Buster Cube

| August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Can I play now?

Can I play now?

Are you looking for a toy that will entertain and occupy your dog? Consider the Buster cube, which will absorb your retriever in both mental and physical activity for a tasty reward.

The Buster Cube is a die-shaped puzzle toy (5.3 x 5.1 x 5 inches) made of hard plastic.  There is a hole, where the number 1 would be, that you use to fill the toy with kibble or small dog treats.  Your dog can roll the cube with his nose or flip it with his paw.  As the cube rolls, it dispenses the kibble/treats.  You can adjust the level of difficulty by changing how easily the cube will dispense the treats.

My black Labrador always gets so excited when he sees me start to fill our Buster cube.  He was the first of my dogs to figure out how the cube worked and is very patient and methodical when playing with it.  He will push the cube over gently with his nose and try  to get all the kibble before the other dogs figure out what he is doing.  Unfortunately for him, this is quite a noisy toy, so it doesn’t take long for the other dogs to realize what’s going on.  They will start to chase after him and try to get any food that he has missed.  My golden retriever is neither gentle nor methodical when she takes her turn with the cube.  She smacks it around with her paw until kibble (and quite often, the cube) are flying around the yard.  This results in a frantic “free for all” among all the dogs.

I would recommend this toy for anyone looking to engage their dogs in a stimulating activity.  I have to admit that I did have one golden retriever who never quite figured out this toy.  She would lie on the ground in front of the cube, hoping that it would magically dispense some food.  Fortunately, my Labrador would come to her rescue, roll the cube and they would share the bounty.  I think, though, that she is the exception to the rule and that most dogs will be able to figure out this toy (especially if they are treat motivated) and thoroughly enjoy playing with it.

Since this toy is made of hard plastic, it is definitely an “outside” toy at our house.   We don’t want it scratching up the floors or banging into our walls. The upside to it being made of such a durable material is that they last for a long time.  We have two cubes that have been anything but “gently” used and they are both still in perfect working order.  Cleaning this toy can also be kind of a pain, but is not impossible.

Overall, I would say that this is a great toy for dogs that are food motivated and who would welcome a little mental stimulation.

As I was surfing around, I found that there is a “softer” version of the Buster cube now.  The user review I read wasn’t that positive, so I think we’re going to stick with our “tried and true” cube and just keep it outside.  If you’ve used the soft cube and would like to share your experience, we’d love to hear from you.

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Jill Scully

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Jill is mom to three retrievers. Krypto (a black lab mix) is very laid back & only gets excited when it’s time to eat. Ripley (a pure bred golden retriever) is the typical happy, always “ready to play” golden. Boomer (a golden retriever/English setter) is the baby of the group. He loves to go for rides in the car and follows Jill from room to room around the house.

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