The 8 Best Treat Dispenser Toys for Dogs of 2022

Our favorite treat dispenser toy for dogs is the Kong Wobbler

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Instead of feeding your dog in a normal bowl or handing him a piece of food, treat dispenser toys engage your pet’s mind, expanding treat times into enrichment. They can also work like slow feeder bowls, dispensing small units of food to dogs that might otherwise eat too fast for their own good. An entertaining and effective treat dispenser toy is sturdy enough to withstand the paws and teeth of eager pets and challenging enough to keep them engaged.

“You have to get your puppy mentally stimulated or it's going to get in trouble and chew the things you don't want and dig things you don’t want,” says certified dog trainer Erin Marion, owner of Down to Earth Dog Lady in Chester County, Pennsylvania. “This provides your dog a mental outlet that they can push or dig or eat up something without getting themselves in trouble.”

We tested and researched dozens of treat toys to find the best ones, evaluating them on durability, capacity, and how easy they are to clean. But most important was how much fun our dogs had using them. We tested treat dispensing toys with both puppies and adult dogs, including dogs with previous interactive feeder experience and others who were complete newbies. 

Our favorite is the Kong Wobbler, which is sturdy, easy to clean, and keeps even smart dogs working for a meal. Here are the best treat dispenser toys for dogs.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

KONG Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

KONG Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Challenging, even for experienced dogs

  • Sturdy and difficult to chew

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Weighted bottom

What We Don’t Like
  • Can be noisy, particularly on hard floors and against walls

Shaped like a traditional Kong—you’ve probably seen these rubbery beehive-shaped toys before—this treat dispenser wobbles around when your pup goes nosing for a meal. The bottom is weighted to keep it upright and the food-grade plastic polymer material is heavy-duty enough to survive gnawing.

The Wobbler comes in two sizes which can hold either a full or half cup of snacks. The half-cup Small Wobbler is perfect for dogs 25 pounds and under, while the Large size would better fit large dog breeds.

It’s easy to use: Twist off the top and fill the bottom with kibble or treats. When your dog pushes it, the Wobbler spins and rolls while sporadically dropping treats. Your dog won’t be able to get enough, but be warned: the Wobbler can be loud on hardwood floors, or if it’s pushed against a wall.

The Wobbler is dishwasher-safe and very sturdy. Because it’s so unpredictable, it stays challenging even for wise dogs that think they have it figured out. Trainers and vets often recommend it for feeding meals or for enrichment games.

Price at time of publish: $20 (Large)

Materials: Hard plastic polymer︱Treat type: Best for kibble and small, firm treats | Capacity: 1/2 cup (small), 1 cup (large)︱Dimensions: 6 x 5.3 inches (small), 7 x 6.5 inches (large) | Color: Red

Best for Freezing

WEST PAW Zogoflex Toppl Treat Dispensing Dog Toy Puzzle

WEST PAW Zogoflex Toppl Treat Dispensing Dog Toy Puzzle

Amazon

What We Like
  • Versatile, fresh or frozen

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Durable

What We Don’t Like
  • Can be gnawed on by dedicated chewers

There are dog owners dedicated to filling the Toppl with all kinds of interesting concoctions, including yogurt, cream cheese, pureed pumpkin, and treats—maybe with a bully stick for garnish. You can simply freeze the whole thing and offer it to your pet as a tasty challenge.

A Toppl is a bowl-shaped toy with a hole on the side and little prongs in the bottom that help keep treats in place. They have heavy bottoms that keep them from tipping easily.

I soak kibble in water and then fill the Topple and freeze it, sometimes with a dab of peanut butter or Greek yogurt. I have several of these in the freezer at all times, ready to keep foster puppies entertained or my own rescue dog slowed down at dinner time.

While a Toppl is great for delivering a meal to your dog in an unexpected way, the open design isn’t all that challenging to figure out, especially once your dog is used to their Toppl. To make it more challenging you can nest a small Toppl inside a larger one, using the small one like a lid, so that treats can only exit through the smaller holes. Or cram a treat in between the prongs, smear with peanut butter and let your pup wobble it around.

The West Paw Zogoflex Toppl is available in three different sizes and three colors: granny smith, tangerine, and aqua blue.

Price at time of publish: $25 (Large)

Materials: Zogoflex, a rubber-like material︱Treat type: Anything goes | Capacity: About 1/4 cup (small) or 3/4 (large)︱Dimensions: 7.09 x 5.51 x 3.15 inches (small), 8.27 x 6.69 x 4.33 inches (large) | Color: Blue, orange, green

Best Budget

JW Tumble Teez Puzzler Treat Dispenser

JW Tumble Teez Puzzler Treat Dispenser

Amazon

What We Like
  • Very durable

  • Three sizes

  • Inexpensive

  • Doubles as a chew toy

What We Don’t Like
  • Hard to wash and fill

These durable rubble toys have a bit of a maze inside, so dogs have to roll and tumble them around in order to release treats. They’re a great way to introduce pups to treat dispensers because they aren’t incredibly difficult. You can even stuff them full of peanut butter or baby food and freeze them like a traditional Kong.

There are three sizes so, with the small size suitable for pets under 15 pounds, large for those over 40, and medium for pups in between. It can be difficult to fill the toy if you’re putting in more than a few treats and it’s very hard to wash because of the maze inside. The rubber is very strong and can be used like a chew toy. (But as always, take it away if your dog is able to remove pieces.)

Price at time of publish: $7

Materials: Rubber︱Treat type: Dry or wet | Capacity: N/A︱Dimensions: 5 x 3.7 inches x 2.6 inches (small), 5.1 x 3.8 x 3 (medium), 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.5 (large) | Color: Red, green, blue

Best Quiet

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Snoop Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Snoop Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Quiet and soft

  • Some dogs play with it even when empty

  • Easy to fill

What We Don’t Like
  • Not dishwasher-safe

  • Squishy material can pick up hair, fiber, and lint

Pop open this squishy toy, fill it with kibble or hard treats, then pop it back closed. Dogs have to nose and roll it to get to their goodies. It’s soft, so it doesn’t make much noise when it’s being knocked around. The downside is that the rubbery material picks up dog hair and lint when it’s rolling around.

Dogs and puppies often will play with this even without food, in part because of the enticing peppermint oil scent embedded in the material. Sometimes puppies and smaller dogs can fit their noses in and use the Snoop like a bowl, which is why the Lil Snoop might be a better pick for puppies and small breeds.

Unfortunately, the Orbee Tuff Snoop isn’t dishwasher safe and should be washed by hand.

Price at time of publish: $12

Materials: TPE rubber-like material︱Treat type: Kibble or hard treats | Capacity: About 1 cup︱Dimensions: 5 x 3.75 x 5 inches (regular), 4 x 4 x 3 inches (small) | Color: Orange, blue

Best for Bully Sticks

West Paw Zogoflex Qwizl Dog Puzzle Treat Toy

4.7
West Paw Zogoflex Qwizl Dog Puzzle Treat Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Good for bully sticks or freezer treats

  • Floats and fun for fetch

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don’t Like
  • Can’t use for kibble or treats alone

A determined dog can chew up a bully stick in no time. But poke one through the middle of a Qwizl and suddenly that treat gets a lot more challenging. The durable toy has a passage in the center and slots along the side, so your dog can work at getting his prize from all angles.

Not only does the Qwizl hold a long treat like a bully in place, but it’s also great when you smear peanut butter or cream cheese in the crevices, add a few treats, then freeze it. West Paw toys are made in the United States from durable, non-toxic, recyclable materials. The Qwizl is perfect for fetch games (it also floats) and is dishwasher safe. They have a “love it” guarantee where they’ll replace or refund any toy that doesn’t make your dog happy.

Price at time of publish: $25

Materials: Zogoflex, hard rubber-like material︱Treat type: Bully sticks, soft spreads, treats Capacity: Varies by size︱Dimensions: 1.97 x 5.31 x 1.97 inches (small), 5.91 x 2.36 x 6.5 inches (large) | Color: Blue, green, orange

Best Remote

Furbo Dog Camera

4.2
Furbo Dog Camera

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great camera resolution

  • Helps prevent separation anxiety

  • Easy to control from app

What We Don’t Like
  • Treat-dispensing sound startles some dogs

  • Several useful features requires a subscription

After testing 17 of the latest pet cameras, we picked the Furbo 360 Dog Camera as one of our favorites.

When you’re away from home, remote cameras with treat dispensers can help keep your dog from developing separation anxiety. The Furbo 360 offers a 360-degree view of your room so you can see what your pup is up to.  You can talk (and listen) to your dog through the camera and then dispense treats from the machine remotely. Plus you can record videos or take photos of what’s happening when you’re away.

The high-tech camera/dispenser is much more expensive than typical treat toys, but it’s an alternative when you’re gone instead of leaving your pup with a treat-filled toy. Furbo takes some dogs a little time to get used to because it makes an obvious noise when it dispenses treats. It’s best to place it on an uncluttered table or somewhere at least 3 feet off the floor where it can rotate easily and not be knocked over by an overeager pet.

Price at time of publish: $210

Materials: Plastic and bamboo︱Treat type: Hard, firm Capacity: N/A︱Dimensions: 5.24 x 4.92 x 9.17 inches | Color: White

Best for Small Dogs and Puppies

SodaPup Durable Dog Treat Dispenser & Chew Toy

SodaPup Durable Dog Treat Dispenser & Chew Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Holds small kibble and treats

  • Lots of fun designs

What We Don’t Like
  • Runs small

Fill the opening on this whimsical, colorful toy with a handful of small kibble or poke a bigger treat into the hole. It’s not terribly complicated for puppies to figure out, so they won’t get easily frustrated. (And sometimes small kibble just pours out of other toys with large openings.) The medium-sized SodaPup is relatively small so size up if you have a bigger pup. 

You can also cram wet food in the toy and let them lick it out, but the opening isn’t very big. The rubber is durable and non-toxic and the toy can be cleaned in the dishwasher. SodaPup has lots of other shapes, colors, and sizes including cupcakes, soda cans, and rocketships. Some pups will play with these toys even without treats.

Price at time of publish: $16 (Large)

Materials: Rubber︱Treat type: Hard or soft | Capacity: N/A︱Dimensions: 3.38 x 2.63 x 2.63 inches (medium), 4.13 x 3.25 x 3.25 inches (large) | Color: Green, red

Best Adjustable

StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Adjustable opening

  • Large capacity

  • Durable

What We Don’t Like
  • Heavy and loud

  • Hard to clean

Similar to the Kong Wobbler, the Bob-A-Lot rolls around on the floor, dispensing treats or kibble at random. It has a heavy, weighted bottom and the whole toy is very sturdy and durable. Even tough chewers will have a hard time doing damage to it.

The feeder has a large capacity, so you can feed your pup his entire meal this way. It also has a handy adjustable opening so you can control how much food is released and can choose the size based on how big the treats or kibble are. The biggest drawback is that the dispenser is hard to clean. Because you can’t easily take it apart, you have to fill it with soapy water, shake and air dry. If you don’t clean often or dry well, mold might form.

Price at time of publish: $21 (Large)

Materials: Hard plastic︱Treat type: Kibble or hard treats | Capacity: 1 1/2 cups (small), 3 cups (large)︱Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 11 inches (small), 6 x 6 x 8.5 inches (large) | Color: Green, yellow, and purple

Final Verdict

Our favorite treat dispenser toy for dogs is the Kong Wobbler. It’s durable, easy-to-clean, and challenging for even the smartest pups. We also love the West Paw Toppl. It can be filled up with a mix of treats and then frozen or used normally for a fun meal.

What To Look For 

Durability

If you have a heavy chewer, choose a toy that’s sturdy enough to withstand impatient teeth and paws. The Kong Wobbler, for example, is made from a durable, very hard plastic that’s FDA-approved for use with food. Look at the construction before you buy. We tested some thin plastic ball-like dispensers that cracked on first use.

Cleaning

Bits of leftover food can stick in the crevices and surfaces of treat dispensers, creating breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. If you don’t want to spend time cleaning these toys by hand, opt for the ones that are safe to use in the dishwasher.

Capacity and Overall Size

Getting the right size for your dog is really important, Marion told The Spruce Pets. “You don’t want a big dog to consume anything too small or a little dog to be afraid of the toy,” she said. 

Choose a dispenser based on the size of your dog. Even a mighty small dog might not be able to move a heavy, large dispenser. If a large dog is able to get his mouth around a small toy, then it’s definitely unsafe.

If you plan on using a treat dispensing toy for feeding full meals, then a large capacity will be a defining feature. If you find one you like and it’s not large enough, you can always fill up a few times or offer several different toys at dinner.

FAQ
  • Can I feed my dog with a treat dispenser toy?

    Yes, trainers and owners agree that treat dispensing toys are an excellent method for feeding your dog. “It’s much healthier for dogs to eat food slowly than just gulp it,” says Marion. And it keeps their mind exercised while they do it.

    “How boring is it to just eat out of a bowl?” she says. “It’s mental stimulation, using their natural instincts pushing food around or searching for food. It’s like a person doing a crossword or sudoku to keep the brain muscle growing.”

    If you feed kibble, choose a toy that is big enough to contain a full serving of your pup’s food. If you feed wet food, try a Topple with your dog’s frozen dinner inside. It’s very helpful to feed puppies this way. It slows down mealtime and doubles as an enrichment activity. (My foster puppies often take naps after having so much fun and spending so much energy eating this way.)

    “Dogs of every age group can benefit,” says Marion. “For puppies it’s more like a pacifier and so cute when they figure it out. But it’s a beautiful way of mental enrichment for all dogs so they don’t get bored.”

  • How do I clean a pet dispenser toy?

    Be sure to read the instructions. Many feeders are dishwasher-safe and can be cleaned in the top rack of your machine. Others have to be washed by hand, usually with a gentle dish soap and warm water, and then rinsed and dried thoroughly.

Why Trust The Spruce Pets?

For this roundup, Mary Jo DiLonardo tested dozens of treat dispenser toys, making sure to see how they held up with puppies and adults, including some that were pros at using them and some that had never tried one before. They were evaluated on basic durability and how easy they were to fill and clean, as well as the kind and amount of food they hold and how much fun the dogs had while playing with them. We didn’t include any toys that broke or were damaged after just a couple uses. We also consulted with trainers and pet owners who have used many of these toys.

Mary Jo has been writing about pets and animals for several decades. She has a rescue dog and has fostered more than 50 dogs and puppies. She is always trying different products to keep the dogs in her care entertained, healthy, and safe.