A snuffle mat is like a puzzle for your dog, providing mental stimulation as they sniff out the little treats you’ve sprinkled in the mat. Providing mental stimulation for your pets mean they have more fun and also have less time to get into any mischief at home.
Snuffle mats are made using a safety rubber mat as a base with fleece tied into knots to create a mountain of soft tassels for you dog to nose around in. You simply sprinkle in some treats into the mat – dried liver is great, but you can use any treats - and watch as your dog has a ball sniffing them out.
A snuffle mat can also be used like a slow bowl for dogs that like to scoff down their meals. Simply sprinkle in your dog’s normal dog food into the snuffle mat. It will slow down your fast eater and they will have great fun in the process. How long it will take your dog to sniff out the treats depends on the skill level of your dog’s nose!
Please note that your dog should not be left with this unsupervised. Some dogs, if left alone with the mat may potentially chew or swallow the fleece strips, which could cause serious complications. Have great fun and bring the snuffle mat out when you have time to spend with your dog and supervise them.
How to Make a DIY Snuffle Mat
To make a snuffle mat you just need:
- Rubber Mat with holes (You can get a 40 x 60cm one from Bunnings for $5.95)
- Polar Fleece (approx. 2.5 meters) of any colour combination you’d like.
Step 1: Cut the fleece into strips approx. 5cm wide by 30-35cm long. There is no need to measure exactly, so don’t worry!
Take another piece of fleece and push it through the second hole (this hole will now have two piece of fleece in it), then take the other end of that piece and put it in the third whole. Tie the two ends together in a knot as you did before. Repeat until you have finished the first two horizontal rows.
Step 5: Sprinkle in a few treats and watch your dog have great fun!