5 DIY dog toys

5 DIY dog toys

10/09/2015

So...you've invested in the coolest and flashiest dog toys, but your pooch seems to prefer playing with a plastic bag or an old sock. Sound familiar? Why save some dollars and have a go at making your own dog toys? We’ll even show you how to do it - too easy!

1. Waterbottle in a sock

Simply stuff an empty plastic water bottle into an old sock and tie a knot to secure it - done! The crunchy noise of the bottle makes for an interesting chew toy.

2. PVC pipes with treats

Drill some holes in an old PVC pipe, hide some treats in it and watch your dog fumble them out. So much fun! Just make sure there are no sharp pointy bits after drilling.

3. Tug-of-war using a fleece blanket

Use an old fleece blanket or a pair of jeans for this classic dog toy. Cut the material into ribbons and braid them together very tightly. Tie the end into a sturdy knot and you’re all set for a tug-of-war match! To mix it up you can even wrap and bind a small ball onto it for extra chewiness.

4. Treat dispenser

This spinning brain teaser takes a little more preparation, but the results are hilarious and great exercise! You can even use clothes-line cord tied between two trees in your garden, just make sure that either end is attached at the same height to allow for the bottles to easily spin. Initially your dog might test this toy out by carefully nudging the bottle with their nose, but soon you'll find them boxing away with their paws to get those treats out. A great way of slowing down a fast-eater!

5. Pinata for dogs

Everyone loves a pinata, even dogs! Find a paper bag and fill it to the brim with treats and paper. Suspend it from a stick or branch with a rope in such a way that your dog can only just reach it. It’s a great workout for your pooch!

We would love to hear which of these toys you like best, or if you have any fun inventions of your own! Are you making one for your own dog or guest dog? Share it on our Facebook page!

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