(as of May 22,2018 16:03:25 UTC – Details)
Your dog’s nose and brain were made to hunt, track, burrow, sniff, and snort. They were made to WORK! Nose work or snuffling capitalizes on this natural desire to sniff and there’s no better time to do this work than during meal time!
Dogs’ noses have 300 million olfactory receptors that make them 10,000 times better at smelling than we are!
And yet, we keep serving them dinner in a simple, stationary bowl that makes meal time a brainless activity for our pups? The bowl is a human invention and makes perfect sense to us. But to our dog, it’s a big question mark!
If, however, you use a snuffle mat, you are tapping into your dog’s primal instincts and giving him a job to do.
The benefits of this are plentiful:
– Great for nose work and scent games!
– Keeps your dog focused and engaged on something constructive vs. your furniture or shoes 🙂
– Encourages your dog to use his/her natural instincts to forage for food.
– Encouraging attentive play
– Mentally stimulating and boredom-busting
– Ideal for pets on restricted exercise
How do I teach my dog to use a Snuffle Mat?
For dogs that are new to nose work or scavenger hunts, let him watch you sprinkle some of his kibble on top of the mat. Once he successfully finds the first round, let him watch you sprinkle some on top and bury some deeper into the mat. As he becomes better at finding his food, bury more and more of it at the bottom of the mat while he’s not looking.
If you have a dog that is already good at this kind of activity, skip straight to the hardest level.
Size:17.32″ x 12.59″(44cm x 32cm)
Material: High quality felt and waterproof nylon
Washable:Support Machine washable and hand washable
1 x Dog or Cat snuffle mat
Multiple Sniff Scent Guides—Hide the snack or small toy in the snuffle mat, then guide the dogs or cats to find it out. It can inspire pet intelligence and positive attitude, slow feeder makes your pet’s eating fun, helping them maintain a healthy body and refuse to obesity.
It will keep your pet young—Mental stimulation will keep his mind sharp. With a healthy mind, the length and quality of life are increased.Ideal for pets on restricted exercise.Can be used for behavior modification training.
It will make your dog tired—Thinking and problem-solving are exhausting. And as the old (and true) saying goes, ‘A tired dog is a good dog’ And a good dog gets positive attention and has a better bond with its owner, which is really all your dog wants.
It keeps life interesting—Can you imagine endless days with nothing to do? It sounds like a great vacation idea, but if that was your whole life, it would be extraordinarily boring. Using a snuffle mat at meal time breaks up the day, tosses in something new and triggers thought. It literally gives your pet a job.
Safe Materials—Made from felt and waterproof nylon, safe and durable for use, friendly felt fabric and waterproof oxford cloth, durable and non-toxic, no risk of damage to your dog’s retina or nose, ensures the health of your pet.