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    Default Are the Challenge Type Toys Worth It?

    We just got Luna a Flip and Flap...

    She loves playing with it but I'm just worried she might learn how to do it too quickly and then stop wanting to play with it..

    Has anyone found this problem with these types of toys?

    What other toys do you use to stimulate your pups mind?
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    I must admit I did waste my money on a buster food cube. She could get the treats out under 10 seconds then wander away not interested in the cube any more.

    That flipper looks interesting, nice blog too.
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    Mine are happier with a $2 stuffy or an empty toilet roll than they are with the expensive toys.

    I bought a ball that moves around the floor on its own (screws open and there's a battery and motor inside)... $20... they ignore it.

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    I spend about $12 on a squirrel dude every 12 months or so. I load it up with part of my dog's dinner ration and it keeps her busy for about 20 minutes or so. She has to pick it up and throw it to get food out of it.

    Deer antler lasts longer but costs more.

    She used to have a toy she rolled around and treats fell out, and that melted in the sun and broke up. Not really worth it.

    Most other toys (including the deer antler), I don't leave with her indefinitely. I rotate though them. Mostly unless it's a rip it to pieces toy, she won't play with it by herself.

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    Mine enjoy the Nina ....... toys. Katy is great at them, but poor old Annabelle is kinda dumb at them. They are great to bring out on rainy boring Winter days.
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    Oskar enjoys an empty coke bottle with the lid on, chews that until the lid is off, loves toilet rolls with the paper still on, have caught him on a couple of occasions sharing his love of toilet paper with the lawn. We haven't really spent a rediculous amount on toys yet, but one of these days we will get around to buying a kong. Anything he can chew on is a good investment lol.

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    I've wondered about those kind of toys too. I like the look of the one with the bones that they have to pick up to get to the food.

    Banjo does like her treat ball.

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    I went to a Underdog tricks workshop and katy just loved them, so I bought some for home. Tessa and Katy spend quite some time with them Lukey and Annabelle are just not smart enough. Not sure if it is because of their past, they do not seem to have the self-learning ability, that Katy and Tessa have. They do not problem solve.
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    I dont buy any of those smart toys...for 2 reasons. 1. Pippi is super smart and if we were lucky itd take her 5 minutes to work it out and then she would get bored of it. 2. barney is a chewer and the toy would be destroyed in about 5 minutes LOL.

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    I've wanted to try one of those types of toys, but once the dog is good at it, I worry it would become to easy.

    The only food toys they like, is Kongs, and some other ripoff brand of the kong I got them. Of course even then, they don't always eat everything. Lately they both have a thing for peanut butter and will only eat that from the kong it seems. Oh, and raw eggs, but I usually crack the eggshell and then let them get the egg that way.

    Also spent $20 on a treat maze ball. Never again. Going to find a friend to give it to

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