In nature, dogs have to forage for their food. Smarter Toys allow dogs to work for their food and, in the process, gain healthy mental and physical stimulation. Essentially, the toys allow dogs to be dogs, feeding their instincts.
Buster Mini Cube is an ingenious mental stimulation toy for your dog and a fun way for the dog to utilize excess energy in a natural way!
Buster Cubes are easy to use:
Be careful not to pinch your fingers when turning the tube !
For filling and easy cleaning, the central cylinder can be removed. Put your finger into the hole of the cylinder and turn towards MAX. Turn anticlockwise again until you hear a sound. Now it's possible to extract the cylinder. When replacing the cylinder please note that the tabs on the cylinder are three different sizes and should be placed into the three slots of corresponding sizes in the opening of the cube. Turn the cylinder clockwise towards MIN. When you hear the click sound, then the cylinder is back in place and will turn only between MIN. and MAX. Buster Mini Cube works well when filled with Simply Wild Pet Food.
Put the dry food into the Buster Cube through the opening.
Turn cube to distribute the food into the various compartments inside.
Turn the central cylinder in the Buster Cube to adjust the level of difficulty.
How to use the Buster Cubes
Start the dog playing or eating by rolling the cube across the floor. The dog will use its nose to move the cube and gradually learn how to empty it, or in other words, the dog is rewarded with food or treats the more it plays with the cube. It is of course important to consider the extra nutritional energy intake provided through the cube. Therefore the daily amount of food must be kept at a level corresponding to the dog's needs in order to avoid obesity. As the dog gets more experienced and empties the cube faster, it is possible to increase the level of difficulty and thus maintain the value of the cube. This is done by turning the cylinder towards maximum or minimum respectively in order to adjust the speed at which the food is released during play
My poodle/chihuahua cross, Duke loves this. It keeps him entertained as long as I keep it filled up.
Don't bother by Hope08/11/2012
I had been looking for one of these toys for a long time becasue my dogs loved these in the past but I misplaced them. I was so excited when I found these. When the 2 I ordered arrived my excitement went down from there. As I was loading the first, the piece lining the hole came out. The other wouldn't dispense the treats as my dog played with it. I tried and tried to get the treats to fall out also and couldn't. What really irritated me is the company won't let you return the items unless they are unopened in the orginal packaging. So disappointing!
a bit disappointed by tpc2dog12/06/2011
Dogs were curious about it because they could smell the treat inside. It was difficult for them to pick up in their mouth because of the shape and size. They got bored with it rather quickly. Got it on sale. I would have been more disappointed if I had paid full price.
Buster Cube Entertains! by Wallace from Charleston, SC05/22/2012
Best food toy to occupy the "genius" level pooch!
Seemed like a good idea by Irish from Spokane Valley, WA01/29/2012
very hard to get food in and even on the widest setting, was difficult for my dogs to get anything out of it. kibble needs to be very small for it to work.
Not the easiest to use by Stinker's Mom from AZ01/17/2013
Limited instructions, not intuitive, and not quick to dispense the food. Neither of use (dog or human) care for this toy.
Entertaining by Harleysmom02/02/2009
This toy is great. We purchased a few of them for myself and other dogs in the family. They absolutely love them! Keeps them entertained for hours. A must have for my dogs toy collection.
Fantastic toy! by doglover307/20/2012
My chihuahua loves this - keeps her occupied for quite some time - or until it runs out of treats! I just put small bites dog food inside and it works great.
busy buster by jen12/15/2009
this toy has been my dogs best friend. She love's it and has played with it to the point I have to get her another one.
Too small by Derby's Mom from West Texas02/19/2013
I ordered this smaller size by mistake and my dogs and their food tidbits are too big for this toy. My dogs LOVE the larger size though and I load it with about 1/3 of their meal and give it to them to play with after they eat and they go nuts trying to get the remainder of their meal released from the cube.
Super by wifie from Western Mass.11/30/2012
Our dog just loves this....we call it Cubie...this is our fourth one....we give her( she's a border terrier) about 6 in it before we go out to leave her and she's happy as a clam.....it is truly wonderful!!
It's fine by Kat from Mountains in Colorado10/23/2012
Keeps her busy, but is noisy because it is a hard plastic.
Don't bother by Dissatisfied customer11/06/2012
I bought 2 and one broke and the other wouldn't dispense treats. You can't return product either. Big rip off.
My dogs love them by Wendy05/04/2013
My jack Russell's absolutely love these cubes. They worked out how to use them really quickly and get really excited when they see them.
Keeps dog's interest for hours. Like the adjustable settings.
great toy by blueannie06/20/2012
once she figured it out, my dog has had a lot of fun with this
Favorite Treat Cube by Miss Molly's Mom from Minnesota03/19/2013
Miss Molly loved her blue cube...so much that I am purchasing a new one because we seem to have misplaced ours...truthfully, I think Molly has it stashed somewhere. She especially likes the sweet potato flavored stars I put in her cube.
Our dogs have always had Buster Food Cubes. They are rugged, and give them hours of enjoyment.
Great Entertainment by Derby's Mom from West Texas11/27/2012
My two youngest goldens entertain themselves for hours with this interactive toy. If your dog is food-driven, simply load a portion of their meal into this cube and turn it over to your pet and watch the fun.
Seemed like a good idea by Irish01/29/2012
very hard to get food in and even on the widest setting, was difficult for my dogs to get anything out of it. kibble needs to be very small for it to work.
Great for dogs with lots of energy! by Tiffany from Jacksonville, FL06/11/2013
I have a border collie mix and this is her second toy! She loves it! I use it to feed her twice a day because she has so much energy and she is a working dog. It helps to give her a job and to burn off some energy while she's running around the house chasing the ball and food!
Maybe my dog's brain is smaller than most. But, she had a heck of a time getting the treats out of this ball - especially with the white barrier inserted. We just gave up and will stick to her orange Tricky Treat Ball.
Ourpet's 3" Treat Ball by ohholly03/06/2014
This is a TERRIBLE product! It's bottom heavy and neither of my dogs could roll it!! I contacted customer service on this and was informed that they do NOT accept returns so I guess I'll throw it in the trash!! Terrible product and Terrible customer service. Very disappointed!!
OK by SirThaddeusFeathernickle09/04/2013
My 16 pound Australian Terrier has taken this apart 3 of 4 times I have given it to him. I'm glad I was in the same room when he did this.
I have a pretty good grip. He has a better mouth.
He enjoys rolling it around to eat his food which was left abandoned in his bowl.
Love it! by Shih Tzu Love from Whittier, NC06/20/2010
This was the first treat ball I have given my Shih Tzu's...when I first gave it to them they had no idea what to do with it. It has been about 3 or 4 days since then & they are rolling it all over the house, they spend hours with it =) I am so glad that I decided to buy this. As for durability, it is standing up well & my dogs are hard chewers. It cleans very easily. I would recommend this for anyone looking to give their dog mental stimulation & hours of fun.
Great product by Irish from Spokane Valley, WA01/29/2012
easier for my dogs to get their kibble out of...but you still need to buy small kibble for it to be effective
Great for Ferrets Too by Pickledferret from West Texas02/02/2012
You should include in the description that this Treat Ball also makes a great interactive treat dispenser for FERRETS, many treats sold specifically for ferrets fit nicely in it and it makes them exercise and learn to roll the ball to get treats out. Thanks!
I have two Siberian Huskies. One is a six month old female, eats like a regular dog - fairly quickly. My older boy could care less about food. We've sampled the spectrum of different foods with very little success. I originally bought this for our puppy, to help her slow down a bit and work a little bit for her food, but to my surprise, my picky adult dog thinks this toy is the best thing - EVER. I loaded it up with about a cup of his plain kibble and put a few treats in, rolled it across the floor and he took it from there. This dog NEVER eats plain kibble. I've repeated this several times, just to make sure it wasn't a fluke... he'll play with it until the last few kibbles, then come drop it in my lap so I can get those pesky last couple out for him. Now, we feed him about half of his daily food from the Atomic Treat Ball - he loves it!
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great for bigger dogs.... by sammy10/21/2013
I work with a non kill shelter and have been looking for toys for the bigger dogs to play with but not eat and destroy....this was it..... they love them.....:) heavy duty and now have active happy pups...
5" Treatball vs 3" Chewball by mzee from Michigan/Mississippi02/04/2014
Please see my review under Starmark Chewball. I ordered both this product and Chewball. My mistake to order the 5"; should have gone with the 3"-wish description would have been better. It is a "molecule" shaped toy-which is difficult to get jaws around if its a bit too big-the 3" sounded too small, but i think it would have been just right for our pals, a 6yo male Brittany and 3 yo small female English Setter. Its pretty hard rubber-and the hole is a bit big for regular sized kibble-but because it doesn't roll easily, it doesn't unload all at once. I'll be back in a few weeks and let you know how it survives. But for now, the pups both prefer the Chewball-i think due to size and tactile feel in mouth. It doesn't get stuck under furniture as easily-unless its pushed, so that is a plus. Again, wish i would have gotten the 3" so they would have had a more equal set of toys!!! Its likely this one will go to the shelter for one of the 'big dogs'!
Lasted 2 minutes by Berner guy from MI03/12/2013
Gave this to our golden and he had peices off in lesss that 2 minutes and had to throw it away. Complete waste of Money
DOG LOVED IT by ALLIE from MI11/07/2012
MY DOGS LOVE THE ATOMIC TREAT BALL !!! IT IS OUR SECOND ONE, THE ONLY RECOMMENDATION I HAVE IS WHEN THEY ARE DONE WITH IT PICK IT UP TILL NEXT TIME !!! MY DOG LOVES TO CHEW IT UP.
lasting purchase by bubba01/11/2012
was very pleased with this product and will purchase again from this company..turn around time excellant
dogs love it by Weezer04/29/2013
Both dogs love this - Rotty continues to play with it when it's empty. Food dispenses easily - larger kibble stays in a bit longer as hole at top is not adjustable.
5" Atomic Ball by CFM from Twin Falls, ID04/24/2013
My dog loves this treat ball for when we are leaving her alone. She works hard at getting the kibble out. After a friend dog chewed the top off her last one, I couldn't find one locally, and was glad to find this one online at EntirelyPets.
fun for a few minutes by Jenn H. from Archer,FL12/24/2012
I have two 70lb puppies and while these don't last long because they chew them to pieces pretty fast, they absolutely love them. It makes them work a little bit for treats.
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My dog loves to eat food out of his KONG, but I'm constantly having to refill it. I bought this because it looked like it would hold a lot of food - which it indeed does - at least five times what his KONG holds. In that aspect, I love it.
Barking Good Time by Derby's Mom from West Texas05/07/2013
Derby, Chassis and Chilly LOVE their Buster Cubes! I reserve a bit of their kibble from their meals and place it in their cubes and off they go. They nudge and play until their cube is empty.
love it by lori from butler, pa11/12/2011
great my dog loves it, she doesnt finish her food in two mins gives her something to do! a little noisy but doesnt get stuck under anything so far
by from 04/01/2013
My medium sized dog (55 lb) loves this food cube. It took her a few minutes to get the hang of how it worked, but now it's a breeze for her to roll around. We will often put one of her meals in the cube and let her "work" for it. She enjoys it.
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This surely keeps the dogs attention and extends mealtime quite a bit. It can get quite noisy as it's a hard plastic. My Dogs love it.
Fun Challenge by it's.a.southern.thing from Virginia04/22/2012
This is a fun challenge for my 10 month old weimaraner. She's very toy motivated, and I think enjoys it more for the challenge and less for the treats that come out. In the beginning, I had to watch her closely with it because she tends to scoot it into corners and then gets frustrated that she can't get it away from the wall. Overall, she is definitely enjoying it, and it's a fun game to play. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new, challenging food toy. Also if your dog isn't very toy motivated, they might not be that interested in the cube.
SUPER Fun way for dogs to eat slower by Play01/25/2014
This is absolutely wonderful for my 4 month old puppy, Spirit. I put 1 cup of kibble in it, and it takes her about 10 minutes to get it all out. She LOVES this cube. I've already recommended it to a friend, who has also ordered one for her puppy.
Great product by pnutwnut from Sand Lake, MI01/26/2012
My dogs love the Buster cube. Makes them work for their dinner.
Disappointed by lauraliz12/12/2011
The product seems like a great idea, but our dog is terrified of it and won't even go near it. Probably is a good product but I'll never know because my dog won't use it.
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I have always like the buster cubes to keep my pets busy. I have had many dogs over the years and many at one time that work like a pack.
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Love This Toy! by Courtney from San Diego, CA12/20/2011
The Buster cube is one of the best toys I have ever bought for my dog! Chase, a 1 year old German Shepherd, loves to play with this entertaining food dispenser. He makes my whole family, including my 7 month old son, giggle for hours as he chases the cube around trying to get the food. It's wonderful!
Okay, I guess. by Jen O from Portland, OR01/29/2013
I was looking for a higher capacity toy for my dog to eat his food from. He loves to eat his food from his KONG, but I am constantly having to refill it. He doesn't seem to be very interested in this one. It won't fit in his mouth, so he can't pick it up and drop it like his KONG. And the square shape makes it hard for him to even knock it around with his paws. It's hard for the food to come out. I'll probably toss this in the trash.
Durable & Fun by milkweed from NY Gunks01/12/2012
Great for shelter dogs and for dogs that are left home for periods of time.
Favorite Toy by LouZoo from St. Louis, MO08/24/2013
It is our Vizsla's favorite toy. He actually cries for us to fill it, so he can play. He has pushed it all over the house. Sometimes we have trouble finding the toy so we can fill it again--it is definitely our "go to toy" when we have to leave him alone in the house. We have filled it with his kibble and sometimes we add cheerios.
Excellent results as always by kvs11/02/2012
I hadn't bought the 5" Buster cube in a while, and was happy to find it was just as awesome as always. The giftee was a Ridgeback/Pitbull mix, about 90 lbs. Took him about 5 min to learn it. So far he's been unable to destroy it :)
Fantastic product! by Sue Wind from Madison, WI10/02/2013
I have 2 beagle/Jack Russell dogs who are extremely energetic and who always wolf their food. We've had the cubes for about a month now, and they are wonderful. The dogs have the best time rolling them all over to get their kibbles out. The cubes are a great combination of toy, puzzle, and food bowl. And the best part is that they are indestructible - the very first thing they have not been able to destroy. We are all very happy with the Buster Cubes and highly recommend them.
Really Great Item! by Margaret from Lockport, NY02/01/2012
My dog and I love the 5" Buster Food Cube. For my dog, he has a great time knocking the cube around and being rewarded by finding pieces of dry kibble/food coming out of it and gobbling the pieces up. I love it cause he uses up a lot of energy with this activity and I enjoy watching him have fun. Now when it's his meal time he looks forward to getting the food cube to play with. It's great for a dog that requires lots of activity.
Buster Food Cube Entertains by Rick from Vancouver, Washington01/14/2013
I have used the cube in the past for young Lab pups to entertain and challenge them in the past. I lent my red cube to a friend and then moved and did not get it back. I ordered a new one (blue) and haven't gotten the same good results. I think the red one is more challenging than the blue but I may have a smarter Lab this time around. Overall, it is a way for pups to entertain themselves depending on how smart they are.
nice toy that should survive with a hearty chewer by Jay from Miami, FL12/14/2012
Really like the Buster Cube. Finally a toy my Weim can not easily destroy. The treat dispenser is an added bonus. Getting the treat access to open and close for refilling requires looking at the notch patterns closely because it will only twist down in one pattern. Not a problem just have to pay attention. Corners are rounded make it difficult for doggie to find a weak spot to damage. Would have preferred the option to pick the color. Received the yellow. Would have liked the red or blue.
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Love the cube! by Kre from Chicago, IL01/12/2013
My dog and my daughter's dog love the Buster Cube. It took both of them a little bit to figure out how to get the food but they had fun doing it. You could almost see the wheels turning!
Love it!! by Jmjones07/27/2013
Our Lab loves to get his afternoon meal out of his food cube. Been using the same one for about 9 years. Still works great!
Wonderful Product! by Margaret from Lockport, NY02/09/2012
The Buster Food Cube was definitely a great investment. Now when I feed my dog I just get the cube out and use a funnel to put my dog's kibble in it. He loves playing with it and being rewarded by the pieces of food that tumble out a little at a time. He loves his cube so much that he is very protective of it when it has food in it. It's a great way for him to use up some of the energy he has and be fed at the same time. We love it. I would highly recommend this product to others.
my favorite treat dispensing dog toy by wendy*Lake Stevens, wa from lake stevens, wa.05/02/2013
if you are looking for something to keep your dog busy. ....IQ Ball is what you need. The IQ Ball is extremely user friendly: easy to fill and easy to clean. I do not leave this down for my dogs to play with whenever they want to but put it away after each use so when they do get it, it is very exciting for them. I love it so much, I even bought one for a friend! ,
Fun toy by DR from New Jersey06/18/2013
My dog trainer recommended the buster cube, a plastic cube that releases treat pellets.The reviews said it makes a lot of noise when used in the house because it's hard plastic. I decided to get IQ treat ball because you can adjust the size of the hole that dispenses the treat. It too is made of hard plastic, but since it is a sphere I think it makes less noise than a cube being pushed around the tile floor. My dog loves this toy and keeps him occupied for a while.
It is ok by Ash03/08/2013
We use ours as a food ball. Didnt realize how small 5" is. The opening on the ball is really small also. I dont think her food will fit through the opening when we switch her from her puppy food. This is a good product for smaller dogs or puppys.
Food toy by Nancylynn from Houston, tx03/22/2014
Not for larger dogs.....but would be great for smaller dog. Mine uses more as a chew toy and is not made for chewing
My dog gives up pretty quickly by LindaE from Kansas City01/31/2014
Even with treats that easily fit through the oval hole, it's hard to get the treats out. Small, round kibbles would work best. The bottom half of this ball seems to be a little heavier than the top, clear, half, so it likes to stay hole-side up. I don't think it's worth the money.
I don't like this by Linda from Kansas City02/23/2014
You might like it, but for me, there's only one pretty-small hole for the treats to come out and they have to be small treats. My dog got tired of trying to get the food out pretty quickly. I bought it because I figured it would be big enough not to get lost under the couch (which it is). But, I don't want to have to give my dog dog food kibble as a treat. Most treats are not small enough.
ourpet's 5" treat ball by vvickib54 from Vashon, WA01/22/2014
I have an intelligent and active 2 year old Cocker Spaniel. He has many "treat toys" but this is his favorite. I put in half a handful of kibble and a couple of pieces of a treat and let him loose. I have to keep an eye on him because when he is tired of rolling it around he will lay down and unscrew the ball to open it up for instant gratification! (He is not allowed to have it unsupervised). It is a great toy, entertaining and durable. My only complaint is that it is hard plastic and noisy sometimes. I will still buy him a new one when this one wears out-I would definitely recommend this as a good toy for smart, easily-bored dogs.
Her best toy ever! by katesmom from FL10/30/2013
Kate loves this toy and plays with it for hours. She is twelve and has tried so many other toys, but this one keeps her interest. You can adjust the amount of food that is dispensed to avoid overfeeding. Very intelligently designed.