5 Creative and Budget-Friendly DIY Dog Toys

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How to make your own DIY dog toys

Do you ever find yourself bewildered by the fact that your dog loves to play with plastic bags or old socks? Despite you investing in the latest and flashiest dog toys for them?

If this sounds all too familiar, we've got a fun solution for you: try your hand at crafting DIY dog toys! Handmade dog toys are a fantastic way to save some bucks. This is also a delightful bonding experience with your four-legged friend. We'll walk you through making homemade toys step by step - trust us; it's a breeze!

1. Water Bottle in a Sock: The Crunchy Chew Toy

Dog chew bottle in sock

Let's kick things off with a toy that's both super simple and incredibly effective. Grab an empty plastic water bottle and an old sock. Take that water bottle and stuff it right into the sock. Once you've snuggled the sock in, tie a knot at the open end to keep it secure.

The magic here lies in the sound—the crinkly, crunchy noise of the bottle makes for a stimulating chew toy. Your pup will stay entranced for hours. Plus, you'll be amazed at how such a straightforward creation can bring so much joy.

2. PVC Pipes with Treats: The Tasty Puzzle

Pipe chew toy

Now, let's challenge your dog's intellect while tantalizing their taste buds. Find an old PVC pipe—perhaps one from a past home improvement project. All you need to do is to drill some holes into the pipe. However, be sure to exercise caution to ensure there are no sharp or dangerous edges left behind.

Once the pipe is dog-safe, load it up with some of your dog's favourite treats. What happens next is pure entertainment as your clever canine figures out how to retrieve those hidden delights. It's a puzzle and a snack all in one!

3. Tug-of-War: The Classic Playtime

Dog playing tug-o-war

Who can resist the timeless allure of a good old-fashioned game of tug-of-war? With a homemade twist, this classic activity becomes even more enjoyable. Search your closet for an old fleece blanket, a rope or a pair of jeans.

Cut the material into sturdy ribbons, then braid them together tightly. Finish it off with a secure knot at the end. You are now ready for epic tug-of-war battles with your furry friend!

But wait, there's more—add a small ball to the mix, wrapped and secured onto the braid for extra chewiness. Get ready for intense playtime that builds bonds and muscles!

4. Treat Dispenser: The Brain Teaser

Bottle dog treat dispenser

Prepare to be amazed by your dog's problem-solving skills with this ingenious homemade treat dispenser. While it takes a bit more effort to set up, the results are nothing short of hilarious and beneficial. Find a suitable spot in your garden to set up this toy, using a clothesline cord tied between two trees.

Ensure that you have attached both ends at the same height to allow for the bottles to spin freely. Initially, your dog might investigate cautiously, nudging the bottle with their nose. Soon, though, they'll be boxing it like a pro to release those delectable treats. This toy serves a dual purpose—it mentally challenges your pup while also slowing down speedy eaters.

5. Pinata for Dogs: The Canine Fiesta

Dog playing with paper

For a playful twist on a beloved human tradition, consider making a pinata exclusively for your furry friend. Grab a paper bag and stuff it full of your dog's favourite treats and crumpled paper.

Here comes the fun part: suspend it from a stick or a sturdy branch using a rope. Make sure you have positioned the pinata just out of your dog's reach. Now, watch the spectacle unfold as your pup leaps, barks, and stretches to access the hidden treasures within.

It's a fantastic workout that combines mental stimulation with physical activity. Plus, it's a canine fiesta and a great way to work out more than one dog at once.

Are you worried your dog is bored during the day? We suggest that you give these DIY dog toys a try, remembering to rotate them to keep your dog guessing!

If you don't have time to make homemade dog toys, simply head to Pawshake to book a dog sitter. Pawshake dog sitters can play with and entertain your dog during the day while you are at work or on holiday. Click the link below to find the perfect dog sitter near you!

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