Are snuffle mats worth it?

You’ve been waiting for months or even years for the day that you get to bring home your new fur baby. The opportunity to be a pet parent is such a beautiful and fulfilling thing to have in your life. The constant joy you’ll feel being around your puppy is indescribable. They radiate positive energy that you soak in bringing a bright smile to your face. Your puppy will also need lots of guidance and attention. So you may be asking yourself…

What does my new puppy need?

puppy flower snuffle mat

First, your puppy needs all your love and patience.❤️ They also need good quality puppy food and little treats. I feel a few of the most important things are squeaky toys, tug of war, balls, kong toys, and snuffle mats. Keep your puppy mentally stimulated as they say “A tired dog is a happy dog”. Snuffle mats have been a newer addition to our toy collection. They are an innovative toy that offers many benefits to puppies. They are made of a fabric mat with various materials and textures, such as felt, fleece, or rope, and can be filled with treats, toys, or other items for your puppy to sniff out and find.

Your new fur baby will thrive

Here are a few reasons why you should introduce a snuffle mat into your puppy's life:

1) You’ll have a new and fun way to challenge and engage your pup’s brain. The act of searching for treats and toys within the mat requires your puppy to think and use their problem-solving skills. While they are happily searching for treats their mind is active and alert. Once they find a treat they get the best feeling in the world, a sense of accomplishment.

2) The snuffle mat can help to enrich your puppy's life and help prevent them from becoming bored. The mat provides a fun and interactive way for your puppy to play and explore their environment. The different textures and smells of the snuffle mat will also stimulate your puppy's senses, keeping them entertained and occupied.

3) Spending time playing with your puppy on a snuffle mat can help strengthen your bond. You can create a whole experience using a snuffle mat. From hiding the treats, showing your pup where to look and then letting them loose. The more they do it, the more excited they’ll be every time you pull out the mat. The snuffle mat provides an opportunity for you and your puppy to spend quality time together helping the bond grow as you forage for treats together.

From boredom to bliss

4) The snuffle mat's calming and distracting effects can help relieve the puppy's stress and anxiety. The act of sniffing and foraging also releases endorphins, which are known to have a calming effect on dogs. Additionally, the positive reinforcement from finding treats can improve their overall mood and help reduce stress levels.

sunflower snuffle mat

5) Prevent destructive behavior by keeping your puppy entertained and mentally stimulated with a snuffle mat. If your puppy is busy sniffing out some treats and completely occupied in a fun interactive activity they will be less likely to engage in harmful behavior. It is important to remember, however, that snuffle mats should not be used alone to prevent destructive behavior and should be used in conjunction with other training methods, such as positive reinforcement and behavior modification.

You might find it challenging to navigate all the information about what to do and what not to do with a puppy. They can't express themselves with words, but their body language does a lot of communicating for them. Observe them, talk to them, and build a connection with them. They are now part of your family.

Congratulations, you’re a pet parent! 

In summary, they keep your puppy mentally stimulated and entertained, while also enhancing your relationship with your pet and preventing destructive behavior. Seeing as snuffle mats have so many benefits, it is easy to see why they are the best playtime toys.

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