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Snuffle Mat

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by JoanneF, Mar 1, 2017.


  1. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    I made one today, I'm not sure if it's dense enough though. And how do you let your dog know he's found the last bit of food and can stop looking? Any advice? TIA.
     
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    Use a cue word and then remove the mat? When our JRT finishes something I say all gone and just remove the dish, kong, mat or whatever :)
     
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    Well done, I started one but made a complete hash of it!

    Tagging @Nettles as she made a fantastic one :)
     
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    Maybe im mean, but all the time my dog is interested in something and causing me no irritation, then i leave him too it.

    Sometimes, if im feeling extra cruel, i put treats in his wobbler that have no chance of falling out. Periodically ill just throw a bit of kibble on the floor to reward him, but otherwise he is busy and pretty happy tbh. He's persistent when it comes to food - recently spent 25 mins trying to get a biccie out from underneath the sofa.

    I must get a snuffle mat. Everything Ned has is noisy or a major toe stubbing hazard.
     
  5. Nettles

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    I don't tend to put more than one treat in the mat at a time as it makes it harder to find and I use it more to help with Phoebes impulse control around food more than anything else. She has to sit and wait until I give her a release cue. As soon as she finds it, she has to go back and sit and wait until I've hidden it and release her again.
    When the games over, I use "aaaaaall done" and make an "all done" gesture with my hands.
     
  6. JoanneF

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    Thanks @Nettles. How dense is your mat? I used a couple of old fleeces and I could cut up and add in another one but I don't really want to because it's still got some wear in it! And did you trim the tails to make them an equal length or leave them uneven? TIA!
     
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  7. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    I sometimes just put a few pieces of kibble in and sometimes I feed their whole meal in it.
    My 2 just go and do something else once they have finished snuffling and I just pick it up and put it away.
    I don't use it in a training context - but I like what Nettles is doing :)
     
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    It's quite dense. Each hole has four strips of fleece through it so you can't see the mat at all from the top. I cut all the strips of fleece to the same length and width before starting so it would be nice and even (I'm a freak about things like that :rolleyes:) I think it would probably seem be bulkier and more dense if the ends were all at the same length

    Not sure if it'll help, but here's a few pics of mine
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  9. McKenzie

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    My two know when there's no food left, I guess they can smell it. Elliot will try to chew the fleecy bits though if I don't take it away quick enough after the food is gone!
     
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    I want to make one for my two but can't seem to find anything suitable for the base. Any suggestions?

    I live in Hungary so would have to buy it over here.
     
  11. JoanneF

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  13. Muttly

    Muttly Fluffy Mutts Rule!

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    That's amazing @Nettles - You could sell them!
    Love the pic of Pheebs sitting all proud :Smug
     
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