Thursday, March 31, 2016

Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated with the Buster Treat Ball


So we've been dealing with some "March blues" and a bit of cabin fever as well. The nonstop raining that tends to happen in March in the Pacific Northwest can become a total bummer for everyone. My dogs hate the rain and they do not like walking in it. Forced marches in rainy weather are no fun for anyone. We still do them but we don't go as long as we usually do when it's not raining. The dogs have not been getting as much exercise as usual and keeping them from becoming bored can become challenging. I like to have a variety of puzzle toys around and I am always excited about trying new ones.

Today we are reviewing the Buster Treat Ball. Buster is a fantastic company that makes all sorts of puzzle toys for dogs and they also have a great variety of other dog products and even some cat products. They are always fun to work with and we've done a few reviews for them in the past. The Buster Treat Ball is very similar to the Buster Food Cube (review) and I really like them both.


The Buster Treat Ball can be filled up with your dog's favorite treats or you can fill it with their (kibble) dinner. I prefer to do puzzle toys at meal times so that my dogs have something to do and they have to work for their food. These kinds of toys are great because they are working both their mind and their body.


The Treat Ball is an awesome toy because it features Buster's patented inner maze for slow release of the food/treats. This puzzle toy has two openings, the bottom one has a door on it so you can shut it to make the toy harder or open it to make it easier. This makes it an awesome puzzle toy for any dog, regardless of their puzzle toy experience. I really appreciate it when a company makes a product so versatile, especially since both of my dogs have different needs. Zoe will sometimes give up on a toy if it's too hard and being able to make it a little easier for her is so great!


The Buster Treat Ball is made from durable, ABS plastic and we've been using it for over a month. The dogs have not been able to chew it up or hurt it in any way. It's a very well made toy. The treat ball comes in two different sizes: Small or Large (ours is a large) and two colors: Blue or Red.


Check out our short video of Zoe and Phoenix playing with the Buster Treat Ball!

Zoe and Phoenix are both really enjoying the Buster Treat Ball. Zoe can be difficult to please with toys and having toys that spit food out at her really help with that. I really love how versatile it is and that the difficulty can be adjusted. It's also just an all around awesome durable toy! We are planning on ordering a second one. I would definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you have a busy, active dog!

ZoePhee received the Buster Treat Ball in exchange for an honest review. We were not monetarily compensated and all opinions are my own. Buster is not responsible for the content of this blog post.

44 comments:

  1. My sister Katie has had a different treat ball since she was a tiny pup and still loves it. Bailie also enjoys treat balls. I refuse to use them. If my food isn't in my bowl, or treats aren't handed to me, I have no problem walking away. Mom says it is my diva side coming out.

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    1. That's so sweet that Katie still loves her treat ball!

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  2. This is such a great idea for our four legged friends to work and think for their treats.

    I hope the rain stops and the sun comes out soon.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the girls. ☺

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  3. This looks like it would be good!!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  4. I like the idea of having two difficulty levels. Sampson gives up easily, but Delilah will keep going until the end.

    At night sometimes she hands us her Kong and we think it's empty, but upon closer inspection, it is not. She's smart that one. :-)

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    1. My dogs are the same way! It's been helpful for sure to have a puzzle toy that is adjustable!

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  5. I really like this! I think that Khloee and McKenzie Rae would definitely benefit from this fun puzzle ball!

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    1. I think they would have a blast playing with one of these! Both of my girls really liked it!

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  6. Ok so where is the give-away????????!!!! We would LOVE one of these!! DakotasDen

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  7. We have a cube that is similar, but I think Tut would love this!

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  8. It looks like you have a a lot of fun ! Purrs

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  9. Simon, Zora and Piper NEED these! ;-) Seriously! I am always looking for ways to work their brains on rainy days and this looks like it would be great for them.

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  10. Goose and Sheba would love this! They are super food motivated and love puzzles, but my shepherd well he is super toy motivated and he would probably carry that ball around the house wanting some one to throw it for him :D

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  11. It looks good! My only worry is that it looks like hard plastic - and we have only hardwood floors. We've had to ban hard plastic toys in the past because they are too noisy on our floors. Do you think that would be an issue with this toy? Otherwise, it looks fabulous.

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    1. Yep, it's hard plastic and it does kind of klunk into things. If you're wanting a really cool puzzle toy, I'd check out the Activity Mat by Buster. I'm doing another review on some new puzzles they sent me soon!

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  12. That ball almost looks too big for Zoe.. but she's sure enjoying it. Puzzle toys / treat dispensers are great.

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  13. I have got to get one of these, my dogs would love a treat ball!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Let me know if you do and how you like it! :D

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  14. I really like the idea of 'slow release.' Henry loves these games but we have to watch his calories.

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    1. Yeah, it's a really awesome feature! We are in the same boat with Zoe about watching her calories!

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  15. Hmm on her Hanukkah wish list :)

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  16. The boys enjoy their toys that dispense treats so this ball looks fun. Your two just amaze me with their talents. ☺

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  17. The Buster Treat Ball looks awesome - we rotate all the puzzle toys each morning while I make breakfast. I'm a huge fan of any interactive toys to tire out our pack. Great review.

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    1. We do the same thing! I try to keep things really interesting for them, especially since it rains here so much!

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  18. Zoe and Phoenix, my dog Eddie can commiserate with you. He also hates the rain! The Buster Treat Ball looks like a lot of fun though!

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  19. These are great ways to keep your dogs busy and not destroying furniture because they're restless or bored!

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  20. This looks like a great treat ball! I like pulling out these types of balls and puzzles when they weather is lousy! Great review!

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    1. Me too!! We've had to do a lot more puzzle toys because it rained for pretty much the whole month of March!

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  21. I hope the weather improves and you can get outside soon! In the meantime, I'm glad you've found a way to keep your girls happy!

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  22. So truly sweet and we love all the channels of this great toy - it helps delay the reward, and makes us work harder!! Pawesome review!

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  23. I need to get one of these for Kilo the Pug. He has been so antsy this week wanting to play. I love giving him puzzles and games and making him work for his food. Looks great.

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    1. I bet Kilo would really like this ball!

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  24. This is something my mom should get for her dog. He loves treats and really needs the exercise and stimulation.

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  25. I love these toys! I have never heard of this one before but really, really want to play with it! :)

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  26. This toy looks like a lot of fun! Zoe figured it out really fast. :) Both of your girls are super smart. I hope that you get some sunny days soon!
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  27. It's great that it comes with adjustable levels.

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  28. Dexter loves brain games, and this looks like something he'd have a blast with. I know he is a ball lover, too!

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  29. This is great! My dogs get really tired of these types of games and I often wonder why they don't have the stick toitness !

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  30. So I just purchased this for Bain and he LOVES it. He got really excited trying it out for the first time last night and was really riled up actually. It was quite funny.

    My only issue is that since it's entirely plastic it's fairly noisy around the house, my landlords who live next door were probably wondering what was going on last night. Of course, Bain still tried picking it up and dropping it.

    He has so much fun with this ball, I just wish a different material would make it a little quieter.

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    1. Oh that's awesome he loves it so much! If it's too loud for you, you might want to check out the Soft Cube by Buster. It's a lot more quiet than the treat ball and original cube. We reviewed it a couple of months ago and you can find that here: http://zoephee.blogspot.com/2015/10/buster-food-cube-review.html

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