In the Kitchen with Daisy and PAW5 Rock ‘N Bowl Puzzle Feeder Dog Bowl

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Kitchen Daisy PAW5

What do I love collecting & using more than just about anything? Colorful bowls and kitchen gadgets! Just when I feel like my collection is complete, I find ‘just one more’ I didn’t know I needed but now can’t live without.

My latest discovery is actually a very special bowl for Daisy. Thanks to our new blog sponsor, the dog-loving folks over at PAW5, we’ve been trying out their new Rock N’ Bowl. It’s part bowl, part puzzle and ALL kinds of fun! What looks like a standard bowl is actually a unique puzzle feeder that will have your dog thinking, problem solving and having fun all at once.

Filling the PAW5 bowl

By adding environmental enrichment and mental stimulation to mealtime, you can turn a boring, routine part of your dog’s day into a fun brainteaser. Just pour food directly into the top (as easy as a normal bowl), the food runs through a hidden compartment, and your dog will paw, nudge, and play his or her way through mealtime!

Daisy Puzzle Dog Bowl

Daisy has so much fun playing with her food in this thing that it was difficult to get good photos to show you. Here’s a quick video of Daisy and her PAW5 bowl in action. No sound effects were added…that’s all her, crunching away in regular speed AND slow motion! Check it out:

In addition to being super fun and engaging for your pup, the PAW5 bowl is also designed with pet parents in mind. It’s dishwasher-safe and BPA-free; made in the USA and holds up to 4 cups of food, for any meal and any breed. Because PAW5 is committed to sustainability, they use a manufacturing process that results in almost zero waste. The bowl comes in your choice of blue or orange. You can visit the PAW5 website here to learn more and get one for your favorite fur kid. Also be sure to follow PAW5 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for great dog photos, special offers and info about future giveaways.

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This $2 Gadget Will Stop Your Dog From Eating Too Fast

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Everyone knows it’s impossible to go shopping at Target without making at least one impulse purchase…it’s a scientific fact. Well, over the weekend I went to buy a few things for reorganizing my home office area and ended up in the pet aisle (of course).

I found this awesome $2 gadget (it was on sale for $1.69 but I don’t know for how long). Anyway, it’s the Boots & Barkley Slow Feed Accessory Plug and you can find it at your local Target store or buy it online here.

It fits in just about any bowl, and has a suction cup on the back so it sticks in place, but spins around as your dog eats.

suction cup feeder

Daisy has several different types of slow feeders and interactive feeders, and we rotate between them, but sometimes it’s just easier to use her bowl. We worry about her eating her food too quickly because it can be unhealthy and even dangerous for dogs to eat too fast, so I’m super happy to have discovered this cheap little gadget and thought I’d share!

More ways to keep your pet from eating too fast:

Also, be sure to read our posts and reviews of the Green Feeder, the Aikiou Interactive Feeder and the KONG Wobbler for more ideas on ways to stop your dog from eating too fast. And check out this list of Top Interactive Feeders and Treat Toys for pets.

Curious about what pet food Daisy eats? Read: What’s in Daisy’s Bowl!

Top Interactive Feeders and Treat Toys for Pets

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interactive treat toys and dog feeders

Happy Tasty Tuesday everybody! This week, we’ve put together a round up of some of our favorite interactive treat toys and feeders for dogs plus a couple that cats will enjoy too. Interactive toys and feeders are a really great way to keep your pet active, engaged and entertained while you are away, or to just get them motivated to work for their food or treats rather than just giving it to them. Many trainers recommend this and some call it the “no free lunch” concept. They are also really helpful for slowing down pets who tend to eat too quickly, which can lead to big health problems.

My main reason for using interactive treat toys and feeders is to keep Daisy as busy as possible so that she doesn’t get bored while I’m working, or anxious when I’m first heading out the door. I’ve found by watching her on the PetCam, that as long as she’s happy and busy with treats for the first 10 minutes she’s left alone, she’s usually fine! Plus, she really seems to enjoy the challenge…you should see her tail wag when I get out one of her favorite feeders or toys.

Most of these products can be used for either feeding or treating your fur kid, and have been Daisy Tested & Approved for fun and durability. It’s important to observe your pet with the toy or feeder a few times before leaving them alone with it, since some dogs can break anything and that can be a safety issue when left unattended.

Interactive Treat Toys and Feeders to Keep Your Pet Busy

filling kong wobbler

KONG Wobbler Treat and Food Dispenser Dog Toy: This toy is definitely one of Daisy’s top favorites! It’s one of the ones we’ve had the longest, and I love it because it’s held up really well, despite the tooth marks where Daisy has obviously tried to open it rather than “wobble” the treats out on occasion. You put treats or dry kibble inside and your dog bops and paws at it til the treats come back out through the little hole. They’ll bang it all over the place, and usually spend a good 10 minutes or so working to get the goods. Made in the USA. Comes in Small and Large. I think cats would enjoy this one too, since they love to bat at stuff!

how to use green feeder

Interactive Green Feeder for Dogs (and Purple Feeder for Cats): This is one of the newer interactive feeding toys that Daisy has come to love. You just pour down the kibble or treats and your pet has to find and retrieve each piece from the blades of “grass” that make up the feeder. It really helps to prolong meal time and slows down your pet’s eating so they don’t get sick from bloat or eating too quickly. This one is great for staying in place, and difficult to tip over or bang around. It was larger than I expected, but turns out to be the perfect size! Getting all the food or treats should take anywhere from 10-25 minutes depending on how fast and hard your pet works. Read all the great 5-star reviews!

Aikiou Interactive Pet Feeders for Dogs and Cats: Aikiou (pronounces IQ) makes a super fun feeder for dogs that is a puzzle toy. You can fill every compartment or leave some empty and then let your dog go crazy figuring out where the food or treats are and how to get into each spot. They also offer an interactive feeder for cats that is designed based on kitty’s hunting drive, with tubes to put food or treats in.

daisy puppy kong

KONG Classic Stuffable Dog ToyDaisy has had a KONG Classic since we adopted her! First the Puppy KONG for teething puppies 15-35 pounds, and then the larger red one that you might recognize. They are almost everyone’s favorite because they are extremely durable, and super versatile. You can stuff them with peanut butter, bananas, greek yogurt, pumpkin puree…just about anything you can think of. You can also freeze them, which makes it even more fun for your pet and takes even longer for them to get everything out! Check out this ASPCA tip sheet on How To Stuff A KONG.

These are just a few of the interactive treat toys and feeders out there. We’ve tried several more that we really like, but we’ll save those for another list! Does your dog or cat have a favorite? Have you ever tried using an interactive treat toy with other pets (rabbit, hamster, guinea pig, etc)? Let us know by leaving a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

WIN an Aikiou Interactive Pet Feeder for Your Dog or Cat! {3 WIN}

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interactive pet feeder giveaway

Time for another pawsome giveaway for all our dog and cat pals!!! Thanks to the kind folks from Pet Product Innovations, we’re giving away THREE of their super FUN and interactive Aikiou Pet Feeders! If you missed our recent review of the Aikiou, be sure to go here and check it out to see Daisy in action and read about how much we like ours!

Interactive feeders are not only effective in slowing down mealtimes and thereby helping to avoid gas, bloat, and other digestive issues, they make mealtimes fun and exciting and help to cure boredom for dogs and cats. Cats also get the effective benefit of ‘hunting’ for their food, a natural instinct and behavioral necessity. There are 3 styles and each winner will get their choice of:

  • Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder
  • Aikiou Junior Slow Feeder
  • Stimulo Cat Feeder

WIN your choice of Aikiou Interactive Pet Feeder for your dog or cat! 3 Winners:

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No More Boring Meals Thanks to Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder

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aikiou box

Daisy and I recently had the chance to test out the award-winning Aikiou (pronounced “IQ”) Interactive Dog Feeder from PetPPI. Not only is it super fun and challenging, but it’s also a great way to slow down your dog if they tend to eat to quickly or gulp their food. This can be a real concern for certain breeds and types of dogs, who are more prone to bloat, or who are following strict portion control for weight loss.

For Daisy, we like that it challenges her problem-solving skills and reduces her anxiety over being left alone because she’s having so much fun trying to get the kibble out that she hardly even notices when we leave! Plus, I always try to find new ways for her to “work” for her food. She gets fussy about not eating sometimes, and changing up the “delivery system” keeps her interested in her food without me having to encourage her to eat.

aikiou feeder

Daisy received the Dog Interactive Feeder, designed for medium and large dogs. Aikiou also makes a Dog Junior Slow Feeder for smaller dogs, and the Stimulo Interactive Cat Feeder. They come in a variety of cool colors and although each style is different, they all work basically the same way: hide food or treats in the various compartments and your cat or dog goes to work figuring out how to get it out. This unit holds up to 3.5 cups of food and is dishwasher safe. Whether you’re looking for new interactive toy to keep things interesting, or need help slowing down your pet’s eating habits, these feeders are a sure way to add some FUN to your fur kid’s mealtime!

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