If you’ve discovered the benefits of dog lick mats, you’ll know that they’re an excellent way to keep your pup occupied and engaged.
Not only do they provide mental stimulation and help to reduce stress, but they can also slow down eating, promote healthy digestion, and even improve your dog’s dental health.
But what can you put on your dog’s lick mat to make sure they get all the benefits? Keep on reading for 24 delicious and healthy ideas that will have your furry friend begging for more!
Wet Dog Food Combos
Canned tuna is a great wet dog food for your dog’s lick mat, and an easy way to increase the amount of fish in their diet. Mix it with some cooked white rice, diced potatoes, and carrots for a delicious meal that’s sure to be appreciated by your pup.
Salmon is full of essential fatty acids for your dog’s health. Try adding in cooked brown rice and steamed pet-safe veggies like peas, green beans, or spinach for an easy, healthy, and nutritious meal.
3) Vegetable Puree
Vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash, and carrots are great sources of vitamins and minerals for your pup, and one of the best wet foods for any lick mat. Puree these nutritious veggies with some low-sodium broth to make a delicious spread that’s full of flavor and nutrition.
4) Sweet Potato Spread
Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals for dogs – and sweet potato spread is one of the easiest things to make. To turn sweet potato into a lick mat worthy spread, mash it together with some protein packed cottage cheese or plain yogurt for an extra yummy flavor.
5) Chicken Soup
Every lick mat needs a dash of good ol’ classic chicken soup! Simply boil some chicken, carrots, and celery together with a bit of salt and pepper to add flavor. Allow to cool before adding it to your dog’s lick mat.
6) Yogurt Parfait
Honestly, lick mats and yogurt were made for each other. Start by layering some plain yogurt with some fresh fruit and plain oats. Add a few more layers of each ingredient until your mat is full – and voila! You have a delicious, nutritious option full of gut-boosting probiotics.
7) Cheese Spread
Cheese always goes down a treat with our furry friends, so why not make it into a lick mat spread? Grate some cheddar cheese into a pan with butter, milk, and flour to turn it into a cheesy spread. Allow to cool before adding it to your pup’s lick mat for a tasty treat that’s sure to satisfy their cravings.
8) Cream Cheese
Keeping the cheesy theme going, cream cheese and lick mats are another match made in doggy heaven. To keep things healthy, soften the cream cheese with some warm water and stir in a few chopped vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, or carrots.
9) Beef Stew
If your furry friend likes things to get meaty, beef stew is not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious for their health. Start by boiling beef chunks, carrots, and potatoes together in stock before adding some parsley for extra flavor.
10) Liver Pate
Liver is an incredibly nutritious ingredient for your pup’s diet. To make a lick mat pate, simmer some liver in stock until it’s cooked through. Then, mash together with some cream cheese and diced vegetables for a delicious spread your pup won’t be able to resist.
Dry Mix in Combos and Commercial Dog Foods
Kibble is one of the most popular options for lick mats, and there are so many different flavors to choose from. Spread out a generous portion of kibble on your lick mat’s base and top with some cooked vegetables or diced fruit as a tasty topping.
12) Dried Fruit
Fruit is an excellent way to add some sweetness to your pup’s lick mat. Simply spread out a layer of dried fruits such as cranberries, blueberries, or dates and top with some oats, nuts, and seeds for added crunch.
13) Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great way to add some tasty, nutritious bites to your pup’s lick mat. Mix together different types of nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or even almonds for an added boost of protein, fats, and vitamins. Just be sure to avoid giving your pup macadamia nuts as these are toxic to dogs.
14) Baked Dog Treats
Baked dog treats are an excellent option for a lick mat, as they’re packed full of flavor and nutrition. All you need to do is break up some of your pup’s favorite treats into small pieces and spread them out on the lick mat.
15) Vegetable Chips
Veggie chips can also be a fantastic snack for your pup. Just be sure to opt for those without added sugar or salt. Spread them out on your lick mat for a tasty crunch that’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
16) Dried Meat Treats
If you’re looking to add some extra protein to your pup’s lick mat, meaty treats are a fantastic way to do it. Just spread out a layer of dried chicken, beef, or fish on top of the other ingredients and let your pup dig in!
17) Cooked Grains
Cooked grains such as oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice can give your dog’s lick mat an extra boost of nutrition. Cook the grains according to package instructions and spread them out on top of your lick mat for a nutritious snack that’s packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This simple, easy recipe is one of the healthiest possible options for your dog’s diet.
Sweet Treats and Toys
18) Honey or Maple Syrup
Honey and maple syrup are both great options for getting a dollop of sweetness on those doggy lick mats. For an irresistible treat, just spread out a thin layer on the base before topping with other ingredients. Yummy.
19) Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is an absolute must for doggy lick mats. Not only does it contain healthy fats and proteins, but it’s also incredibly tasty, and every pup loves it! Just make sure to opt for unsweetened, xylitol-free varieties with no added salt. Spread it out over the base of your lick mat, and you’ll be good to go.
20) Mashed Banana
Lick mats and bananas go together like puppies and belly rubs. Simply mash one up and spread it out over your lick mat, before topping with some oats or nuts. You can also use peanut butter, if there’s any left over, for a sweet and healthy treat.
21) Almond Nut Butter
Almond nut butter is an excellent option for those pups looking for an alternative to peanut butter. It’s rich in healthy fats and vitamins that are great for your dog. Just like with peanut butter, opt for unsweetened, xylitol-free variations with no added salt.
22) Carob Chips
Carob chips are a healthy option, and another excellent peanut butter substitute. The good news is, they’re naturally sweet and packed with antioxidants, so your pup will get an extra helping of nutrition with every chomp of chip. Spread out a thin layer on top of other ingredients for a special treat.
23) Cashew or Walnut Butter
Cashew and walnut butter are two more great alternatives to peanut butter that make fantastic additions to doggy lick mats. They’re both high in healthy omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals – just remember to stick with healthy, xylitol-free variations.
24) Chew toys
Aside from all the delicious toppings we’ve explored, a chew toy is a really good way to make your dog’s lick mat a fun and exciting place. Some of the cheapest dog enrichment toys are also the best, so experiment and see what your dog enjoys. If you want your pup to keep licking mats even when the food has all disappeared, a tasty treat together with a favorite toy from their crate may be the way to go!
Try Out All These Tasty Lick Mat Ideas on Your Pup!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my run down of fun, yummy options to help your best four-legged pal get the most out of their lick mat.
From sweet treats to crunchy nuts, there are plenty of ways to make these lick mats an enjoyable experience. So, get creative and try out all these ideas with your furry friend – they’re sure to thank you for it. Happy licking!