(Note: The products originally reviewed in September, 2019 have been updated and re-named. The product links in this blog have been changed as of May 30, 2020 to direct you to the updated products, which provide the same benefits of those reviewed here.)
If your dog snaps up treats like a vacuum and then comes back for more... and more... and more... then maybe you should try providing his treats in a Hyper Pet Licking Mat For Dogs And Cats. By keeping your dog from totally whoofing his treats down, he might just appreciate them and you more.
That's what happened with my dog, who was wangling so many treats out of me (Who can resist those plaintive looks?) that I was ordering 5 to 7 bags of treats every two weeks!
Needless to say, this treat excess was not good for my pup's health or my pocketbook, and lots of his regular healthy dog food went uneaten. I had to change our ways.
So I tried HyperPet's two treat mats - the Soother and Buddy LickiMats (now called the Hyper Pet Licking Mats For Dogs And Cats) - and boy, did our relationship change!
My dog, Nukkles, was totally satisfied with the small portions of treats I gave him in the Licking Mats! The mats are each about 7.75" square and about 1/8" thick, and actually feel quite heavy compared to their size. Don't worry about their safety; they are food safe and you can even put them in the microwave and freezer!
Each of the Licking Mats has its own purpose.
- The Green Licking Mat is intended for soft or softened treats, like peanut butter, pumpkin, banana, or yogurt.
- The Orange Licking Mat can hold hard or pliable treats, or even kibble, which fit perfectly in the grooves.
I was excited to try the Green Licking Mat first and, as I happened to have a very soft banana around, I smoothed a few chunks of it through the grooves, and put it in the freezer so my dog could have a cool treat in this hot weather.
Now, the banana spread above may not look appetizing to you, but my pup was so delighted when I put it on the floor for him, he wagged his tail and looked up at me before he slowly starting licking it. He licked the Soother for several minutes before he decided he'd licked enough and left the Soother about half full for another time. He had never left any treat mid-way through. But he was satisfied... and also pretty calm!
And that's what the Green Licking Mat is about - slowing down.
The Soother was created to provide a 'soothing' experience for dogs and cats.
Ever notice how your dog licks her paws or her tummy? Dogs get pleasure from licking; it calms them down. And cats love to lick as well, so the Green Mat is perfect for cats too! You might even spread your cat's canned food through the mat and chill it. Chilling makes the food more solid and less likely to be scarfed up, giving your dog or cat more time to enjoy his treats or food.
While you can use the Orange Licking Mat (above) for soft treats, I use it for chewy dog treats like Zuke's and freeze-dried treats, like Pure Bites. Even kibble suddenly becomes more attractive to your dog when it is served in the Licking Mat. You can use a more maleable treat that you can size perfectly to fit in the food spaces to give your pup a little more challenge. Or use the Orange Licking Mat as a slow feeder for canned food.
The Hyper Pet Licking Mat For Dogs And Cats do not slide on my carpets or tile when my dog eats from them, as their material is heavy and has a slide-resistent bottom. But sliding may depend on how active your dog is when eating from the Licking Mat. You should be in the vicinity of your dog while she's knoshing on her Licking Mat treats. They are not chew toys so watch out for a tendency for your dog to get carried away!
In short, I am really thrilled with the Licking Mats and my pup has already started looking for them when he comes in from his walks. Nukkles and I are not the only ones that love these products; they had hundreds of other great reviews from pet parents!
P.S. I have not tried this, but HyperPet also makes the Slodog Slow Feeder for dogs...
... but cats who devour their food could certainly use a SloDog Slow Feeder too!
Check out other Hyper Pet products here!
That's the buzz for today!