There are tons of products out there that are timed feeders for your dog, and there are tons that are puzzle toys that give your dog a treat…but last year an innovative company finally combined the two and made the Foobler!
Originally a Kickstarter that was completed in 2014, they named it as such because it is a food-dispensing tumbler – Foobler. Basically it is a ball that has 5 Food reservoirs you can fill with your dog’s kibble (or whatever dry treat you like). You then set the amount of time before the machine changes to the next food pod – at increments of either 15, 30, 60 or 90 minutes. When the food pod is ready a bell rings to let your dog know there is more kibble to be had, and the dog must roll the ball around to get the food out.
This is a fantastic device for people who are away from their pets for periods of time, especially if your pet tends to get into trouble or destroy and chew on thing when they are bored. Whether you’re gone for a few hours (the 90 minute setting means that the timers span almost 9 hours) or just running to the grocery store the Foobler can keep your dog interested and engaged while you’re away. In the wild dogs forage and hunt for their food, so the Foobler lends itself to those instincts naturally.
There are some reviews from people who have highly strung dogs with separation anxiety who panic when they are alone and tend to destroy things or eliminate inside, and they claim that the Foobler keeping their dog occupied had really helped with this troubling behavior.
There is some criticism of dogs being able to get the food compartment lid off the original Foobler, and in fact that is the one complaint of purchasers on the Amazon page for it. The company has said they are addressing that problem with new lid mechanisms, so if your pup is quite smart you might want to wait for the next version of the Foobler, for which they made a screw-on lid that is much more secure. They are also working on a bluetooth enabled model that has an accompanying app with tons of great features and the bluetooth enabled Foobler will have the new screw-shut lid.
They’re even raising funds to develop Fooblers for the San Francisco Zoo’s Rhinos!