For Toy Tuesday, we are sharing a video on how to make a snuffle mat from an old towel. What’s a snuffle mat, you ask? Think of it as a shaggy carpety mat type thing that you hide some small treats in and then your dog has to spend time sniffing them out and eating them. Basically, it’s a toy that provides some mental stimulation, which is especially great since some of our pups aren’t getting their usual physical exercise. For this mat, you only need: a towel and scissors. You can use multi coloured towels, too, if you like, but it’s not necessary.
The video is from our good friend, Nicole, at We Work for Treats.
Step #1 Build your Snuffle Mat:
Step #2 Prepare your Mat for your dog:
You’ve got your mat ready, now comes the fun part. For this, you’ll need some treats. (These could be special treats, or they could even be their regular kibble. Use whatever your pup is willing to hunt for.) Scatter the treats in the mat. Make sure to get them right down into the mat. The better you do at hiding them, the harder your dog will have to work to find them.
We hope you and your pup enjoy this snuffle mat! Let us know how it goes.
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