As a pet parent, you’ve probably been tempted by plenty of the latest gadgety dog toys and accessories. But as enticing as these high-tech gizmos are (and perhaps more so to people than their dogs), one fact remains true: Dogs just want to push their noses into stuff that’s stinky, which is why dog snuffle mats are a timelessly classic toy for dogs.
How to Engage Your Dog’s Senses
For many dogs, the put-nose-in-stinky-stuff impulse has long meant pursuing a major in laundry bags, a passion for exploring the cracks between sofa cushions, or an insatiable interest in (let’s be honest) your crotch.
Snuffle mats play right into your pup’s sniffing and tracking instinct. You can hardly get more low-tech than this engaging toy, which is designed simply to hide dry food or kibble in various crannies and folds.
They can keep dogs busy for very long periods, and the fact that they’re easy to wash and transport makes them popular with humans.