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Mental stimulation that engages a dog's evolutionary instincts helps prevent boredom, depression, and anxiety while building a dog's confidence, independence, and problem-solving skills. One of the easiest ways to provide stimulation is through the use of interactive dog toys, like food puzzles.
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"All dogs need to eat, so using [puzzle toys] to make their life more interesting and fulfill innate behavioral needs is a convenient way of increasing their mental well-being," says Shay Kelly, a canine behavior consultant, author, and founder of the 470,000-plus member Facebook group Canine Enrichment.
To come up with the best dog puzzle toys on the market, we consulted Kelly and Dr. Lore Haug, a board-certified veterinary behavior specialist at VCA Lexington Boulevard Animal Hospital. With their expertise in mind, some of us on the Insider Reviews team tested 22 dog puzzles with six dogs of different ages and energy levels to come up with the best options. Learn about how we tested in our methodology section.
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The best dog puzzle toys in 2022
Best easy dog puzzle toy: Outward Hound Hide N' Slide, $19.80 at Chewy
The Hide N' Slide puzzle is a durable, safe, and easy-to-clean toy for dogs who are new to puzzles.
Best medium-difficulty dog puzzle toy: Outward Hound Challenge Slider, $32.99 at Chewy
The Challenge Slider provides a moderate challenge that works a dog's nose and brain.
Best difficult dog puzzle toy: Outward Hound Casino Puzzle, $24.99 at Chewy
The Casino Puzzle will challenge even the smartest pups, plus it's a cinch to store and clean.
Best plush dog puzzle toy: Hide-a-Squirrel Plush Toy, $17.58 at Chewy
The Hide-a-Squirrel Plush Toy does double duty as a brain-working puzzle and a soft, squeaky plush toy.
Best puzzle dog bowl: Outward Hound Fun Feeder, $11.99 at Chewy
With a maze of ridges built into the bowl's interior, the Fun Feeder slows down a dog's eating.
Best dog snuffle mat: PAW5 Wooly Snuffle Mat, $33.57 at Chewy
The high-quality Wooly Snuffle Mat is an excellent choice for hyper dogs or pups with mobility issues.
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Best dog puzzle ball: Starmark Treat Dispensing Toy, $8.99 at Chewy
The tough Starmark Treat Dispensing Toy rolls, floats, and encourages your dog to be active while eating.
Best wobble dog puzzle toy: Fable The Game, $49.50 with code INSIDER10 at Fable
The Game is a super durable food-dispensing toy that gets dogs moving and has an adjustable difficulty level.
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