When should I use a lick mat and what are the benefits for my dog?
Lickimats can be used in many ways and each has their own benefit!
Calm & Soothe: the licking action is a very pleasurable experience for your dog. It secretes endorphins, the happiness hormone, helping calm and soothe your pet, and redirects bad licking habits. The lick mat becomes a great distraction when given in a moderately stressful situation, for example when you leave the home or when unfamiliar guests are visiting.
Beats boredom and enriches your dog’s life: while most Lickimats have been designed to provide a fun and stimulating activity for your dog, some, such as the Wobble, have been specifically created with boredom in mind. Wobble will roll around and challenge your dog in attempts to lick the treat spread on the inside, keeping your dog entertained for a long time.
Slows down eating: the longer your dog takes to eat, the better digestion! We all know how we feel after woofing down our dinner (hello bloat!). The action of licking created by the lick mat, encourages the production of saliva which helps break down food. Slowing down eating reduces bloat risks and improves digestion.
Supports oral health: The grooves and soft brittles on a lickimat scrapes your dog’s tongue, cleaning it and removing particles and bacteria. This ultimately helps to improve your dog’s oral health. The licking action and production of saliva keeps gum and teeth healthy. Lickimats can be used as a tongue brush after a meal by spreading a DIY doggie toothpaste (recipe to come soon on this blog!).