It's no secret that dogs like to stick their nose in everything they can. Dogs explore the world like this. We would too if we didn't have opposable thumbs and computers, cars, and other methods of exploring the world. But a dog just has his nose to sniff out food, water, prey, other dogs, etc. It's absolutely natural and instead of getting upset at your dog for sniffing through your garbage, flower beds, or in your toddlers toy chest, you should provide an outlet for your dog to sniff or snuffle around in. Like, a snuffle mat.
Brain games for dogs are important to keep them stimulated and enriched and the Snuffle Mat is the perfect dog toy for both.
You can feed your dog's main meals out of snuffle mats so you can us it as a slow feeder for dogs. If your dog doesn't eat dry kibble then don't worry, you can still use tiny dry pieces of treats instead.
The Snuffle Mat is a slow feeding enrichment toy with wide flanges that stick straight up, mimicking tall pieces of grass which hides the pieces of kibble or treats.
The key here is to have the snuffle mat activity last as long as possible. Giving your dog a snuffle mat is like giving your kids a movie to watch or a favorite game to play. Its doggie entertainment.
How To Use The Snuffle Mat
For adult dogs who are used to using their noses for food or who have used a snuffle mat before: Dump your dog's entire meal or you can break it down into three or four sessions throughout the day and use only a third or a fourth of their meal each session.
For puppies or beginners: the best way is to open the round snuffle mat all the way.
Furthermore, after you train your dog or in between training sessions you can give your dog a small handful of treats in the snuffle mat to transition into the next session
Use the drawstring on the round snuffle mat to close it halfway to make it more challenging
Snuffle Mat Washing Instructions:
Pull the draw string in but do not close the snuffle mat all the way. You need to leave it open just a little bit so that the washing machine can do it's job on the inside without tearing off the flanges.
Toss in the washing machine and air dry. You can toss it in the dryer after it has been washed.
Benefits to Your Dog Using a Snuffle Mat
✅ Slows meal times down
✅ Eliminates the risk of bloat
✅ Reduces stress during storms or fireworks
✅ Replaces a metal bowl for meals (some dogs are scared of bowls)
✅ It's equal to giving your child a movie when bored.
✅ Occupies or distracts your dog while you clean, eat dinner, or watch t.v.
Snuffle Mats & Canine Enrichment 101
When you consistently enrich your dogs life you are increasing their quality of life. You give them something to look forward to, you give them confidence, you give them life.
April and I (Jeff) are certified dog trainers. Together we hold 4 certifications. We can not tell you how many dogs we have seen depressed, moping around, destroying homes when the owner leaves, and just being a terror.
When we introduce the snuffle mat to these dogs their whole lives change. The way they get up in the morning, how excited they are to interact with you, they respond better, they go to sleep quicker at night, no more zoomies at night, its a big deal when you can mentally exhaust your dog. It's like having a child after going to the waterpark all day or after going to Disney Land.
Adding the snuffle mat to your dogs daily routine will help you in ways you couldn't imagine. From bored and hyper puppies to fearful or stressed adult dogs.
Our Best Buddy Snuffle Mat.
1) It is a round snuffle mat. Made with felt and it has a drawstring
By giving your dog something like The Snuffle Mat you are giving them a chance to do something that they have the urge to do every single day..It's why they dig through your trash, it's why they are so "nosey", it is the very reason why they spend so much time sniffing through tall grass & weeds we would never step foot in.