DIY Dog Toys

Published on 21 October 2023 at 16:27

Keeping your dog happy doesn't have to break the bank. Home made alternatives can be just as enjoyable for your furry friend while being cost-effective. These creative DIY toys and activities not only entertain your dog but also provide opportunities for bonding and mental stimulation. Plus, they often involve re-purposing items you might already have around the house, which is an eco-friendly bonus.

The pet industry is filled with a vast array of toys and accessories, and while many of them are great, they can add up in cost, especially if your dog has a talent for swiftly demolishing them. Creating your own dog toys from readily available, affordable materials can be a fantastic way to save money and still provide your pup with hours of entertainment.

It is best to not use worn clothing for these DIY toys. Dogs often have a strong sense of smell, and they might develop a liking for your personal scent, which could lead to unwanted chewing on your clothes and shoes. So, using clean, fresh materials is a smart move.

These DIY toy ideas are not only budget-friendly but also fun to make. Plus, the satisfaction of seeing your dog happily engage with something you've created is priceless. It's a win-win for both you and your furry companion.


Sock n’ Ball

 You’ll need… 1 sock & 1 tennis ball.

The Sock n' Ball is indeed a straightforward and inexpensive DIY pet toy. Dogs often love the combination of a tennis ball and the texture of a sock. It provides a bit of bounce and unpredictability that can be highly engaging for them. Plus, it's quick and easy to put together. This toy is not only cost-effective but can also be a lifesaver for dogs who enjoy chewing and playing.

It's a prime example of how a little creativity can go a long way in keeping your furry friend entertained. If your dog is particularly active, they might enjoy chasing, tugging, and tossing this simple but effective toy.


 Snack Sock

 You’ll need… 2 socks & some dog treats. Pop the treats inside one sock and then ball it up (the same way you do when you put socks away). Then pop it inside another sock and tie a knot in the sock to seal it. Your dog will love trying to get them out.


Ball on a Rope

You’ll need… a piece of rope and a tennis ball. Drill or cut a hole in each side of the ball. Pop your rope through it and tie knots either side of the ball to keep it in place. Tie knots at the ends of the rope for extra grip & to reduced fraying. You now have a great tug-of-war toy that is just as good for fetch and general chewing!


Kitchen Towel Rope

You’ll need… an old kitchen towel.

Take your old kitchen towels and put them to good use… finally! Cut two lines along the length of a towel, equidistant from each other (as if you were cutting it into 3 strips) and stop cutting about an inch from the top. Then braid or plat the towel as you would hair. Know the loose ends and you have a great, strong rope toy!

Have big dogs? For an even tougher toy braid three complete kitchen towels together and tie the ends (or sew them). As an alternative, old jeans can be used to make an ever hardier chew rope.


The Empty Cereal Box

The Empty Cereal Box toy is an excellent way to re-purpose household items and provide your dog with a stimulating activity. Not only does it save you money, but it's also an environmentally friendly approach to pet entertainment.

The idea of putting dog treats inside the cereal box and taping it up is genius. Dogs will have a great time trying to figure out how to get to the treats. Adding small holes and smearing peanut butter inside the box takes it up a notch in terms of challenge and sensory stimulation for your furry friend.

This one can get a bit messy, especially if your dog decides to rip into the cardboard, but it's all part of the fun. Just ensure it's in an easy-to-clean area, and you're all set for some interactive playtime that won't cost you much at all.



Filled Tennis Ball

The Filled Tennis Ball is a brilliant and interactive DIY toy that combines the fun of a tennis ball with the challenge of retrieving treats. The idea of cutting a slit into the ball and filling it with treats is both simple and effective. Dogs can't resist the temptation to figure out how to get those goodies out.

This toy is not only budget-friendly but also mentally stimulating for your dog. It engages their problem-solving skills as they work to extract the treats. It's a great way to keep your pup entertained and mentally active.


Big Knotted Ball

You’ll need ... a long strip of fabric.

The Big Knotted Ball is a fantastic DIY chew toy that provides hours of entertainment for your dog. It's a simple yet effective design that combines durability and affordability.

Creating a giant knot from a long strip of fabric is a great way to re-purpose materials and save money. Dogs love the texture and the challenge of gnawing and playing with knotted ropes. It's also a durable option that can withstand a lot of chewing.

Try soaking the knot in beef or chicken stock and freeze it, especially for those hot days. It not only provides a tasty treat but also helps keep your pup cool and engaged. This is a creative way to make DIY toys suitable for different seasons.


Empty Milk Container

You’ll need… a plastic milk bottle and some dog treats that just fit inside.

The 'Empty' Milk Container is a brilliant DIY toy that re-purposes a common household item to create an engaging and entertaining experience for your dog. It's an excellent example of how you can save money by getting creative with items you might otherwise discard.

Using a plastic milk bottle and placing dog treats inside is a smart and fun idea. Dogs love the challenge of trying to get the treats out, and the bottle's shape and texture provide additional stimulation. It can indeed keep them busy for quite a while, which is fantastic for their mental and physical well-being.


Hose Hoops

You’ll need… some old garden hosing and a small stick.

Creating the Hose Hoops is a fun and practical DIY project for pet owners who are looking for cost-effective and entertaining ways to engage their dogs. Your instructions are clear and straightforward.

The idea of using an old garden hose to make a throwing hoop is ingenious. It re-purposes an item that might have otherwise been discarded and transforms it into a playful accessory for your dog. The challenge of finding the right-sized stick adds a little adventure to the DIY process, and once complete, it provides a great toy for games of fetch or catch.


Cracklin’ Sock

You’ll need.. an empty plastic bottle and a sock.

Removing the cap from the old bottle to prevent it from becoming a choking hazard is a crucial step when creating the Cracklin' Sock toy. This consideration ensures that our furry friends can enjoy their toys without any risks.

The addition of an old sock to contain the bottle is a smart way to both secure the plastic and prevent any sharp edges from becoming exposed. The crackling sound produced by the plastic is often a stimulating feature for dogs who enjoy noisy toys. It's a simple yet effective way to create an engaging and budget-friendly toy.


Cardboard Tube

 You’ll need… a cardboard tube (like that from a paper towel roll), some dog treats that will fit inside and some duct tape.

The Cardboard Tube toy is a clever and budget-friendly way to create an engaging puzzle toy for dogs. Your instructions are clear and straightforward, making it accessible for pet owners to craft this DIY toy.

Flattening and sealing one end of the tube with duct tape to create an enclosure for treats is a practical approach. Dogs enjoy the challenge of trying to access the treats hidden inside, and the added element of the rattling sound from the treats rolling around is an extra layer of engagement. Sealing the other end of the tube and wrapping it in duct tape ensures that the toy is durable and can withstand enthusiastic play.


If you're looking for more ideas or if anyone has their own creative DIY dog toy suggestions, post on my Facebook page which can be great for sharing and inspiring others. It's a great way to build a community of dog lovers who are passionate about keeping their pups happy and engaged without spending a fortune.


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