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Written By: Tori Mistick

Learn how to make a DIY snuffle mat for dogs that will challenge them to use their sense of smell to hunt down pieces of food hidden between strips of fabric.

How to Make a No-Sew Snuffle Mat in 5 Easy Steps

Enrichment toys like snuffle mats are puzzles that provide mental and physical stimulation for your dog. If you’re going on the same walk every day or spending a lot of time sitting on the couch, your dog is going to get bored pretty quickly. Giving them an unexpected puzzle, game, or toy will perk them up and help them tap into their natural canine abilities.



  1. Prepare your cardboard. Cut slits all over in a grid pattern. The slits should be about 2 inches apart.
  2. Make the slits bigger with a screwdriver. You’ll be poking the fleece strips through here later.
  3. Cut your fleece in even strips about 2 inches wide and 12 inches long. Cut as many strips as you’ll need to fill the board. This snuffle mat used about 70 strips.
  4. Tie the fleece strips to the cardboard backing. To do that, work your way down each row of holes, poking either end of one fleece strip through two side-by-side holes. It helps to use the screwdriver to poke the fabric through. Tie all of the strips on the front side of the board. Repeat all the way across the vertical rows. Then double back and work your fleece strips horizontally across the board, tying them all on the front side. When you’re done, the backside should look like a bunch of squares.
  5. Grab your favorite Stella & Chewy’s kibble and sprinkle a handful between all the fabric strips of your snuffle mat. Your dog will have a ton of fun searching for every last crumb!

Extra Tips:

If you’re looking for more ideas for DIY enrichment toys, try making a Busy Box. This DIY snuffle mat for dogs is a super easy project (no rubber mat required) and you can make this with lots of things you already have around your home like cardboard boxes, dishtowels, and dog toys.


Tori Mistick is a dog lifestyle expert and the founder of Wear Wag Repeat. She creates dog-inspired content on her blog, podcast and social media. You can find her and her chocolate labs, Burt and Lucy, on Instagram @tmistick.