Treat your pooch with this $14 toy that'll keep him occupied for hours

Adrianna Barrionuevo
·4 min read

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Your furbaby is going to adore this interactive toy. (Photo: Chewy)
Your furbaby is going to adore this interactive toy. (Photo: Chewy)

What better way to treat your beloved pooch than with a new toy? From playful puppies to adult dogs, pets (and their owners) are obsessed with this interactive toy that does it all: The Starmark Bob-a-Lot, on sale for $14 (was $15) and $20 (was $22; larger size).

The mentally-stimulating gizmo helps pets get exercise and stay engaged while they try to grab treats. The Chewy best-seller has an anti-slip weighted base so it can tilt and bob around, keeping Fido guessing as kibble and savory snacks slowly spill out.

The Bob-a-Lot has adjustable openings to control the release of food in each of its two chambers, which helps keep pups busy so they aren’t tempted to fall into the trap of destructive behaviors and boredom. But that’s not the only reason to get your hands on this sanity saver.

Pups will love this toy. (Photo: Chewy)
Pups will love this toy. (Photo: Chewy)

Shop it: Starmark Bob-a-Lot dog toy, starting at $14,

Slow feeder

Some pet owners use the Bob-a-Lot as a slow feeder to avoid digestive problems.

One reviewer says: “This is a great way to slow down a dog that eats too fast. He also gets exercise from pushing it around the room. It is adjustable so you can use different size food or treats. You can make the food come out slower by adjusting the holes smaller. Go order one!”

“Our 18-month-old chowhound is inconsolable until we feed him—then he wolfs it down sonic speed level,” adds another. “To (a) control his fast eating and (b) stimulate him mentally, this Bob-A-Lot is worth every penny. Absolutely saves the day. Roman enjoys the challenge and playing w/ the toy/feeder. Plus we don't have to worry about his gulping his meal so quickly. We put 1/2 his food in his bowl, and the other half goes in the Bob-a-Lot. 5 stars, hands down.”

Weight loss

In some cases, the Bob-a-Lot has not only helped dogs eat slower, but also helped with weight loss.

“My dog usually takes about 30 minutes to get her two cups of food out of this toy, and it is on the easiest difficulty level right now. Great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated and distracted while feeding them!” says a happy customer.

Another adds, “I have a Cavalier King Charles that was put on a diet by his vet for being 10 pounds overweight. I bought this toy to put his food rather than his treats in. It is amazing. It slows his eating and makes him look forward to food time because it’s more of a game. I’m so glad I got this toy”

Starmark Treat-Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Toy (Photo: Starmark)
Starmark Treat-Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Toy (Photo: Starmark)

Behavioral issues

Shoppers say the toy can also help calm nerves for dogs with separation anxiety or other behavioral issues.

“This toy is great for our pup!” raves one Chewy reviewer. “Once we showed her how to get the treats out, she will whack it around in the cutest possible way to get the food. It’s incredibly sturdy — it’s got scratch marks all over it but she hasn’t been able to really do much to it in ways of destruction.”

“I adopted my dog when she was three years old ... I only know part of her past,” explained another happy dog parent. “When she started to revert back to some of the behaviors she had when I got her, it worried me. I was so glad to find Bob-a-Lot. It keeps her physically active, and that's become hugely important!”

Another writes: “On days that I'm extremely busy and can't give my pup much time to play ball with him I use this. I put his kibble inside so he is mentally stimulated and busy. It's adorable to see him nudge it around and get excited when the kibble falls out.”

The mentally stimulating toy helps pets get exercise and stay engaged while they work to release food and treats (Photo: Starmark)
The mentally stimulating toy helps pets get exercise and stay engaged while they work to release food and treats (Photo: Starmark)

The Bob-a-Lot is a truly versatile interactive toy that will keep dogs of all ages active and well-fed. It will also help keep the focus on the activity and away from destructive behaviors that result from boredom.

“Love love love this toy!!! Keeps our dog very busy during the day and has saved our remaining furniture legs from getting chewed on,” says one reviewer. “I did have to show him how it worked initially and I would say it took a few days before he really got a hang of it. Now we alternate it with his other puzzle toys and it does a great job of getting him up and moving while wearing out his mind.”

Another adds, “Our dogs went crazy for these! They even guarded them just in case someone was going to take them away. They absolutely loved them. I would definitely buy again.”

Shop it: Starmark Bob-a-Lot dog toy, starting at $14,

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