10 Amazing Dog Toys That Improve Their Intelligence

January 7, 2016


All dogs love to play. Playing gives your pets needed exercise. It can also help to make them smarter. Certain toys and games challenge dogs that make them use their brains in a variety of ways. Some toys compel dogs to solve a puzzle to get a treat. Others are training aids that teach skills such as retrieving. These type of toys are also fun for dogs and help them stay active. As you play with them, it might even make you smarter as well! The following are ten of the best dog toys for increasing intelligence.

Our Pets Smarter Interactive IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy

Dogs always enjoy playing ball, but this is not just an ordinary ball toy. The dog must figure out how to open the compartment where a treat is stored. You can fill it with kibble or your dog's favorite treat. This is a fun and challenging puzzle for dogs that make your pet smarter. The difficulty can be adjusted as your dog's IQ rises. This dog toy is available in two sizes, mini and large, to accommodate smaller and larger dogs. 



Petstages Rag Rope Ball

This is an interactive toy that lets you play a variety of games with your dog. It can be used in a number of ways that challenge your pet and assist with training. The main benefit is that you can use this toy to teach your dog to retrieve. The arm of the ball can be used to adjust the speed, which allows you to speed it up to improve the animal's agility. Slower speeds are also useful for older dogs or ones that have limited mobility for some reason. Petstages Rag Rope Ball is a more efficient way to teach retrieval skills than simply throwing an ordinary ball or other object.




Nina Ottosson Dog Casino Interactive Game

Dog Casino is another game where the dog must solve a puzzle to discover a treat. This is a cleverly designed toy in that you can change the difficulty level by locking the “casino” using flaps that the dog must remove to retrieve the treat. This can be a challenging game for dogs, so it can really test skills and intelligence. Because the flaps must be removed in different directions, the dog must learn to maneuver it in a variety of ways. Nina Ottosson also makes a number of other dog toys with similar challenges.







KONG Training Dummy Toy

The KONG Training Dummy is a very simple and straightforward toy, yet also very useful. It was created to serve a single function -to help teach dogs how to fetch objects out of the water. It's a sturdily constructed toy that dogs enjoy running after. To teach dogs to retrieve objects from the water you need a toy that's highly visible, very durable and one that floats. The KONG Training Dummy fulfills all of these requirements, making it a very functional way to teach your dog this skill. 






Outward Hound Kyjen Star Spinner Treat Toy

There are several toys on this list that require your dog to solve a puzzle to win a treat. The Kyjen Star Spinner, however, has a distinctive construction that requires the dog to spin the toy in order to unlock the puzzle. There are three tiers of treats held in 10 chambers, so the dog will have to actually solve multiple puzzles to complete the game. This motivates dogs to play for longer periods of time. 


HDP 18 Ft Dog Agility Training Open Tunnel

This is not your typical dog toy, but an 18 foot long tunnel that teaches animals agility while providing lots of great exercise. This is an extremely durable unit, held in place with stakes. The cover is made from sturdy Oxford Dacron. Steel grommets help to ensure that the structure is able to withstand lots of wear. This is a fun and educational toy to keep in your backyard. 


Dogit Mind Games 3 in 1 Interactive Smart Toy for Dogs

This toy, recommended for small and medium-sized dogs, serves several functions. It provides exercise, reduces hyperactivity and provides challenges that develop physical and mental skills. One of the games that your dog can play is Hide-and-Seek, which requires the dog to dislodge tops to find a treat. The second game is Spin-a-Whirl, where treats are uncovered by spinning a wheel. The third game is Sliding Puzzle, where tops must be removed to discover treats. Having three separate games challenges your dog in a number of different ways, making this an unusually diverse dog toy.


StarMark Bob-a-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

Bob-a-Lot is one of the most popular and well-reviewed interactive dog toys. Made of durable hard plastic, this toy hold up to three cups of food and has adjustable openings. It's made in sizes for both small and large dogs. You can adjust the difficulty, making it easier or harder for your dog to get the treats out. The treats rattle around the unit, which provides an extra motivation for the dog to work to get them out. 




Trixie Pet Products Windmill Toy

This is an interactive dog toy that challenges dogs to turn a windmill in order to get treats. Treats are placed in beakers and dogs learn that, in order to release them, they must spin the windmill. The toy comes with different types of lids that can adjust the difficulty of the task. It's also a fun game that allows the dog to get some exercise while retrieving treats. The Windmill Toy is suitable for dogs of all sizes.


Outward Hound Kyjen Hide a Squirrel Plush Dog Toy Squeak Toy 4 Piece

This innovative dog toy gives your dog the chance to chase squirrels that are hidden inside a tree trunk. The squirrels are squeaky toys that make a compelling sound when captured. Dogs develop their problem solving abilities as they have fun with this hide-and-seek type game. To make the game even more exciting, you can always include treats with the squirrels. 



These toys will keep your dog entertained and their mind growing.  If you need something to keep your dog entertained, try some of these.  You can also find other get dog toys at our store.

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