10 Easy to Make DIY Dog Toys
Confession time: I’m not a crafty person, no matter how much I wish I were. I’ve created so many Pinterest fails I could put you to shame. “Easy weekend project?” Yeah, right.
But not all do it yourself projects are complicated, and these simple DIY dog toys are some good examples of projects anyone can handle. Here’s a list of 10 easy to make DIY dog toys.
1. Make Your Own DIY Flirt Pole
Most dogs love to chase, which is why flirt poles are a great choice — especially for high drive dogs. A quick 5 minute game with a flirt pole will provide your dog with plenty of physical exercise.
If you have some PVC pipe lying around use that as the rod. If not you can be like me and make a one with a long stick you find in the yard. You’re also going to need some bungee cord or rope, sold at hardwood stores. You could use rope but be very careful – you don’t want to jerk your dogs neck when they catch the toy. The ‘prey’ can be anything from a stuffed toy to an empty water bottle, as long as you can tie it to the rope you should be fine.
Thread your bungee or rope material through the PVC or if you’re cheap like me tie it to the end of the stick. You want the rod to be a decent distance away from you, 3-5 feet should be fine. If you’re using the PVC knot it at one end so it won’t come lose when it’s being flailed about.
The only thing that’s left is tying the ‘prey’ to the other end of the line. Now you’ve got a fun DIY toy to play with. Caution – don’t play this game with growing puppies, it’s very tough on the joints.
Check out The Darling Dog’s great video on making a DIY flirt pole.
If you’re looking for something smaller than a traditional flirt pole check out this $2 option.
2. Create a DIY Plastic Bottle Dog Toy
Dogs just love crunchy stuff — and plastic bottles make some pretty satisfying crunches. If your dog is a tough chewer remember to to supervise them well with this toy. To make your own DIY plastic bottle toy just take a plastic bottle and wrap it in a sock or fabric of your choosing.
Check out this great DIY Plastic Bottle Toy from Ammo the Dachshund.
3. Make Your Own Rope and Tennis Ball Toy
I love playing tug with my dog. Minute for minute it’s one of the most physically & mentally exhausting games there is. And the good news is if you don’t have a tug toy at home you can easily make your own with a piece of rope and tennis ball.
For this easy to make DIY dog toy you’ll need a piece of rope and a tennis ball. To make the toy just cut or drill a hole on each side of the ball; just large enough to thread the rope through. Fit the ball onto the center of the rope, tie some knots to keep it in place.
If you want to make it into a great tug toy tie some knots at the end as well. If your dog is a tough chewer you can use old braided fabric for the rope to toughen it up a little.
Simple Rope & Tennis Ball Toy via withmycamera
4. Make a Tennis Ball Muffin Tin Puzzle
Looking for a really simple way to entertain your dog? Make him a simple tennis ball muffin tin puzzle. Dog puzzles (and food dispensing toys in general) are a great way to give your dog some extra mental stimulation. And the best part is this muffin tin puzzle is really easy to make.
All you need to do is place some treats in the muffin tin and hide them by placing the tennis balls over them. And there you have it — you’ve got your very own homemade dog puzzle.
You can make your own doggie puzzle with a muffin tin & tennis balls via sheknows
5. Create a DIY Braided T-Shirt Dog Toy
This toy is great for playing fetch or tug and it’s really simple to make. You’ll just need a couple of t-shirts and a pair of scissors. You can check out the full instructions on BarkPost.
You can make this simple toy with a couple of t-shirts and a pair of scissors via BarkPost
6. Interactive Tennis Ball Dog Toy
Looking for a super simple DIY dog food puzzle? Just cut open a tennis ball and fill it with treats and you’re good to go.
Make your own interactive tennis ball dog toy via romprescue
7. Make Your Own Rope Ball Dog Toy
Check out the full tutorial on how to make your own rope ball toy by handsoccupied
Does your dog destroy most toys within minutes? If so you’re not alone. If your dog is a tough chewer check out this easy to make rope ball. Just remember to supervise your dog with this toy — if they start to tear up the rope itself it poses a potential choking hazard.
8. Make Your Own Interactive Feeder Toy
Food toys are a great way to keep your dogs mind occupied, and using one at dinner time is a good way to keep your dog mentally stimulated.
Want to make your own interactive dog food toy? Check out the full tutorial on Dog Tipper.
9. Make a Simple Denim DIY Dog Toy
Got some old jeans lying around? Instead of making another pair of cutoffs make your dog a simple no-sew denim toy.
Who needs more cutoffs? Take an old pair jeans and make your dog their own denim dog toy.
10. Make a Doggie Tug Toy From an Old T-Shirt
Most dogs love a good game of tug, and contrary to old myth it will not make your dog aggressive. Just be sure to set a few rules and boundaries such as “the game stops if I feel teeth on my hands” before you begin.
Does your dog like to play tug? Make them a simple DIY tug toy from old t-shirts.
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