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Feed both their belly and their brain with The Wooly Snuffle Mat! Engage your pup’s natural foraging instincts as they sniff and snort through the fibers, mimicking the texture of tall grass. Use this as a fun puzzle game to find extra treats within the fibers, or spread your pup’s dinner throughout the mat to encourage slower eating. The Wooly is made from safe, non-toxic materials and is fully machine washable.
Read More from Dr. Jeff Feinman, BA, VMD, CVH:
The Power of “Puppy Pranayama” — Sniff Walks and Snuffle Mats
Dogs (even more than cats) have a huge number of nose and brain connections to experience the world through their noses. Their powerful sense of smell is the number one way they explore their environment. A dog’s ability to regularly exercise their sense of smell has enormous implications for their health and cellular energy. If they can do so in the sunshine and open air, even better! If this is not practical because of your pet’s limitations, a snuffle mat is a great tool for indoor pranayama (breathing exercises). The snuffle mat is like a shag carpet in which you hide treats which your pet then sniffs out. This “exercises” their brain similar to the sniff walk. Daily therapeutic “sniff walks” are loose leash walks that help the body heal and support vitality (cellular energy) by providing it with more oxygen and prana (life force energy). Cat’s benefit from pranayama too, and you can encourage this with the “hunt for treats” game or anything that makes them purr. Purring is akin to the restricted breathing of the ujjayi breath in yoga (cats are natural yogis!).