2017 PCIP Winner

Location: Seattle, WA

Founders: Erick Eidus & Kandarp Jani

Website: puppod.com

Dogs interact with PupPod’s smartphone-connected puzzle toy to earn food rewards from a Bluetooth-connected feeder. As a dog plays, the game gets harder to keep them engaged, using their mind to solve the puzzle.

The PupPod mobile app allows pet parents to control the game difficulty, which leads to slower eating and mental stimulation. Turn mealtime into an activity to give dogs extra exercise by spreading the toy and feeder apart or even putting them on opposite ends of a staircase.