What is a Snuffle Mat?
Snuffle mats are an enrichment tool designed to stimulate a dog's brain and keep them occupied.
Snuffle mats are typically in a square format and are made of a rubber mat with holes and fleece material.
How to use a Snuffle Mat?
Snuffle mats are easy to use and they’re great for providing mental stimulation to your dog.
The idea of the snuffle mat is to place your dog’s kibble or treats in the mat for them to find. If you don’t feed kibble to your dog, you can place a few treats in the mat for your dog to find.
As you can imagine, this will slow your dog down quite a bit while they’re eating. It also encourages your dog to use their nose, which provides mental stimulation as your dog is trying to find the food hidden in the mat.
You can use your snuffle mat instead of a food bowl when you feed your dog, or for a moment of enrichment throughout the day, as they are an excellent boredom buster.
Note: as with all games and toys, dogs should be supervised while engaging with the snuffle mat. Remove it once your dog has found all the food or treats to prevent them from eating the mat or peeing on it.
What do you put in a Snuffle Mat?
Small, dry treats are best to be put in snuffle mats to avoid making an unnecessary mess.
If you feed your dog kibble, you can use some of their daily ration for the snuffle mat.
We know of a few dog owners whose pups didn’t care for kibble but are obsessed with Farmer Pete’s Treats, in particular the Roo Meaty Bites or Chicken Meaty Bites are very popular also any Jerky that can be broken into smaller pieces and placed in the snuffle mat.
Are Snuffle Mats good for dogs?
Yes, snuffle mats are good for dogs as there are many benefits for using them.
One of the benefits is that they’re slowing down fast eaters. If you feed your dog their main meal from a snuffle mat, your dog will naturally eat slower.
Another benefit is that your dog gets to use their nose during the activity, which is hugely satisfying.
You can also use a snuffle mat to practice self-control exercises with your dog. For example, you can tell your dog to sit and wait while you prepare the snuffle mat.
Do Snuffle Mats make dogs tired?
Yes. A snuffle mat is an enrichment toy and playing with them will make your dog more tired.
Are Snuffle Mats safe for dogs?
A snuffle mat is an enrichment toy and it’s best to supervise your dog while they play with it.
The idea behind playing with snuffle mats is for your dog to sniff out and eat treats that you hide. Your dog shouldn’t chew or eat the snuffle mat. Once your dog has sniffed out all the treats, put the snuffle mat away.
What are Snuffle Mats made of?
Farmer Pete’s snuffle mat is handmade and sewn using cotton fleece material with a canvas backing for strength. It is fully washable.
Can you wash a Snuffle Mat?
Yes, our snuffle mats are fully machine washable.