Snuffle mats are a great indoor activity for dogs (and cats!). They are easy to make and you can easily create one for your dog!
Here is how:
Purchase an outdoor rubber mat with holes in it (easily available at Canadian Tire ).
Purchase several meters of fleece (it’s surprising how much fleece is needed).
Cut the fleece into strips about 2 centimeters wide by 25 centimeters long.
Working from the underside of the mat, thread a piece of fleece through one of the holes and the other end through the hole next to it. On the topside of the mat, tie a knot between the two ends of the fleece. To make a thicker pile, repeat in another direction to make an “X” on the underside and knot those also. Repeat with the fleece pieces until every hole is filled and you have created a pile on the top of the mat.
Once complete, spread treats across the top and, as the dog gets the hang of the game, make it more difficult by hiding treats amongst the fleece pile.