Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nina Ottosson Dog Puzzle #Review

  I've enjoyed solely being a stay-at-home mommy these past few years (yeah.. I can't believe Gabe will be three in just a couple months!), but I've enjoyed going to school as well. This wasn't an easy transition for everyone though. Gabe, who is used to always being home with mom, is now with a sitter every other day. Granted, it's always family, but it's something he's been having a little trouble getting used to. The chi's haven't been taking this very well either. I've noticed it's really put Venus in a slump, and Ocean (as I've mentioned in my post about the ThunderShirt) has developed a mild case of separation anxiety. In the hopes to ease their loneliness and anxiety, I went on the search for finding a way to keep my girls busy, and came across the products available by Nina Ottosson.


Nina Ottosson has been developing toys for the mental stimulation of dogs since 1990. All of their products are manufactured in accordance with the strict rules and laws of both California and Sweden. Her toys are designed to challenge your pet both physically and mentally, then reward them once they reveal the hidden treat(s). This kind if stimulation is important to prevent anxiety, boredom, stress, and over or under-activity in pets. Games such as Nina's are also offer the perfect type of motivation an old or injured dog needs when they can no longer go out for walks or other routine exercise. Nina recommends starting to use these games and activities with puppies as early as 10 weeks to aid in their training. Nina's games and puzzles come in varying levels of difficulty (1-beginners, 2-medium for most dogs, 3-advanced for smart dogs), are made of either wood or plastic, and are offered for not only dogs now but cats too!

photo courtesy of Nina Ottosson

We were sent Nina Ottosson's new MixMax Puzzle for dogs in both medium and advanced, made from plastic. This puzzle is unique in the fact that you can use each "puzzle piece" as a maze or game for your dog, or you can connect the pieces to make a large and more advanced game too.






Venus struggled at first, but once she got the hang of it, she got really excited as was determined to get the rest of the treats out. I found this puzzle to be perfect for food motivated dogs (like mine) because of the holes in the top of the pieces allowing you to easily fill them with treats also allow the dog to smell and taste what they are working for. 




You should do your best to supervise your dog when playing with these puzzles as the pieces are plastic and can easily be chewed. Also if you have children, if you aren't watching closely enough, your two year old son can help your dog cheap and "solve" the puzzle for them and give them all the treats... (oh wait, maybe that's just my house! HA!).

All kidding aside, this is an excellent toy. I'm really happy with the quality, the thought that went into designing it, and how well both Venus and Ocean enjoy it.

You can purchase these Nina Ottosson puzzles (and all their other amazing products) in their webshop for $24 each (or $64 for a pack of all three) plus the cost of shipping. You can also connect with them via their website, as well as Facebook and YouTube.

*Make sure to come back for a giveaway featuring the Nina Ottosson MixMax Puzzle in level 3!*

Baby and the Chi's was sent the product(s) listed above for the purpose of providing an honest review. No monetary compensation was received in exchange for this review.

32 comments:

  1. This product looks amazing! One of my boys absolutely loves treat puzzles/toys, but the ones we have for him right now are pretty simple so they don't last long. This would definitely challenge him and make him work a bit more for his treats!!

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  2. I would definitely love to try this for my dogs. I have at least one who would love this.

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  3. My Coonhounds love having something to do, and these puzzles look like they could be just what the doctor ordered.

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  4. What a neat idea. I don't know how much my dog would do it though. She has lost all interest in her toys. She is 13 years old. I would like to try it though just to see.

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  5. Ever since I was a kid I have been obsessed with zoo enrichment and opportunities for animals to engage their brains. I LOVE giving our dogs puzzles and experiences to challenge their minds, like these awesome puzzles!

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  6. this looks so awesome I would love to have one of these for my dogs A black lab and a Yorkie puppy I think I would have more fun with this than them It would be great to watch them try to get the treat.

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  7. I have never seen anything like that. I have a Pom and I can not leave her, she whines, barks and then runs and hides,,,But if you have to supervise your dog using the puzzle not sure how that stops anxiety? I love the puzzle. My dog lives for treats!

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  8. These look like fun but I would be afraid I would put one down and my dog would just look at it and walk off. lol She's very food oriented so maybe she might try harder but she always wants us to do everything for her. Susan Broughton elaineb1@ymail.com

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  9. I know one of my three dogs would love this toy and it would keep him entertained more than 5 minutes! :) I hope I win!

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  10. I know at least one of my three dogs would enjoy playing with this and it would keep him entertained for more than 5 minutes! :) I hope I win!

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  11. i think my dog would love that treat to get him off his lay butt druing the day

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  12. I think this would be perfect for my food centered pugs. It would frustrate Rosie to no end until she got the hang of it.

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  13. My beagle Mouse also suffers from separation anxiety. I wonder if this would help calm him down?

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  14. I had never known about these before. What a great idea. I definitely need one for my dog. Thanks.

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  15. I think it's Super neat that you can connect and make it bigger/harder!

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  16. That toy is pretty awesome. I had gotten a toy from walgreens for my dogs, but it was WAY simple, I hope this one it better :)

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  17. My two pups would no doubt enjoy this challenge. great concept!

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  18. My Nina is so good food motivated, that I'm sure she would love this! My other concern would be her ability to move the parts, because she's a 5lb Chihuahua.

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  19. Looks fun im sure my dogs would love this! Great christmas idea for my fur babies!

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  20. Great toy!!!! Would def put my dog to the test and see how smart he really is. Thanks for the great review, should be checking this up!!!

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  21. I have never seen a pet toy like this before and I really love it! It would be awesome to see how my furbaby would react with one :)

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  22. My Miri hates when we leave her even though she with another Lab, this would be a GREAT way to keep her occupied while were away!

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  23. I like the puzzles that challenge a dog's mental abilities. I would love to see if my golden retriever mix could solve it.

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  24. This is a very unique concept for a dog toy. Our Shih Tzu Sparkie would really like this I think. He loves playing with his toys (and my socks) and I think he would be intelligent and motivated enough to have fun getting a treat out of the puzzle. Cool idea, thanks.

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  25. what a cute amazing toy my little pooch would love this he loves his treats and why no give him a challenge to get them thanks for sharing

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  26. Diesel would love to keep amused with the puzzle.

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  27. I think my dog would really enjoy something like this..I have never seen a product like it before

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  28. I have never seen anything like this, interesting

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  29. This puzzle looks very fun. Thanks for the interesting and informative review!

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