Chihuahua Mom from
Our Chihauhua gets bored when we're gone during the day, and when he gets bored, he eats carpet. We had a few food toys, and they worked great, but he was getting bored with them and he had figured out all of them, so we purchased two more to help keep him busy. We purchased the small buster cube, and he LOVES it. We have carpeting, and the first day we played with it with him when we were home and he caught on very quickly. We have to put his dog food, and small treats in there for him. If we place just the regular food, he isn't interested. We crumble up a few treats, and he loves to roll the cube and "gamble" to get a yummy treat. When we go to leave the house he just sits and waits for us to put this toy down, and he is playingwith it before we even close the door. Our chihuahua had figured out his old toys, so we purchased this one because it's a puzzle inside which can be made harder. It's working great and we aren't even on the hardest setting yet after two months. Our Chihuahua is 10lbs lean, so it's great for a dog his size.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful
my 8 month old beagle mix hasn't quite figured this out yet. i'm sure he'll get it soon. i got it for him to try and get him t eat slower; he wolfs his food and then pukes it back up. he doesn't like that it takes him so long to get fed, but he does get occupied trying to get the food out. i think i like it more than he does.
Lindsay from Orange Beach, AL
3 out of 3 found this review helpful
Ok. First I would like to say this is a GREAT toy overall, but it is not for everyone. I have three dogs, a min-pin 12lbs.(miniature pincher), a Jack 22lbs, and a boxer-bull mastiff 80lbs. All three love this toy. The small size was fine for my min-pin, and I also bought the larger size for the boxer-bull mastiff(he can chew the small ones). I love how you can adjust the settings to each dog(but it was VERY tricky to figure out how to set the toy from easy to hard- I felt like a dumb-dumb who couldn't operate a dog toy!!! :) It also took some getting "used to" by my dogs as it is VERY, VERY noisy and teaching them how to get the treats. But I found it was easy for them to take to- if they can roll a ball around with you they sure can do this. Make sure you introduce it properly. It is also super hard plastic and I wouldn't use it on wooden or tile floors (carpet, rug, or outside only!!!)first it could damage the hardwoods, and second it doesn't roll like it should as it will just mostly slide. It needs to turn completely over to dispense the treats(they work down through levels). But they just love it and is really good for dogs who are chewers- very resistant. I have substituted meals in this, or just filled it when I left them alone a home. I would say on average it takes up to 15 to 20 minutes of "full attention" play to empty it on hard. I would estimate the small one holds a good 1/4 of a cup of food- give or take- and the food for it must be really small kibbles. I have found the hard ones (their reg. dog food) work best as soft ones can get stuck. But I love it- I leave and don't have to hear the racket of 3 dogs and 3 balls being batted around, and they still play with them even after all the treats are gone.
Courtney from AZ
14 out of 14 found this review helpful
We have a very smart and active German Shepherd/Husky mutt who needs a lot of stimulation. While both of us love to take her for walks, play, and to the dog park, we're Doctoral students and need time to work too! We have a couple of other treat dispensers that are soft latex...she enjoys them, but they're both just too easy and she gets through the treats quickly. She is also a chewer, so if there is any teeny tiny imperfection in the latex, she gets to it and rips at it! This toy is much more difficult for her to get to the treats, and the hard plastic and size makes it nearly impossible to chew! (the only reason I say nearly is that our girl is a pretty slick pup and might just find a way)as fast. As an added bonus, when a setting gets too easy, you can change it! The only downside is that the toy can be loud. When she first got to it the noise frightened her and she barked at it, but when I showed her that the sound was made by food, she went to town, batting it all around the apartment! Thank goodness for wall to wall carpeting! I would recommend this toy whole-heartedly as a fun way to feed your pup (if you're worried about extra calories) or to activate their hunting instincts prowling for treats!
Danielle from Pottstown, PA
9 out of 9 found this review helpful
I got the small ball for my bichpoo and he loves it. Its the only toy that will keep him busy for hours. I have recommended it to all my friends with dogs!
Kat from Studio City, CA
1 out of 1 found this review helpful
I'm a big fan of interactive toys and out of all the other food dispenser toys I've tried, this is the best one for my small dog. It is a bit loud for the homeowner but my dog loves it.
Megan from California
0 out of 0 found this review helpful
I purchased 2 of these, the mini for my 8lb chihuahua, and the large for my 25lb whippet mix 9mo puppies. Both my dogs loved them and figured out how to use them quickly. They are extremely durable. My only complaint is that the hole that dispenses the treats/kibble is twice the size on the large cube. When I put canidae kibble (1/4" round) in it and my pup starts playing, it all falls out at once. She'll get 10+ pieces out at once even on the hardest setting. I tried using round treats that were about 3/4" and those worked better, but I really don't want my puppy eating a bunch of junk food treats. The mini is perfect, it only dispenses 1-2 kibble at a time and entertains my pups much longer. The downside to the mini is it doesn't hold as much kibble as the large so if you want to use it to slow down your dog's eating at meal times you have to refill it several times. Overall it was a worthwhile investment
Anabel from Houston, TX
7 out of 7 found this review helpful
My 3month old puppy loves this, he won't quit until it's completely empty. Gives him a good 15 minutes of fun and he doesn't gulp down his food. I thought it would be made of rubber but it's actually hard plastic and it was very noisy on our laminate floors. I glued felt pads all over it and now it's just fine.
Sara from Smyrna, TN
5 out of 5 found this review helpful
I got this toy because my dog cries when we leave. I thought it would help keep him quiet. It does occupy him, but the noise from him picking the toy up and throwing it against the ground to get the treats out is even louder than his crying. It is such hard plastic that it may damage wooden flooring when dropped against it.
C H from Maryland
3 out of 3 found this review helpful
I have a 2 year old lab who absolutely loves this toy. I sometimes use it to feed him his dinner. He will play with it until he knows it is empty. It is made of hard plastic though and it does make a lot of noise on hard wood floors; on carpet it is fine. I had a hard time getting the center piece out. It took about a month of trying but it finally came loose.
Karen D from Maine
3 out of 3 found this review helpful
My 5 month old puppy loves this toy! She has been scratching at it, kicking it, stomping on it, barking at it, rolling with it, and licking it. It's kept her entertained for a LONG time now. I wish it was rubbery so that it didn't make so much noise, but all in all, I love it.
Kim from Burnsville, NC
0 out of 0 found this review helpful
This sounds like a wonderful idea and based on a couple of other reviews Ive seen I really thought this toy would keep my dog engaged and stimulated for awhile. Maybe mine isnt working as it should, but its way too difficult to get any treats to come out of the cube. I have trouble getting any out myself! My dog became bored with it almost immediately. The price was a bit high too, but would have been acceptable if the item delivered as promised. Im very disappointed with the product.
LINDA TANNER from Dimondale, MI
3 out of 5 found this review helpful
I have a labradoodle and a goldendoodle. I also have hardwood floors. Both dogs LOVE this toy. However the noise is so loud my husband absolutely hates it. On carpeting it's perfect. Both of my boys have destroyed every toy they've had. Not this one. If you have carpeting or can tune out the noise this is the greatest. If you can't, either use it outside or find a less noisy toy.
Liza from Austin Tx
2 out of 2 found this review helpful
Izzy is a 2.5 yr old lab, and a vivacious chewer. At first she hated the food cube and would bark at it because she was frustrated. Luckily she warmed up to it. The Food Cube has held up pretty well. She was able to break the food cube twist mechanism open. I was able to put it back in, and the funny thing is she clamped down so hard on to the center hole/twist mechanism that she broke it and jammed it in there! The upside is that I am still able to get food into the cube and the twist mechanism is stuck inside. Which is good because I don't have to worry about her pulling it out and eating it. A downside to the toy is that it puts little dents on the doors and lower part of the walls because she power swings her paws to get the food out and it usually goes crashing into something. All in all a great toy that keeps her stimulated for a good 45 minutes and it still intact!
Lisa from Maryland
3 out of 3 found this review helpful
I have a lab and he shows absolutely no interest in this "toy". It is very hard (looks slightly flexible in the picture) and does not slide or roll on carpeting at all. For the owner, it is difficult to fill and adjust. One of the more expensive interactive toys and I wouldn't recommend it.
Kay from Texas
4 out of 8 found this review helpful
My german shepherd love this toy. He can pick it up by sticking his canaine tooth in the hole. He carries it up the steps from one level to another. He will carry in inside his crate and corner it to turn it. Lazy dog! It is noisy on the floors, but I love to watch him figure it out. So far, it seems to be super durable.
Angela from Gig Harbor, WA
4 out of 7 found this review helpful
My Shit-Tzu loves this toy. He rolls it and rolls it until the last kibble is gone. I love it because he doesn't care to eat from his bowl. But, he is always interested in playing! Great to fill up to take with you in the car! Love it.
Anna from Chicago, IL
5 out of 10 found this review helpful
I bought this to keep my hyper with morkie (maltese/yorkie) busy and to force him to slow down eating his food. He is a little below average in the intellect department but I knew that if it involved anything with food or treats that he would work for it. He really tried to play with it but it slides on my floors and is impossible for him to flip over with his paws or by pushing it with his nose. He got bored with it really quick because the reward for all the work wasn't worth it to him despite being on the easiest difficulty. I would not recommend this to small dog owners because it slides instead of rolls and is too heavy. It is hard to put kiddle in. You should be able to simply take off a side and fill it.
Brooklyn from North Dakota
9 out of 20 found this review helpful
I have a Boston that really doesn't like eating from a bowl. When I first got her I bought a place mat with raised edges and just put food on the mat to get her to eat. I read about the cube and decided to try it. WINNER WINNER!!! I bought the large size and fill it with her daily 1 cup of food, put it next to her toy box and now she finally eats her daily portion of food.
Angie from St. Louis, MO
14 out of 30 found this review helpful
My Shepherd/mastiff mix Leela absolutely loves this toy. I put mostly her regular dry food in it with a couple of teeny chunks of special treat like liver in it and it keeps her occupied for hours. she's really rough with it and smacks it clear across the room and it's lasted 3 weeks and looks good as new.
DS from Roswell, GA
20 out of 39 found this review helpful
Totally indestructible and keeps our Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle mix entertained for hours! Has also really helped us get her to eat when she gets fussy about her food. Something about working for her food really brings out a healthy appetite. Our dog had no trouble figuring out how to work the cube; we just started her on the easiest setting and made it increasingly difficult as she caught on. Seems like the more difficult we make it, the more it holds her attention. Tried other treat dispensing toys, but they dispensed so much food at the slightest touch that she got bored and turned up her nose. So if your dog likes a challenge, then this is the toy for you! The only improvement I would make to this toy is to make it a little easier to take apart for cleaning.
LK from KNOXVILLE, TN
33 out of 63 found this review helpful
He scoots the cube with his nose until all the small treats come out. It's hilarious to watch him pick up the entire cube and bring to us for refills. Great toy.
Marissa from Austin, TX
39 out of 83 found this review helpful
I have used this with two dogs. Both of them have been frustrated by it. There are better toys that are just as interactive, but are more rewarding than this.
Lori from Seattle
17 out of 40 found this review helpful
This cube has held up to my super power chewer who goes through extra tough kongs and other "tear resistant" toys like candy. I've had it for months and its still going strong and keeping him entertained. I love our cube.
Karin from Long Island, NY
46 out of 88 found this review helpful
My dog inhales his food at mealtime. I finally found a way to slow him down. Buster, as I call the toy, is amazing. Not only does my dog get exercise, he eats his food slowly. I've bought other toys similar to this one and my dog gets the food out in a matter of seconds. I've reccommended buster to many friends and I reccommend it to you as well.
Jennie from Provo,UT
69 out of 136 found this review helpful
This toy is really cool. Your dog will neverr be borred again!
tara from commack, NY
99 out of 203 found this review helpful
This is an awesome dog toy its my top choice of dog toys. Its durable & chew resistant-- I've had the blue cube for about 2 years now. The dog has to nose or paw the cube around to get the dog treats. This can get kind of noisy--so its best used in a basement or outside.
My dog absolutely loves this toy. I usually just put her regular dry food in it. The same dog food that sits in her dish all day is eaten up as soon as it falls out of the cube.
The company that makes the toy is fantastic too. I had get a new cylinder because it somehow fell out of the middle (of the toy) and my dog chewed it. The company sent me 2 new ones for free!
Bud from Butler PA
87 out of 174 found this review helpful
The surprising thing about Buster is that it obviously makes my terrier mix's food taste better; he will ignore food placed in his bowl to wait while I fill the cube with the same stuff...He 'works' the cube till empty, THEN goes to his bowl...!
Mary from Portland, OR
99 out of 195 found this review helpful
The idea of this toy is great. My dog needs to keep her mind busy so most of her food is given in toys. She's good at them. This toy seems perfect because you can put a lot in it and you choose the difficulty from VERY easy to quite hard. The problem is that it is hard plastic. On linomium or tile it is horribly loud. On carpet it is slightly better. My dog won't play with it because of the noise.
Bree from Westland, MI
46 out of 98 found this review helpful
I got this product a couple of weeks ago, and my 90lb Black Lab LOVES it! He will play for hours until he gets all the treats (it's actually kibble!) out. It is a bit noisey, but def worth it. It's so cute watching my huge lab kick and push it around the living room, and seeing him get so much joy from this product!
Jeannie from Cashiers, NC
103 out of 206 found this review helpful
My Goldens LOVE this toy! Am purchasing a second one so they dont have to share LOL like they would share! Only thing I dislike is that it is made of very hard plastic and it is noisy and rough on hardwood floors.
Jan Roberts from Fort Worth, TX
70 out of 137 found this review helpful
This is great for the Doberman curosity. He will chew and follow it until empty. Thanks for a baby sitter for the "bigger" breeds.
DD from Hammond, LA
98 out of 193 found this review helpful
I got this for a 3-yr old EXTREMELY active German Shepherd which I rescued. My dog is a chewer but since this has rounded corners he can't chew it. My dog's mouth is big enough to pick up the large cube and carry it around the house. . .I have concrete, tile, and hardwood floors and even though dropped many times on these surfaces, the hard plastic has not cracked or chipped--I have had the cube for about 3 months. The cube holds his interest for as long as kibble comes out--kibble seems to work best--better than soft chews. The only bad thing I can say is that the center tube is supposed to be able to come out for cleaning but I have not been able to get it out--another reason I stick to dry kibble! This also works well if you need to slow down the rate of your dog's eating.
Diane from Helena, MT
43 out of 76 found this review helpful
We have a 6 month old chocolateblack lab mix. She has two of these and loves them! Noisy if you have hardwood floors, but a good way to occupy time!
emr from Redondo CA
119 out of 230 found this review helpful
Introduced my goldenchow to this when he was 7 months and since then have used it daily for part of each meal. 7 years later he still loves it. Hes not the worlds smartest dog but once he figured out what was going on he was able to transfer the skill to other stuffable toys.
As pointed out by others, it IS noisy.
Nancy from LA
85 out of 189 found this review helpful
My dog loves this toy! I only wish I could make it more difficult. It takes him 5 mins to get out 12 cup of food.
Kandi from Lawton OK
145 out of 307 found this review helpful
My dog loves to chew and i had heard he could just be bored. I put 5-10 small treats in the cube when he seems to be getting down and he has a blast. I have added a few other things for when i go out of town, but he loves playing with the cube the most, and his unwanted chewing has subsided a lot!
Kat from Rocky Mount, NC
135 out of 280 found this review helpful
My dogs all love their Buster Cubes! They all learned to use it quickly, and it really gets their attention. I feed them all their breakfast in a Buster Cube, and it keeps them from rushing through their meal. To keep things interesting, I add a few treats to the Cube along with their regular food, and they are definately looking for those little surprises when they eat! I am 100 glad I got these for all of my dogs.
amanda from Bay Area, CA
31 out of 64 found this review helpful
This toy makes my dog so happy that he cant wait until I put him in his kennel and he will go back in after I get home and let him out to play with it. He adores it!
Catie from Vermont
184 out of 335 found this review helpful
My Aussie and Eskie both LOVE this thing. It is a little noisy on a hard floor, but they are hysterical when they roll it, jump on it and bat it around to roll it over and get the treats out. At the minimum setting the show lasts for about 15 minutes before the cube is empty. It is also great for dogs that gulp their food, as it only dispenses a small amount at a time.
142 out of 279 found this review helpful