First of all, for those who may not yet know what a LickiMat even is, let me explain. A LickiMat is a dog food toy that uses licking to calm and distract dogs. LickiMat's come in a variety of different sizes, textures, shapes, and colours to suit every dog.
I have purchased my own LickiMat (for my dogs not me . . .) and I was lucky enough to be sent a few different ones to try out.
So, here are a few of the recipes I tried with the different LickiMat's for my dogs.
When in a rush
Sometimes you need a dog food toy quickly and don't necessarily have the time to make something up and you realise you don't have a premade one in the freezer!
This is where a LickiMat can fit in. You can quickly and easily spread a soft treat across the mat and the rubber tips all over the mat will make it challenging for your dog to get at the treat and will encourage them to take their time to lick it off.
Here are my favourite "in a rush" toppings:
If you have time and would like to create a more in-depth snack you could try one of these recipe ideas.
Please note that these recipes are NOT full, balanced meals and are intended as a treat or as part of a daily complete meal plan.
Sweet potato mash
Cooked and mashed sweet potato
Grated zucchini (keep about an inch to add on top)
Roughly cut the sweet potato and boil until cooked all the way through. Grate most of the zucchini leaving about 1 inch to use as a nice crunchy garnish. Wash the egg. Shred the cooked chicken.
Put the cooled sweet potato, grated zucchini and shredded chicken in a bowl then crack the egg into the mix and throw in the shell. Mix it all together breaking up the eggshell. Slice the leftover zucchini into circles or chunks.
Spread the mixture over your choice of LickiMat then add the sliced zucchini to the top.
Chunky n' Crunchy
Kangaroo chunks or mince
Cut the pumpkin and boil until cooked. Once cooled, blend until pureed. Add the raw Kangaroo meat and stir to combine. Break up the kale stalks into inch long pieces (approx.) Spread out over your choice of LickiMat then stick in the kale stalks. These make a delicious crunchy treat on top.
Tin of salmon in spring water
Plain greek yoghurt
Drain the tin of salmon and decant into a bowl. Add the yoghurt and finely chopped parsley. Stir to combine.
Spread across your choice of LickiMat. I added some additional parsley as this helps to sweeten your dogs breath!
This recipe can also be made with cream cheese if you have it on hand but I prefer using yoghurt.
As a dog owner, dog trainer and pet sitter I have learnt many different tips and tricks over the years and I thought this would be a great way to share them with you. Enjoy!