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    Hide-and-Seek This: Top Hide-‘N-Seek Toys for Dogs

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    How to Choose the Best Eco-Friendly Hide-and-Seek Dog Toy?

    Hide-and-seek puzzle toys take your dog’s playtime fun to the next level. Learn how our sustainable hide-and-seek dog toys can help dogs embrace their inner scavenger!

    Your dog is at it again: yep, your doggo is rummaging through the garbage, the garden bed, or through your old stuff. Every dog is different, but their need to feel challenged as they scavenge for food is a universal drive that keeps your dog healthy and happy. 

    Rather than let your dog search through your garden beds or play scavenger with your clean laundry, check out our latest hide-and-seek puzzle toys, which promote and help harness the inner scavenger within!

    Dog sniffing the Merry Woofmas Doglas Fur Plush Toy

    What Is a Hide-and-Seek Puzzle Toy?

    Hide-and-seek puzzle toys differ from standard toys in that they have an inner container and smaller pieces for dogs to play with and dig out. Whether they contain tempting treats or a fun squeaky toy, dogs go wild for the often bright, colorful, and crinkly puzzles. 

    Compared to a regular toy, these puzzles come with a clear objective: retrieve the object. Since hide-and-seek toys come with this objective, your dog isn’t aimlessly pawing at a traditional dog toy. Instead, dogs love the challenge of retrieving objects from the inside of these puzzle toys. They also get that satisfying reward when they’ve successfully solved the puzzle!

    Benefits of Hide-and-Seek Toys

    Your dog isn’t just having fun when she plays with a hide-and-seek puzzle. A puzzle toy helps:

    • Engage and stimulate: Say goodbye to dog mom or dad guilt when you just don’t have the time to play with your doggo but want to keep your pet entertained. Hide-and-seek toys can keep your dog’s brain stimulated for hours.
    • Nurture the inner scavenger: Your dog is a natural-born scavenger, with plenty of research showing that dogs love to sniff around and seek food. Hide-and-seek toys help give dogs the satisfaction of scavenging for a worthy prize, especially if you hide a treat inside.
    • Prevent anxiety: Your dog is more likely to stay calm during hectic moments if there’s an interactive dog toy to distract him.
    • Maintain weight and slow digestion: Weight management is really effective with one of our treat-dispensing toys, but hide-and-seek dog toys also can hold a treat or food inside, which may help your dog slow down on the snacks, leading to better dietary regulation.
    • Promote active indoor time: When the weather starts to get cold and rainy, indoor puzzle toys can keep your dog active indoors.
    • Improve behavior: If your dog gets up to trouble when indoors, your pup may be restless and bored. Puzzle toys can help redirect dogs to focus on healthier behaviors, like problem-solving. 

    How to Use a Hide-and-Seek Dog Toy

    You can use hide-and-seek toys to encourage and promote healthy behavior in dogs. Here are 5 ways to make the most out of your dog’s new puzzle toy:

    1. Redirect your dog’s more destructive hunting instincts by encouraging your doggo to play with his new toy if he’s getting into trouble (i.e. digging in the garden, stealing socks, and chewing.)
    2. Swap out the squeaky toy inserts for treats and use the hide-and-seek toy as a treat finder.
    3. Hide treats inside the container to incorporate sniff training. 
    4. Put dog food inside the puzzle toy so that your dog can incrementally eat without overeating.
    5. Reduce your dog’s anxiety by preparing for Halloween or other potentially stressful events by placing the new toy in a quiet space.

    Snack Attack Fluffles Chips Dog Plush And Tug Toy

    Top Hide-and-Seek Toys for Dogs

    And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Here are the latest and greatest hide-and-seek toys for your furry pal:

    1. Merry Woofmas Doglas Fur 

    Merry Woofmas Doglas Fur: Crinkly Treat Body with Three Squeaky Ornaments inside

    Christmas is just around the corner, and we can’t think of a better way for your dog to get into the holiday spirit than with this adorable Merry Woofmas hide-and-seek toy! It’s cute! It’s fun, and your dog will absolutely love the challenge of getting the squeaker-filled ornaments out of this crinkly little tree.

    2. Hollywoof Cinema Poppin’ Pupcorn

    Hollywoof Cinema Poppin’ Pupcorn with Crinkly popcorn container and two oversized popcorns with grunt squeakers

    Movie night with your doggo has never been so sweet. Snuggle up on the sofa to your favorite movie as your dog works her way through the adorably engaging “pupcorn” hide-and-seek toy. The grunt squeakers encourage dogs to remove the 2 popcorns hiding inside the crinkle paper container, keeping your pet calm and engaged while you watch your film.

    3. Camp Corbin Trailblazing Tent

    Camp Corbin Trailblazing Tent: Two sleeping bags with crinkle and squeaker inside of a crinkly tent

    Gentle chewers rejoice! This quaint and crinkly squeaker is the perfect find-and-seek toy for dogs that like a little bit of a challenge in their playtime fun. Watch as your dog entertains himself and tries to remove the sleeping bags from inside the tent. The squeakers inside the sleeping bags and the crispy sound of the tent will keep your dog busy, and when your dog finally zonks out from all that mental focus, the gentle material makes for a great snuggle buddy!

    4. Tropical Paradise Paws Up Pineapple

    Tropical Paradise Paws Up Pineapple: Crinkly pineapple body with three slices of squeaky pineapples inside

    Summer might be gone, but who says your dog can’t enjoy a relaxing piece of paradise? This multi-part pineapple paradise toy is designed for chilling on a relaxing afternoon. Your dog will love the crinkly outer case and the tantalizing squeakers hiding inside. 

    5. Snack Attack Fluffles Chips

    Snack Attack Fluffles Chips: Crinkly snack bag with crinkly and squeaky chips attached by a bungee tshirt rope

    Say goodbye to those puppy-dog eyes as you relax and indulge in a bag of chips. With this replica, your dog will have eyes for his new toy. The Snack Attack mimics the sounds and appearance of a chip bag. The best part? There’s a rewarding squeaky surprise inside that looks just like chips. The “chips” are attached to the inside of the bag with a bungee t-shirt rope strap so that no pieces will get lost as your dog works his way through the puzzle.

    About Pet Lifestyle and You (P.L.A.Y.)

    All of our bestselling hide-and-seek toys are made by Pet Lifestyle and You (P.L.A.Y.)—a planet-friendly dog toy company that holds its standards for dog toys at the same level as infants and childrens’ toy manufacturers. Each toy is durable, double-layered, and made from 100% post-consumer, certified-safe recycled plastic bottles. 

    In other words, your dog’s newest toy contains high-quality, non-toxic ingredients that you can feel safe giving to your furry friend!

    Until next time--