Stuffable Enrichment Toys: Which Ones Are Worth It? I Rate Durability, Stuffability, and More



Within the last couple of years, more and more dog toy companies are coming out with stuffable enrichment toys. But which ones are really WORTH the hype? I'm here to rate some of the most popular stuffing toys so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing.


I'll be rating them on:

Durability

Difficulty Level

Ease of Cleaning

Ease of Stuffing

Personal Overall Rating


Toys will be rated per category from 1-5. 1 being the worst, 5 being the best.


Please note, most of these are some of my favorite products when it comes to stuffing. Some may have weaknesses, but many of these have become staples in our enrichment catalogue at home!


** Additionally, while I've worked with some of these brands in the past, I'm not affiliated with any of them - so these are my honest views and opinions. **



KONG Classic

Price: $13.99 CAD (Medium)

Durability: 4

Difficulty Level: 4

Ease of Cleaning: 3

Ease of Stuffing: 3

Personal Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


KONG Classics are classic for a reason: They're tough, easy to get your hands on (no matter where you are!) and they're a stuffing staple. These are seriously some of our absolute favorites in the stuffable toy category. The only reason the KONG Classic didn't get a 5 out of 5 from me is that they can be a bit harder to clean (those little crevices love to hang onto food!) and over time the rubber does begin to show wear if not taken care of. That being said, I've found the best way to clean these is with a spare toothbrush - washing them by hand helps your KONG last longer than it would if habitually ran through the dishwasher. For a higher durability, opt for a KONG Extreme.



KONG Goodie Bone

Price: $16.99 (Medium)

Durability: 5

Difficulty Level: 3

Ease of Cleaning: 5

Ease of Stuffing: 3

Personal Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5


I think a lot of people don't realize how great the KONG Goodie Bone or KONG Goodie Ribbon are - mostly because they don't know what to use inside of them other than bully or dental sticks. The KONG Goodie Ribbon is durable and has held up for us super well. It also comes in an "Extreme" version (like almost all KONG products do) for the extreme chewer in your life. Try using Water Bottle Icecube Trays to create molds that fit perfectly inside the KONG Goodie Bone, and when cleaning - use a spare toothbrush! Easy peasy. This is hands down one of the easiest enrichment toys to stuff in a pinch, as long as you've got the ice cube tray molds ready and waiting. I always keep a few ready in my freezer, just in case.



West Paw Toppl

Price: $20.99 CAD (Small)

Durability: 5

Difficulty Level: 3

Ease of Cleaning: 5

Ease of Stuffing: 5

Personal Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


Don't let the price deter you - any of the West Paw products we've purchased have been absolutely worth it in my experience. West Paw also has a guarantee that allows you to send back a design should anything happen to it, which is bound to give you peace of mind when ordering something a little more expensive. The Toppl is a 5 out of 5 for me because it's durable, easy to stuff, easy to clean, and it also comes in a large enough size that you can legitimately portion meals out of. I feel like it's one of the only stuffable enrichment toys on the market right now that also cater to the needs of raw feeders, who need to be sure that they can truly deep clean their toys. Bonus points: You can attach the small Toppl to a large Toppl to create a moving, interactable treat dispenser, too!



West Paw Qwizl

Price: $20.99 CAD (Small)

Durability: 5

Difficulty Level: 4

Ease of Cleaning:4

Ease of Stuffing: 3

Personal Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


The Qwizl is such an interesting model, and both my dogs love this one. It encourages the act of licking through the slots, and it's durability is standard West Paw brilliance. The one downfall with this model is that you have to be careful with what you stuff it with. Stuffing larger ingredients that can't escape through the ends or slits can cause frustration for your dogs, which is definitely not what we're looking to do with enrichment activities. I strongly encourage using soft ingredients like purees, mashed banana, mashed pumpkin, or liquid ingredients frozen into molds for this toy so that you can set your dog up for success! Also, using a water bottle ice cube tray (like mentioned above for the KONG Goodie Bone) to create correctly sized molds will allow you to have some variation when stuffing the Qwizl.



West Paw Tux

Price: $20.99 CAD (Small)

Durability: 5

Difficulty Level: 4

Ease of Cleaning: 5

Ease of Stuffing: 5

Personal Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


The Tux hits all the boxes with high ratings because it's durable, easy to clean, and easy to stuff. If you have a chew obsessed dog, the Tux is a great fit - the three Zogoflex "nubs" are perfect for gnawing, tossing, and bouncing. The ONLY reason this isn't a 5 out of 5 for me is because I prefer the Toppl and Qwizl - but that's only a personal preference! Side note: This is probably the easiest enrichment toy to balance in the freezer for frozen treats, as there's no little hole to worry about when it comes to drips.



Soda Pup Can Toy

Price: $16.00 CAD (Medium)

Durability: 5

Difficulty Level: 4

Ease of Cleaning: 4

Ease of Stuffing: 4

Personal Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


The Soda Pup enrichment feeding line definitely has to be the most elaborate line that I've seen, and they're currently the only brand I know of that features different feeding toys for different occasions (i.e. holiday themes and more). The Soda Pup Can Toy is one of my favorites, and might be one of my most used. It can hold more than a Classic KONG without being overly large (fits less than a large Toppl in comparison). The Soda Pup toys hold up wonderfully and we've never had any issues with durability.



LickiMat Classics "Buddy"

Price: $8.97 CAD (One Size)

Durability: 2

Difficulty Level: 2

Ease of Cleaning: 3

Ease of Stuffing: 5

Personal Overall Rating: 3 out of 5


I love LickiMats! They're great for so many reasons (check out our Lick Mat guide here to learn why). They're fairly easy to stuff (or rather, spread), and they're a great way to keep your dog stimulated and calm. That being said, the LickiMat Classics are pretty easy to tear through - I have one missing a corner and this one pictured actually has a sneaky tear in the side. While I love that they're lightweight, I would opt for their Tuff or Slomo variations if you want to have a LickiMat that lasts more than a few meals. Additionally, they can be finicky to clean and get everything out of - I recommend getting a spare toothbrush or mini scrub brush for those little pesky crevices. While the Classics may not be the most durable, they're definitely the most affordable enrichment toy on the market right now.



Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Carrot

Price: $20.75 CAD (One Size)

Durability: 3

Difficulty Level: 2

Ease of Cleaning: 5

Ease of Stuffing: 3**

Personal Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5


This Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Carrot is super cute, and immediately caught my eye. However, it's probably one of the least used in our collection. The material is not as tough as many of the enrichment toys above, and I hesitate to leave it out with my two little tornadoes just incase they get a piece off. Additionally, stuffing this one wrong can lead to frustration, and let me explain why. This toy is extremely narrow, so it's best to stuff only with dry treats (non frozen). Stuffing with ingredients & freezing in such a narrow toy leaves so much of the contents unreachable for your dog (unless they have the world's longest tongue!). So, while it's super cute and my dogs love playing with it empty - it's not the best option when it comes to enrichment stuffing in my experience. If going for this line, I would recommend dry treats only to set your dog up for success!



Goughnuts Work-To-Eat Line (Kannoli)

Price: $40.00 CAD (one size)

Durability: 6 (this thing is a BEAST)

Difficulty Level: 3

Ease of Cleaning: 5

Ease of Stuffing: 2

Personal Overall Rating: 2 out of 5


This Kannoli is an absolute beast when it comes to durability (I'm telling you - this thing has some WEIGHT!). However, it's tricky to stuff as it has a large hole on both ends, and it's probably my least used enrichment toy for this reason. To freeze goodies inside is a struggle, and usually involves wrapping one end with tinfoil in the freezer. Additionally, the sheer heaviness of it would not be the best choice for a small dog. If you're looking for the cream of the crop in terms of durability for chewing, Goughnuts are fantastic and this would be your go-to. But in terms of enrichment stuffers, I would maybe opt for their "Kup" version that only has a hole on one end of the toy.



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