Picking the Right LickiMat® - Dogs


All dogs are unique and different in their own way – just like humans. 

LickiMats are vet designed and provide a perfect treat licking and feeding surface for dogs.  LickiMats encourage licking action in dogs, whether for eating treats or food.

LickiMats allow you to spread out the dog food or treat on the mat surface or press the dog food or treat into the mat surface, encouraging your dog to lick and lick and lick to get the food or treat as a reward. 

The rubber tips of LickiMat gently scrape and stimulate your dog's tongue whilst feeding or snacking.  This increases saliva protection, improves oral hygiene, protects teeth and gums, and most importantly soothes your dog by releasing endorphins.

The pockets of the LickiMat challenge your dog to extract the raw, wet, dry or liquid food or treat as a reward, enriching their feeding experience.

So many LickiMats, which one to choose?

Selecting the right LickiMat for your dog comes down to:

  • what you feed your dog;
  • what treats your dog likes to eat;
  • whether your dog is a naughty chewer or not; and
  • whether or not you prefer to use the dishwasher to clean up.

The size of dog does not really matter unless you want to use LickiMats as a bowl replacement.  Contact us to make sure this is the right choice.  We have happy Great Danes and Chihuahuas using LickiMats.  Check out the Instagram posts from real dog owners here.

We will step through all the choices below.

LickiMat® Classics

LickiMat Classics come in three surfaces: Buddy, Playdate and Soother.  

 

Playdate™ has discrete pockets that will contain food.  Liquids are easier to manage and keep separate from other food or treats.

Buddy™ has a more complex surface and still allows separation of foods and treats. Soother™ is exactly what the name says.  It allows soft and liquid foods to be licked out with extra tongue simulation.

LickiMat Classics are available in three colours: green, orange and turquoise.  The dark blue LickiMat Classic Playdate is currently only available in the United States.

Green
Orange
Turquoise
Purple
  Playdate™ Buddy™ Soother™

The surface patterns of the three models differ a little to better suit different types of foods, treats and liquids.  All three surfaces are suitable for raw, wet, dry and liquid dog food, as well as any manner of treat. 

The Soother is the most challenging of the three surfaces, and is best suited for soft, runny and liquid foods and treats.  It is preferred for liquids such as the juice from BBQ chicken or roasts as it gives the tongue an exquisite workout.

All LickiMats Classics are microwave friendly, so you can cook meals on them in the microwave; they are freezer-friendly, so you can freeze treats on them; and they are easy to hand-wash in the sink.  They are all made from human food-grade rubber (TPR).

If you have a very large dog and you want to use the LickiMat as a feeder, you can use the Large LickiMat Buddy Large Classic that comes in two colours: orange and green. We have not put these on the website.  Contact us to make sure this is the right choice.

If you have a cat at home, you can use the Classic LickiMat for cat too!

LickiMat Tuff™

LickiMat Tuff mats are suitable for raw, wet, dry and liquid dog food, as well as any manner of dog treats and spreads.

If your dog is a naughty chewer, or a teething puppy, then you should definitely select from the LickiMat Tuff range or Slomo models.  They are virtually indestructible.  Please make sure you supervise your dog when first introducing them to LickiMat.

If you prefer using a dishwasher to hand-washing, you should also be looking at the LickiMat Tuff range.  The Tuff currently comes in two surfaces: Buddy and Playdate - same as the Classics above.  They are available in four colours: green, orange, turquoise and a limited edition red.

Green
Orange
Turquoise
Red
  Tuff Playdate™ Tuff Buddy™ Tuff Soother™

All LickiMat Tuffs are dishwasher safe, so you can even wash them in the lower tray; they are microwave friendly, so you can cook meals in the microwave; they are freezer-friendly, so you can freeze treats on them; and they are easy to hand-wash in the sink.  They are all made from human food-grade rubber (TPR) and recyclable polypropylene.

If you have a cat at home, you can use the Tuff LickiMat for cats too!

LickiMat Slomo™

LickiMat SloMo mats are designed to combine dry, wet, raw and especially soft or liquid dog foods and treats on the same time without creating a mess.  Like all other LickiMats, they can be used for treats or used as a complete and elegant feeder, especially for small dogs.  You can check out the Instagram photos of real dogs using the Slomo as a feeder here.

Slomos are available in four colours: green, orange, turquoise and limited edition red.  The dark blue LickiMat Slomo is currently only available in the United States.

Slomo™

All LickiMat Slomos are dishwasher safe, so you can even wash them in the lower tray; they are microwave friendly, so you can cook meals in the microwave; they are freezer-friendly, so you can freeze treats and liquid foods on them; and they are easy to hand-wash in the sink.  They are all made from human food-grade rubber (TPR) and recyclable polypropylene.

If you have a cat at home, you can use the LickiMat Slomo for cat too!

LickiMat Wobble™

LickiMat Wobble is a unique bowl with the rubber dimples of the mat surface on the inside!  Wobbles are designed to combine wet, raw and especially soft or liquid dog foods and treats.  Wobbles are extremely well suited to freezing liquid treats and spreads - even freezing different liquids in layers, with or without solid treats added into the mix so that your dog can spend hours working through the treat and finding more surprises.

Wobbles are all about extra fun for your dog.  The "Wobbling" action adds an extra dimension to the challenge of licking the treat from the rubber dimpled surface, greatly enriching and prolonging the pleasurable experience.  You can check out the Instagram photos and videos of real dogs using the Wobble here.

Wobbles are available in two colours: green and orange.  

Wobble™

All LickiMat Wobbles are dishwasher safe, so you can even wash them in the lower tray; they are microwave friendly, so you can cook meals in the microwave; they are freezer-friendly, so you can freeze treats and liquid foods in them; and they are easy to hand-wash in the sink.  They are all made from human food-grade Natural Rubber.

Fun Fact: Wobbles are reversible! 

LickiMat Splash™

LickiMat Splash is an attachable LickiMat with a suction cup designed to attach to smooth wall surfaces and bath tubs.  Splash is designed for use with soft and spreadable dog treats.  

Splash is all about keeping your pet focused, relaxed and still when:

  • Bathing;
  • Grooming;
  • Removing Burrs; or
  • When you or the vet is inspecting or tending to your pet.

Make sure you use your pet's favourite spreadable treat.  You can check out the Instagram photos and videos of real dogs using the Splash here.

Splash is available in two colours: green and turquoise.  The orange LickiMat Splash is currently only available in the United States.

Splash™

All LickiMat Splash are dishwasher safe, so you can even wash them in the lower tray; they are microwave friendly, so you can cook meals in the microwave; they are freezer-friendly, so you can freeze treats on them; and they are easy to hand-wash in the sink.  They are all made from human food-grade Natural Rubber.

Fun Facts: We have seen many dogs using LickiMat Splash attached to glass on sliding doors.  We have also seen many cats using LickiMat Splash on Instagram, including horizontally stuck to the floor!

 

Selecting the right LickiMat for your dog is fairly simple, and you can always get more than one model !!  Browse through the Dog Catalog.

One final note: please supervise your dog closely if you put a Classic LickiMat on a soft surface like a couch or soft bed as they may try and bite the LickiMat when it is not on a flat surface. 

 

LickiMat - there is no substitute