Simple Handmade Dog Toys

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~that your dog will love!

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Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I love animals, particularly dogs! In my opinion, they truly are our best friends. They are pure of heart, loyal, sweet and all they really want is to love and be loved. I feel like we could all take a lesson from dogs.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

In my house, our dogs are hardly treated like dogs. They have full access to the house, they sleep on the bed with us (in fact we got a king-sized bed to accommodate us and the dogs haha). I even make them homemade chicken broth to pour over their food and when we have holiday meals they get some too. I could go on but you get the idea…they’re SPOILED! haha.

Every time I go to the store I try and pick something up for them, a treat or a toy. I have one chewer who loves anything he gets and one who generally prefers sticks and bones. It can get pricy but they’re worth it!

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ” – Roger A. Caras

I thought I would try my hand at handmade toys and what do you know, they are a hit! I met a lady at the pet store who told me about these things. She said she made them for her dogs and they were just as well-received as anything she’s bought. So finally I tried.

They’re so simple and I didn’t need to buy anything Because I had everything I needed. I made 2 different types and only which only needed 2 items, fleece, and an empty water bottle.

The first one is simply an empty water bottle wrapped in fleece. Cut a piece of fleece with enough room on both sides to tie. Cut two pieces of thin pieces of fleece for tying. All you do is wrap the bottle and tie the ends with a tight knot. Trim any long ends and…

Voila! Dog toy!

The second on is just like you see. Three pieces of fleece plus two smaller pieces for tying (as above) These pieces are 30″ x 4″ but you can make them whatever size you like, I find this size perfect for tugging. All you do is tie the top together and braid it then tie off the bottom. Trim up any ends that might be too long and…

Voila, dog toy!

As you can see they were a hit 😉

These take minutes to make so even if your dog is a chewer it’s so easy to make another. I do suggest keeping an eye on the one with the water bottle if your dog is a chewer to make sure he’s not eating bits of plastic.

“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” – John Grogan

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January 26, 2019 at 6:17 PM

These are so cool and easy! I’m going to give this a try!

January 26, 2019 at 9:05 PM

Wow! Super easy. We have a pit. And he literally destroys anything he puts his teeth on. But I would mind he destroying bottles as they wouldn’t cost us a lot. Thanks for sharing.

January 27, 2019 at 5:51 AM

Oh my, your dogs are so cute! Those are great ideas for dog toys! When my dog was a pup we would give him just an empty bottle, it wasn’t wrapped in a fleece though and he loved it! I will definitely try to make the braid one for him;) Thanks for sharing it!

January 27, 2019 at 5:28 PM

My dog would love the water bottle one! She loves toys that make lots of noise. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing.

January 27, 2019 at 9:48 PM

Our Indy would have loved the water bottle toy! The combination of soft and crunchy with a little crackling noise would really have intrigued her.

January 27, 2019 at 9:59 PM

Oh my goodness, what great ideas! My dog would go crazy for the water bottle toy! Thanks for the great idea.

January 28, 2019 at 11:10 AM

My dogs love the braided ropes. One of my dogs would LOVE the water bottle toy, but the other one would absolutely shred it, so I”d be afraid to give it to her. You’ve got me thinking now…. 🙂

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