DIY Dog Toys You Can Make From Household Items
Is your dog going through toys like starving dinosaurs? Do you have a graveyard of damaged toys that have been ripped apart from within seconds of gifting them to your dog? Yes, you can invest in stronger dog toys like the ones from Peggasus Pets, but you may also want to combine store-bought toys with DIY ones.
With DIY toys, you get to create your own new toys made from household items, saving you money. If it gets destroyed, no worries, just make another and your dog will be equally happy!
Read on for suggestions of dog toys you can make on your own for cheap.
- Dog feeder toy
All you need here is a PC pipe! Drill holes into a pipe then sand the holes’ rough edges using sandpaper. Once everything is smooth, wash the pipe to clean it up thoroughly and place PVC caps on both ends.
Put kibbles and treats in the holes and let your dog figure out how to get all the treats out!
- Plastic Bottle tug toy
If you have a water bottle, don’t throw it away and transform it into a tug toy instead!
Use a yard of bed sheet and cut four pieces of 1-inch wide strips to use as your ties. The rest of the fabric will be wrapped around the water bottle, with the ties securing it. Cut then braid your remaining fabric and then you’ll have a tug toy!
- Frozen sock toy
Do you have a lone sock that lost its partner from the laundry? No problem! This is probably one of the easiest DIY toys to do, great for dogs who live in hotter climates.
Simply tie one long sock to a tight knot. Soak the sock in water and freeze it for a few hours.
And that’s it! You now have a cool chew toy to relieve any teething symptoms.
- Towel tug toy
Don’t throw those tattered towels just yet! You can give them new life as a toy for your dog.
Simply cut 3 strips of your towel, 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. Use another small towel strip (6 inches long and 1 inch wide) to tie the strips off at one end Start braiding them use another strip to tie the end.
Now you have an easy-to-wash toy your dog can play tug with!
These are both a toy and treat, so a win-win! You can use silicone molds shaped like a bone or use any shape since your dog won’t mind.
All you need here is to mix half a cup of yogurt, half a cup of unsweetened applesauce (pureed apple works, too), then add a pinch of cinnamon. Pour it into your silicone molds and freeze for a few hours. Once frozen, you can give it to your dogs as a treat and (temporary) chew toy for them to enjoy.
Wrapping It Up
Dog toys don’t have to be expensive, as long as you have the right materials and creativity. Just make sure that you make these DIY toys carefully to avoid doing more harm than good!