We’ve tried a lot of different treat games and toys with the K9 crew. While most have been fun and entertaining, I really couldn’t get excited about something new; they all seemed kind of the same after a while. However, when I read some reviews on other blogs of the Paw5 Wooly™ Snuffle Mat, I thought it sounded interesting and challenging in a different way.
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The Paw5 Wooly Snuffle Mat seemed like it would use the dogs’ noses much more than other food toys. It is meant to “stimulate their natural foraging instincts by mimicking a hunt for food in grass and fields”. Since we do nose works with the dogs for fun, and both Luke and Cricket have really good noses (they are a hound and hound mix, after all!), I thought this one might be more fun for them.
It turned out I was right! Not only is it more fun for them, it was so much fun for me to watch them sniffing and snuffling away as they dug the food and treats out of this mat. I can easily say it is the new favorite for all of us.
We’ve been having typical late May/early June weather here lately; which means a lot of cool temperatures and rain, so we are in need of more things to entertain the crew when we’re stuck inside. If I’m not in the mood or short on time for doing a whole nose works set-up, this is so much easier – just throw the mat down and dump food and treats on top! It still gives their nose a workout, but it’s less time consuming for me!
We reviewed the Paw5 Rock-n-Bowl in the past, so I was already a fan of the company and their values. They believe in sustainability and a “4 from 5” philosophy: They “tread lightly, commit fully, design thoughtfully and actively give back to the world in which we live”.
The Wooly Snuffle Mat is hand woven from non-toxic and safe materials. It is so easy to clean – just throw it in the washer and dryer!
I wanted to capture some of the noises the dogs made while using this. They were so funny. Luke was sneezing and snuffling the first time, but when I took video the second time he was quieter. Cricket is a loud sniffer, so I think you can hear her, just turn the volume all the way up. They really had fun with it. The clips I included are towards the end of their time…so they are searching even harder! I loved how Luke was kind of shaking his head back and forth, with ears flying.
The Snuffle Mat would be great for feeding your dogs’ meals as well. We can’t use it for that, since we add supplements and wet foods on top of their kibble. We use it for fun, and we can feed them part of their dry kibble for the day in it, and then reduce it at meal time; or I just mix their kibble and some treats as well.
I highly recommend this product, and it is great for any size, age, or breed of dog, whether you use it for meals or just for fun. I’m very happy that we are getting the opportunity to give one away to one of our readers! Just fill out the widget below for your chance to win, and good luck!
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