Lick Mats: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Are Lick Mats?
Lick mats are a type of enrichment toy for dogs and cats. These mats come in various shapes and sizes. You apply a dog-friendly snack, like peanut butter, soft banana, or yogurt to the mat to encourage your dog to lick it up.
Are Lick Mats good for my dog?
- Licking has many benefits for your dog. Food-motivated dogs will become determined to lick up the last bit of treat from the mat. The repetitive licking provides a calming effect that is generally soothing to dogs and can also be helpful to distract pets from anxiety-inducing situations, such as thunderstorms and fireworks. - Lick mats can also stave off boredom by keeping your pets busy and entertained for extended periods of time. - Lick mats can help you provide treats to your dog with out over-feeding. Since Lick Mats can take a long time for a dog to clean, you are delivering a lot of entertainment without a lot of calories. - Lick mats can help promote fresh breath and healthy teeth and gums. - Lick mats create repetitive licking and this in turn stimulates saliva to aid digestive health.
How can I extend the time it takes for my dog to lick out the treats in the lick mat?
- SodaPup emats are designed with deeper and more complex patterns in the mat which makes them more difficult for your dog to get the treats. This extends the licking time. - You can extend the licking time by preparing a mat and then sticking it in the freezer. This is an especially good method on a hot summer day since dogs cool themselves through their tongues. - Finally, you can use ingredients that are “stickier”. For instance peanut butter is especially sticky and more challenging for dogs to lick out of a SodaPup emat.
What foods can I put on my dog’s lick mat?
The creative possibilities are endless in terms of what you can put on your dogs lick mat! Here are a few suggestions to get you started: peanut butter, cream cheese, bananas, sweet potato, honey, natural yoghurt, frozen vegetables, canned pet food, crushed treats moistened with water.