While dogs can and do hunt, foraging is a strong part of their natural instincts as well. When they don’t have the challenge of finding their food, they may become bored and prone to bad behavior or bolt down their food too quickly, leading to digestive issues.
Dogs are hardwired to be constantly in the look for food. They learned over thousands of years to forage for food which involved a lot of activity and brainpower. So even if they are given meals they still feel like they need to forage.
So if your dog gets into the garbage, rips apart your pillows, eats the couch cushions, and jumps like crazy all over guests, he is doing so because he feels like he needs to be exerting this energy and searching for food constantly.
The answer is actually really simple. Provide your dog with mental stimulation. And the Snuffle Mat is the perfect solution.
When you drop kibble or treats down on the mat the dog has to snuff around and find the treats. You can make it easy and just toss the treats on top or you can make it harder and move the treats down into the ruffles of the snuffle mat.
The Thrive Dogs Snuffle Mat slows down their eating speed the natural way: by hiding pieces of kibble or small training treats in square-tipped felt “grass.”
Your dog will need to use their sense of smell and sniff, dig, and nose their way to find each piece, giving their instinctual brain a feeling of achievement and comfort.
When you feed your dog using the snuffle mat, they can’t eat too fast and upset their stomach. The design forces them to sniff out each piece and eat slowly and gradually, the way vets recommend.
Name: Pets Feeding Snuffle Mat Material: Oxford Cloth Storage size: 10 x 10 x 5 in Slow food bowl size: 12 x 12 x 4 in Smell pad size: 19 x 19 x 3 in