Buy Dog Tornado

Reviewed By: Mary Haight

Dog Tornado and other toys by Nina Ottosson are popular interactive puzzle games, smart dog toys that help keep active dogs engaged and focused on a non-destructive pursuit – figuring out a puzzle – and if successful, they get a hidden treat as reward! And this happens over and over as they solve each level of the puzzle. To keep it interesting, the degree of difficulty can be increased so the game, once learned, does not get boring. These toys are such a favorite of mine. We tend to think of exercise always as something physical, and here we have something that will help dogs keep their minds from getting flabby!

There are two versions of these puzzles, one made of wood and the other of plastic. The wood version is tough to keep clean in my view and while I like the idea of wood, the plastic is more practical. There are a whole line of these puzzle toys, and this review is going to focus on what I think was the first smart toy on the block, the “Dog Tornado”.  It keeps things simple enough for a reserved dog like mine to be able to find success, while also engaging the more confident pro-active dog. It’s scalable for degrees of difficulty.

Dog Tornado – How It Works

This is an “interactive” puzzle to enjoy with your dog as you watch her problem solving abilities develop. The creator, Nina Ottosson, called these puzzles “party games”.  All of Ottosson’s games are based on dogs’ natural instincts, abilities and physical responses.
The “Dog Tornado”, a bone-shaped puzzle game, is a stack of three molded plastic bone shapes, each of which have four bone-shaped compartments where  treats can be hidden.  The top cover looks like a dog bone cookie.  The top cover and two levels of the game rotate 360 degrees either direction, each level of the puzzle rotates and you choose where to put the hidden treats! The bottom level has anti-skid feet so that the puzzle stays where you put it, making it easier for dogs to “win the game” and find the treat. The dog has to use her nose or paw to push the different levels to get to all the treats.

Dog Tornado – Our Test

This is the easiest level of the Dog Tornado puzzle games. Introduce your dog to the toy to ensure there will be no frustration at finding the treats hidden in the compartments, and cheer your dog on! Then you can add some difficulty at the next level of the game, or not! Tashi is missing upper canines and with a Shih Tzu underbite I tried to raise the difficulty once and saw frustration and he began to turn away so I removed the difficulty at once.

The next level uses small white bone-shaped pieces that can be placed in one or more of the treat compartments on one or more levels of the game.  These game pieces “lock” levels in a particular position and dogs must use their teeth to remove the bones, allowing the puzzle parts to rotate so they can win the treats.

This smart toy is more than a stimulant for your dog’s mind, it’s also a way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.  Quality time! I used a very aromatic little bit of doggy salmon jerky so he would not give up getting every last little piece.  Tashi and I had a great time together.

The Dog Tornado is lightweight, around 2 lbs, and doesn’t eat up too much floor space with approximate dimensions of 11.5 x 9 x 4. It arrives pre-assembled so you and your dog can start playing right away,

 

Featured Dog Tornado:

Company of Animals Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado Interactive Plastic Toy

The idea behind the Nina Ottosson’s “Dog Tornado” is for the dog to dislodge the removable bones, then turn the revolving sections to reveal the hidden treats. The Tornado has many variables to increase the level of difficulty as the dog’s skill improves. With a little practice he will soon learn to dislodge the bones and turn the Tornado to access the hidden rewards.

  • Stimulates your dog?s brain while reinforcing his relationship with people
  • Hours of entertainment
  • Ideal for all ages and breeds of dog
  • No assembly required
  • Easy skill level

List Price: $ 49.99
Price: $ 31.43

Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Tornado

This puzzle has four layers with rotating disks. Three of the layers have recesses for concealing treats. Your dog is required to rotate the disks with his paw or nose in order to reveal and retrieve his reward.

  • These puzzles are for supervised use only and are designed to promote interactive play between you and your dog while satisfying their natural need for mental and physical stimulation.
  • The only puzzles currently on the market that meet California’s strict health and environmental standards for composite board.
  • A terrific outlet for channeling energy and providing the mental stimulation necessary for a healthy, well balanced dog.
  • Manufactured in Sweden

List Price: $ 48.25
Price: $ 48.25

Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Brick

This clever and inventive game lets you hide the treats in the recesses located under a series of interlocking sliding blocks. Since the blocks can not be removed, your dog must locate the treats by sliding the blocks with either his paw or his nose in order to retrieve his reward

  • These puzzles are for supervised use only and are designed to promote interactive play between you and your dog while satisfying their natural need for mental and physical stimulation.
  • The only puzzles currently on the market that meet California’s strict health and environmental standards for composite board.
  • A terrific outlet for channeling energy and providing the mental stimulation necessary for a healthy well balanced dog.
  • Manufactured in Sweden

List Price: $ 49.50
Price: $ 49.50

Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Treat Fighter

This popular puzzle is sure to make your dog think. Treats are placed under the wooden blocks, which your dog must slide through the channel to be able to remove. This puzzle can be made more difficult with the addition of the two larger pegs which can be used to block the channels. Your dog must lift the peg, retrieve a treat and then slide the block to the end of the channel to retrieve the additional reward.

  • These puzzles are for supervised use only and are designed to promote interactive play between you and your dog while satisfying their natural need for mental and physical stimulation.
  • The only puzzles currently on the market that meet California’s strict health and environmental standards for composite board.
  • A terrific outlet for channeling energy and providing the mental stimulation necessary for a healthy, well balanced dog.
  • Manufactured in Sweden

List Price: $ 49.95
Price: $ 49.95

Bread Day (Minute Stories)

Mother makes bread and shares something from her heart, while the threat of a tornado looms outside the kitchen window.

Enjoy this delicately woven, poetic short story by award winning author, Blythe Ayne.
Mother makes bread and shares something from her heart, while the threat of a tornado looms outside the kitchen window.

Enjoy this delicately woven, poetic short story by award winning author, Blythe Ayne.

List Price: $ 0.99
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Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Domino

This tricky new puzzle features interlocking sliding segments that function in a manner similar to the very popular Dog Brick. Once the sliding segment are maneuvered correctly, your dog can then slide and remove the peg to reveal additional treats.

  • These puzzles are for supervised use only and are designed to promote interactive play between you and your dog while satisfying their natural need for mental and physical stimulation.
  • The only puzzles currently on the market that meet California’s strict health and environmental standards for composite board.
  • A terrific outlet for channeling energy and providing the mental stimulation necessary for a healthy well balanced dog.
  • Manufactured in Sweden

List Price: $ 49.50
Price: $ 49.50

Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Smart

Available for both small and large breeds, you hide a few treats in the recesses which are covered by the hollow blocks. Your dog must locate the hidden treat by sense of smell. Since the blocks can not be easily knocked over, your dog must lift the block with it’s teeth in order to retrieve the treat.

  • These puzzles are for supervised use only and are designed to promote interactive play between you and your dog while satisfying their natural need for mental and physical stimulation.
  • The only puzzles currently on the market that meet California’s strict health and environmental standards for composite board.
  • A terrific outlet for channeling energy and providing the mental stimulation necessary for a healthy well balanced dog.
  • Manufactured in Sweden

List Price: $ 44.50
Price: $ 44.50

The Whirlwind Romance (Elemental Micah)

Micah Sampson is convinced he created a tornado that’s ravaging London and believes he can stop it using his new found powers. Simon on the other hand thinks it’s suicide to even contemplate staying in London, never mind driving into the eye of the storm. Literally. Dana Osbourne on the other hand is having some major ex-boyfriend issues. Edmond is built like an Ox with an unstable mentality whereas Dana is petite but raised by her ruthless uncle.

Not for childrenMicah Sampson is convinced he created a tornado that’s ravaging London and believes he can stop it using his new found powers. Simon on the other hand thinks it’s suicide to even contemplate staying in London, never mind driving into the eye of the storm. Literally. Dana Osbourne on the other hand is having some major ex-boyfriend issues. Edmond is built like an Ox with an unstable mentality whereas Dana is petite but raised by her ruthless uncle.

Not for children

List Price: $ 3.20
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Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Casino

This great new game develops you dog’s intelligence and reward their problem solving skills with treats. Not for the easily stumped, your pet must learn to pull the pegs from the top of the puzzle in order to slide a small tray containing the treat out of the side of the game.

  • These puzzles are for supervised use only and are designed to promote interactive play between you and your dog while satisfying their natural need for mental and physical stimulation.
  • The only puzzles currently on the market that meet California’s strict health and environmental standards for composite board.
  • A terrific outlet for channeling energy and providing the mental stimulation necessary for a healthy well balanced dog.
  • Manufactured in Sweden

List Price: $ 49.95
Price: $ 49.95

Nina Ottosson Wooden Dog Spinny

Hid a few treats in the recesses beneath the rotating top disc. Your dog (or cat) must rotate the disc with it’s paw or nose in order to reveal and retrieve the treats.

  • These puzzles are for supervised use only and are designed to promote interactive play between you and your dog while satisfying their natural need for mental and physical stimulation.
  • The only puzzles currently on the market that meet California’s strict health and environmental standards for composite board.
  • A terrific outlet for channeling energy and providing the mental stimulation necessary for a healthy well balanced dog.
  • Manufactured in Sweden

List Price: $ 39.50
Price: $ 39.50

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