolling. This
interactive treat dispenser toy combines playtime and mental stimulation to
keep your dog entertained for hours. The wobble ball’s clear rubber top allows
your dog to watch and listen as his favorite treats spin around inside.

Why do we like it?

– DIFFICULTY LEVEL INTERMEDIATE
– Dishwasher safe (for simple cleaning)
– This is a great slow feeder!

BUY NOW FOR $17.99

ANDI’S LUXURIOUS DUMPLINGS

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You don’t have to travel all the way to Chinatown to get this adorable packed
dumpling box. If you fill the crinkly box with a few treats and the smiling
dumplings inside (then seal it shut), your dog will have to use his brain to
figure out how to get the treats. Also, it’s ridiculously cute. A sturdy
squeaker is stuffed into each of the soft, fuzzy dumplings. This toy will never
make it to the fridge because it comes in a tough, crazy-crinkly plush carry-
out carton.

Why do we like it?

– Perfect for plush fans
– A toy with multiple parts
– Include treats during playtime.

BUY NOW, $12-14

ACTIVITY MAT FOR 3 ACTIVITIES

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The Buster Activity Mat is a toy that is more of an experience. The starter kit
includes the mat, which is covered in button snaps for attaching various
“activities.” There are three in this one: The Cone Cloth, The Envelope, and
The Water Lily Your dog must use those big brains to unwrap, unravel, or
otherwise solve these puzzles (and, of course, reach the treats you’ve hidden
inside).

Why do we like it?

– It includes three activities (with many more available for purchase!)
– Your dog will not become bored with the same toy over and over.
– Easy to pack for cleaning or travel.

BUY NOW FOR $54.99

TREATMENT FOR BALL LOCK TREAD

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This Super Chewer original is ideal for gnawing thanks to its textured design
and all-natural rubber. Attachable Treat Lock Treats pique pups’ interest while
also providing a great chewing challenge. This ball bounces like nobody’s
business because it’s made entirely of rubber.

Why do we like it?

– Easy Difficulty Level
– Simple to clean, no mess!
– A Great Treat Dispenser

BUY HERE FOR $14

Smart Dog Puzzling

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Dogs must nudge and lift the bones to free their treats from the compartments
beneath, enticed by the smell of their favorite snacks. They’ll have to rely on
their noses for some serious detective work, and the task should keep them
occupied for at least a little while, with nine busy sections. This particular
dog said to me, “12/10 would recommend.” I’m just delivering the message.

Why do we like it?

– Easy Difficulty Level
– Continually amusing with your dog’s favorite treats
– simple to disassemble and clean

BUY NOW FOR $11.99

BOB-A-LOT STARMARK

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I always appreciate the versatility of puzzle toys. The treat-dispensing
openings on the Bob-A-Lot can be adjusted to make it a little harder or easier
to get them out. This toy earns extra points for being large enough to hold an
entire meal. Feeding your dog this way slows him down and keeps him busy for a
while, especially if he inhales his food without chewing.

BUY NOW for $11.52-2.52

TORNADO WITH A DOG PUZZLE

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This toy ups the ante by requiring your dog to progress through levels in order
to receive each reward. The larger bone-shaped platforms must spin to reveal
the next set of hidden compartments after lifting the bones and devouring the
treats beneath. “Tornado” was born. It’s a little more difficult to solve, but
it’s also a lot more satisfying.

Why do we like it?

– DIFFICULTY LEVEL INTERMEDIATE
– There were multiple challenges to solving the puzzle.
– great way to feed a crowd!

BUY NOW FOR $20

LADY LIBERTY’S BALL

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This Lady Liberty squeaker ball will add a dash of patriotism to your pup’s
play. The Lady Liberty Ball Plush Dog Toy is close to the top of the list for
the Best Dog Toys of 2019, as it combines two toys into one. This toy is
custom-made to withstand the perils of both dachshunds and democracy, with a
soft plush exterior and a spiky squeaker ball interior. This two-part toy is
perfect for a pup who gets bored easily and wants to have twice the fun.

Why do we like it?

– Easy Difficulty Level
– More play time with multiple layers
– You get two toys for the price of one!

BUY NOW FOR $10

TREAT MYSTERY

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The treat maze has been a staple in my home for years because my overly bored
terrier enjoys the challenge. The best part is that no matter how many times
they play with it, dogs will never be able to solve it faster—it will always
take patience and determination. Simply place small treats in the center
opening and watch as your pup rolls, nudges, and pushes the disc-shaped toy
around to free them.

Why do we like it?

– More difficult than a regular treat dispenser ball
– Ideal for dogs who aren’t great at traditional puzzles.
– Small treats or dog food pieces work best.

BUY HERE FOR $14

Puzzle Tower for Dogs

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This two-tower puzzle game includes a variety of puzzles that your dog must
nudge, push, poke, and lift in order to free their treats from compartments
beneath. They’ll have to use their noses to do some serious detective work, and
the task should keep them busy for a while with up to 33 different variations.
This particular dog said to me, “12/10 would recommend.” I’m just delivering
the message.

Why do we like it?

– DIFFICULTY LEVEL HARD
– It improves your dog’s concentration and stimulates his curiosity.
– simple to disassemble and clean

BUY NOW FOR $72

BUSY BUDDY’S TUG-A-JUG

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Swinging, pulling, thrashing, and chewing — this toy can handle it all. Fill
the bottle portion with food or a few treats, then watch your clever dog let
loose. The Tug-a-Jug is just plain fun to play with, even without the added
reward. With the knotted rope and nubby rubber ball, it can also help keep
teeth clean and provide a nice gum massage.

BUY NOW for $6.95-14.95

A CASINO FOR DOGS PUZZLE

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Everyone wins in this casino game. That is, assuming they solve the puzzle. To
lock and unlock the red drawers along the edges, twist the small bones on the
top. You lock them in place (with some tasty treats inside) and then encourage
your dog to twist them back and paw or pull the drawers open.

Why do we like it?

Advanced Difficulty Level
For dogs who appreciate a good challenge
Ideal for small or large treats.

BUY NOW FOR $20

PLANET DOG ORBEE-TUFF SNOOP TOY

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You can either stuff the Snoop with treats or insert one of Planet Dog’s rubber
balls for a different kind of fun. Because of the concave design, dogs must
push, roll, and drop their way to the tasty goodness.

BUY NOW FOR $20.95

Variety is the spice of life, in my opinion, especially when it comes to my
dogs. For minds that never stop working, a little fun goes a long way, and your
rugs and fine home furnishings will thank you for keeping a chronically bored
canine occupied.Y