Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your dog occupied, ensuring they exercise their brains and minimising boredom-related destruction in the process. But which ones will really make sure their minds are challenged and your slippers remain unchewed? Here are our tip picks.

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If you’re worried that your dog isn’t ready for an advanced puzzle toy yet, start with a basic one and let them work up to something more sophisticated. Dogs want to please and many learn faster than you think. You’d be surprised at the challenges they can handle if you show them how.

If your dog is more motivated by mealtimes and treats then go for a puzzle with a food-based reward. This will keep them occupied for hours and give them a nutritious snack in the process. But if your pet prefers the thrill of the hunt opt for a fun squeaky toy instead.

Keeping your dog occupied with a puzzle is great for stress relief as well as alleviating boredom. If you’re going to be out for long periods, find a puzzle that your dog can manage without you around. Make sure the puzzle you choose is as hard-wearing as your dog.