Planet Dog has a food dispensing toy worth looking at. My criteria for such toys are: easy to load, easy to unload, easy
to clean, not prone to getting stuck under the couch and quiet (relatively).
On each of these criteria this Orbee-Tuff Snoop excels.
It is an easy-to-load interactive dog toy. The wide mouth forms a funnel and I can actually add in Pip’s entire meal without needing an extra hand or good lighting to do so. (Pip’s comment is she is not sure what the advantage of this is since she enjoys falling kibble very much.)
Once loaded give it a couple of jiggles as you put it in the floor and you’re good to go.
Elapsed time to fill and deliver? Under 15 seconds (I timed it and it would be faster with smaller kibble or if I had poured more slowly.)
Elapsed time for Pip to empty it? 11 minutes and 32 seconds with her engaged 100% of that time. That’s a long time for Pip who has pro-level food toy skills.
Where did it end up? In the middle of my living room floor. Because of its shape, it does not roll. It flops over onto the flat side then stays put. That’s a plus.
Now, is it easy to unload if something gets stuck in there? Yes. You un-invert it (if that’s a word) and dump whatever is in there out. Simple!
Quiet? Delightfully quiet! This doesn’t bother me at all, just the gentle sound of kibble rolling around softly as she noses and bats it around. No downstairs neighbors would complain about this one.
Not prone to getting stuck under things? I’ve never found it stuck under anything, unlike the two toys pictured here. Love these toys but the only place I ever find them (or even bother to look) is under a chair or the couch.
Easy to clean? For a quick rinse, yes? To really scrub in there? Not so much. Planet Dog suggests: Filling with hot water, shaking vigorously and rinsing which I found to be plenty.
Most importantly, Pip likes it! Since she can see the food inside the semi-opaque, pliable material, she stays focused on it. In fact, she just walked by carrying it into the living room. She played with it for about 5 minutes in the kitchen and then, apparently, decided a change of venue was in order.
Other pluses: The Orbee-Tuff Snoop is non-toxic, recyclable, guaranteed and made in the U.S.A. What’s not to love?
Its biggest minus? This is not a chew toy. If you have a destructo-dog this toy needs to be used and then put away. Very few toys can hold up to a hard chewer and, unless sold for those dogs, don’t fault an otherwise good interactive toy for not being a serious chew toy.
Also, as you can see in the top pic, mine has deformed a bit. Don’t know why. Doesn’t impact its use. One of life’s little mysteries.
Used properly, the Orbee-Tuff Snoop is a great addition to the food-dispensing toy pantheon and another winner from Planet Dog!