Tips For Making DIY Dog Toys

You know the drill: You bring home a new toy for your furry friend, and within a matter of minutes (or seconds), the adorable quacking duck has been reduced to stuffing and string. Instead of going out and purchasing another toy that won’t live for long, get creative and make your own using some basic household items:

T-shirt Rope Toy

  • 1 old T-shirt
  • 1 pair of scissors

Cut the T-shirt into three equal sections. Tie a fisherman’s knot at one end, and then braid the remaining pieces together. Once you have about four inches of fabric remaining, tie another fisherman’s knot.

Tennis Ball Kong

  • 1 tennis ball
  • 2 dog biscuits (any treat will do)
  • sharp steak knife

What dog doesn’t love a food-stuffed kong? When you’re on a budget but want to keep the entertainment at a high, this brain-teaser for your pup is the perfect option. Grab an old tennis ball and a sharp steak knife. Depending on how difficult you want to make it, cut a small (or large) incision along one seam of the ball. Place your dog’s favorite treats inside the flap.

Rubber Tug Toy

  • 1 rubber macro-ring
  • 1 old T-shirt
  • 1 pair of scissors

For the dog that loves to play tug, this toy is both durable and fun. Found on countless household items such as your washer, dryer, refrigerator and garage door, a rubber macro-ring serves as the elastic center of the toy. Take your old T-shirt and cut it into six equal parts. Begin to braid two separate pieces, tying them into a knot at the top, and then tying them securely around the rubber ring (one on each side). Once firmly attached, show your dog how to latch on and tug.

Chicken Broth Popsicles

  • 1 container of plain chicken broth
  • 4-8 shot glasses
  • 4-8 small rawhide sticks (bully sticks will suffice)

Ideal for summer days, this frozen treat will keep your pet cool and satisfied. Grab four to eight clean shot glasses, depending on how many treats you want to make. Fill each glass up with a generic chicken broth and place one rawhide stick (found anywhere dog treats are sold) in each glass. Pop them in the freezer for 3-6 hours. Once frozen, use the rawhide stick to pull the chicken broth popsicle loose from the shot glass. Note: This can get messy. Consider confining your pet to a mess-safe zone to enjoy.

Towel-Wrapped Water Bottle

  • 1 old dish towel
  • 1 used water bottle

Though one of the noisier options, it is also one of the simplest. Wrap the bottle inside of the towel, and then tie a knot on either side of the bottle. Be sure the bottle is secured inside the towel. Once the bottle has been flattened or a hole has been ripped in the towel, it’s time to throw it away.

A Word of Caution

Ensure that all your homemade toys are free of any hazardous or harmful materials. Once your pet has ripped through a toy, replace it with something that hasn’t been torn through. This will help keep him healthy and happy.

Filed under: Dog Supplies

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