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.

Simple and Engaging

This is a basic level game that will help your pooch work up to harder mental challenges with simple actions. Suitable for any breed and size, it’s a great introduction to more stimulating activities. Outward Hound

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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.

A Bouncing Classic That Never Gets Dull

This rubber chew toy will keep your pup entertained for hours if you fill it with tasty treats like carrots and apples. This iconic puzzle is non-toxic, dishwasher-safe, and stands up to even the toughest chewers. KONG

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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.

A Sensory Delight for Curious Noses

This handy and robust exerciser will help develop their sniffers and brainpower by letting them root around among pockets and flaps. It also has a non-slip base and rolls away neatly afterwards. AWOOF

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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.