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If you own a dog that is really intelligent, you know how frustrating it can be.  They are always thinking of ways to outmaneuver you.  So, you need to stay at least one step ahead of them.  KEEP THEM BUSY!

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I am constantly looking for toys and puzzles that will keep my dog occupied and nourish her doggy IQ.  This has been a challenge.  My puppy has gone through tons of “puzzle games” that she’s figured out in seconds.  Below are my favorite picks of approved doggy toys and activities that will prevent your pet from taking out their energy on your favorite pair of shoes!

1. BUSTER Activity Mat, $69
With the BUSTER Activity Mat you can give your dog new challenges over and over again. The BUSTER Activity Mat has 35 press studs place 4 inches apart. You can attach different tasks to the mat, most of them with varying levels of difficulty depending on whether you fold the tasks or leave them open.  Show your dog where the treats are hidden and see just how quickly they put their nose to work to solve the puzzle.

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2. Odin Puzzle Toy$23
Simply fill the inner chambers with treats and watch your dog figure out how to make treats magically appear.

Brain Teaser Puzzle

3. Treat Maze$14-$24
This UFO-shaped puzzle for dogs will provides your pup with a mental and physical workout as he tries to figure out how to spin the maze so treats will roll out.  For extra savvy pets, turn up the difficulty by blocking one of the openings! It’s available in small and large for genius dogs of all sizes.

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IQ Treat Ball4.  IQ Treat Ball$10
The IQ Treat Ball is different than other treat dispensing toys in that it lets you select a difficulty level for you dog. Simply place few treats in the ball, select a level, and watch your pup chase the ball around before receiving a tasty reward.

5.  Pridebites Classic or Custom Toys, $9.99 
Pridebites makes durable and unique toys that are great both as plush-like and rubber-like toys! The Durabite foam inside is light weight, interactive, floats and retains its shape, and the toys have squeakers encased in pouches and sewn onto the toy for safety.

6.  Tornado Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, $44 
The Tornado tempts your dog into tuning revolving sections of bones to discover the hidden treats. It’s an interactive clever bowl made of four twisting chambers your pup can move aside with his             paw and nose to reveal the treats caught between each layer.  

Wish Bone7. Kong Quest Wishbone Dog Toy, $8.99
Each brightly colored toy can be stuffed with your dog’s favorite treats or kibble to simulate natural hunting behaviors and extend treat time. The unique design keeps dogs challenged and engaged.

8.  Outward Hound Kyjen Star Spinner Puzzle Toy$10.60
Another Kyjen toy to train your dog’s brain! This toy disassembles and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning between treat-hunting. The star-shaped puzzle has two layers of treat containers with a third top cover layer. You can adjust the difficulty of the game at the bottom by changing the resistance in the spin, making it easier or more difficult for your pup to sniff out the treats.

9.  StickBall$16StickBall Toy
This treat-dispensing toy is made with a small hole and arms you can fill with treats that will roll out during playtime. The ball in the middle fits in a Chuck-it and other tennis ball launchers so you can help your pup let off some steam while giving him a mental exercise as he tries to predict where the yummy treats will bounce to next!

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