A snuffle mat is an enrichment activity for your dog to help mentally stimulate them during independent playtime. Dogs need enrichment in their lives every single day! One of the best ways to engage their seeking behavior is to involve their nose.
If your dog exhibits frustrating behaviors like being hyperactive, chewing on things he/she shouldn’t be, or even excessive barking, adding to their daily enrichment can help alleviate some of these behaviors. Good mental and physical stimulation every single day is one of the important tools in a happy healthy life for your dog.
Making a snuffle mat only requires three supplies: scissors, fleece, and rubber sink mats. Sprinkle in a couple of kids that need a fun arts & crafts project or give yourself a break from the screens for a calming, therapeutic activity by yourself and boom – you have a snuffle mat for your dog!
Record your dog the first time you give them their snuffle mat – it’s a lot of fun to remember and even share how excited they get in trying to find every single piece in the fluffy puzzle.
Switch up the mat by creating different pockets with different shapes from the fabric to provide additional challenges.
If you have a smarty pants dog that figures out they can flip and shake the mat to hack the system, tie a longer piece of fleece around one or two of the corners and then loop it around a table leg or pillar. Get creative in upping the challenge!
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