Snuffle mats are a great way to provide plenty of mental exercise to your dog! When a dog uses their nose to find food it requires more energy then using their sight which helps reduce boredom by giving them a challenge. Why should we challenge our dogs? They are carnivores! Instinctively they were born to sniff out their prey before they consume it and we take that away from them by feeding them from a bowl so a snuffle mat is the perfect way to provide that challenge! Snuffle mats are also an excellent way to reduce stress since sniffing lowers the heart rate, pulse rate and new research shows that sniffing for food produces optimism in dogs. It also helps reduce boredom by encouraging natural foraging. They are also a great tool to slow down a fast eater.