Friday, March 28, 2014

March 2014 BarkBox review: Puzzle toys (and treats!) make for two very, very happy dogs

Liam the pug and Sinead the Boston terrier and their toys

I feel like a bad dog mom, and I blame BarkBox.

My first dog, Seamus, had a number of puzzle-based toys I'd use to keep him entertained when I went away to work. He had dice he had to spin around in order to get treats, ball toys he had to break apart and ropes he tried to untie. When I came home, he was physically tired, but he also had a bit of mental exhaustion going on, because he'd spent most of his day solving problems.

I have no idea why, but I haven't invested in puzzle toys with either dog I have right now. Thankfully, our BarkBox contained a puzzle toy, and given the reaction I got, I should have purchased one of these things much sooner.

Our puzzle toy is from Jolly Pets, and it contains a tiny, soft, green ball encased in a hard, plastic, blue square. The dogs can touch the green ball, but they can't get it out of the blue shell. And I'm here to tell you that these guys tried. They used their muzzles, their front paws and the wall in order to knock that little ball out of there. They even barked at the thing for good measure. Looks like I need more toys like this!

Since only one dog can play with this toy at a time, I was glad that we got another smaller toy in our box from Charming Pet. It looks a little like a dog made of balloons, and the latex material seems to be a favorite of Sinead's when she wants to get to chewing. My only beef with this toy is that the squeaker stopped working within 48 hours, and now the dogs don't like this toy as much, but it still comes out of the toy box from time to time for a chew. 

On the treat side, we got some dental chews from Twistix that seem quite popular. They smell minty right out of the bag, and it took my dogs something like 5 minutes to devour the stick, and there was a lot of deep chewing involved. I can see how this might be really helpful for dogs with dental problems and an aversion to tooth brushing, but since I handle dental care for these guys every night, I'm not seeing much of a difference in their breath or their gums after a few days of use.

We also got some teeny, tiny cookies from Healthy Dogma that I'm using as everyday treats, and I'm thrilled to see that they're corn-free. Happy Howie's chews round out this month's offerings, and while I haven't cracked those open yet, I feel confident that they'll be a hit.

So I'm off to get more puzzle toys, and I'm eagerly looking forward to next month's box!

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