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Monday, July 13, 2009

Gracie and I tackle the Nina Ottosson Dog Turbo!

We finally have video of me and Gracie tackling the Nina Ottosson Dog Turbo that I got for my Birthday!

The Dog Turbo, is one of the more challenging Nina Ottosson Dog Toys. Of course, Mum, Gracie and I wouldn't have it any other way, BOL! We all like a challenge. The Dog Turbo has channels and pegs. Mum puts the treats in the channels and we have to move the pegs with our paw or nose to make the treats come out the sides. Mum thought this type of toy would fit well with our likes and personality.

A few things we have to say before you watch the video. Firstly, we were (oddly enough) not quite prepared when we opened the box that Mum was going to need to teach us how to play with the Turbo. But it makes sense now, of course.

Mum started by putting the Turbo on the floor with the treats in the channels and just let us play with it to see how we would interact with it.

Gracie and I both immediately started trying to get the treats out of the channel with our tongues, successfully I may add. So it was up to Mum to teach us to use our paw (or nose in my case, at times) to move the pegs to release the treats. She put her hand over the channels and tapped on the pegs, telling us at the same time to use our paws. We know what those are, so we picked it up fairly quickly.

Mum started by putting the pegs fairly close to the treat exit place, so that we would be successful quickly. And she turned the puzzle so that we understood the direction the pegs have to go because the channels are curved. She even turned the toy sometimes for Gracie, so that she would better understand the direction she needed to paw at the pegs.

This video shows our first interactions. Now that we've got that down pretty well, Mum is going to increase the difficulty by not moving the toy and by putting the pegs further out. Then she's going to increase it even more by putting the pegs into the circular section, so that we have to move the pegs around the circle and into the channel area for the treats to be dispensed.

I have to tell you, both Gracie and I just love the toy. Mum was really selective to get a toy that both Gracie and I would like. We like to use our paws and our noses, and moving those pegs seemed to Mum like something we would really enjoy.

So enjoy the video, and remember where you can get this super cool dog puzzle, and others! They are great toys for indoor play and working our brains when it's too hot or too cold to get out there and work our bodies.

EDIT: We've been having some folks indicate they couldn't play the vid, so we reinstalled the code. Hope it's working better now! If not go here!

And if you're looking for the link for the shop that ships Internationally, click here! :)

11 comments:

  1. The video is saying invalid parameters at me. I'll come back later and try again.

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  2. It worked fine for me. And what a fun toy! That takes a very smart doggie. I could probably learn it but Sir Bear would just chew it up :)

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  3. These Nina Ottosson puzzles have been so popular in our store we can hardly keep them in stock! Thanks for the great video.

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  4. Well done, Johann! You made that look like fun!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  5. Johann, it wouldn't work for me first time. I'll try again later.

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  6. The video clip worked beautifully the second time. It's a wonderful video because it shows the learning process. Thanks for the post. I think you gave the address of a company in the US that will post to Australia. Would you mind repeating it? I didn't want to pay the postage until I saw how good it is.

    It's even better than the plastic ones.

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  7. I was able to watched the video. Indeed, Johann was having fun.

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  9. Thanks for the link to the place that posts overseas. I've enquired, saying I came across from your blog.

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  10. Oh, why do I live at the end of the earth??/ (I love it here, really!) But it's $60 to post to Australia - that's about $100 here, I think. But...my sister's going to the US this Christmas, so maybe Penny will be getting a late Christmas present!

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  11. Oh no! $60!! Dang, well maybe your plan will work, or maybe Clean Run will have free shipping again soon. We'll keep an eye out for you!

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