This easy DIY project can provide hours of fun for your dog. No sewing skills necessary to make this interactive toy. Bonus: it’s machine washable!
A snuffle mat provides a fun and interesting challenge for your dog’s (or cat’s) nose. The mat is made up of strips of fabric that mimic grass. Sprinkle small, dry treats or kibble across the mat so they fall between the strips of fabric. Your pet’s job is to use his nose to sniff out the tasty rewards. This is just one way to get your dog into canine nose work.
Benefits of a snuffle mat:
Many DIY websites suggest using a rubber or plastic mat with holes, like a sink mat or a doormat. However, with regular exposure to food crumbs and pet drool, it can get a little icky over time. We recommend using a fabric base so your snuffle mat can be machine washed.
Tip: You can find discounted fabrics in the remnants bin at any fabric store.
That’s it! Now your finished snuffle mat is ready for play time. Sprinkle treats or food across the mat and ruffle the fleece so they fall in between the strips, then put your pet to work.
Machine wash: When it’s time for a wash, we recommend putting your snuffle mat in a zippered laundry bag or pillow case to protect it, then allow it to air dry.
Keep in mind that if your dog tends to chew and destroy (especially items made out of fabrics), this may not be the best toy for him. Be sure to supervise play and store the snuffle mat away when not in use.
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