DIY Dog Snuffle Mat: How to Make It
When you have a dog like an Aussie that needs to constantly be kept busy, something like a Dog Snuffle Mat is just the ticket.
It basically is a safe and non-toxic way to make your pup exercise their brain and work for their treats!
My DIY Dog Snuffle Mat: How to Make It
Lets first of all take a look at snuffle mats as not everyone really understands what it is.
What is a snuffle mat for dogs?
This snuffle mat is a homemade toy that provides the dog with an opportunity to sniff and search for hidden treats. The snuffle mat consists of fleece strips tied onto a rubber mat with holes in it. The loose ends of the fleece are on top and provide the hiding spots for the treats.
Now, you can BUY a snuffle mat too – for a lot more than the cost of the few supplies I used on this project. My fleece was only $2.50!! When compared to the gems on Amazon that range from $18-50? HUGE savings!
Are snuffle mats good for dogs?
Snuffle mats tap into your pup’s foraging instincts. Many pups prefer working for a reward and mental stimulation is an important part of maintaining good health. Interactive dog toys, such as a snuffle mat, are great for engaging your pup physically and mentally!
Are snuffle mats safe for dogs?
This snuffle mat is made from non-toxic all-natural fleece that’s safe for dogs. Apart from being a feeding mat, this excellent puzzle toy is aimed at activating your dog’s mind and hone its foraging skills.
What can I put in my dog’s snuffle mat?
You can use almost any dry dog food in the snuffle mat. Because it’s made with fabric, the snuffle mat isn’t well-suited for use with wet or raw food. I wash the mat on a gentle cycle and dry it in the dryer on low once or twice a month, as needed.
Just look at a snuffle mat in action!
Are snuffle mats washable?
Snuffle mats can be washed. First, shake the mat out really well, comb your fingers through to get any bits your dog missed. Then machine wash in cold water with sheets, towels, or blankets. They can be tumble dried on low heat.
About this Snuffle Mat project
This snuffle mat is a new-sew version and a lot less expensive than what you would find at the local pet store.
For the fleece I used a Walmart fleece throw – it was the least expensive way I could get the material. These throws were only $2.50 each and for a 50 inch by 60 inch piece of fabric? That was a steal over hitting my local fabric store. Keep an eye out over the holidays at places like Menards too!
No-Sew Dog Snuffle Mat
- Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Fleece Fabric (cut mine from a 50″x60″ fleece throw and had a little leftover)
- Tweezers (optional)
This is a pretty easy project that will make one dog snuffle mat in roughly an hour, and that includes the cutting time. If you are basically thrifting the fleece, like I did, you will need to cut the outer stitched edge off first. We don’t want anything that could become a choking hazard do we?
Instructions sheet for DIY Snuffle Mat:
Start by cutting out a square that is 13″ x 13″. Or to a size mat you are looking to make.
Using the rotary cutter, make small cuts in the square about every 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart in rows. Be careful not to get too close to the edges!
Cut strips of fleece that are about 1 inch by 6 inches. You don’t have to be right on with the size just close to this size. I used a total of 157 for my 13 x 13 mat.
Starting with the outside holes, run a stop through the hole and then tie it together. Do this working your way all the way around the outside.
When you have the edge finished, start filling in the inside. These ones you will need to run through two holes/slits that are side by side.
Then tie it together just as you did with the outer edge. Keep going until the whole mat is filled in.
If you find it hard to feed it through the small holes with your fingers, a pair of tweezers works well to help pull it through.
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