How to make a Dog Snuffle Mat

dog snuffle mat

I heard about dog snuffle mats from a family member who has 3 dogs herself. The snuffle mat is a great way to feed your dog kibble, encourage them to use their nose to sniff and it keeps them occupied for a longer period of time than feeding them out of a bowl. Snuffle mats work well if you have a dog that gobbles their food and needs to slow down!

This is my dog having a go at her snuffle mat:

Dog snuffle mats aren’t that expensive to buy on Ebay , however if you’re a bit crafty like me and enjoy making this sort of thing, or if you want to save a few pounds even on Ebay prices, then they are easy enough to make yourself at home.


How to make a Dog Snuffle Mat

You will need:

1.5m of fleece fabric

A rubber door mat with holes in it

Both things you can get from Boyes: £2.99 for the mat and £7 a metre for the fleece.

dog snuffle mat

To make your snuffle mat a bit jazzier than mine then choose a bright colour, or use half a meter each of two different colours. I’ve made mine a pretty boring colours to be honest but the dark colours lasts longer and I used off-cuts from material I already owned.

How to make a Dog Snuffle Mat:

Cut your fabric into strips about an inch wide and 10 inches long.

dog snuffle mat

Thread them one at a time through one hole and out of the neighbouring hole. Tie once, there is no need to do a full knot.

dog snuffle mat

Repeat until you have covered your mat. How many you add is up to you – you can pack the fabric as tightly as you want.

dog snuffle mat

In total it took me about an hour and a half to complete the dog snuffle mat and we use it virtually everyday!

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  1. barjerow
    March 13, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    The dog looks happy with this mat and it will keep it busy for quite a long time!!

  2. Ann Bixler
    August 7, 2020 / 12:56 am

    I made one for my Granddog she lives 4000 miles away I mailed it and she knew how to use it right away I used a shower mat and cut it to the size I wanted. So easy like it said hour and half to make and I only had to buy the mat for 3 dollars and I had left over material from other projects