Spud with a purple snuffle mat

How to make your own snuffle mat

A snuffle mat is a toy that encourages your dog to sniff and search out treats hidden in the mat strands.

Our coaches at Dog School recommend using these tactile creations to keep dogs content and occupied.

Dogs are social, intelligent and active animals so it’s important to give them opportunities to exercise their bodies and minds.

Enrichment games, like a snuffle mat, are a great way to do this – and the best part is, you can make it yourself.

Our simple DIY Snuffle Mat is easy and cheap to make. The snuffle mat is portable for days out and machine washable too – what’s not to love?!

Simply bury tiny bits of food into the mat’s fronds, and watch your dog enjoy rooting them out using their nose and brain.

Snuffle mat equipment:  you will need a fleecy throw, jumper or some felt, sharp scissor and a rubber mat with holes You'll need:

  • A fleecy throw, jumper or some felt
  • sharp scissors
  • a rubber shower mat or outdoor rubber mat with holes.




Four simple steps to make a snuffle mat

1. Cut the fleece into long strips, about 5cm wide.   Step 1 - Cut the fleece into strips  

Knot the strips through each hole of the garden mat. The longer the strips, the longer it will take for your dog to find the treats!

  Step 2 - Knot the strips through each hole of the mat  
3. Keep going to fill all the holes – it takes a little while!   Keep going until all the holes are filled  
4. When the strands are completed, bury tiny morsels
of food into the strands, and then watch your dog having   
a good time getting them all out. 
  Step 4 - bury food in the strands for your dog to find  

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