Snuffle Mats are a great way to provide your dog with mental stimulation. Scatter kibble or treats on the mat, and your dog will use their nose to work for their dinner! Each mat takes about 150 fleece strips which are cut and then knotted onto a kitchen sink mat (plastic to help save money on shipping!) This toy allows your dog to search for hidden treats again and again. For beginners, start by making the treats easy to find. Then bury the treats deeper each time as your pup becomes a master hunter which all Cairn's are!
Nose work is a beneficial activity for dogs – getting them to engage and develop their most vital sensory skill, their sense of smell. The activity mimics the inherent foraging and hunting activities dogs’ wolf ancestors needed to engage in on a daily basis. These mats are great for keeping senior dogs’ mental acuity at its best as well as encouraging cognitive development in puppies. Dogs of any age or breed can engage in and benefit from nose work activities.
What Is Nose Work?
The term “nose work” was created to define the professional canine scent detection training activity translated to pet dogs. It’s an easy-to-learn, fun activity to engage in with your pet and has even become a competitive sport. Nose work can help build your dog’s focus and enhance general obedience training.
Nose work helps nervous dogs build confidence. Overactive dogs can use nose work to focus their energy into a productive activity. Cooperation between dogs and trainers builds strong bonds in their relationships.
Instructions For Use:
1. While your dog is in another room or preoccupied with a different activity, tuck his or her favorite treats into the nooks created by the fabric strips of the mat. Pat the strips down to conceal the treats. Be sure to set one treat aside. Small treats work best.
2. Once done, have your dog sit and smell the treat you saved and then hide it in the mat while your dog continues to sits nearby.
3. Let your dog go at it!
The Snuffle Mat is more than just a super fun way to engage with and reward your pup, it actually provides the same amount of sensory and cognitive stimulation for your pup as a walk around the block!
While this toy is durable, always use caution and supervise your dog during use. As with all toys, discard any pieces that become separated.
Cleaning Instructions: Spot clean as needed (best to prolong lifetime of mat). Machine wash when soiled using cold water and gentle wash cycle by itself. Do not tumble dry!
Materials: 100% Polyester polar fleece, Plastic grid back (sink mat)
Measurement: 12″ x 12″
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