Monday, 10 of December of 2018

Piper’s Fun Stuff

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How to make a Snuffle Mat

Snuffle mats are a great way to keep your dog occupied, calmer in exciting environments, or to slow down her eating.  Sprinkle kibble or treats into all the gaps and hidy-holes in the mat and let your dog snuffle them all out.

They are very easy to make – all you need is some fleece fabric, or another robust fabric such as softer denim, offcuts and scraps are great; a plastic sink mat and a pair of sharp scissors.

This sink mat is the base for my snuffle mat, you can use similar mats with holes in it.  The second photo is a close up.

Cut the fleece fabric into strips about 10 inches long by 1 inch wide – you don’t have to be too accurate and wobbly cuts won’t show.  Then thread a strip at a time through the holes in the mat, including edges and tie a single knot across the plastic lines. Do this a row at a time and ties each knot before you thread the next strip though – or you can easily lose your place.  You can tie them in straight lines or in diagonals, create a regular pattern or random like mine.

This is what it will start to look like from the back….                   and from the top. These are the long tassels that you will hide                                                                                                          treats in.

Keep going until the holes in the mat are full up.

This is what the finished mat looks like….. just sprinkle with treats / your dogs meal, and let them find it.

Piper approves!!