Thursday, December 11, 2014

Puzzle Toy Review: Kyjen Treat Triad

The Kyjen Treat Triad is a board game style food puzzle toy for dogs (and sometimes ravens). It consists of a three-blade propeller-shaped spinning piece atop a base which holds three treat compartments. In order to reach the food, the dog must spin the propeller and then lift the flap above each compartment.
Photo by Erin Koski

This is a fairly advanced puzzle toy, and it has a knob on the bottom to tighten the propeller and make it even more difficult. The Treat Triad has a lot of potential for dogs who figure things out really fast because it is very easy for them to accidentally spin the propeller while sniffing. This means the dog may not immediately realize why they suddenly have access to the food, and it may take a few exposures before they really understand that they have to spin the thingy.

Photo by Erin Koski

Complaints about this puzzle include the fact that the treat wells are pretty deep and narrow. I've heard of at least one dog getting cut on the door flaps while retrieving treats. Larger dogs may have trouble getting to the food, and many just flip it over and roll it around until it opens.

Puzzle Toy Rating

Capacity: 4/5
I fit maybe half a cup of kibble in the entire thing.

Loading Speed: 5/5
Dump kibble in each well, done.

Photo by Erin Koski

Unloading Speed (standard dog): 5/5
Ulysses is the sort of dog to accidentally open the Treat Triad several times without actually figuring it out.

Unloading Speed (superdog): 4/5
Briz spent a good ten minutes exploring the Treat Triad before emptying it.

Size: 2/5
Larger dogs may have difficulty using this toy as intended. Smaller dogs shouldn't really have a problem, but at 40 pounds Brisbane has trouble getting the food out.
Photo by Erin Koski
Durability: 2/5
The propeller itself is pretty sturdy, but the door flaps are really thin and kind of sharp around the edges.

Noise: 5/5
This is one of those toys that's just supposed to sit still on the floor.

Locatability: 5/5
Doesn't go anywhere, and I supervise during playtime.

Washability: 3/5
It can be scrubbed, but it's a giant pain in the butt.

Hoardability: 1/5
Nobody is taking this thing anywhere.

Total: 36/50

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