Easy to Make Dog Toys
Here are some ideas for dog toys that you can make from ordinary household items.
Sock Full of Balls
- Stuff 2 tennis balls into a large, clean gym sock.
- Tie a knot in the sock just above the balls, so the tennis balls are tightly secured at the foot of the sock.
- For added amusement, use tennis balls with squeakers or bells inside.
Simple Rope Toy
- Begin with a sturdy piece of rope about 12 inches long.
- Tie a knot at each end of the rope.
Rope-a-Dope (Great tug toy!)
- Choose a sturdy rope of tightly braided material.
- Wrap a rope around a tennis ball until the ball is fully encased in the rope, leaving a "tail" of about 18 inches of rope.
- Loop the end of the "tail" and tie a tight knot to create a "handle" of about 4 inches in diameter and leaving about 12 inches of rope between the tennis ball and the knot of the handle.
Tennis Ball Tug Toy
- Drill a hole through a tennis ball.
- Thread a rope at least 12 inches long through the ball.
- Tie the ends of the rope into a sturdy knot.
- Be sure the toy you're making is durable enough to stand up to your dog's chewing strength and level of play.
- Be sure any squeakers you add to the toy are safely concealed.
- Avoid squeakers and stuffing altogether if your dog likes to rip apart his toys.
- Steer clear of using any choking hazards in your toys, such as string, ribbons or buttons.
- Always supervise your dog with the toy to make sure he will not destroy it.
- Be watchful for any torn, shredded or broken parts and remove the toy immediately if there are any.
*Courtesy of The Happy Dog Spot