We all love our dogs, but let’s be honest, when it comes to an animal who is just as happy to play with an old plastic bottle as they are an expensive dog toy, why would you want to spend a lot of money on dog toys?
Especially when they are likely to get destroyed pretty quickly anyway.
Not only are you hurting your bank account when you splash out on dog toys, but you are also hurting the environment by wasting materials unnecessarily.
So if you want to save your cash, the earth, and hone some new skills, here are some creative ways to make an environmentally friendly dog toy at home.
1. Braided Pull Toy
This is a great way to use up your old fabric scraps. Cut a few scraps of different fabric into strips that are about an inch wide and two feet long. Group them into three piles of about 10 or so strips. Group them together, and tie a knot in one end. Braid them together and tie a big knot in the other end. A more detailed description with pictures can be found here.
2. Water Bottle Toy
Dog toys obviously do not need to be complicated to make, and it can be as simple as wrapping an empty plastic water bottle in fabric, and giving it to your dog. Fleece fabric, random scraps, or even just an old sweater or sock can do the trick quite nicely. You can secure the fabric by tying a strong knot in each end.
3. Make Use of an Old Tennis Ball
Dogs love chasing tennis balls, and now you can even make use of ones that are on their last lives. Cut a slit in the tennis ball that is a couple of inches long. Now you can fill the ball with as many small dog treats as you can fit. Now when your dog fetches the ball, they will have a nice surprise and some tasty treats to enjoy. If your dog is having trouble getting to the treats, try lengthening the slit, or adding more small ones.
4. Rope Toy
Take a regular rope and tie a large knot in the middle of it. If it is a thin rope, a couple of knots might be necessary to make it big enough. If it is a long rope, try tying a few knots along the length of it.