Homemade Dog Toys

It's such fun to make homemade dog toys!  

They can be quite inexpensive too - often all you need to make your own dog toys is to hunt for the materials around the house.

We have oodles of different ideas for making homemade dog toys, with many contributions from dog lovers around the world.

These have been organized into the categories below:

GSD chewing a triangular homemade toyComet gnawing on a homemade Paddio Stick

Categories of Homemade Dog Toys

Stuffed Dog Toys

Are you interested in making durable stuffed and/or squeaky doggie toys out of fabric?

We have several dog toy patterns to choose from, like the Daisy Pattern at right, with detailed instructions for making it.

Star dog toy pattern from Make & Build Dog Stuff

Best Dog Chew Toys

Staffordshire Terrier leaping to grab a frisbee

Our website contains multiple ideas for making some of the toughest dog chew toys, many of them provided by our generous visitors!

Our current favorite is the fabric scraps bone. That page also contains a word about materials and an outline of the toy ideas presented on the pages below:

Of  course, puppies are most in need of something to gnaw on. That's why we have a whole page on dog teething toys that you can make!

PLEASE ALWAYS supervise your puppy or adult dog with any toy they chew on.

Dogs can choke on pieces of all kinds of things. Swallowed materials can also cause obstructions or blockages in the dog's digestive tract, which can mean major surgery or even death.

Dog Exercise Toys

The Whipwhir ("Whipper") is one toy Comet did not get bored with and that our other dogs have enjoyed too.

Again, this is a very simple thing to make, and it provides great exercise, indoors or out, making it especially useful for those bad weather inside days.

Note: The Whipwhir has SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS that are important to follow.

GSD jumping and twisting for a dog exercise toyComet jumping and twisting to catch the Whipwhir

Dog Fetch Toys

Another type of exercise toy that is easy peasy to make and for which we have several ideas are Chuck Its, where you can send a ball a long distance for the dog to retrieve.

We also have miscellaneous dog ball toy ideas for keeping a dog on the go or for entertaining your dog.

Maggie, from Bellingham, Washington, suggested another simple fetch toy you could make. We would advise changing out the food regularly.

What you need:
Sturdy fabric (like from an old backpack)
Sewing stuff
Dry dog food

Cut the fabric into two squares 6 by 6 inches.
Sew together three sides of it. Fill it with dog kibble.
Sew the rest together.

Homemade Dog Toys Out of  Socks

It's amazingly easy to create dog playthings out of old socks, and who doesn't have some orphan or worn out socks somewhere? Plus they're washable or can be composted when your dog is done with them.

The Basic Sock Ball and the Sock Swing Ball were two that Comet enjoyed so we made him lots.

Guests to this site have added their own versions of how to Make Dog Toys Out of Socks at:

Tug Toys

Like Bailey, featured leaping for a frisbee in the photo at the top of the page, many dogs enjoy tug-of-war games with either humans or other dogs. 

We have two pages of visitor contributions for tug toys:

Homemade tug toys made of fleece, rope and socks

Inexpensive tug toys made of other materials

Unusual Dog Toys

Comet with a homemade padded stick dog toy

Paddio Sticks are indoor/outdoor dog chase and chew toys that really intrigued Comet.

Somewhat like a Teaser Ball, they bounce, roll and switch direction.

Watch out for that dogling rivalry if you have more than one dog, as they're sure to try and steal them from one another!

Final note: Please share your homemade dog toys with the world!

Simply go to: How to Submit Your Project

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