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Shama finally got a Snuffle Mat! I've been wanting one ever since I heard they could be used as the distractor when practicing recalls. (Another common use is feeding if you want your dog to slow down.) I got Shama's from a neighbor, and I found out she's selling them through her Facebook page called Snuggle Snuffle Mat Treat Finders. If you don't do Facebook, PM me for her phone number and/or email address. They measure 12x12 inches and are made with high quality fleece as well as thick rubber mat. She sells them one for $20, two for $35, and three for $45. She'll ship up to three anywhere in the US for an additional $13.60. Here's a video of Shama looking for some treats in her new Snuffle Mat. (BTW I love Little Stars treats because they're so tiny and healthy!)

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My guys love their snuffle mat. I'm lucky that they all get along well enough to be willing to work on it together!


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Cute! Would love to see a photo!

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I feel very silly asking this...I have never seen a Snuffle Mat before ~ Do you put treats in them? I love watching Shama on the video and I think that is what is going on....So cute! Anyone know if they sell these in Canada?


I should have read that more carefully..sorry! I'll check that FB page and read about them...Such a great idea!
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^ same question
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The woman who sold me the Snuffle Mat told me she markets them mainly as a means of getting your dog to eat more slowly. One variation of the many puzzles/toys to prevent your dog from scarfing down its food. She had not heard of using them as a training tool. KarMar is the Forum member who mentioned using it as the distractor while working on recalls when I first heard of the Snuffle Mat. (I don't know why I'm capitalizing it. Just seems like a proper or brand name!)
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The woman who sold me the Snuffle Mat told me she markets them mainly as a means of getting your dog to eat more slowly. One variation of the many puzzles/toys to prevent your dog from scarfing down its food. She had not heard of using them as a training tool. KarMar is the Forum member who mentioned using it as the distractor while working on recalls when I first heard of the Snuffle Mat. (I don't know why I'm capitalizing it. Just seems like a proper or brand name!)
Actually, they started as a method to help dogs settle and acclimate in a stressful environment. Put them in their crate with a loaded snuffle mat, and they stay busy and relax rather than fretting over their environment. They can be used to help with separation anxiety the same way.

They really would only slow a dog down eating if all you ever feed them is dry kibble. You certainly wouldn't want to put anything wet in one... Their not easily washable! I load mine with freeze dried treats, kibble, Charlie Bears and Cheerios.
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Actually, they started as a method to help dogs settle and acclimate in a stressful environment. Put them in their crate with a loaded snuffle mat, and they stay busy and relax rather than fretting over their environment. They can be used to help with separation anxiety the same way.

They really would only slow a dog down eating if all you ever feed them is dry kibble. You certainly wouldn't want to put anything wet in one... Their not easily washable! I load mine with freeze dried treats, kibble, Charlie Bears and Cheerios.
Didn't know that about their origins. Thanks, Karen! Shama gets dry kibble (NOW FRESH small breed adult recipe) and soft food (Wellness lamb and sweet potato), so I thought I'd put the kibble portion of her meal in the Snuffle Mat once in a while (just like she gets it in her Twist 'n' Treat once in a while).

We've never purchased Charlee Bears. What are your dogs' favorite varieties?
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Didn't know that about their origins. Thanks, Karen! Shama gets dry kibble (NOW FRESH small breed adult recipe) and soft food (Wellness lamb and sweet potato), so I thought I'd put the kibble portion of her meal in the Snuffle Mat once in a while (just like she gets it in her Twist 'n' Treat once in a while).

We've never purchased Charlee Bears. What are your dogs' favorite varieties?
They're all pretty much crackers... I don't even know why the dogs like them, but they do, now and then! I get any that are not beef of cheese. I'm really not sure they HAVE any "real" beef or cheese in them, but with Kodi's allergies, I don't take chances!
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They're all pretty much crackers... I don't even know why the dogs like them, but they do, now and then! I get any that are not beef of cheese. I'm really not sure they HAVE any "real" beef or cheese in them, but with Kodi's allergies, I don't take chances!
Gracie loves her Charlie bears! We give her either the chicken and garden veggies or turkey and cranberry. They are about the size of a penny and are 3 calories each. Sorry for the sideways pic☺️
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