Making a Snuffle Mat
Snuffle mats are a great way of feeding your dog – they make your dog’s meal time into an opportunity for learning and play! The whole idea of a snuffle mat is that your dog takes time searching for their food which can really help some dogs who seem to inhale their dinner. You can make a snuffle mat very easily and cheaply and it’s a great project for a Sunday afternoon in front of the TV. To make a snuffle mat you will need a rubber mat with holes (like an outdoor mat), polar fleece (or old dog blankets) and sharp scissors. Cut the fleece into strips approx. 2 cm and 20cm long Loop a piece of the fleece through two holes and tie in a note. Repeat this process until the whole mat is covered. Then simply scatter food over the mat and let your dog hunt for their dinner!
Here’s a Youtube link to watch a tutorial video on making a snuffle mat – let us know how you get on and also how your dogs like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEOG9DND51E
About the Author: Molly Bridge helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She originally trained as a teacher but some of her interests are brand promotion and customer experience. She doesn’t train dogs herself, but is quickly getting used to how the business works! Molly has two Standard Poodles and a Border Collie to keep herself busy with at home!