A snuffle mat is made specifically to entice dogs into sniffing and foraging. Usually created with fleece strips tied to a plastic base with holes in it, Snuffle Mats create a space where treats are easily hidden. The hidden treats encourage nose work and natural canine foraging tendencies.
Why use a Snuffle Mat?
A dog’s sense of smell is in between 10,000 and 100,000 times more prominent than that of a human, and it’s one of the ways dogs interpret the world around them. Using snuffle mats allows your dog to decode what’s in front of them with their nose. This can:
Provide mental stimulation.
Encourage slower eating habits.
Initiate sniffing and foraging centers of the brain, which are pleasurable for the dog.
Create mental stimulation for dogs on restricted exercise.