This interactive toy keeps dogs 'entertained for hours' and pet owners say it's a 'sanity saver'

Keep your playful pups and adult dogs busy and mentally-stimulated with the Starmark Bob-a-lot interactive toy. (Photo: Getty Images)

From playful puppies to adult dogs, owners swear by one interactive toy that does it all: The Starmark Bob-a-Lot.

The mentally-stimulating toy helps pets get exercise and stay engaged while they work to disperse food and treats. With over 3,300 reviews, the Amazon and Chewy bestseller has an anti-slip weighted base so it can tilt and bob around, keeping Fido guessing as kibble and treats slowly spill out.

“This is the best thing I have ever purchased for my pup, it keeps him entertained for hours,” raves one Amazon customer. “This dog toy is amazing!! We have been hoping for a durable interactive dog toy that could withstand our 75lb dog, and this is it,” adds another, who praises its sturdiness.

The Bob-a-lot is available in two different sizes, has adjustable openings to control the release of food in each chamber and helps keep pups busy to prevent destructive behaviors and boredom. But that’s not the only reason to get your hands on this “sanity saver,” as one pet parent says.

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Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot dog toy in small (left) and large (right). (Photo: Starmark)

Slow feeder

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

“I recently rescued a Feist mix, who is 35 lbs of pure muscle and energy. He’s also very food motivated AND needs both exercise and mental stimulation,” explains one reviewer. “We feed him half of his meals in a bowl and put half of each meal into this toy … It’s great for making him eat at a slower pace and it keeps him occupied for up to 30 minutes.”

“Best thing since sliced bread! My 6-month-old golden doodle puppy scarfed his food down,” adds another.”The large is size is perfect for my puppy. Keeps him busy and slows him down. I get to put his entire feed in at one go. I feed him almost 3 cups of dry kibble. Everyone’s happy.”

Weight loss

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

“This was recommended as an aid for an overweight Beagle. It slows down their eating and gives them exercise,” says a happy customer. “It brings her such happiness, we try to use it twice a day, every day. I would buy it again and highly recommend it as a way to feed and/or give treats.”

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 dog toy. (Photo: Starmark)

Separation anxiety

Those who use the toy to keep pups busy say it can also help calm nerves for dogs with separation anxiety.

“Our 8-month-old Corgi puppy has separation anxiety when we leave her to go to work. Add on to that, the fact that she is extremely intelligent and needs challenge and interaction and you have one ornery little pup,” explains a reviewer. “I use Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats. They are fragrant (to attract the dog to the toy and encourage playing) and all natural … The little one truly enjoys the toy and the challenge of retrieving the treats. I think we are on our way to soothing her while we are gone. Thanks, StarMark for the awesome toy!”

Another writes, “Excellent product for dogs with separation anxiety, or most dogs who are not pleased to see you leave the house. My Australian Shepherd/Coonhound mix loves this, and it’s a great distraction that reduces anxiety when I leave for the day.”

The mentally-stimulating toy helps pets get exercise and stay engaged while they work to disperse food and treats. (Photo: Amazon)


Bottom line: The Bob-a-lot is truly a 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.

“I was at my wit’s end with my puppy’s chewing, then a friend suggested getting a food dispenser that’ll slow down his eating,” says one reviewer. “I got this one and a different type of food dispenser and Bob-A-Lot was immediately favored by my puppy.”

Another adds, “One of the best purchases we’ve made for our dog. She’s highly intelligent and gets bored easily, leading to destructive behaviors … This toy helped us survive the final months of her puppydom with just enough sanity intact! We’d definitely recommend this sanity-saver!”

Shop it: Starmark treat dispensing bob-a-lot dog toy, $13 to $20 at Chewy and Amazon.

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