Busy Buddy Barnacle Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

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- The best price we've seen on Amazon in the past 12 months was on October 29, 2018. The current price is considered low and a good time to buy. It is 6% higher than the cost at its lowest.


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DatePrice ActionChange %Price Level
5 Oct, 2019Price Drop-4.78%low
27 Sep, 2019Price Increase5.02%low
7 Dec, 2018Price Drop-13.78%low
5 Dec, 2018Price Increase15.99%average
18 Nov, 2018Price Increase6.69%low
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Busy Buddy Barnacle Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

Product Details

  • Amazon.com Sold on
  • B008JCH2A2 Amazon ASIN
  • PetSafe Brand
  • BB-BRCL-L Model Number
  • Categories

    Pet Supplies, Dogs, Squeak Toys, Toys

Reddit Reviews and Recommendations

  • 8 Reviews
  • June 5, 2018 Last Review Date
  • Oct. 16, 2013 First Seen Review Date
  • 4 Reviewed on Subreddits

    dogs (4)
    Dogtraining (2)
    Catahoula (1)
    WiggleButts (1)

Discussion and Reviews on Reddit

Mental stimulation for your Catahoula [R]

1 year, 10 months agoJamesTrivette posted submission on Catahoula.
Dec. 11, 2017

Hi everyone!

If you are the owner of a catahoula then you know they need a lot of mental stimulation as well as exercise. I wanted to create this post to offer some suggestions and to get ideas from other cur owners. If anyone has any suggestions please comment below!

Here is what I do with my houla to keep him entertained:

  • Tricks - I think all catahoulas need basic training when it comes to obedience. But mine knows a lot of other tricks as well. We used marker training which has been really successful. Here is a link to learn more

Here are some tricks my dog know: Sit, stand on hind legs, down, roll over, crawl, shake, "bang"- pretends to get shot, bow - hind legs raised, lower body down, jump, speak, stay

  • Search - We make our dog sit somewhere where he can't see or hear us and then we hide treats. We release him with the command "search" and he will look for all of the treats. When this is over we say "Done"

  • Hide and seek - Similar to search except he looks for a person. We will hide in a closet or under a blanket. Somewhere that he would not be able to find us without smell.

  • Kong toys/ food traps- - Pretty self explanatory but I try to mix up the shape of the object with food Toys from amazon I recommend:

Kong toys

Treat Ball!

If anyone can think of new things to add to this list please comment below! I need some new games for my pup!

EDIT: If your dog starts to get frustrated with the training you should revert to a trick he/she knows and then end the session. So if I was trying to teach my dog to lay down and he is getting frustrated then I will say "sit" and assuming he knows this one I will say his release word and reward him so the session ends on a positive note.

1 year, 4 months agoJamesTrivette posted comment on Catahoula.
June 5, 2018

If you want a serious upgrade to your Kong toys, check out the PetSafe barnacle. Because it's just not a simple hole, you can just put in dry treats and it takes quite a while to get them out.

[Discussion] How much exercise do Bernese Mountain Dogs really need? [R]

3 years, 8 months agoSinkip posted submission on dogs.
Feb. 21, 2016

Like, I know they're big dogs but they seem calmer than other breeds that big.

3 years, 8 months agoSinkip posted on dogs.
Feb. 21, 2016

I don't think they require a great deal of physical exercise (<30 minutes in most cases), but they do need a lot of mental exercise. They get bored easily without a job to do, which can start them barking excessively and destroying furniture to entertain themselves. Training sessions every single day are necessary, interactive puzzle toys such as kong wobbler or barnacle also help, and of course giving them something to do on walks like carry a doggy pack filled with water bottles will not only provide exercise, but also fulfill that need to work.

Some people have their BMDs carry groceries in with them as part of their "job". You can get pretty creative with it, just make sure they aren't sitting around with nothing to do. :)

[Help] Best puzzle toy? [R]

4 years, 4 months agoGeeksGirl2808 posted submission on dogs.
June 4, 2015

I ordered one of those balls that you can put treats in, but it was a bit too small inside for the treats I use so I am returning it. I just want something to keep my Shiba busy for a little bit after I get home. Something that will wear him out mentally.

4 years, 4 months agoGeeksGirl2808 posted on dogs.
June 4, 2015

We have a bunch of different treat toys (Kongs, sir bobsalot, everlasting treat ball to name a few) but this one is his favorite. Spirit has solutions for his other toys that only takes him about 2-5 minutes to empty but for whatever reason the Barnacle keeps him at it for much longer. There are little inward facing tags in the holes that you can snip off to make it easier. I think we clipped off 1 tag from each hole but we don't want to mess with the frustration level too much since this toy entertains him for hours and the others don't.

Edit: Also, kibble or kibble shaped treats just falls out too easily. We found that bigger treats work the best with our dog and don't fall out as quickly.

[FLUFF] What toys does your dog love? What toys does he or she ignore? [R]

4 years, 4 months agoGeeksGirl2808 posted submission on dogs.
May 26, 2015

I'm guessing many of us have had the same experience: out of all the dozens of toys we've bought, our dogs only show an interest in certain types, or even certain very specific toys. While every dog is an individual, I thought it might be helpful or at least entertaining for us to all list which toys our dog loves and which they ignore (or even hate), and a bit about the dog in question. This might help new dog owners, or people who haven't yet found a toy their dog likes.

I'll suggest the following template:

  • Dog breed/mix (and general type of dog, if a rare breed):
  • Dog age:
  • Special caveats about the dog that may affect their interest in certain toys (e.g. they are blind, cannot run far, etc.):
  • Types of toys your dog loves:
  • Types of toys your dog ignores or actively dislikes:
4 years, 4 months agoGeeksGirl2808 posted on dogs.
May 26, 2015

Dog breed/mix (and general type of dog, if a rare breed): Yellow Lab/Pit

Dog age: approx. 7-8 years old

Special caveats about the dog that may affect their interest in certain toys (e.g. they are blind, cannot run far, etc.):N/A

Types of toys your dog loves: This [fucker] (http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Busy-Buddy-Barnacle-Large/dp/B008JCH2A2) and I say fucker because that's what it seems my dog is saying/thinking when he's playing with it. He's pretty smart and has all these tricks to get treats out of every other treat ball. Kong? Throw it on the ground until it pops out. Starmark Everlasting treat ball? Push lower jaw into the hole until the treat pops out. Starmark Sir Bob-a-lot? Get it into a corner and knock the crap out of it. This one? There is no secret. He will throw it, chew it, bounce it, bark at it, stare at it, stare at me. Nothing. It takes him hours to get treats out, even after I "made it easier" but it is quite possibly his favorite toys because he has to win. Also he stole this toy from me a long time ago. Whenever he feels depressed, he will find it, bite it until it screams, wag his tail and then walk away. I love my dog.

Types of toys your dog ignores or actively dislikes: Anything that isn't soft or can be filled with food. Hates rope toys and tennis balls.

What are your favorite puzzle toys? [R]

4 years, 7 months agoMarch 5, 2015

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4 years, 7 months agoALackOfAmbition posted on Dogtraining.
March 5, 2015

This is not going to necessarily solve your throwing them around problem, but my puzzle toy of choice, along with the Wobbler, is this Petsafe Barnacle: http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Busy-Buddy-Barnacle-Large/dp/B008JCH2A2/ref=sr12?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1425579261&sr=1-2&keywords=petsafe+barnacle

It's slightly softer and more springy rubber than a Kong (seems just as durable), has three compartments, and little tabs that make the treats harder to remove. My dog has to chew at the compartments to make larger treats come out and that usually keeps him occupied for a very long time.

If breaking toys is a problem then you could also build him something out of your own materials, like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ6a4K8HXJ4

The treats in that toy come out with him rolling it around, so there's less of an inclination to throw it. I also should mention that whenever I see my dog start to throw his puzzle toys around I take it as a sign of possible frustration and either remove them or sit down with him to show them how to maneuver them properly without the need to make them a projectile.

Puppy is going bonkers! Weather outside is brutal! Help! [R]

4 years, 8 months agoFeb. 8, 2015

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4 years, 8 months agojocamero posted on Dogtraining.
Feb. 10, 2015

Mental stimulation. Feed him his meals in puzzles like this one. I was in a similar situation with a weimaraner and was genuinely surprised how much doing this 3x a day helps.

You can also teach him to find his food, then other things. I'll have my pup sit/wait while I go hide a handful of food, then release him to search for it, and then repeat with small amounts of food until all of his meal has been found.

I theorize it's like when a human works a desk job, and has a really long day at work. They're tired, but it isn't from physical exercise.

We're bringing home our wiggle butt soon, so we're stocking up on toys! Here's a picture of what we've gotten so far (she's a little spoiled). Do you guys have any other suggestions for toys or items we should get? Anything that your Aussie has particularly loved? Thanks! [R]

5 years, 2 months agohacelepues posted submission on WiggleButts.
July 26, 2014
5 years, 2 months agohacelepues posted on WiggleButts.
July 27, 2014

Kong squeak-air toys, frisbees, soccer balls, and puzzle toys like this one.

Interactive food puzzle while in the crate during the day? [R]

6 years agowweezzee posted submission on dogs.
Oct. 16, 2013

I'm looking for a toy(s) to leave with my dog while he is in the crate during the day. Both the Buster Cube and StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy seems to be the best ones that I have found.

My dog is very energetic and gets very bored in his cage. Hoping to keep him occupied while eating his breakfast and a bit tired out while I am at work.

6 years agowweezzee posted on dogs.
Oct. 16, 2013

My dog loves this: http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Busy-Buddy-Barnacle-Large/dp/B008JCH2A2

I've heard good things about these two, and want to try them, but haven't gotten around to it yet:

http://www.amazon.com/Starmark-Treat-Dispensing-Pickle-Pocket/dp/B007K5CL9Q/ref=sr11?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1381943161&sr=1-1&keywords=pickle+pocket

http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Buddy-Twist-Treat-Small/dp/B0002I0RLW/ref=sr19?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1381943180&sr=1-9&keywords=treat+dispensing+dog+toys