6 Interactive Toys for Whip-Smart Dogs

We all love a smart dog. A quick canine is easy to train, a breeze to correct. But intelligent dogs who are left to their own devices and get bored and can turn destructive. Here, the best interactive toys on the market that will keep your furry friend engaged while you are out of the house, so you can rest assured they won’t wreak havoc on your favorite heels or the arm of sofa! (True story.)



Busy Buddy Twist and Treat, $6
We love that this comes in three sizes, so finding the right fit is easy. Twist off the top, load in the treats, and watch your dog try to master the dispenser.



Trixie Dog Activity Move2Win Toy, $22
The Trixie line offers a range of challenge levels and tasks for the braniac dog with too much time on his hands. The Move2Win, for example, requires him to push levers to release treats.


West Paw Zogoflex Small Tux Dog Toy, $15
Durable enough to hold up to even the toughest chewers, the Zogoflex Small Tux is designed for small dogs, too. Fill it up with treats and watch the magic begin.



Trixie Activity Turn Around Dog Toy, $18
Flip the cups to drop treats in one (or all three!) vessels. Rubber feet keep the whole system in place, and smaller and bigger dogs alike will enjoy the challenge of swinging and flipping again and again.


Starmark Everlasting Treat Bento Ball Dog Chew Toy, $14.50
Make ’em work for it: Dogs have to work the treat our from under the rubber sleeve, slowing the entire process down.


Busy Buddy Jack Dog Toy, $10
Those dedicated enough to work through multiple layers will be rewarded with a yummy, all-natural rawhide treat, but first they’ll have to twist and gnaw their way to the center.


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Maureen Dempsey

Maureen Dempsey is a freelance writer living in New York with an ancient, 14-year-old chihuahua and a feisty, young dachshund.

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