I’m always stoked when I learn about a new company in the pet industry who stands out from the crowd by using sustainable product design!
Paw5 is such a company offering two dog enrichment products- their Wooly Snuffle Mat is handmade using upcycled fabric, and their Rock ‘N Bowl is made of FDA-compliant, recyclable plastic that is free of BPA and phthalates. On top of it, their manufacturing process results in almost zero waste. [Quote Paw5]
I first heard about Paw5 when being asked if I would be interested in participating in their #Paw5EnrichedLifeChallenge, happening from October 17 through the 21st.
Since the challenge consists of spreading the importance of both physical AND mental doggie fitness, I was on board! More on the challenge next week on the blog! Today I’ll be talking to you about the Snuffle Mat.
Disclaimer: Paw5 provided us with a free Wooly Snuffle Mat in return for an honest review and our participation in the “Enriched Life Challenge”. Here on K9sOverCoffee, I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers & always provide 100% honest reviews. Paw5 is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
K9 Nose Games With The Wooly Snuffle Mat
The Wooly Snuffle Mat is essentially a playground for the K9 nose on 11.5 x 16.5 inches of upcycled fabric! It doesn’t only SOUND intriguing, it IS pretty cool!
Here’s how it works: You can either hide kibble or treats between the fabric tassels and then let your pup sniff them out. This engages one of his strongest natural instincts – his sense of smell – and therefore burns mental energy. Since I feed a raw diet, I personally didn’t use kibble, but only treats.
The fabric tassels measure 3.5 inches in length, meaning you can really hide the treats (or kibble) 100% from your pup’s sight!
Check out the pictures below – you can see the treats in the first picture only because I pushed the fabric apart so they became visible for you, but then they completely vanish in the second picture after I pulled the fabric back up.
Doggie cheating by relying more on his eyes than his nose is not an option here!
Handmade From Upcycled Material
As mentioned above, the Wooly Snuffle Mats are handmade using upcycled materials, more specifically by a progressive women-owned and operated business in rural Thailand using pre-consumer fabric.
Every Wooly is sustainably hand-made from upcycled materials at a woman-owned and operated progressive facility in rural Thailand. We’re proud to partner with our friends in Thailand – they take the wasteful off-cuts of the textile industry in Thailand, thoroughly rinse and clean them, and then hand-sew them into our patent-pending Wooly! Their beautiful facility supports rural family life in Thailand by allowing their staff to work from home, or enroll their children in free on-campus daycare.
By the way – Upcycling is even more energy efficient than recycling because it doesn’t have to break down used materials before being able to reuse them in a new way.
The Wooly Snuffle Mat Is For Dogs Of All Ages, Breeds & Handicaps
The Wooly Snuffle Mat can be used to engage a dog’s sense of smell no matter his age, breed, or potential handicap.
It’s a wonderful way to socialize a young pup to touching a new surface (fabric), makes for a great boredom buster for a middle-aged pup on a crappy day spent indoors (such as my Missy) and allows a senior or sick pup with mobility issues to exercise his brain and burn some mental energy.
Also a wonderful game to play for a blind pup as he won’t need to rely on his sense of sight at all!
The Snuffle Mat Gets Bonus Points For…
The Snuffle Mat actually makes for a fun and unexpected accessory on our hardwood floors! I’m not going to lie – I’m a sucker for eclectic finds for the house, and the mat ticks off that box. It looks really good against the dark, warm colored floors.
… Durability & Machine Washability.
Missy has been eating some of her raw meals from her stainless steel bowl lined with the Snuffle Mat. She has the habit of picking up her raw meaty bones (turkey neck portrayed in picture below) and placing them right outside of her bowl, which she also did when I first placed her food bowl on top of the mat.
After she was done eating, there was of course some turkey neck residue on the mat, prompting me to throw it in the washer and test its durability.
I washed it on the cold cycle, by itself, and was pleasantly surprised when it come out in one piece, no tassles missing! I decided to let it air-dry and not waste any energy on starting the dryer just for the one mat. It took about 2 days for the mat to fully dry, that’s how thick it is! [I may revert to the dryer once it gets cold.]
Final Thoughts on the Wooly Snuffle Mat
The Wooly Snuffle Mat is a one-of-a-kind dog food puzzle and as such one of my favorite doggie accessory finds of 2016, and I saw a lot of them at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL earlier this year!
Not only does it stimulate a dog’s sense of smell regardless of age, breed, or handicap, it is also durable, machine washable, handmade of upcycled fabric supporting women in rural Thailand, AND it looks stylish on top of everything else!
Enthusiastically recommended – you can get your paws on a Wooly Snuffle Mat for your K9 best friend(s) on Amazon for $39.95.
P.S. This Is The Wooly Snuffle Mat's Bottom
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