Dogs love a LickiMat. It’s such a great way to give them mental stimulation as they eat, a bit like playtime and treat time all in one go.
Having one in your home makes mealtimes more fun for you to make, too – and tasty for your dog with different textures and flavours to lick up. It also serves to slow down the greedy pups who like to wolf their food up in one big gulp (no shame here!).
What to put on a LickiMat
You can quite literally put anything on a LickiMat (as long as it’s edible, of course) and it’ll be a sure-fire way to make your dog’s tail wag.
Some of our favourite things to use include:
- Wet food
- Treats or kibble
- Peanut butter
- Sweet potato
- Dog-friendly fruit like blueberries or blackberries
Before you reach for your favourite spreadable snacks, make sure they’re not on this list of foods you should never feed your dog.
Remember, dogs shouldn’t have dairy or anything too high in fat, sugar, or salt, so avoid things like full-fat cream cheese or fatty meat juices and broths.
Our favourite LickiMat recipes
For a little bit of inspiration, here are some of our favourite snack hacks for your dog’s LickiMat!
This gets our vote any day – whisk a banana with a bit of dairy-free yoghurt and pour over the LickiMat. Pop it in the freezer and let them enjoy once frozen!
Any dog-friendly fruit works on here, but watermelon is particularly delicious (and hydrating), so it’s a good one to remember when the weather perks up. Simply spread watermelon, top with blueberries and pop in the freezer to firm up.
Red pepper cheeto
Grate ½ a small apple (peeled and minus the pips, please), add diced red pepper, a bit of grated carrot and a smear of dairy-free yoghurt, and finally add a few kibbles for crunch.