I saw this in a magazine so I thought I’d try it out for my little one. I absolutely love it! I’m not really interested in slowing her down while eating , more along the lines of giving her an interactive game. It’s worked great. Tonight I have given her dinner in it and I’ve tried treats. Highly recommend you guys to try it out!
I have a 9-month-old Dane and a 5 yr old Golden mix. This layering lick mat/feeding is perfection. It's made of rigid material and is not bendable like a traditional licking mat. It is very easy to clean with the spray nozzle on my kitchen sink. Pulls apart very easily. You'd think that food would get all dried up in the nooks and crannies, but after they finish the layers, there isn't much left. A rinse removes the rest. As for functionality, this is the best part. The Dane eats very fast and runs on the anxious side. I tried to put kibble in there whole and it slowed her down to about 15 minutes, gave her some licking de-stress time, and isn't messy cuz she cleans up everything. I went further and made a ground up version with my bullet shaped blender and water. Spatula-ed it into all of the holes and froze it. In the am, it took her an hour to finish it AND got an hour of stress-bucket emptying licking. The golden likes it too and will finish anything left. I am going to get another one for her. Very highly recommended if you have a nervous, anxious, or full stress bucket type of pup. There is nothing I would change except maybe to make it a little stickier on the bottom to keep it from sliding. It doesn't slide much and with a Dane, she just picks it up and brings it where she wants to go anyway.
I teach clients how important it is to have variety of stimulating ways to feed and this puzzle is my new favorite by far! Both of my dogs eat fresh food and the ability to take the layers apart was perfect for spreading out their meals and supplements. 10/10 recommend.