Pet Product Review: Buster Dog Maze
Dr Jo says “A new favourite toy for my dog… and me”
What is the Buster Dog Maze?
The Buster Dog Maze is a useful toy which “provides a challenge for dogs that love food and fun. It stimulates all the senses of the dog as well as helping to slow down their eating. Drop treats into the curved tracks. The dog can easily see, smell and even touch the food, but has to push the food to the exit holes to be able to eat.” Purina Play Systems
This product is part of Purina’s new Play Systems range of toys.
Dogs need to be kept occupied, otherwise they make their own occupations – digging your garden, barking, raiding your garbage bins! Dogs also love food. Combining these two drives – to eat and to work – toys that give dogs a job are amazingly useful for most owners. Being left alone becomes a positive event when the dog has a toy like this to occupy them. This helps owners fell less guilty!
Or you could just use it as a dog bowl. This would be extremely effective at slowing down those dogs who wolf their food down.
Buster Dog Maze details
Easy to use, you simply put food or treats in the maze and let your dog go for it. They have to work their tongues to move the food to the exit holes or to pick it up.
The product can be used indoors or outside and can be put in the dishwasher to clean.
“The idea is to stimulate as many of the dog’s senses as possible, preferably at the same time,” Frederik Lindskov, the inventor, says, adding: “This makes the dog happier and healthier The dog’s preferred sensory organs are its nose, tongue, and paws which is why BUSTER DogMaze is designed to stimulate and challenge the dog’s smell, taste, and sense of touch.”
You can read more about the invention of this product here
Dr Jo’s thoughts
Love it! But I’m not the main product tester. Chilli dog is. Chilli loved it too. She couldn’t wait to get it. And immediately knew what to do. There is no training required with this product, which there is with other dog occupying toys. Within a couple of uses, she would see me get her biscuits out and go and sit next to the Dog Maze. When she licks hard and the kibble or treats fly out, she ignore those pieces and keep working at the others. This toy is really, really stimulating.
Dr Jo’s pets’ thoughts
Chilli: “Love it! Please let it be eternally refillable – I will just keep checking it in case it has magically refilled itself.”
Cats: “What is that dog doing?” Why is that toy so fascinating? What a long tongue that dog has!”
|Dogs love it. It is a useful, occupying product and slows down eating.
||May cause fighting in multi-dog households unless dogs are separated to use
|Easy for owners to use No messy funnelling biscuits and treats into tiny spaces
||You should remember ithat t will need to be washed
|Easy to find, does not roll under beds, houses etc
||Chewers should be supervised (athough this product is tough)
Watch Chilli dog in action with her Dog Maze…
Conclusion The Buster Dog Maze is a very useful, relatively inexpensive product that will last your dog a very long time and keep them amused while they play and eat.
N.B. Dr Joanne Righetti is a consultant to Purina. Purina has not asked Dr Jo to write reviews and have not influenced her opinions in any ways.
Dr Jo will review more Purina Play System toys soon, including toys for both cats and dogs. Watch a video about the Purina Play Systems and see some in action with the animals at Animal Welfare League
WIN A BUSTER DOG MAZE Purina have given me a Play Systems Buster Dog Maze to give to one lucky Australian reader of my blog. In your own words (practical, humerous or any other way you like) tell me why you think dogs eat so fast. Please leave your answer in the comments box below. Competition closes at 5pm on Mon 14th Oct.
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