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Out of ideas to keep your pet busy, or maybe your pet has a short attention span? Want to add a different activity to your pet’s daily routine? An easy DIY dog snuffle mat may just be the answer!
Just like people who enjoy activities that keep their creativity flowing, dogs enjoy activities that stimulate their sense of smell and keep their brain active. Activities like walks, hikes, a trip to a dog park, or a pet store usually offer many different ways to enrich your dog’s senses. Sometimes, a couple walks or a car ride to the park may not be in the schedule for the day though.
That’s where dog puzzles can really come in handy. We wrote a whole post on 5 great dog puzzles to help keep your dog busy. Many dog puzzles are easy DIY projects you can make at home. Our DIY dog snuffle mat, also known as a sniff mat or enrichment mat, is a perfect example of an inexpensive and easy to make dog puzzle. A snuffle mat can help with burning off some energy through smell sensory activities.
According to canine researcher and author of Being a Dog: Following a Dog into the World of Smell, Dr. Alexandra Horowicz, a dog has 50 times as many scent receptors as a human. Dogs also have an additional organ called the vomeronasal organ above the roof of their mouths and under their noses. Humans don’t have this special organ.
When a dog is licking the ground or tasting the air, they are acquiring extremely detailed information through this superior olfactory organ. It’s also been estimated that a dog has over 250 million scent receptors in their noses! Want to learn more about your dog’s amazing sense of smell? Read more here.
Now your pup can enjoy some extra fun and challenge their scent receptors with their new snuffle mat.
Snuffle mats are a great sensory puzzle for your pet, as well as, a fun and entertaining activity that can be taken along on trips too! They can also help with slowing down eating to help a dog realize he’s full and not overeat. Whatever your reason is for wanting to use a snuffle mat, this easy DIY project will have your pup’s tail wagging and nose sniffing in excitement every time!