Crazy Puppy....... Slow Feeder

Introduction: Crazy Puppy....... Slow Feeder

About: Making is like Baking....the more you do it the better you get at it

This is my homemade version of a slow feeder mat for our puppy. She is a beautiful black mongrel hound dog and we love her to bits but she eats way too fast if we put her food in a normal dog bowl..
The slow feeder mats forces a dog to eat slowly. They need to sniff out the exact location of the kibble. So instead of gulping it down in just a few mouthfuls and getting indigestion they take considerably longer and in using their sense of smell they are being stimulated but it also helps to keep them relaxed.

Supplies:

Just two materials:
T-Shirt Yarn (in spanish Trapillo)
Plastic Mesh

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Step 1: Materials

Just two materials:
T-Shirt Yarn (in spanish Trapillo)
Plastic Mesh

I went to my local dollar store and they had a very poor selection of T-shirt yarn but I bought a roll or army green and later went back for a roll of navy blue.
I was thinking of picking up some sort of plastic fencing mesh but that was too curved so I got this red plastic grid instead. I think it is for putting glasses on to dry.
Anyway, everything was nice and cheap. Two euros for the t-shirt yarn and seventy five cents for the red plastic thingy. There are slow feeder mats on Amazon for €20+ so the DIY version was well justified.

Step 2: Cut the Yarn Into Strips

Self explanatory wouldn't you say? I cut my strips 45 CMS/18 inches long. You could go a lot shorter and you'll get more strips out of one roll. And besides my mat has some seriously high shag on it!

Step 3: Tie the Strips Onto the Grid

Again; not much to say here. I passed the strips through the holes and tied simple knots to keep them in place. That and a well populated forest of strips meant they weren't going anywhere. Above is a view of the underside.

Step 4: Good to Go!

To use the mat just put the kibble in the centre of the mat and then spread it around in-between the strips.

And it would always be a good idea to supervise your dog while they eat.

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