Congratulations! You have stumbled upon the ultimate guide to Lickimats… The best enrichment activity for your dog on the market right now. You may be thinking, what is a Lickimat? I’ve never heard of those! Well, you know those silicone mats that you may have seen at your local grocery store or even at your favorite department store? Those are Lickimats. They come in all shapes and sizes, different colors, and even different textures. The overall concept of a lickimat is to keep your dog entertained. Most people cover their mats with things like peanut butter or plain greek yogurt. I recommend being very careful if you decide to use peanut butter as recent findings show that certain types of peanut butter contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. But after reading this blog post, you will be able to provide your dog with a great variety of lickimat options.
Enrichment activities are extremely important for a dog’s mental health. Licking is a calming sensory for dogs while also providing a challenge that will stretch their brain, it will give them something to work for. In some cases allowing your dog to learn and use their brain with the Lickimat can be just as tiring as taking them for a walk.
As far as the options for your dogs lickimat, there are so many! Some of them that I can say are some of my personal favorites are:
- Canned pumpkin
- Low-Fat Cream Cheese
- Wet food ( Mixed with Kibble!)
- Raw Diet food
If your dog has a sweet tooth something to try is Bananas and honey! Something to remember is when cleaning your Lickimat… It’s Dishwasher safe! Toss it in with your other dishes and it will be as good as new.
So next time you’re at the store make sure to pick up one of these amazing inventions and keep in mind that your new lickimat has endless options for serving, They are a great health benefit, and to top it all off they are dishwasher safe!
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