Homemade toys: ideas to entertain your dog

The dogs need to accomplish much exercise both outside and inside the house, so a good idea to keep them active and to keep them entertained, it is to provide toys with which they can entertain themselves. This will prevent them from destroying the house when they get bored.

Many toys, however, have quite high costs, so if you want your dog to have fun without making your pockets cry, or if you are simply a DIY lover, read on because in this article we will teach you how to make toys. homemade for your dog. 

Before going to work

Before starting to give you advice on how to develop homemade toys for your dogs, it is necessary to clarify what are the characteristics that a good toy must have to reduce the risks of accidents, events and to ensure that in fact, it can be an object. the dog will have fun with:

1.-The game must not break or fray. When creating toys for the dog, you must choose materials that are resistant and that are not ingested. In fact, if the toy breaks while the dog is using it, it could cut itself, or it could ingest parts of it with all the unpleasant consequences of the case (asphyxiation, intestinal obstruction, etc.).

2.-Make sure that the edges are even and that none of them are raised, in this way you will be sure to avoid cuts. For example, many mistakenly leave plastic bottles for their dogs to play with, however over time they break and the rough edges can cause injuries to your dog’s cheeks or gums.

3.- Use  non-toxic materials. 

4.-Adapt the toy to the size of the animal, especially to prevent it from swallowing.

5.- Try, as far as possible, to develop simple toys for your dog, which are suited to his abilities, avoiding frustration.

6.- The toys you create for him should neither frighten nor excite him excessively , so you will have to pay attention to your dog’s reactions (especially if the noises make him nervous), and if these options occur, it will be better that you choose a toy that does not lead him to have these reactions.

Now let’s roll up our sleeves…

Ball with stickers

This is an option suitable for small dogs, large dogs would destroy it in no time. You will need to make sure that your dog does not swallow the adhesive glue, so you will need to make a ball large enough not to enter his mouth. Another option is to cover the ball with fabric or wool. If you have stickers, such as those used to put the name on notebooks or containers, try to make a large ball (roughly the size of a tennis ball) and make it as compact as possible to make it more heavy. Now have fun watching your dog carry it around the house.

Plastic tube covered with fabric

Use a long enough tube, fill it with balls and line it with fabric, make sure you sew the edges well to prevent the balls from falling out and roll it. Your dog will start playing with it immediately.

Rolls of kitchen paper

Do not throw away the rolls of kitchen paper, nor those of parchment paper, cling film or aluminum. Cover the edges, make a few small holes and fill the tube with treats or appetizing morsels . Here is a simple game that will entertain your dog for a long time in his very personal challenge to get to the hidden treasure.

Box with surprise

If your dog does not eat the paper, you can wrap some delicious treats in pieces of paper and put them in a box with other pieces of paper that do not contain any surprises. Observe how he will entertain himself by opening the pieces of paper.

Ice with surprise

If your dog has no aversion to water or cold things in general, and if you don’t mind cleaning up after a disaster, you can put broth in the freezer with bits of meat or chicken in it, many dogs like to play. with ice, and if it tastes like their favorite dish even better.

Of course, there are many other ideas. For example, if you know how to sew well, you can make chewable toys out of pieces of old clothes, the possibilities are endless. The most important thing, however, is to pay attention to the recommendations set out at the beginning of this article, be creative and have fun creating objects that will make your dog happy.

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