Learning to SNUFFLE
A clever dog may shake the SnuffleMat or turn it over so the treats fall out. In this case, make foraging easy by placing ten highly scented treats on top of the mat and sit with your dog, placing your foot on the mat if necessary to prevent it being shaken. Once he has mastered foraging, increase the difficulty by reducing the treat size and burying them deeper.
SNUFFLE MATS® can be used for training, too.
- Grooming: Foraging for treats in a SnuffleMat can teach your dog or puppy that grooming is pleasurable. Introduce the SnuffleMat over a few sessions to build excitement, and then brush your dog or puppy while foraging. Focussing on the SnuffleMat is ideal for puppies as it will help to stop them biting the brush and/or wandering off.
Distraction: SnuffleMats® can distract your puppy or dog when familiarising him to household noises such as the washing machine, and can be used to discourage chasing of the vacuum or floor mop. Always place the Snuffle Mat down at a suitable distance where your dog or puppy shows no interest in, or fear of, these objects.
- Touching: SnuffleMats® can teach your puppy or dog to enjoy being touched. While he is happily engaged in foraging, pick up each paw in preparation for nail clipping, check ears and run your hands over his body to prepare for veterinary examinations.
Checking paws for nail clips
Ear inspection for veterinary appointments
- Home alone: For dogs who can be safely left with a SnuffleMat (check this first), place it down when you leave the house. As well as relieving boredom, your dog will associate your departure with the pleasure of his SnuffleMat. This creates a positive mindset, especially important for puppies learning to enjoy their own company.
- Crate training: To teach your dog or puppy to enjoy his crate, place his SnuffleMat in there with his kibble dinner or treats. During your mealtimes he can enjoy his SnuffleMat in his crate, preventing begging at the table.
SNUFFLEMATS® ARE FEATURED IN THE BOOK HOME ALONE - AND HAPPY! ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR PREVENTING SEPARATION ANXIETY IN DOGS AND PUPPIES
SNUFFLEMATS® ARE RECOMMENDED BY INTERNATIONAL CANINE BEHAVIOURISTs
SnuffleMats® are not indestructible and it is not recommended that you leave a dog alone with his SnuffleMat if he is an avid chewer. Always pick up the SnuffleMat when your dog has finished; it is not a toy.
SnuffeMats® are not designed to cure behaviour problems. If your dog has a behaviour issue, please liaise with your veterinary surgeon and seek the advice of a qualified professional behaviourist, such as a member of the International Canine Behaviourists website: www.icb.global.
CARE OF YOUR SNUFFLEMAT
SnuffleMats should be hand washed and air dried.
SNUFFLEMATS® WORK WITH YOUR DOG'S NATURAL INSTINCTS TO ENRICH HIS HOME ENVIRONMENT, AND CAN BE ENJOYED BY CATS, TOO!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHERYL MURPHY & Kate mallatratt