How to make a snuffle mat
Step one: Get your piece of fabric and your scissors and cut up your fabric into one inch-wide strips and roughly six to eight inches in length. Please ensure that children are always supervised by an adult if they are helping you.
Step two: Take one strip of fabric, with your rubber mat in front of you, and thread this through a hole in your mat
Step three: Tie the two ends together that you’ve passed through the mat
Step four: Repeat until you have a full snuffle mat with material covering all gaps
It really is as simple as that!
How to train your dog to use a snuffle mat
So you’ve got your snuffle mat ready to go. Now, how do you encourage your dog to use it?
Most importantly, you should always monitor your dog when they are using their mat to ensure that they don’t start to chew the fleece bits (remember that the fleece will begin to smell like food after it has been used a few times).
Follow these simple steps to train your dog on how to use their new toy.
Step one: Start by placing your snuffle mat on the floor and letting your dog have a sniff and explore
Step two: Get your dog’s favourite dry treats and place a couple on the top of the fabric, letting your dog sniff and take them. This will allow them to build an understanding that the mat is used for rewards.
Step three: Once your dog begins to associate the mat with treats you can start hiding them a little deeper under the surface of the fabric. This then encourages your dog to use their heightened sense of smell to sniff the treats out and keeps them mentally stimulated by problem solving.