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Homemade Dog Toy: The Whipwhir

Here's an easy homemade dog toy that's not only unique but great dog exercise and loads of fun


The Whipwhir (pronounced "whipper") can be used both outdoors and inside - provided you have enough space.

It gives your dog a fantastic workout in quite a short period of time, say 10 to 15 minutes, depending your dog's condition.

Comet, our GSD mix, would run, jump and twist to catch the toy or rag at the end of the rope.

We made it difficult for him to do so by changing the direction and height in as creative a way as possible. 

Once he caught it, we'd have a short tug of war, or he'd shake it vigorously a few times.

Comet strategizing


He quickly came to realize that the fun stopped unless he let go.

It was a good opportunity to teach him the "drop it" and "leave it" commands...

It was his absolute favorite toy!



Making the Whipwhir

ESTIMATED TIME - 10 minutes to an hour

MATERIALS

  • 4 to 6 feet [1.5 to 2.3 m] of cord .25-.75 inch (6-19 mm) thick
  • Old broomstick or equivalent, preferably with a hole in one end. (Your broomstick may unscrew from the brush)
  • Drill with 3/8 or 1/2 inch bit (option 1)
  • Duct tape (option 2)

INSTRUCTIONS - FULL WHIPWHIR

  • On one end, make a loop big enough to put your hand through
  • Form a smaller loop at the other end (three fingers wide)
  • Drill a hole near the end of your stick if it does not have one**
  • Push the larger loop through the hole in your stick
  • Put your cord through the loop and pull it tight
  • You should now have a crude fishing pole

**Alternatively, use duct tape to fasten the cord to the stick


INSTRUCTIONS - MODIFIED WHIPWHIR

If you don't have a stick or pole of any kind, you can simply take a piece of cord or rope, then add one of the attachments below.


Congratulations - you've made yourself the first part of this homemade dog toy! 

But you're not quite finished yet, because a Whipwhir works best with various attachments.

There are also important safety instructions for its use so your dog does not get injured.




Whipwhir Attachments

There are several different attachments we came up with. Each took less than 5 minutes to make.

ATTACHMENT 1 - MOP TOP
Cut cloth strips from an old T-shirt or sweatshirt about 2 inches wide and about 1 foot long [5 x 30 cm]. Tie in the middle. Tie onto your Whipwhir end loop using two loose strips

ATTACHMENT 2 - SOCK BALL
Take a Sock Swing Ball. Cut a slit in the middle of the loose end of the sock. Take these loose ends and tie onto your Whipwhir end loop

ATTACHMENT 3 - RAGTAIL
Cut a strip of rag about 6 inches wide and 2 feet long [15 x 60 cm]. Tie one end through the Whipwhir end loop. Tie a knot in the rag about halfway down. Cut a fringe out of the remaining loose end

ATTACHMENT 4 - SQUEAKY TOY
Cut a strip of rag about 3 inches wide and 18 inches long [7.5 x 45 cm]. Tie one end through the Whipwhir end loop. Tie the other end firmly around a squeaky toy.

Obviously, many more variations of are possible. Feel free to suggest  your ideas on our Homemade Dog Stuff page




Whipwhir Safe Use

We think there is potential for injury with this homemade dog toy, so please read the following carefully!

  • Get your dog fully warmed up before getting into the higher, wilder jumping and twisting motions by
  • Having your dog play fetch for a few minutes, OR
  • Having your dog chase the Whipwhir along or near the ground, as shown in the photo at the top of this page.





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