Getting new toys is always fun, whether you’re a dog or a human. But sometimes the best things are handmade, and in this round-up, we have five DIY ideas that you can do at home! Most of these are very easy, so don’t stress – you can totally tackle these for your doggies today, using what you already have around the house. All you need is a few minutes of collecting supplies and a little assembly time, and soon your doggies will be enjoying their brand-new toy. Which means you’ll be celebrating how big of a genius you are.
Ready to make your doggies’ day? Let’s get started!
#1 – Lasting Licker
Have we all seen the episode of The Office where there’s a stapler submerged in a mound of Jello? This is like that, but you don’t need to bother with the Jello. If you live someplace warm, your dog will love to cool off with this activity.
- Freezer-safe bowl
- Rubber dog toys
- Water or Chicken Broth
- Place rubber toys in bowl.
- Fill with water.
- Place in freezer for 6 hours, or until solidly frozen (we suggest overnight).
#2 – Bottle Socks
Guys.This is so easy. We’ve made 11 of them while writing this list. Want to be extra fancy? Add a bell to the bottle.
- Empty water bottle
- Big ol’ sock
- Small jingle bell, if desired
- Place bell inside bottle, if using.
- Stuff bottle inside sock, making sure it goes all the way to the tippy toe of the sock.
- Tie a knot above the bottle, enclosing it inside the sock.
- Marvel at how easy and amazing that was.
- Make a bunch of them to use up all the loner socks you’ve lost the pair to, and plan to give them away for the holidays.
#3 – Tug Toys
Have an old shirt that you don’t mind getting chewed up? If you cut it into strips and braid it, you can make a tug toy for your pup at no cost to you! If all of your shirts are ready to wear, pick up some fleece or t-shirt fabric at your local store to make this doggie toy at home.
- Old, clean, t-shirt, or multiple shirts if you want the tug toy to be different colors.
- Brute strength to tie to strong knot.
- Cut off sleeves and discard, cut along the seams of the shirt to make two solid pieces of fabric.
- Cut the t-shirt into strips, discarding the strips that have the collar section.
- Gather all the strips together and tie into a knot at one end.
- Group the remaining strips into three sections, and braid. Pinterest has lots of ideas for simple to intricate braiding patterns.
- Tie a knot at the base of the braid to keep all the fabric together.
#4 – Sock + Ball
Honestly, it can’t get easier than this. This is the DIY dog toy for the anti-DIY crowd. You need exactly two things, that you most likely already have.
- Old, long, clean sock
- Tennis ball
- Place ball inside sock and push down to either the middle or the toe.
- If the tennis ball is in the toe-area of the sock, tie the sock in a knot about the tennis ball, trapping the ball inside. If the tennis ball is in the middle of the sock, tie the sock in a knot on either side of the tennis ball, locking it in place.
- Throw it to your dog and be bemused as they play with this simple thing for hours.
#5 – Knotty Rope Games
Okay, time to level up your skills. You could certainly buy some rope toys the next time you’re at the pet supply store, but making your own is pretty easy once you know how. The trick is in the type of rope you use, and the know you make. We found this method is the best to keep the rope from unraveling.
- Rope, cotton-preferred, the right thickness for your doggie. (Small doggies would do well with ½” – ¾” rope, whereas a large dog could chew on a 1½” rope.)
- Tape to cover the ends while looping and making knots (optional)
- Cut your rope to your desired length, leaving 16-18 inches of rope for the knots on the end (8”-9” each side). For example, if you want your dog to have 5 inches of room to gnaw between knots, you’ll need a length of rope that is 23” long, to begin with.
- Unravel the rope at each end and tape each independent strand.
- Using this method as a guide, tie each end in a Matthew Walker knot.
- Toss to your dog, and have fun!
Do you handcraft any toys for your doggies, either with specialty materials, or upcycled household items? Tells us your genius DIY doggie toys and games in the comments below!