What is a Snuffle Mat? In todays video I will show you what it is and how to use it!
A snuffle mat is a puzzle toy and dispenser designed to mimic grass and other outdoor areas. Instead of getting the treats or kibble immediately, your pup must work to forage through the many strands of the mat to find their reward.
Snuffle mats offer a lot of benefits for dogs. Before being domesticated, dogs used to live in the wild, which means that they would have to hunt and forage for food. This food hunting activity served a number of purposes for them like keeping them healthy, active and stimulated. Besides, it also keeps the smell sense and brain activity of your dog active and sharp.
Some of the key and significant benefits of having snuffle mats are.....
1. It makes a Perfect Toy and Resting Place
Dogs love toys but as a responsible dog owner, you need to be careful about the kind of toys you get for your pooch. A snuffle mat could be a great puzzle toy for your dog and the best part is that this toy will keep your dog healthy and can also be an excellent resting place for him.
2. It Helps your Dog Use its Nose
The smell is the most important sense of your dog and this is why he needs to have a sharp sense of smell. Eating from metal and plastic bowls may inhibit your canine’s smelling talent but dogs love to explore the world through smell and this is why they love the snuffle mats so much.
Serving food in the snuffle mat will keep your dog engaged by giving him a chance to hunt and forage its food and it will give a good nose work also.
3. It will betters your Dog’s Physical and Mental Health
We know that keeping your dog physically and mentally healthy is one of your optimal responsibilities. A snuffle mat will help you give your dog an excellent workout in a small space. Though there is no substitute for your pups morning or evening walk, still, it is good to have something around to keep your dog engaged.
It slows down the eating process and this helps them in eating and digesting food in a better manner.
It is especially useful for small dogs and puppies and smelling and foraging the food helps build the intellectual abilities of your dog. In simple terms, a snuffle mat could help you make your dog smarter.
4. It is Great for Recovering Dogs
Is your dog recovering from surgery or an injury? Snuffle mats provide ample exercise to the dogs that could not partake in rigorous ‘doggie style’ exercise. With a snuffle mat, you can sure that your dog has worked its entire body. By having food and treats in the snuffle mat, your pup will have to smell and work to find the food and hidden treats.
This exercise will keep recovering dogs active and on a healthy weight.
5. It Helps Reducing Stress and Anxiety
Lack of exercise and mental and physical stimulation is also one of the reasons that dogs may feel anxious and bored. A snuffle mat will provide an excellent activity for your dog. Dogs love to smell and this mat will provide him an opportunity to do it. Since smell is a natural instinct for dogs, it helps in reducing stress and anxiety in them.
Moreover, the exercise and hunting that he will have to do to get the food will alleviate the sense of relief and pleasure in him.
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