I would give 5 stars but pieces were broken off. Still a great toy. I sent one to my brother's dog for Christmas and hope his wasn't broken. A knob was broken off and 2 pieces of wood on the guides the top that slides slides into. My dog is not that smart (and not that interested in treats) so I was surprised he got all 4 fairly quickly. But it was all banging away at it with his paw. He seems to have no memory of HOW to open these things, just that they will open at some point if he keeps banging away. I guess a border collie could write a paper on it. Shouldn't have come broken, but a good toy.
I bought this for Noodles, my 5-year-old shepherd mix, and she loves it! This is not her first puzzle toy, so she was able to figure out the chess pieces immediately. It is her first hidden compartment puzzle toy, so that took a bit longer, but not to the point of frustration, abandonment, or chewing straight through to get to the treats! It is so much fun to watch her figure out the game! We have used the toy a few times, and Noodles has not been inclined to gnaw on the pieces, but she became insistent about having all of the compartments revealed, even if I didn't put a treat in all of them. I think she was smelling residual treats, or crumbs, so I have started wiping the toy down with a damp cloth. This toy is an advanced toy, Level 3, but I think it could be used as a beginner toy also, if you. just used the chess pieces on the top levels to start with. Then you could introduce the sliders, then combine the chess pieces and sliders. Just a thought.
I bought this for my lab/beagle mix who mastered other food puzzles quickly. Since this one required a different skill, I thought it would take him awhile to figure it out. It took about 30 seconds for him to pull out a tray. But almost a month later this is still his favorite toy. To make it a bit more challenging, sometimes I replace trays as he pulls them out, but he's caught on to the trick now and either tosses the trays away from me or pulls all 3 trays out before eating the kibble. I do have to hold the tower, either at the base or the top, so he doesn't knock it over. Also I wish the angled base inside the tower was plastic coated or had something on it to make it slicker as the kibble/treats don't always roll down far enough for him to get them out.
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