This is a wonderful product. My dog loves to sprinkle her food about and this catches everything. In addition, she loves looking for food she has dropped and this keeps it all in one place and she seems to love looking for dropped food among all the fibers. I noticed she even seems to purposely drop and hide food for later. So it is a win in all fronts: keeps the kitchen door clean from food, and is a fun toy for the dog to look for hidden food. Highly recommended!
I bought this feeding mat for my puppy that was eating his food extremely fast and nothing I tried worked. This mat made him have to eat slower by having to find the food but in the process he started pulling the strings out of the mat and was eating them without me knowing. I didn't notice until I found the bare spots in the rug and he did end up passing them thankfully. Be careful if you use this mat.
There are a couple of things that were problematic with this mat. 1) it has a cloth bottom so it slips all over the floor. For some, this could add an extra layer of difficulty, but for me, I was trying to use it to keep my foster dog in one place. 2) the material is very attractive for chewers. Once he finished with the treat finding, he proceeded to eat the mat. So I had to throw it away.
This works great to slow my very eager dog from wolfing down her food. I recommend shaking it out before loading it up with kibble for maximum snuffling. I haven't had it long enough to speak to how it holds up in the wash.
We’ve tried MANY different types of slow feeders to slow down our dog’s eating and they barely made a difference. This snuffle mat is absolutely superior to all that we’ve tried before and makes his meal last for 5-8 minutes instead of literally 30 seconds. Also, there isn’t really a way he can outsmart it due to the nature of it. Occasionally he’ll pick it up to shake out whatever’s left when he gets to the end but even then it’s essentially “scatter feeding” (look it up) so he can’t inhale it in three bites. It’s also super durable so it doesn’t get torn apart by his teeth - and we have a 70 lb. dog who’s a power chewer and can tear apart a stuffed toy in mere seconds! So whatever fabric they use is pretty strong but we do put it up between meals to be safe because we don’t want him to use it as a chew toy. Also, super easy to shake out or wash. I will say that it can be messy if your dog shakes it but it’s not a big enough con for us. I just wish they’d offer it in a bigger size though as our dog eats 2 cups of food twice a day, so we typically have some spill over since it holds 1.5 cups or less best.
My puppy loves getting her food on this mat and it takes her a good five to ten minutes to get through all the kibble with a bunch of solid sniffing in there!
My dog loves to root around to find & eat bugs in grass, so I thought she would enjoy a snuffle mat to eat her kibble out of. This is a high quality mat, durable, and easy to clean. I was initially concerned because in the past, she has “figured out” puzzle toys (for example picking them up and dropping them onto the hard floor to break them open), but that has not been a problem with this mat. I see other reviews of people who’s dogs pick up this mat to shake the food out of, but my dog hasn’t tried that so far - she roots around and eats from the mat as it is designed to be used.
The mat does what I wanted it to; for a little while. It makes Luna search for her treats. It works for a few seconds but after that first treat is found, like someone else reported, she is smart enough to just pickup the mat and shake the rest of the treats out. But I do like watching her excitement finding that first treat. When it's empty, she'll walk past and and sniff around to see if I reloaded it. I don't like her being able to pick it up and shake out the treats. Maybe I should try some double sided tape and stick it to the floor? I just don't want to deal with stucky glue on the bottom of the mat.
My puppy loves finding his food in the mat - great for keeping him busy and less messy & quieter than his Kong Wobbler. Recommended by trainer.
This is hands down the best way to feed fast eaters and dogs at risk for twisted gut. One of my dogs would bloat like a balloon. None of the slow bowl feeders helped at all, not even a little, he was still able to suck in air, this changed all that. Be sure to shake it a little before adding food so the shag fluffs back up. If there is a flaw it only holds about 1 cup well, so feed more often if needed. It takes my dog several minutes to eat, he’s even relaxing a bit at the dinner table now. We also bought one for our small dog that eats fast and doesn’t get much food. I think she feels more satisfied looking for her few pebbles of food. This also allows them to use their nose at dinner. Seriously this is great idea and product.