A snuffle mat for dogs offers several benefits other than giving your dog a fun way to eat their treats. If your dog eats their regular food very quickly and you’ve been trying to figure out how to make them eat more slowly, then a snuffle mat may be your answer. On the same hand, dogs with digestive issues sometimes need to eat more slowly and a snuffle mat can do the trick. You could put the equivalent of their normal portion size of food inside the snuffle mat and it may take them several more minutes to eat the same amount of food. Some pet owners also spread out their meals throughout the day using a snuffle mat instead of putting food directly in a bowl.
Another great benefit of a snuffle mat for dogs is the mental stimulation it provides. Many dogs love thinking, hunting, and using their senses to find a reward and feel a great sense of accomplishment when doing so. Mental stimulation is just as good for a dog’s health as it is for a human’s health, and a snuffle treat mat can keep dogs stimulated for several minutes at a time while also keeping them entertained in the process.
Energetic dogs sometimes have to go on long walks or be extremely active in other ways to get their energy out. If there are days when you are simply unable to help your dog release their energy, then it’s time to bring out the snuffle mat. Sniffing out treats in the mat may not seem like an intense activity, but it burns quite a few calories while they are playing with it. Plus, the sense of accomplishment dogs feel afterward can calm them down some since they will have a feeling of satisfaction.
Some dogs need a little extra obedience training if they don’t listen or respond to your commands very well. Every dog is different, but many times using a snuffle treat mat is an effective way to enhance obedience training. Dogs usually get excited when they see their owner get out the snuffle mat, so it’s the perfect opportunity to teach them to be patient. Commands like sitting, laying down, and staying are commonly taught by using a snuffle mat as a reward. Just be sure to use words and commands they can become familiar with and recognize so they can apply them to other situations as well.