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Find It Fleece Mat

07/04/2021

Enrichment toys have a been around for a very long time for our dogs. This includes nose work puzzles and brain puzzles.


My personal favourite and definitely my dog's favourite is nose work puzzles. He just loves a tasty treat or two. So I thought a good way to make it harder for him to search for these treats was hiding them in fleece and asking him to "Find It!"  


This type of enrichment is a great way for your dog to use its brain (to work out how to get the treats) and nose (to sniff out where the treats are in the mat) while searching for his/her favourite treat. It can also be used to practice their scent work.


  Sniffing can also:

  • Reduce Stress and decrease their heart rate. Intense sniffing reduces cortisol secretion (stress hormone).
  • Mentally stimulate them. 15 minutes of mental stimulation an be the equivalent of one hours walk.
  • Learn self control. Slowing down fast eaters, reduces the risk of bloat in your dog. This is also much more fun than just a simple feeding bowl.
  • Be a handy distraction from the environment (for example noisy household) inside and outside. Now I don't know about your dogs, but my dog hates the rain and also has SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) so winter months can be challenging to get him out for walks. Using a Find It Fleece Mat is a handy distraction from this. It can also be used in the hot weather, if its too hot for walks.  

EXCITING NEWS!!

Now more than ever our dogs are looking for more ways to be entertained, especially as some people are still working from home.


I have been working on a project behind the scenes recently, that I would I like to share with you all.


I have now started making 'Find It Fleece Mat'  


USING THE MAT

These mats are used for enrichment for your dogs, keeping them busy and entertained. For beginners of the using the mat, simply sprinkle some dry treats on top in easy access for your dog to find. Once they have the hang of finding them on top, start to bury them slightly more to make it harder.

The Find It Fleece Mat works best using dry treats or their dinner kibble.

No toy is indestructible, so to avoid chewing, ensure you take the Find It Fleece Mat away until next meal time or next play time.  Please supervise your dog whilst using these mats also.


CLEANING THE MAT

First give the mat a good shake and run your fingers through the fleece strips to make sure there are no loose foods stuck in there.

The best way to clean this mat, is to hand-wash in the sink using warm water and detergent. Rinse and squeeze out the fabric well and air dry. Do not put the mat in the washing machine as this may ruin the plastic or rubber base mat, and make an awful clonking noise.


PRICES

I'm making 3 different sizes in a variety of colours.

Small (rubber base) mat £12

Medium (plastic base) £15

Large (rubber base) £18  


If needing to post, this will charged on top.


BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF ONES I'VE ALREADY SOLD.




If you would like to purchase one, or need help with sizing then please feel free to contact me.

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