August's Interactive Toy of the Month
The interactive toy/bowl of the month is known as the "Licki-Mat". There are a variety of types of licki-mats available, some are deep, some our shallow, and others have fun designs!
We enjoy the licki-mat for a lot of reasons, here are a few:
Slows your dog down (especially helpful if they're the type to vomit after eating)!
It's a very different way to eat then the typical chowing down, which helps with mental stimulation (have you ever asked your dog if they actually tasted what they ate!)
Soothing for dogs with anxiety (think fireworks, nail trims, etc.)
Soothing for dogs who like to suckle on things (think dog's who may have been weaned too early from their parents)
Teaching new puppies to eat!
Great for cats too!!
Q & A:
Q: Do I have to use only wet food or peanut butter?
A: No way! Even if you only feed your dog kibble, you can still use one of these. The best way is to add your kibble into a bowl of water, let them soak for a bit and then put it on the licki-mat. This not only makes it more of a soft texture, but also gives your dog extra hydration - which is great for the Summer months!
Q: What type of wet food works best?
A: Any work well, even the chunky type I used in the video filled the little nooks and crannies. But, if I had to pick, I'd say a pate type works best overall.