Updated September 24, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Activity Mats For Dogs

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in September of 2020. You can encourage your pup's natural curiosity and foraging instincts with activity mats that provide mental stimulation while relieving boredom. These can keep your pet busy with some of its favorite things, including licking, digging, sniffing, and hunting for tasty morsels. We've included a variety of options suitable for challenging and entertaining all sizes and breeds. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Awoof Snuffle

2. Trixie Poker 2

3. iDig Stay

Editor's Notes

September 19, 2020:

Whether your best friend is anxious, bored, or just needs to slow down at dinnertime, these colorful activity pads provide myriad ways to enrich its life. While almost any type of toy can be destroyed by an animal with enough determination, we've tried to pick more durable options that stand up to plenty of playtime and cleaning. That said, you should always keep an eye on your pet when they have a toy, especially a new one.

Several of our choices have leaf, grass, and petal designs that attempt to replicate a hound's hunt for lunch in the wild, including the Paw5 Wooly and the DCToy Nosework. These styles are generally easier to fill, as you simply pour dry food on top and then shake gently so the pieces settle in. The Sniffiz SmellyMatty and the Awoof Snuffle have similar shaggy designs but add a few little pouches where you can hide special morsels for a greater challenge.

If a challenge is what you're going for, check out the Trixie Poker 2 and the Kruuse Buster Starter Set. Best for pups on the smarter end of the spectrum, each features a collection of conundrums that must be solved to release a reward. The Zacro Field and the Petvins Puzzle have a medium level of difficulty, with multiple types of cubby holes on each so you are able to adjust the experience to your buddy's skills and ambition.

The LickiMat Buddy requires no skills whatsoever, just a willingness to lick. For burrowing breeds like dachshunds and beagles, the iDig Stay provides an outlet for their passion that does not involve ruining your flower beds.

For other ways to engage and entertain your best friend, you may want to consider educational toys. Dog toy launchers are a smart idea for pets that need to run off their excess energy, and puppy chew toys will help your new fur baby through the teething process.

Special Honors

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4. Paw5 Wooly

5. LickiMat Buddy

6. Petvins Puzzle

7. Sniffiz SmellyMatty

8. Kruuse Buster Starter Set

9. Zacro Field

10. DCToy Nosework


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on September 24, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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