Homemade Dog Toys – 7 Toys You Can Make Yourself For Under $5 – Your Dog Will Love Them

vibrating screen

This toy will take you about 5 minutes to make. Take the paper towel roll when it’s empty (or the toilet paper roll for small dogs) and fill it with a couple of small dog treats. Seal both ends with some duct tape. Shake it in front of your dog and watch him go crazy when you give it to him. They will be able to smell the treats with their keen sense of smell. You may want to do two or three of them at a time if you have a destructive dog. They will have a lot of fun with it. You can use your imagination with what you want to put in the toy. Your dog will love it! Free

frisbee rope

I’m sure you’ve noticed how the hard plastic on a Frisbee is very hard on your dog’s mouth, so you should make a Frisbee out of a softer but still strong material. Pet stores will charge you upwards of $10 for a good piece of cotton rope, but you can get one for less than $2. Take a trip to the hardware store and buy a foot (or so) of thick, braided cotton rope. When you get it home, sew the two ends together with some thick stitches. You can do it by hand…yes you can. Now you have a Frisbee String and your dog will love it. Cost: about $2

tug of war

Another way you can use the rope you bought at the hardware store is to tie both ends of the rope together and play “Tug of War.” What dog doesn’t love to do that? Again, the pet store charges way too much money for something so simple. Your dog certainly doesn’t care where he came from. This rope is great for strengthening jaw muscles not to mention how much fun they will have playing with you. Cost: about $2

mr sock

There are a few variations of using this toy, but these two are the most popular:

Take a new sweat sock and put a tennis ball in it. You can draw a funny face on it if you want, and then tie a knot in the sock to keep the ball in place. You can only imagine how much fun your dog can have with this. They’ll love tossing that sock around and chasing after it when it bounces back. This is also a good quest game. Cost: about $2

Then take another new sock, draw a funny face and put your hand inside. Use it as a hand puppet by talking and gently biting your dog’s ears and nose. They may be confused at first, but they will figure it out very quickly. Always wear a new sock because it will make them look different than the ones you are wearing. If they don’t have your scent and have a face drawn on them, they won’t look like the ones you wear around the house. Cost: about $2

the shell game

Use three plastic cups (make sure they are not see-through) and a dog treat for this game. Flip the cups over and place the treat under one of them. Keep changing the glasses very fast so that it confuses your dog. Once you stop, have your dog choose which cup the treat is in. Trust me, your dog will always win and have a lot of fun doing it. Free

break the pinata

This game is very similar to the one played by humans. Take a brown paper bag, draw a traditional

pinata design and fill it with some dog treats. Then tie it to a post with a string at the end and swing it in front of your dog. This is a great exercise because of all the jumping your dog will do. They will love it! Free

Swing the plastic bottle

Things you’ll need: Empty plastic bottle (any size); a straw; knitting needle

Punch holes on each side of your plastic bottle.

Thread the straw through the holes, and then thread the knitting needle through the straw. It needs to be able to swing, so you’ll need the knitting needle to be longer than the straw.

You should be able to have both hands on either side of the knitting needle that is holding the bottle. Make sure the holes are about a quarter of the way up the bottle, which will prevent the bottle from becoming too heavy. Place a treat inside the bottle, hold your hand on either side, and have your dog rock the bottle until the treat falls out of the open top. This will keep them entertained for a long time. Cost: about $3

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