Thursday, August 18, 2016

Puzzle Toy Review: Planet Dog Snoop

Planet Dog's Snoop is one of those puzzle toys that is elegant in it's simplicity. It's a flexible rubber bowl with a lip that extends all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. Basically, kibble dropped in the bowl is most likely to end up way under the lip rather than falling out. There's no weights or hinges or anything on this toy, but it's still a challenging puzzle. It gets significantly more difficult when you jam a Nook ball in there. I love toys that can work together like that!

combination food puzzle
Photo by Erin Koski
Puzzle Toy Rating

Capacity: 3/5
I can put at least half a cup of kibble in this thing, but a lot will fall out right away. 

Loading speed: 5/5
Dump in food, pull up lip, tilt Snoop around till it all falls in.

Unloading speed (standard dog): 5/5
It takes the dogs a while to get every last treat out of here. Adding the Nook ball makes it a whole project just to get a few kibbles.

Unloading speed (superdog): 3/5
Even with the Nook in there, Brisbane could empty this thing within a few minutes.
soft flexible food hiding toy
Photo by Erin Koski

Size: 5/5 
Light enough for Ru to push around without hurting himself, but too big to pose a choking hazard for large dogs. The tiny guys can shove it and flip it around, really big dogs might pick the whole thing up and smoosh it. I wouldn't add the Nook ball for dogs over about 40lbs though.

Durability: 4/5
This is not a chew toy, Planet Dog doesn't even list it on their durability scale. It's a supervision-only toy like the Mazee ball. (Note: I left my Mazee rolling around the house and Sisci helpfully enlarged the opening.) That said, it's a soft rubber toy and will withstand an infinite amount of rolling, smacking, and chomping unless your dog decides to rip chunks out of it.

Noise: 5/5
Hooray for soft puzzle toys! The only sound from the Snoop is the occasional clatter of kibble onto the floor.

Locatability: 4/5
It doesn't roll very far, but it does fit under the furniture.

Washability: 4/5
It's dishwasher safe, but the lip makes it a bit tough to get really clean and dry. It's definitely for dry treats only.

Versatility: 5/5
The combination of Snoop and Nook makes a challenging puzzle for a variety of animals. Our raven friend Xhuuya loves prying to ball out and then fishing treats out from under the lip. The Snoop alone can be fun for bunnies and guinea pigs. 

Total: 43


  1. The snoop is one of my dog's faves! I totally didn't get the appeal at first, but he loves it. To clean I pull the lip all the way up, put soap in there and swish with water. I also stuck my Kong bamboo brush in there too i believe and it works okay.

    1. Good to know! We borrowed this from Xhuuya, who does unspeakable things to toys, so I know for sure that it can be cleaned. Does it dry out ok?

  2. yeah! I leave it all open, its like pear shaped, and just stick it on this bottle dryer I have. It's nice, but gets dirty fast from dust and hair blehh