The Benefits of Lick Mats for Dogs

Friday, May 20, 2022 14:10:24 PM America/Los_Angeles

Is the good ol’ treat ball no longer doing the trick? A lick mat may be the answer if a novel interactive toy or feeding tool is what you’re looking for. Many of the benefits associated with lick mats are tied to relieving anxiety, but its benefits don’t end there. Read on to find out more about what a lick mat is and how this floppy feeding tool can help your furry one feel better! 

Photo by Jamie Street 

What Is a Lick Mat?

Lick mats are commonly made of pet-safe silicone or rubber and have a raised surface with patterns or textures. Food is spread on the surface and the grooves “trap” the food so that it takes some effort on the dog’s part to eat. Instead of chomping down on their meal or snack, lick mats require doggos to concentrate on the eating process. This has a number of benefits such as providing mental stimulation, improving digestion, and relieving stress and anxiety. 

The Benefits of Using Lick Mats

  • Provides mental stimulation: The way lick mats are constructed requires more effort to get food out of the grooves. Think of getting food out of a lick mat as a puzzle for the brain that’s also highly rewarding. 
  • Alleviates stress: Boredom can actually become very stressful for dogs. Having sufficient mental stimulation with tools such as lick mats can help relieve stress as well as prevent destructive behavior. Lick mats are also a simple yet great distraction for dogs who struggle with separation anxiety. Many canines use repetitive licking (think hot spots) as a way to self-soothe. A lick mat can help dogs redirect that behavior to a healthier outlet. 
  • Slows eating: For doggos who get a little too excited about eating, lick mats are a great way to keep pups from inhaling their food. Eating too quickly can be the result of anxiety or simply a love of food. Whichever it is, lick mats keep canines in check when it comes to speedy eating. 
  • Improves digestion: In addition to slowing fast eaters, licking generates saliva. While extra drool may sound gross, saliva contains digestive enzymes that can help doggies properly process their food. A real bark pee pad like Bark Potty is also handy for pups struggling with tummy issues. 

Whether it’s potty training or separation anxiety that has your pooch stressed, lick mats can help provide some relief. Plus, it has additional health benefits to boot! In the market for a lick mat? Check out the Bark Potty shop for lick mats, interactive toys, and more to help ease your fur baby’s anxiety!