LickiMat Slow Feeder for Dogs Review (Peanut Butter)

Is your dog in need of a way to stay entertained and calm? At OodleLife, we personally tested the LickiMat Slow Feeder, and it has been a game-changer.

This feeder is designed to reduce anxiety and boredom by engaging your dog with its textured surfaces, offering a fun and interactive feeding experience.

Alice the very well behaved test dog belonging to an OodleLife staff member testing the Lickimat.
Alice, the very well-behaved test dog belonging to an OodleLife staff member testing the Lickimat.

We found it especially useful during stressful situations like vet visits or thunderstorms. The mat’s design allows for a variety of treats, from yogurt to peanut butter, making it versatile and easy to use. Plus, it helps promote dental health, reducing bad breath and keeping your dog’s gums healthy.

Note from Chris Allen, editor of OodleLife – Max the Labradoodle does not love to eat from slow feeder mats, so I recruited Alice for our hands-on testing. You can see her in the photos and videos. Other team member ended up buying this one – it is a favorite!

Our Pick!
LickiMat Slow Feeder for Dogs - Boredom and Anxiety
  • Reduces Anxiety: Effective during stressful times like fireworks and vet visits.
  • Trainer Recommended: Useful for crate training and good licking habits.
  • Healthy Treats: Serves various treats, slowing down eating for better satisfaction.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Free from silicone and dishwasher safe.
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Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a fun and effective way to calm your dog and keep them entertained, the LickiMat Slow Feeder is worth a try.

Its notable benefits for anxiety reduction and dental health make it a solid addition to your pet care routine.

Why I like the Lickmat (Separation Anxiety)

This Lickmat has been used for about a month, every other day. Holding up well!
This Lickmat has been used for about a month, every other day. Holding up well!

The LickiMat Slow Feeder has proven to be very helpful in reducing the dogs’ anxiety. Plus it is fine, so I like to think it helps her with b oredom.

When used with treats like yogurt or peanut butter, it keeps them entertained and calm for quite some time. We’ve noticed a visible decrease in their anxious behaviors, especially during stressful moments like fireworks or vet visits.

Cleaning the mat can be a bit tricky. It often requires a brush to get into all the little crevices and remove the food particles. While it’s not dishwasher safe, hand washing does the job.

In terms of durability, it’s essential to supervise our dogs as they use the mat. It’s not a chew toy, and we’ve learned that the hard way. If you have a dog that’s a heavy chewer, you might want to consider the tougher version of this mat.

Overall, the LickiMat has become a staple in our pet care routine. It’s effective in slowing down their eating and promoting better digestion, which is a bonus for their health.

At OodleLife we do hands-on reviews of dog products. This video shows Alice using a LickiMat slow feeder with peanut butter.

Key Features

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Reduces Anxiety and Destructive Behavior

Our experience with the LickiMat shows that it really does help calm our dogs. We used it during stressful times like fireworks and vet visits. It kept our dogs occupied and less anxious, which also reduced destructive behavior around the house. The licking action seems to release endorphins, making them feel more relaxed.

Vet and Trainer Recommended

We’ve noticed that vets and trainers suggest using the products similar to the Lickimat for crate training and establishing good licking habits. We followed their advice, and it worked great for us. It accommodates various treats and foods, which keeps our dogs engaged. We even used it to deliver medication, and it made the process much smoother.

Promotes Dental Health

The textured surface of the mat helps with our dogs’ dental health. While they lick, it scrapes off leftover food and reduces bad breath. Over time, we saw an improvement in our pets’ gums and teeth, making visits to the vet a bit less stressful.

Serve Healthy Treats

One thing we love is how easy it is to serve healthy treats. We tried yogurt, peanut butter, and some organic spreads on the LickiMat. It slows down their eating, making the enjoyment last longer. Using smaller amounts of treats, our dogs still feel satisfied without consuming too many calories.

Environmentally Friendly

It’s reassuring to know that the LickiMat is free from silicone and is safe for our pets. We appreciated that it’s not a chew toy, and supervision is required. For known chewers, the LickiMat Tuff is a stronger option and is dishwasher safe, which adds to its convenience and durability.

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Putting It to the Test: Customer Reviews

This is not a new product to market – you can find tens of thousands of user reviews online! Many users noted that the mats provide great enrichment, keeping their pets engaged for longer periods.

Some shared how their dogs, both young and old, found it easy to use and clean, especially with a brush.

On the flip side, there were a few concerns. Some pet owners mentioned that the mats might not hold up well against aggressive chewers. Additionally, while spreading food on the mat is simple, cleaning can be a bit tricky if not done promptly.


  • Provides mental stimulation
  • Easy to spread food on
  • Keeps pets occupied


  • May not withstand heavy chewing
  • Can be hard to clean if left sitting

Overall, the LickiMat seems to be a useful tool for keeping pets busy and calm, but it requires some care to maintain.

Poodle and food bowl
The Poodle didn’t finish his dog food. (Image: Instagram/@mantou_poodle)

How to clean a Lick Matt

In short, clean it with hand soap and warm water. It is not that tricky. Oily peanut butter is both our dogs favorite, and the most annoying to clean.

Keeping the LickiMat clean is straightforward. We usually rinse it under warm water right after our dogs finish their treats to remove any food bits stuck in the grooves.

A gentle scrub with a brush helps get into the corners. One downside is that some foods, especially sticky ones, can be harder to clean out, so immediate cleaning is best. For a deeper clean, it’s top-rack dishwasher safe, which is convenient.


We’ve had a positive experience using the LickiMat Slow Feeder. It keeps our dogs engaged and helps manage their anxiety. The mat is easy to use, and our dogs enjoy their treats for longer.

Cleaning can be a bit tricky, especially in the grooves, but using a brush helps.

It’s a great tool for young, energetic, and senior dogs. Our pets love it, especially when we freeze their favorite treats. While it’s durable, strong chewers might damage it if left unattended.

In short, the LickiMat works well and provides good value for its purpose. We’d recommend it for anyone looking to enrich their dog and reduce its stress.