What’s a snuffle mat? And why does my dog need one?
Snuffle mats are a dog treat dispenser. And a toy. It’s a great toy to keep your dog occupied and taps into their natural instincts. It encourages natural foraging skills and will slow eating to improve digestion.
Basically, it’s a mat filled with ruffles. You can put small treats, food, or toys in the mat for the dog to snuffle away. It will reduce boredom and prevent destructive behaviors.
This one is non-slip, portable, and meant for medium-sized dogs. It comes with its own storage bag for when it’s time to put it away. There’s a loop to hang it up in a closet. It’s made with felt cloth with is environmentally friendly and easy to clean.
The only downside is that hand washing is recommended to keep it in the best shape. I wouldn’t say I like handwashing anything, but I might make an exception for this.
Before dogs were domesticated as pets, they were working animals. They had jobs. Those instincts are still part of a dog’s behavior. For the happiest and healthiest pet, it’s best to give these instincts an outlet. A frustrated dog can become bored and destructive. This is especially true if you need to leave your dog alone for a few hours at a time.
These mats are designed to mimic outdoor areas like grass. I’m sure you’ve seen you’re dog snuffling the yawn every day. They can smell the treat, but they have to work to find the reward. Did you know that this process, sniffing and foraging, activates the pleasure centers of a dog’s brain? They like working for their food!
It’s advisable to supervise your dog the first few times you use one of these mats. Dog behavior can be predictable. It wouldn’t be unheard of for your dog to shred and destroy the mat instead of using it the intended way.
Eating too fast can cause bloat and indigestion in your dog. A snuffle mat can prevent that. User reviews show an average of 10 mins of fun per serving of kibble.
Tasks that stimulate their brains will reduce stress and help build confidence. This, in turn, will reduce problematic behaviors. In particular, sniffing and snuffling can lower heart rates and help an anxious animal self soothe.
If your dog is injured or elderly, snuffling mats can provide entertainment and activity that won’t aggravate any existing issues. Dogs who are mobility challenged are bored and frustrated with their limitations.
Puppies need almost constant attention and supervision. These snuffle mats are a great toy to use with a puppy, as the mat will keep them happy and entertained, thereby giving you a brief break. I recommend using the mini version in a crate, with the door open when you begin crate training. It will help your pup have positive associations with their crate.
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