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The JW Hol-ee Roller: The Interactive Toy for Both Food and Non-Food Motivated Play (With Videos!)

Updated: May 13

If the JW Hol-ee Roller ball isn't on your radar when it comes to enrichment, I'm here to change your mind!

This neat little ball is so versatile, which is why we love it. The Hol-ee Roller can be played with as-is, or built into enrichment puzzles for your dog. I'll show you some variations and how to put them together below.

Note: To set your dog up for success, remove the Roller once the activity or game is complete. I have a mega chewer, and while some people boast about the Hol-ee Roller's durability, my dog has personally gotten through a one before. Removing the JW Hol-ee Roller once the brain game is finished will help your Hol-ee Roller live a longer life!

Other Tips For Success:

  1. Start easy! When introducing these puzzles, make the variations very simple. This allows your dog some time to get used to the activity and how it works.

  2. Don't stuff with items that are too large. Example: Something that you struggle to put inside on your own. We want the variations to gradually increase in difficulty, but we don't want them to be impossible. If you have a hard time getting something in or out with thumbs, imagine how hard it will be when only using your mouth!

  3. Modify when needed. Example: If you have a dog who fixates on paper, opt for towels. If you have a dog who loves tennis balls, integrate them!

Now, let's get to some of these fun puzzle variations!


VARIATION ONE: Non-food variation.

All you'll need: The JW Hol-ee Roller (Here I'm using a JUMBO) and some shreddable paper.

Paper Alternatives:


VARIATION TWO: For food motivated dogs.

All you'll need: The JW Hol-ee Roller, some paper tubes and some treats.


VARIATION THREE: A mix of both worlds!

All you'll need: The JW Hol-ee Roller, some paper tubes, various bones and chews, tea towels, and some treats.

Looking for other DIY enrichment games and puzzles? Try these DIY Towel Puzzles that are a breeze to put together for your pooch.

Note: Any form or interactive enrichment should be monitored accordingly. We do not promote the use of these games without the owner present.


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