I LOVE TO PLAY SCENTING GAMES WITH MY CATS AND DOGS.
Their sense of smell is so wonderful and so much more sensitive than mine I can’t even imagine it. When given an opportunity to play scenting games, their enthusiasm is contagious and just makes me want to find more games for them to play. I’ve trained search and rescue dogs previously, taught my dogs to track, done nosework, hidden treats under inverted flower pots, and now we play with snuffle mats.
The snuffle mat is a toy that provides the pet with an opportunity to sniff and search for hidden treats. The snuffle mat consists of fleece strips tied on to a rubber mat with holes in it. The loose ends of the fleece are on top and provide the hiding spots for the treats.