Annette and Marley from Grantville in Victoria got a special preview of our new range of interactive dog puzzle games with the Trixie Turn Around toy. Here are Annette’s thoughts after taking it for a spin…
The Turn Around Dog puzzle toy is a great way to keep your dog entertained and provide some mental stimulation. Treats are placed inside the three canisters and your dog has to work out how to spin them to get the treats out.
My standard poodle, Marley, thoroughly enjoys playing with this and it didn’t take her long to work out what she has to do to spin the canisters and release the treats inside.
Here’s a rundown of what I really like about this interactive toy.
1. Solid Construction
The first thing I noticed when I took the parts out of the box was how heavy and well constructed the parts were. They base is quite weighty which means that it’s not easy to for your dog to knock it over.
The side struts are also heavy and solidly constructed and the bar which goes through the canisters is steel. On the base there are 4 rubber feet. This means it won’t move around if you’re using it on polished floors or tiles.
The canisters are a heavy duty plastic and you get 6 screw tops. Three of these have 3 small holes which are ideal for smaller treats or kibble and three have 1 large hole. These are ideal if your dog is large and you want to use larger kibble or treats.
2. Very Easy To Assemble
This toy comes in a box and needs to be assembled. Here’s what you’ll find when you open the box:
- 1 base plate
- 2 side struts
- 1 metal bar with removable end screws
- 3 plastic canisters
- 3 tops with 3 small holes
- 3 tops with 1 large hole
- 4 screws
- 1 set of instructions
When I opened the box, I took out all the parts and started to assemble the toy. The assembly was easy and straightforward. Here’s what I did:
- Attached the side struts to the base plate with the screws. The screws fitted perfectly and were nice and tight.
- The metal bar has a screwable end plug on each end. I tightened one end and then slipped it through one of the side struts.
- Then I threaded each canister onto the bar, slid the bar through the other side strut and attached the end screw.
- Once it was all assembled, I filled the canisters by screwing off the lids and then screwed them back on again. I used the lids with the large hole as Marley is a large dog and eats larger sized kibble.
3. The Turn Around Is Stable Even On Carpet
Due to the heavy base, this puzzle toy is very stable even when it’s sitting on carpet. Marley is a large dog (25kg) and even though it tipped a little when she was working out how to get the treats out, it didn’t tip over.
4. Provides Hours Of Fun And Mental Stimulation
It didn’t take long for Marley to work out how to get the treats out by turning the canisters. But it did require her to use her brain to work out to turn the canisters so that the food would fall out.
What surprised me was that she mainly used her nose to nudge the canisters rather than her paws. I thought this was interesting because she uses her paws for everything and is always giving me high-fives.
This could be because she was using her sense of smell to work out where the treats were.
I only filled the canisters a third of the way and she continued to work with the toy until she had managed to get all the treats and kibble out. This indicates that this toy would be ideal to keep a dog entertained and motivated for quite some time.
5. Easy To Clean
Because the food canisters are removable, they’re very easy to clean after an hour or so of constant activity. They’re even dishwasher safe.
I would say that it’s a good idea to clean the canisters after every use and to wipe down the base and side struts as well. Dogs do salivate a lot while they’re eating and it’s best to clean off this saliva after each use.
6. Easy To Understand Instructions For Training Your Dog To Use The Toy
The instruction booklet has training information in 12 different languages. It gives some general information on how to use the toy and then has step-by-step instructions on how to start training your dog to get the treats out.
These training instructions are extremely easy to follow with very simple steps to get started. They suggest starting with just one canister until your dog gets the idea and then adding the others as you progress.
However, if your dog is food motivated, like Marley, you’ll find it won’t take long for him or her to work out exactly what to do to get the treats out.
Benefits Of Using This Interactive Dog Toy
Using a puzzle toy like the Trixie Turn Around has a lot of benefits for both you and your dog. Here’s just some:
- A great way to spend some time with your dog and interact in a fun way.
- Provides mental stimulation as your dog tries to work out how to get the treats out.
- Perfect for dogs who tend to gulp their food down. This activity toy forces them to work for their food and therefore slows down their eating.
- The perfect training aid to teach your dog different commands.
- Perfect for dogs of all sizes.
My Final Thoughts
All in all, I’m very impressed with the Turn Around Dog Puzzle Toy. It’s extremely well constructed and solid. The heavy base means it’s not easy to tip over and the canisters are easy to clean.
Marley really enjoys this toy as it gives her both some mental stimulation and treats as a reward for playing with it.
I believe this would be perfect for dogs of any size and especially great if you need to slow down how fast your dog devours his or her food.