We have been asked to review the Kong Goodie Bone and the Kong Pawzzles Bone both of which are treat dispensing style toys. My 2 Cavapoos, Rodney and Mabel both love a treat and I love to keep their brain active and so was keen to try these out and watch them work out how to get the treats.
The Kong Goodie Bone is made from the durable natural Kong rubber and has a hole at either end of the bone which are actually the patented goodie grippers designed in such a way that they will grip various shaped treats to provide a mind occupying challenge for your dog. The Goodie Bone comes in 3 different sizes, Small, Medium and Large. We have been sent the Medium which it states is suitable for a dog of 7-16kg. I must admit my 1st impression was that it would be too big for my 5.5kg dogs, as it is quite heavy too.
The Kong Pawzzles Bone is made from durable materials but is much lighter than the Goodie Bone. It is a hollow bone with various bone and oval shaped holes in, through which small treats can be dropped inside, designed to fulfil a dog’s natural foraging instincts. The Pawzzles Bone comes in 3 colours, Blue, Red & Purple and 2 sizes, Small and Large. We have been sent the Blue small which is suitable for dogs up to 16kg and so is the perfect size for my dogs.
I decided I would test these toys at the same time and give them 1 each. Due to the different designs of the toys I found I needed to use different treats for each. I therefore used a larger biscuit style treat for the Goodie Bone which I could stuff into the goodie grippers at either end leaving just a small part of the treat protruding. For the Pawzzles Bone I used smaller kibble style treats which I could drop in through the holes. I gave the Goodie Bone to Rodney and the Pawzzles Bone to Mabel.
Rodney and Mabel both eagerly set to work trying to figure out how to get their treats. Rodney with the Goodie Bone was the first to reap some rewards as he was immediately able to bite the protruding ends of biscuit off. Mabel began with a bit more sniffing and started to push the Pawzzles Bone around with her nose and paws. It didn’t take her long to realise that the more she moved the bone around the more likely it was that treats would drop out. In the meantime Rodney was still working away with his tongue trying to get the pieces of biscuit that were stuck within the Goodie Grippers. Mabel quite quickly emptied her toy of treats and very kindly popped over to see if Rodney required any assistance. Fortunately as the Goodie Bone is quite large there was room for them both to happily work away at either end of the bone in a bid to try and get some remaining biscuit out.
Overall I was pleased with both of these treat dispensing toys, I would say that they both encourage different behaviours from your dog and so both provide a different mental challenge. The Goodie Bone took a longer time to complete but I would imagine that the time taken with the Pawzzles Bone could be extended if using more or larger treats. Both toys are of a great quality and will definitely be used over and over again. Rodney and Mabel definitely enjoyed the challenge and then enjoyed a lovely snooze as brain work is clearly very tiring!
Where to buy:
Trade (Kong Goodie Bone): https://petdreamhouse.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&bfilter=search:Kong%20Goodie%20Bone
Trade (Kong Pawzzles) https://petdreamhouse.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=24529
Review by Karen, Rodney & Mabel