Best Toys For Dogs Who Are Bored: The 12 Best Boredom-Dog Toys

When you’re a first-time dog owner, you quickly discover that there’s a lot
more to pet care than meets the eye. Beyond dog training, feeding, walks, and
vet visits, there’s a lot more responsibility. Furthermore, dogs become bored.
And when they become bored, they exhibit some very undesirable behaviors as a
result of their frustration. It is critical that your canine companion receives
both physical and mental stimulation. So, what are some of the best boredom-
busting dog toys?

Fortunately, there are many interactive dog toys available to help alleviate
your dog’s boredom (and the behavioral issues that come with it). Some of our
favorite boredom-busting puzzle games, plush dog toys, and treat-dispensing dog
toys are listed below.

Let’s look at some of the common signs of boredom before we get into how to
exercise your dog’s mind.

How can I tell if my dog is bored?

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The following are some of the telltale signs of boredom in dogs:

  • chewing on/destroying property
  • whining
  • restlessness
  • abundant digging
  • abundant barking

These symptoms are similar to separation anxiety symptoms. A bored dog will not
be on its best behavior in general. In a paper published in the peer-reviewed
journal Animal Behavior, University of London biologist Charollete C. Burn says
that “understimulation can harm neural, cognitive, and behavioral flexibility.”

Our pets, like us, require physical and mental stimulation in order to function
properly.

12 Boredom-Relieving Dog Toys

Now for the exciting part: toys for boredom-busting fun! From squeakers to
snuffle mats to treat dispensers, dog chews, and interactive puzzles, these are
the best dog toys for boredom. Your canine companion will be grateful.

1. The Three Jacks

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Outward Hound’s Triple Jack interactive dog toy is the ultimate squeaky toy for
bored dogs who enjoy chewing toys. It makes three distinct sounds that are sure
to pique your pup’s interest. Depending on which color peg your chewer bites
down on, the Triple Jack dog toy grunts, squeaks, and squawks.

Each chewable rubber peg features a different enticing ribbed texture that’s
tough but gentle on your dog’s teeth and gums. Its unique shape creates an
unpredictable bounce that will keep your dog ready and wanting to play again
and again!

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Multi-Squeak Interactive Dog Toy by Triple Jack

$10.99

Outward Hound’s Triple Jack interactive dog toy features three different sounds
and textures for a multi-sensory play experience! Each color has a distinct
ribbed texture that is both intriguing and gentle on the gums, and corresponds
to a squawk, grunt, or squeaky squeaker. This dog toy is made of TPE rubber and
is suitable for both indoor and outdoor play. It can be easily cleaned with
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2. jigsaw puzzle

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The Puzzle Cube is a 2-1 dog toy that is sure to test your pup’s problem-
solving abilities. This dog puzzle toy is made of an outer rubber TPE cage and
two removable squeaky tennis balls to stimulate your dog’s hunting skills while
also providing a fun squeaky challenge. Once released, the two squeaky dog
balls can be used in toss, catch, and fetch games for hours of fun!

This toy is not recommended for aggressive chewers.

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Puzzle Cube Blue Interactive Squeaky Dog Toy

$14.49

The Outward Hound’s Puzzle Cube is a fun and exciting 2-in-1 puzzle toy for
your curious dog! This toy, which is made up of an outer rubber TPE cage and
two removable squeaky tennis balls, is designed to help your dog stimulate
hunting skills while also providing a fun squeaky challenge. Once released, the
two squeaky tennis balls can be used in games of toss, catch, and fetch for
hours of fun! The robber

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3. Madness in the Tennis Maze

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The Tennis Maze Craze puzzle toy can be played in a variety of ways. Did you
know that 15 minutes of brain games exhausts your dog more than a 30-minute
walk around the neighborhood? Watch your dog pounce, tilt, and paw at the
tennis ball in an attempt to get it out. Treat your dog to a game of fetch once
they’ve figured out how to get the ball out.

In this brand new way to puzzle and play, see if your pup can figure out which
two tunnels let the ball out.

Tip: You can also fill the tunnels with tasty treats or kibble for a tasty
surprise.

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Blue Tennis Maze Craze

$21.99

This Outward Hound’s Tennis Maze Craze puzzle toy will keep boredom at bay! The
tennis ball and multiple-sized openings will keep your dog mentally occupied
for hours! This puzzle will challenge your dog’s problem-solving abilities. Can
your pup figure out which of the two tunnels allows the ball to escape? You can
even stuff it with treats for a more tasty challenge. It’s time for… once
they get the ball out.

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4. Hide-a-Bee

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While the Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel is a household favorite, we also offer
a variety of other fun options! They are also available in a variety of sizes
to accommodate both small and large dog breeds.

Our plush dog hide and seek puzzle was designed to relieve boredom, promote
positive play, and feed your dog’s natural hunting instincts. With options to
play fetch or hide and seek to keep your dog mentally stimulated, 2-in-1
interactive play means double the fun.

The Hide A Bee dog puzzle is an easy way to keep your busy dog engaged for
hours! Simply stuff three stuffed squeaky bees into the beehive, toss it, and
let your dog’s natural hunting instincts take over!

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Hide A Toy Plush Puzzle Toy

$27.49 $21.99

Hide for Outward Hounds. Hide and seek plush dog puzzles were created to
relieve boredom, promote positive play, and satisfy your dog’s natural hunting
instincts. With options to play fetch or hide and seek to keep your dog
mentally stimulated, 2-in-1 interactive play means double the fun. Check out
our replacement 3-packs for dogs who can’t get enough of these plushy animals!
Bound to..

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5. Hide-and-Seek

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Perhaps birds, rather than buzzing bees, trigger your dog’s prey drive. Your
intelligent dog will love the Hide-a-Bird. The Hide-A-Bird dog toy’s stuffed
plush texture is easy on the teeth, making it a great choice for teething
puppies and adult dogs alike.

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Hide A Toy Plush Puzzle Toy

$27.49 $21.99

Hide for Outward Hounds. Hide and seek plush dog puzzles were created to
relieve boredom, promote positive play, and satisfy your dog’s natural hunting
instincts. With options to play fetch or hide and seek to keep your dog
mentally stimulated, 2-in-1 interactive play means double the fun. Check out
our replacement 3-packs for dogs who can’t get enough of these plushy animals!
Bound to..

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6. Rainbow Hideaway

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With the Hide-a-Rainbow, you can add some magic to the mix! Put the star,
cloud, and unicorn squeaky toys in the magical rainbow and watch your pup try
to get them out. Even a tug-of-war game can be played with the rainbow! It’s
the ideal indoor dog toy for cheering up your dog.

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Hide A Toy Plush Puzzle Toy

$27.49 $21.99

Hide for Outward Hounds. Hide and seek plush dog puzzles were created to
relieve boredom, promote positive play, and satisfy your dog’s natural hunting
instincts. With options to play fetch or hide and seek to keep your dog
mentally stimulated, 2-in-1 interactive play means double the fun. Check out
our replacement 3-packs for dogs who can’t get enough of these plushy animals!
Bound to..

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7. Nina Ottosson’s Dog Smart

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Nina Ottosson’s Dog Smart is a level 1 interactive dog puzzle toy that will
prepare your dog for more difficult difficulty levels of games using simple
one-step actions. The interactive dog treat puzzle is a fun and rewarding game
for your dog that can help them redirect destructive behavior while also
supporting their mental health.

9 hidden compartments are covered by 9 removable dog bone pieces. Hide your
dog’s favorite treats, peanut butter, or dog food in the compartments, and
either elevate the bone to make it easier to grab, or leave it flush with the
board for added difficulty. Watch as your dog learns to nudge and paw the bones
away from the reward to reveal it!

Nina’s Tip: Use the Dog Smart as a mold to make your own doggie ice cream or
popsicles! Furthermore, frozen treats will keep them working on the puzzle
longer.

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Dog Toy Orange Dog Smart Interactive Treat Puzzle

$16.49 $14.49

Outward Hound Dog’s Nina Ottosson This smart interactive dog puzzle is a fun
way to get your dog interested in problem-solving games! This level 1 dog
puzzle toy has nine treat compartments that can be filled with your pup’s
favorite treats and are covered with nine dog bones that release the delicious
scent of treats through the top hole. Watch your dog use his noggin as he
places it on the ground…

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8. Maze Treatment

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You can progress to a level 2 dog game once your dog has mastered level 1. The
Treat Maze is a level 2 interactive dog puzzle that keeps dogs engaged and
satisfied while preventing destructive behavior induced by boredom.

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Interactive Dog Puzzle Toy: Green Treat Maze

$16.49 $14.49

The Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Treat Maze is a level 2 game that is ideal
for pet owners looking for a fun solo game to help their pups with destructive
behavior and boredom. This is great for pups who have mastered level 1 games
and are looking for a ready challenge! This brightly colored dog puzzle game is
easy to fill with treats and can be shaken to release the scent if your dog
hasn’t already picked it up! The robber

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9. Tornado, the dog

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The interactive level 2 Dog Tornado puzzle toy will exercise your dog’s mind.
This fun physical and mental challenge is provided by this engaging dog treat
dispenser. To find the hidden treat, your pup will have to learn how to combine
several steps. With three dog bone covers and 12 hidden compartments, you can
change how hard this puzzle is for your dog to keep him or her interested and
happy.

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Blue Dog Tornado Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy

$27.49 $19.99

Nina Ottosson’s Dog Tornado level 2 interactive dog puzzle is the perfect toy
for bored dogs and will keep them entertained for hours! This intermediate-
level toy has three tiers with twelve compartments for dog snacks or kibble.
This mentally stimulating and entertaining dog game encourages your canine
companion to spin the interactive puzzle tiers to reveal the rewards – three
bone-shaped covers are available.

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10. “Dog Brick”

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One of our most popular intermediate level 2 designs, the Dog Brick interactive
puzzle has extra obstacles and step combinations that will keep your dog
focused and mentally stimulated as they search for tasty treats.

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Dog Toy Blue Interactive Dog Brick Treat Puzzle

$27.49 $19.99

The Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Brick Level 2 puzzle dog game will keep
your dog occupied for hours as they use their natural hunting skills to seek
hidden treats! This toy has three easy-to-fill compartments where your dog can
hide his or her favorite treats and snacks. The first compartment of the flip-
lid compartments opens up, and the second compartment slides open to reveal a
hidden second compartment.

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11. Wobble Bowl

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The Wobble Bowl puzzle toy is great for dogs who need to slow down their eating
or have excess energy. Use the Wobble Bowl as a puzzle game to keep your dog’s
mind and body active. You can also use it as a slow feeder to keep your dog
from getting bloat and indigestion.

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Multicolor Wobble Bowl Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy.

$27.49

It’s fun. It feeds It’s the perfect challenge for your dog! Ottosson, Nina:
Treat Puzzle Games help your dog stay entertained, reduce destructive behavior,
and exercise his mind. To provide fun physical and mental stimulation, use the
Wobble Bowl as a puzzle game. Alternatively, use the Wobble Bowl as a slow
feeder to help your dog avoid bloat and indigestion.The Wobble Bowl can hold 1
cup of food.

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12. A Slider with a Challenge

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When your dog has had enough of beginner puzzles, try the Nina Ottosson
Challenge Slider. Place your dog’s favorite treats in any or all of the 24
compartments in the removable tray, then slide it back into the game to hide
the treats and encourage your dog to look for them.

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Dog Toy Multi-colored Challenge Slider Interactive Treat Puzzle

$32.99 $27.49

Outward Hound’s Nina Ottosson Challenge Slider dog puzzle is an advanced level
3 game for pups who have designed levels 1-2. This dog toy will keep your dog
active and engaged while sniffing, nudging, and pawing for hidden treats,
improving mental health! A sliding tray with 24 compartments pulls out from
underneath, each holding up to 1 cup of food.

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What Are the Best Interactive Dog Toys to Find?

These dog toys will keep your dog active and engaged while sniffing, nudging,
and pawing for hidden treats, keeping their mental health! All of these dog
boredom toys can be found on the Boredom Busters triangle rack at your local
Pet Supplies Plus!

 

 

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