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DIY Dog Toys

June 1 2019

Making sure your canine pal has lots of fun toys is very important! However, if your dog goes through toys faster than you can replace them, you may find yourself constantly running to the pet store. If you want to save money, or just like making things, you can make Fido’s playthings. Read on as a Fox Lake, IL vet lists some things you can make for your pooch.

Rope Toys

There are quite a few ways to make Fido a rope toy. One option is to simply cut an old tee shirt or towel into strips. Braid the strips together, and then braid those braids together. Keep going until it’s the size you want. Then, just tie the ends off in big knots. To make it attractive, use a couple shirts or towels of different colors. You can also do this by cutting the legs off an old pair of jeans and making big knots in the ends.

Tennis Ball Fun

This one is quite similar to the rope toy listed above. Take an old towel or shirt, and cut in into strips. Then, drill two holes in a tennis ball, and thread the braid through. Tie sturdy knots into the ends.

Water Bottle Wonder

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Get a small water bottle, and put it inside a sock. Tie the end of the sock off to close it.

Treat Toys

This one’s really easy! Get a muffin tin, and put some treats in the holes. Then, cover them with tennis balls. Another option is to turn the pan upside down and put it on the floor. Put a few pieces of kibble in the ridges.

Pipe Toy

For this one, you’ll need a piece of PVC pipe, and two end caps. Drill holes in the pipe. They should be about ½ inch, big enough for bits of kibble to fall through. File down any sharp edges after you’ve finished making the holes. Then, just put some dry food in the pipe, and put the end caps on.


Always put your dog’s safety first. Never give Fido anything with small parts or sharp edges. Items coated in varnish, stain, dye, or glitter are also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Please reach out to us, your Fox Lake, IL vet clinic, anytime.