Pet product creators are always coming up with some brilliant ideas for making our dogs' lives more rich with interest and enjoyment, and this much has been proven with the excellent LickiMat for dogs. These mats are textured and so the idea is that you can put food and treats into them, and then your dog will have fun licking out the tasty treats from the mat. This will not only encourage your dog to eat more slowly, thus aiding digestive health, but it will also be a fun and interesting game for your dog that will maximise your dog's happiness.
Licking mats for dogs
Any dog owner will know that these animals are very intelligent creatures. This comes with a problem: intelligent creatures have the capacity to get bored! Boredom is not only bad for your dog in the sense that it will make them unhappy, but also because it might also lead to naughty behaviour such as damaging items at home and being overly boisterous. This can of course be helped with a good walk with their favourite human, and playtime also helps a great deal. But there are going to be times when your dogs are on their own, and they will still need something to keep them occupied, engaged, and happy. These licking mats have been shown to help keep boredom at bay in these solo situations. With a licking mat a dog, even when on their own, can be working away on their delicious treats instead of becoming anxious or bored.
Licky mats for puppies
For this reason, we thoroughly recommend licking mats for puppies. Puppies are likely not only to feel bored but also to experience separation anxiety when they are on their own. This might even happen at first when you simply go to the next room. Licky mats will be your best ally in puppy training in these situations. You can set up some sticky or dry treats in one of these mats, go to the next room, and you will find that your growing pup will no longer associate temporary separation with anything to be scared or worried about. Instead, they will have developed the habit of focusing their attention on the fun and yummy game of food licking that they see before them! By building this habit up, you will soon be able to leave your grown up dog at home and, whilst you are at work, you will be able to know that your dog has learnt that all important skill of how to spend time on their own and still feel a sense of fulfillment and contentedness.
We have a wide collection of treat mats from LickiMat that will allow you to feed your dog both soft and dry foods in interesting and fun ways. When it comes to summer time, we would also recommend freezing one of their favourite softer and more liquid-y treats into the textural surface, and your dog's tasty licking game will last through the day.