Sometimes… You can teach an old dog new tricks!

a picture of my dog foraging for food in her Pet Star Snuffle Mat
  My best friend is 10 years old, she has four legs, and her name is Dita Von Dog.                              I recently embarked on an extended road trip with my dog. (OK, four road trips back to back, but that’s another story, for another blog.)

 Two old dogs hitting the open road can get pretty monotonous, so when I have a chance to change it up, I take it. 

I had read about these snuffle mats, and how it could be a game for dogs of any age, so I decided to buy one on Amazon. For those of you who’ve never heard them; a snuffle mat is a way of feeding your dog that uses their innate sense of foraging for food, while at the same time slowing down their ability to inhale an entire bowl the second it hits the floor.a picture of two dogs, Dita VonDog and Fez using their snuffle mat from Pet Star Pro

With the addition of a new puppy in the family this presents an even greater challenge. My older dog tends to graze, she eats a little bit of food and then comes back to the bowl whenever she feels hungry again. That is until the five-month-old puppy comes around, and then all bets are off and it’s a race to the finish! I’ll admit I was skeptical at first. Would Dita give me the side-eye and demand her bowl back? Would the puppy think it was a new toy and flip it over spilling the kibble all over my kitchen floor? I was about to find out.
I sprinkled the kibble into the rug (according to the directions) as if I was sprinkling birdseed into the grass, and I waited. Then the strangest thing happened; They both ate, side-by-side, slowly foraging for each bite, without growling at each other, or giving me dirty looks!
It worked, and I was blown away. For the first time they ate without choking food down, without fighting, and they actually finished all their food, and got some mental stimulation, as an added bonus!
Check out the video below to see it in action and get yours here: Pet Star Pro Dog Snuffle Mat

Sometimes you CAN teach an old dog new tricks

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