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Last week was National Puzzle Day, and at Two Bostons we are celebrating during the entire month of February!  Each store will be having a Puzzle Day over the next few weeks (see dates below). We want you and your pups to come in, learn and try some of our most popular puzzle and treat dispensing toys.  Is your dog up for the challenge?!?!

There are endless benefits to using these types of toys.  Here are some we’ve discovered:

  1. They help prevent boredom. I’m sure many of you have smart pets who seem to get into everything — but a lot of times, this happens because your furry friend is simply bored or trying to get your attention while you’re doing chores around the house.
  2. They stimulate problem-solving skills. I have found that letting Karlee play with a puzzle makes her happy and keeps her mind busy while she while her paws and snout slide and flip it around.
  3. They’re a lot of fun for your pup. Karlee is one happy camper when I get her puzzle toys out.
  4. They’re multi-purpose. This is one of my favorite things about puzzle toys. They can be set up as a fun activity that provides great mental stimulation and they can help pets (especially dogs) slow down while eating. Does your pup gobble his food down in just a couple of big mouthfuls? Puzzle toys are a great solution, they have to work a bit for their food. It slows down eating and prevents things like choking or bloat from happening.

Here are some of our favorite puzzle and treat (or food) dispensing toys:

  • Hol-ee Treat Ball by JW Pet ~ Skill Level – EASY. It Rolls, Slides, Rotates, and out comes the TREATS! Holey moley…this is an awesome dog toy! All you have to do is unscrew the top and fill it with your dog’s favorite treat or kibble. It’s made from durable, non-toxic natural rubber.
  • Dog Magic by Nina Ottosson ~ Skill Level – EASY. Remove the bones to reveal the treats! This is a relatively easy game where your pup must dislodge the bones to get the hidden treats. You can choose to put the treats under one, several or all the bones, to vary the difficulty of the game. Great for cats too!
  • Fun Feeder­­™ by Outward Hound ~ Healthy Non-Slip Slow Feeder. Does your dog think he is at an eating contest? This Fun Feeder ™ will help your dog slow down their race to the finish! Featuring meal-lengthening ridges and mazes, this feeder keeps pups engaged for up to 10x longer at meal time, which improves digestions while helping furry friends eat at a fun, healthy pace. The Fun Feeder™ comes in 3 different colors and designs, it also features a slip-resistant base to prevent sliding and food spillage.  They are dishwasher safe, and available in mini and regular sizes.
  • Bob-A-Log by StarMark ~ Skill Level – EASY. The Bob-A-Lot’s innovative design dispenses treats or food as your pup uses its nose or paws to top it over. The top and bottom chambers can have the dispensers adjusted to make it easier or harder to get the treats out. It is also a great way to stop your quick eaters from gobbling down their food.

Stop in and try let your pups try out some of these puzzle toys at Puzzle Day.  And until February 28, 2017 when you purchase a puzzle or treat dispensing toy you get 20% off Plato Small Bites Treats (any flavor; small, 4oz. bags).

Puzzle Days at Two Bostons: 2/4/17 ~ Two Bostons, Springbrook | 2/11/17 ~ Two Bostons, Burr Ridge | 2/18/17 ~ Two Bostons, Downtown Naperville.

 

 

 

Melanie WaszkowskiDoes your dog love puzzle toys? Do they love Himalayan Chews? Do you love when your dog is out from under your feet while you’re cooking dinner? If you answered YES to any of the above, your new best friend will be the Animiganza’s NEW AnimaTwist 4 in 1 toy.

I have never found a toy that I had to immediately buy fresh off the truck for Sherman before…Then one day last week I opened a box of stock to put out on the floor and saw a brightly colored toy and Himalayan chew combo, the AnimaTwist!  I immediately knew I needed to purchase one…and it was worth every penny!

The AnimaTwist is a puzzle toy that encompasses the popular Himalayan chew, just like a DNA toy for a bully stick that makes a short lasting chew turn into hours of mind stimulating activity.  I was anxious to try this with Sherman since he’s able to go through a Himalayan in 20 minutes or so.

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When I brought the AnimaTwist home, I let Sherman check it out, and he wasted no time trying to get the Himalayan chew out.  At first he licked at it, then he carried the whole toy around a bit frustrated that it didn’t just come out so he could easily enjoy it.  I was able to catch up on my TV shows for the evening, and when it came time for bed, Sherman hadn’t really gotten through any of the Himalayan.  The AnimaTwist itself had a few teeth marks on it from where there was some chewing, but the toy passed the 20-minute test for him, so it was already a winner in my book!

Eventually the Himalayan was licked away so much that it broke in half, and Sherman was able to enjoy each half of his delicious treat.  To get to this point, it took him THIRTEEN hours!  What an amazing improvement on time from 20 minutes!  The AnimaTwist shows a bit of wear, but otherwise is incredibly durable for a heavy chewer.product1
The lifespan of the Himalayan isn’t the only great feature of the AnimaTwist!  The green (with or without the rope) and blue pieces fit together to make a treat ball; great for treats or kibble feeding. Expansion orange pieces are also sold separately to hold multiple or longer Himalayans.   While you could try to put any Himalayan chew inside the AnimaTwist, Animiganza’s 2 packs of Himalayans are guaranteed to fit inside the standard toy.

If you’re looking for the BEST new puzzle toy on the market, you need to pick up an AnimaTwist!

Learn more about all of the different ways you can use this toy from the video below!

In last week’s blog: Keep Your Pup Busy this Winter, I told you about a starter puzzle toy to try out with your dog this winter.  Did your pup figure it out already? Or is your pup just so smart that you need to try out some puzzle toys that are little more difficult?  Well, we have them for you!!  Here are some of our favorite puzzle toys to try today!

  • Dog Twister by Nina Ottosson ~ Skill Level – Hard. Spin to reveal the treats! This puzzle toy encourages your pup to learn to dislodge the bones and move the compartments to earn the treat hidden inside.  You can make your dog work even harder by hiding less treats or even locking some of the compartments.  This is great for cats too!

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  • Hol-ee Treat Ball by JW Pet ~ Skill Level – EASY.  It Rolls, Slides, Rotates and out come the TREATS! Holey moley…this is an awesome dog toy!  All you have to do is unscrew the top and fill it with our dog’s favorite treat!  It is made from durable, non-toxic natural rubber.

 

  • $T2eC16d,!zkFJJwSE2bJBSZR2Vfm,!--60_35Dog Magic by Nina Ottosson ~ Skill Level – EASY.  Remove the bones to reveal the treats! This is a relatively easy game, where your pup has to dislodge the bones to get the hidden treats.  You can choose to put the treats under one, several or all of the bones, to vary the difficulty of the game. Great for Cats too!

 

 

  • Tornado by Nina Ottosson ~ Sill Level – HARD.  Rotate the layers to reveal the treats! The idea behind the ‘Dog Tornado’ is for the dog to dislodge the removable bones, then turn the revolving sections to reveal hidden treats.  It has many variables to increase the level of difficulty as the dog’s skill improves.  This one is good for Cats too!COA-054_1z
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  • Bob-A-Lot by StarMark ~ Skill Level – EASY.  The Bob-A-Lot’s innovative design dispenses treats or food as your pup uses its nose or paws to tip it over.  The top and bottom chambers can have the dispensers adjusted to make it easier or harder to get the treats out.  The Bob-A-Lot is also a great way to stop your quick eaters from gobbling down their food too quickly.

Celebrate National Puzzle day by stopping in and picking up one of these or any of the other several puzzle toys that we have!  Your fur-kid will be thanking you this weekend!

It is cold outside…really cold!  Let’s face it, when it is this cold out you don’t always get your dog out for a walk, so they might be getting a little rambunctious or even getting into things they shouldn’t.  Well, we have a solution for you…we have several puzzle toys that will keep them busy for hours…but if your dog is new to puzzle toys we have a great starter for them, the Dog Pyramid by Nina Ottosson.13256803-origpic-5cd5b6.jpg_0_0_100_100_550_447_85

It wobbles and rocks as your dog pushes it around.  It rolls and is really fun to chase…plus, when the opening hits the right angle, a treat falls to the ground, ensuring that you pup will want to play for hours!

The treats are not too hard to get out, which makes it a great first puzzle activity toy for your pup to try.

The weighted base will ensure that the toy will pop back up and the size of treats you fill it with can increase the difficulty of the toy.  This way you can make it more challenging if your dog figures it out too quickly.

The solid plastic of this toy makes it ideal for indoor or outdoor play and your pup will benefit from the fun and activating brain training due to the fact that it has irregular movements.

As a reminder…with any new toy, don’t leave your pet unattended and when your dog has emptied the Dog Pyramid, put it away until next time.  This toy is not meant to be chewed or thrown around.

We have two sizes of Dog Pyramids…great for any size dog!  So stop by today and pick one up so your dog can keep busy during this cold winter.

Jessica Kraft is a team member in our Downtown Naperville store. This is her adorable dog, Roxy.

Jessica Kraft’s adorable dog, Roxy.

If your dog is anything like my Roxy, they just can’t help but be in the kitchen with you while you’re cooking! I don’t ever mind when she’s in the kitchen with me normally.

But we all know how crazy the kitchen can get at Thanksgiving. With all the moms, grandmas, in-laws, aunts, cousins and kids all gathering around to lend a helping hand or just hang out, there’s not much extra space for your beloved pooch. Plus with everyone focused on cooking and chatting, there’s bound to be some uncooked or non-dog-friendly food lying around that might inadvertently end up being eaten by your pup.

So now I’m afraid I’ll have to cast poor Roxy out to the barren, lonely wasteland that is the living room this ThanksgivingI wondered to myself “what is poor Roxy going to do all day while I’m cooking?” And then it came to me: Roxy needs a puzzle toy from Two Bostons to keep her entertained during the Thanksgiving day festivities!

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Tug a Jug by Busy Buddy

She’s smart, loves being rewarded, and adores treats.  I knew the perfect puzzle toy that would challenge her, but one that wasn’t so difficult that she’d get discouraged. The treat dispensing tug-a-jug All she has to do is use the rope or roll the jug around to get her tasty (not to mention super healthy) cheddar flavor Tricky Trainers out.

This should keep her occupied for a while, so now I won’t have to worry about Roxy being bored while I’m busy running around like a chicken (or turkey) with my head cut off this Thanksgiving!

Worried about what your dog is going to do for fun this Thanksgiving? Two Bostons has lots of puzzle dogs and other toys and treats to help keep your pup occupied this year. Come in to one of our locations so we can help find the perfect puzzle toy for you and your dog!
Did this post help you figure out how to entertain your pup while you are cooking this Thanksgiving? Let us know by clicking on the comments link below!

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Planet Dog is one of my favorite toy brands that we carry at our Two Bostons stores — and lucky for us (and you!), we have their amazing new toy, the Orbee-Tuff Snoop.

One of my favorite things about U.S.A.-crafted Planet Dog toys is that they’re completely guaranteed … 100% of the time, every time! They’re made with a special Orbee-Tuff rubber that is designed to help a dog’s teeth rebound off while they’re chewing (instead of sinking in or puncturing the toy). With my border collie Ahsoka chomping all day on her Soccer Ball toy, I’m definitely thankful for this. So far, she loves the Soccer Ball, the Tennis Ball, and the Snoop from the Planet Dog line.

The Snoop is translucent, blue or orange, and squishy. Although it’s definitely tough like other Planet Dog toys, it’s specifically designed for puzzle play that can stimulate your pet’s natural intelligence and curiosity. It has a deep crevice in the center that can conceal a treat on the inside to create a fun challenge for your dog. I always recommend using Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch, because it’s so tasty and healthy — my girls (like most dogs) will do anything to get it!

 

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Whichever treats you choose to use, pups will nudge the Snoop with their nose, their paws, their forehead, and/or their mouth trying to get those yummy morsels out (which can not only be smelled, after all, but seen right through the toy!). All this activity helps deliver the mental and physical stimulation every dog needs. For even more puzzle fun, take that Orbee-Tuff Tennis Ball or any other 2.5” Orbee-Tuff ball, stuff it into the concave center of the Snoop, and challenge your dog to remove it. Since the Snoop is intended for interactive play, it isn’t necessarily designed to stand up to those dedicated toy-destroyers out there – but it will still be a great way for them to release energy! Just be sure to use with appropriate supervision.

It’s easy to see why the Orbee-Tuff Snoop won the Gold Medal in “Product Innovations” at the 2013 HH Backer Total Pet Expo, which Two Bostons attended last year in Rosemont, IL. It’s fun, durable, cleverly designed, and easy to clean: just fill with hot water, shake vigorously, and rinse. Plus, with every purchase you make from Planet Dog, you help support canine service programs. 2% of every Planet Dog toy sale goes toward the company’s unique grant-giving and product donation programs. More than $850,000 in grants and product donations have already been shared with exemplary non-profits nationwide. That makes these toys an even better choice for your pups at home!

Remember that every Planet Dog and Orbee-Tuff toy — including the Snoop — is non-toxic, made in the U.S.A., and 100% guaranteed any time, every time! Just bring the toy back if it gets damaged or destroyed, and we’ll be happy to replace it. So stop by with your furry friend soon, and our Team Members will be happy to show you the Orbee-Tuff Snoop. You’ll never be puzzled for a playtime solution again!

 

Do you remember playing with Weebles growing up? They wobbled but they “won’t fall down”?

No? Well, maybe I’m dating myself. We’ll forget I said anything.

Let’s start again!

Hey there 🙂 We have an awesome wobbly toy for your pooch called the Dog Pyramid.

It’s a great activity toy to be filled with treats. It wobbles and rocks as your dog pushes it around. It rolls and looks really fun to chase…plus, when the opening hits the right angle, a treat falls to the ground, ensuring that your pooch will stay engaged.

It is a great starter activity puzzle, as it is not too hard to get the treats out…so it’s a wonderful place to start if your pooch has never had a puzzle toy.

The weighted base makes certain that the toy will pop back up (which is why it reminded me of a Weeble…wait, we agreed not to bring that up again!) and the size of treats you fill it with can increase the difficulty of the toy. That way, you can make it more challenging for your fur friend as the need arises.

The solid plastic of this toy makes it ideal for indoor or outdoor play and your pooch will benefit from the fun and activating brain training due to the fact that it has irregular movements.

A couple of points to remember, as with any new toy, don’t leave your pet unattended and when your dog has emptied the Dog Pyramid, put it away until next time. It is not meant to be chewed or thrown around.

We carry the Dog Pyramid in two sizes…so be sure to stop by Two Bostons and check it out today!