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As pet owners, we always want to find great ways to entertain our furry friends. We’ve talked about interactive games and fun puzzle toys in past blogs as ideal winter boredom or busy-day alternatives – but these same options are also a perfect choice during the “dog days” of summer! Interactive games and puzzle toys capture interest and exercise curious minds any time of year. Part of the fun is that they incorporate your pet’s favorite food or treat in a way that challenges them to keep playing.

Food is a prime motivator for my dogs. It encourages them to play with a toy and then play some more, putting in the extra effort to figure out how it works. They love pushing, biting, rolling, and experimenting with different strategies – trying to find the fastest, most efficient way to get at that food! Then they return to the toy again and again, because you never know when there might be a few more yummy rewards in there, just waiting to be found.

As we’ve mentioned before, many interactive games and puzzle toys can be used for entertainment while you’re busy doing other things. Knowing our pups are productively engaged while we’re otherwise occupied gives many of us pet parents extra peace of mind. It also makes the time pass more quickly for our pets – and that means less chance of destructive behavior!

Now your pet is not going to love every single interactive game or puzzle toy out there. So luckily, our Two Bostons stores carry a great variety of options to suit pets of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some of these products are durable plastic puzzle games, including several excellent options from Nina Ottosson. These include the Dog Tornado (my dogs’ special favorite), the Dog Twister, Dog Magic, and Dog Treat Maze. We also carry a range of plush puzzle games. These include Kyjen’s squeaky Hide-A-Squirrel, Hide-A-Bird, and Hide-A-Bee, which let your pet hunt for a fuzzy friend. Last but not least are treat balls, which come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Popular customer picks include the Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball and the IQ Treat Ball by Ourpets. Don’t forget that many puzzle toys go all the way from a beginner to an advanced level. This is a big bonus, because it means your pet can stay engaged with the same toy over time — even as they master each new level. Ask anyone on our Team for suggestions.

 

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What’s the best thing about a puzzle toy party? Technically, you only need ONE hors d’oeuvre because those hungry pups just keep trying … and trying … and trying to get at the treat!

 

Like I said earlier, I use the Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado with my three dogs (see pics above) and they love it! The Tornado looks like a giant blue bone with four spinning layers. Inside each layer, there are little pockets to put treats, food, peanut butter, even frozen tidbits (the toy is freezer-safe). To get to the yummy reward, dogs have to turn the layers of the bone. I especially love this toy because my pups don’t usually find all the rewards right away. This keeps them highly entertained as they keep trying to figure out how to get those last few morsels! I would say the Tornado is considered a beginner interactive game, and it’s a great starter option if your dog has never tried this kind of toy before.

Remember that you should never give your pup or kitty a new toy for the first time without supervision. Always watch to see how they react, and if there are parts they might try to gnaw, claw, or pull off. Also, make sure there are no loose pieces that could be chewed apart or swallowed when you’re out of the room.

Stop by any of our locations today, and bring along your furry friend! We’ll be happy to introduce you to our favorite interactive toys, and suggest a few options that are perfect for your pet.

Attention, Attention! Quinci here! We at Two Bostons have some exciting news for all those doggies who love their Starmark Everlasting Treat Ball and Bento Ball!

We now have the replacement treats made in the USA! We pulled the treats a few months ago when we discovered that the treats were made in China, however that’s not the case anymore! Now you can feel comfortable letting your pups chew away!

So what’s so great about these chew toys you wonder? Well, to start you can find the perfect size for your dog. Both the Everlasting and Bento Ball are available in small, medium and large sizes. They are stronger than rubber, which is especially good if you have a tough chewer on your hands.  Also, both treat balls are free of latex, vinyl and phthalates and are dishwasher safe. But let’s face it, one of the most important key points of these treat balls is that it helps keep your dog busy! They are designed to help encourage play and keep your dogs mind stimulated.

The Bento Ball has small nubs all over to help massage your dogs’ teeth and gums. The Everlasting Treat ball holds two Everlasting Treats, but it can also be filled with smaller treats or kibble.

Now let’s take a closer look at the treats. The Everlasting Treat chews like a bone, so it will last longer than your average treat. They have a natural chicken flavor and are wheat and soy free. They are uniquely shaped so your dog can lick, chew or gnaw depending on what they prefer. They have special raised dental ridges to help remove tartar and plaque from your dogs’ teeth. You can buy the treats in small, medium and large sizes and each pack comes with two refills.


An important fact you should know when purchasing the Everlasting Treat Ball or Bento Ball is that the ball is already filled with a treat. However, this treat is made from China so we recommend throwing out the prepackaged one and filling it with a replacement.  We want nothing but the best for your dogs, and strongly discourage feeding treats from China.

A mind stimulating, dental hygienic and tough toy; you can’t really go wrong with these!  Come pick one up today and let your pup get to chewin’!