Updated: Sep 1, 2019
If you found your way to this page, you've probably been searching for a way to stimulate your dog's noggin.
We began our search for brain stimulating activities for our Siberian Husky in 2015 after we realized he spends a vast majority of the day with limited stimulation. While dog walks & park visits are a blast, they are limited. So we began our search for something to fill the void while we were away from home.
We've been through our fare share of toys, gadgets, & puzzle feeders - enough to know what works and what doesn't. Then we came across this....
Here's why The Odin will work for you:
Dogs Love It: Our Siberian Husky, Koda, would travel to the end of the earth for a kibble of dog food. If allowed, he'd eat his entire dinner in 20 seconds flat (and we've timed it). The Odin forces him to slow down and work for his food. He loves rolling this around until every last bit is gone.
It Works: The Odin has a unique shape that allows it to act as a ball and roll around. It's openings are small enough to prevent food & treats from spilling out, but large enough to allow 1 to 2 pieces out at a time. Of course, this depends on the size of the treat or kibble. With the right delicacy inside, this becomes an irresistible activity. The Odin has, at times, extended dinner time into a 15 minute brain exercise for our dog.
It's Quiet: This must be one of the best features of The Odin. Living in a household with 5 Siberian Huskies has taught us that silence doesn't come often. Most feeder toys are made with a hard plastic and will drive you nuts with the rolling & clunking against the hard flooring and cabinets. The Odin is made of TPR, which gives it a feel of hardened rubber - but is non-toxic, BPA free, pthalate free, & latex free. This allows the feeder to roll and bounce around without the headache.
It Connects Together: This really sets The Odin apart from other feeders. If you watched the video, you'll see that it connects together linearly. This is like Level 2 for the doggo. Once Koda became familiar with a single feeder, we connected the second feeder to up the game. This keeps him engaged and introduces a new requirement to get his treats out.
It's Modern: If it's not clear by the images, The Odin is a good looking toy. It's designed in 5 different colors and was developed with a modern, modular design. It's not another toy laying around the house. It looks like it belongs in your home.
Start with small treats or kibble that fall out easily so your dog is quickly rewarded for playing.
Show them how it works by rolling it around and having treats fall out in front of them.
As they get better at it, upgrade to larger treats to increase difficulty.
Take it away if they start gnawing or ripping at it and show them again to just roll the toy.
Attach 2 or more toys together to change the way it rolls and bounces.