Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Do It Yourself Dog Toys

I have several dogs and I am always trying to think of ways to keep them stimulated and off the furniture haha
I take those socks we all have only one of and shove them full of more socks and use them as fetch toys in the house (they are not hard and won't break things) I also use them to make cat nip toys.
so when I came across this list on Banfield Hospitals email I really liked it and wanted to share it with you.

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.
Safety Precautions
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 at