suffle rugs on grassThe Upcycle snuffle mats are designed as a “wooly” appearance; chosen specifically as research has shown this style to be popular with dogs. The colours combined are visually stimulating for humans. The snuffle mats are small & portable but can be made as a larger snuffle mat should you require this. We can create a variety of snuffle mats according to your specifications.

For the most part, snuffle mats are used as an interactive toy, one that encourages their natural behaviour, providing both stimulation and entertainment. We suggest that the treats you place in the snuffle mat is dry kindle as ‘wet’ treats will create quite a mess on the mats. The mats are durable for a hand wash or soft cycle wash.

We do encourage multipurpose use – the snuffle mats are perfect for use as a drying mat when you get out of the shower or bath.

When you buy an Upcycle snuffle mat, you are not only being a super dog parent, but you are consciously investing into a local business that makes sure that goods that usually make landfill, avoid landfill. You are also restoring dignity to individuals & communities by investing your money into training & skills development.

A snuffle mat taps into your dog’s primal instinct by rewarding their curious nose with a tasty treat. Food games, like a snuffle mat, play a vital role in keeping your dog mentally healthy. Sniffing is part of the reason why dog’s love walks so much. A walk exposes your dog to an entirely new world of different smells & scents that excites them. Not much to be sniffed out around home. Boredom can lead to problem behaviours with our dogs such as chewing, digging & ultimately destroying household items.

Your dog’s nose was made to hunt, track, burrow, sniff & snort! This is their natural instinct. Snuffle mats can also be used as a distraction during gatherings of people, meeting new people like your new dog sitter & in any situation or environment that may cause your loved pet anxiety & stress. When instinct kicks in, like sniffing for a treat, a dog easily forgets the fear experienced a moment before.

Snuffle mats are also used to train working dogs. Dog trainers use snuffle mats in training search-&-rescue, sniffer & hunting dogs by training dogs to locate scents. The snuffle mats used in training are called ‘nosework’ mats.

An Upcycle snuffle mat would be a great birthday gift for a friend who has a furry best friend too!

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If you don't believe in Angels, then you haven't met Winnie McHenry. Winnie and I crossed paths when I was looking to donate my bags of fabric offcuts, to an organisation, to avoid them ending up in a landfill. It's not easy controlling my carbon footprint in my industry, and the amount of bags we generate is particularly worrying. 

Winnie is the owner of an amazing initiative called Upcycle Winnie. She will take your trash, teach skills to people, and they will turn your trash into something amazing, like these gorgeous Teddy Bears, made out of Hayley Joy offcuts.
I am so flattered to be a part of this upliftment chain. Working with Winnie, has taught HJ so much about the 'bigger picture'.
I have taken delivery of my first range of Teddies. They are for sale at R150, and all proceeds will go back to Winnie and the community who are so lovingly producing the Bears.
Empowering families via our fabric offcuts, is something I'm extremely proud of. It's an important part of my entrepreneurial dream.
Winnie - winnie@upcycle.co.za
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