When I am buying dog toys I have two main concerns. First, how long it will take the dogs to destroy it and second, how busy will it keep them. When I saw the Busy Buddy Twist n’ Treat toy I felt like I was hallucinating. Nobu is an insane chewer and can take just about any toy and make it no fun in minutes. This actually looked like something that might hold up to his jaws, and actually keep him busy, for long enough that I don’t go crazy. Plus the more mentally stimulated they are, the less likely they are to get in trouble.
It is a pretty basic idea that is somehow something no one else is doing. Much like a Kong you fill the inside with some kind of treat. It can be my personal favorite, peanut butter, or just some basic treats. If your dog is food motivated, or a bit over weight, and you want them to work a little harder for their food, you can put their normal food in it too. As the dog plays with the toy and learns how it works, they are able to get to what is inside. It doesn’t seem that awesome or different from other toys in that aspect. The awesome part is that the top and bottom twist open and closed. Most dogs will try to pull the top and bottom apart but twisting isn’t something they are good at. The whole lack of thumbs thing really messes with their ability to get the toy open so it takes them quite some time to figure it out.
The whole thing twists apart and you can shove or smear just about anything you want inside of it. Then you twist it shut, as tight as you want it. If you close it really tight it is pretty hard to get open. You might want to loosen it a little bit the first time, so your dog doesn’t get bored when it can’t get it open. I left mine closed tight with peanut butter in it, and it took Banksy 43 minutes of work before he decided the peanut butter had been sufficiently retrieved from inside.
Nom nom nom…
When we got the Twist n’ Treat the girl at the store told us it was going to take a beating pretty fast. In the first day there were already plenty of deep tooth gouges in the plastic, and by the second day chunks were falling off. The good news is the simple two piece design means, besides the little chunks falling off, the rest of the toy is still functioning. I do wish they had made it out of the same material they make Kong toys out of because they rarely show much wear and tear.
Day two…Twist n’ Treat and baby twists
Since the little chunks do fall off I really would recommend giving this toy to a dog and then leaving for work. We got the medium-sized one and it is the “right” size for our 20-35 pound dogs but I think the large may have held up a bit better for them. If your dog isn’t a strong chewer like ours it should be much safer for longer periods of time. I feel like compared to almost any other toy we give our dogs this one holds up extremely well.
You can see in the picture above the difference between a brand new Twist n’ Treat and a well-loved one. I think most of the initial damage was just cosmetic and since then it hasn’t changed much. The real issue is that they are pulling chunks off the hole section so treats are falling out faster. I really think using peanut butter is the best use for this toy so the larger opening hasn’t changed too much. The nice part is even without any treats inside the dogs still really enjoy playing with this toy. I assume the residual peanut butter smell has a lot to do with their love but they also play with the orange one that has never had any treats in it.
Onto the fun stuff! Amazon has the Twist n’ Treat in the medium size for $9.75 and free shipping eligible here. Around $10 is pretty average for the medium-sized version. I have also found it at most pet stores.
Here is Nobu playing with the Twist n’ Treat (aka giving it most of the damage it has). Inside I put basic boring old biscuits.