How to make a DIY snuffle ball 

“Sniffing is hugely beneficial for a dog’s wellbeing,” says tails.com Head Vet Sean McCormack, “20 minutes of sniffing is the mental equivalent of an hour’s walk – so games that involve your dog’s nose are a fantastic way to occupy and entertain them throughout the day.” So what’s an easy way to incorporate more sniffing? Enter the DIY snuffle ball!

DIY snuffle ball tutorial

Perfect to get your dog’s nose working, a snuffle ball consists of roll-able folds of fabric, where you can hide their kibble and other tasty treats. A simple and effective way to make mealtimes more enriching.

We love DIY dog toys here at tails.com – so we decided to get crafty! Follow our tutorial below to make your own washable snuffle ball, full of fleecy folds and engaging nooks to hide those tasty morsels.

Top tip – we used fleece here as it’s a really easy fabric to work with and doesn’t fray easily.

How to make your snuffle ball

You’ll need:

  • Fleece material – approximately 32cm x 30cm x 30cm
  • 4 cable ties
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stanley knife

Here’s how to make it:

Take your fleece and cut out 32 circles with a diameter of 20 cm.

20cm diameter circles for your snuffle ball

Next, fold the circles into quarters and punch a hole in the tip. We used an awl to make the holes – but you could also use your scissors, or a leather hole punch if you have one.

Punch a hole into the centre of your folded circle

Now take your 4 cable ties and thread 8 circles on each cable tie.

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