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How to Make Dog Toys
Learn how to make dog toys out of sticks and rags!
I created this unique dog toy set some years ago for Comet, our GSD mix, who was a very intelligent dog and easily bored.
My "Paddio Sticks" can provide entertainment and help alleviate dog boredom.
Comet liked these because when we threw or rolled them, they moved in unpredictable ways.
Once he caught up to the toy, he could chew to his heart's content since I could always make another!
|Comet holding onto a Paddio Crossie
NOTE: MUST BE SUPERVISED. As with any chew toy, homemade or not, please do not leave your dog alone with it.
how to make dog toys that are homemade
if you'd like to make toys out of other easy-to-find materials.
A large old T-shirt, sheet, socks or any clothing article you can make into strips
- Colored tape or rag of a different color than the shirt
Sticks, 1 /2 to 1 inch (15 to 25 mm) in diameter, about a foot long
Note: Green sticks that bend rather than break, are preferable, and
crooked sticks rather than totally straight add a little extra fun. If
the ends are really pointed and sharp, saw them and sand the edges so they are rounded.
Instructions: Paddio Stick & Paddio Crossie
For the basic Paddio Stick:
- Cut/tear strips about 2 inches (5 cm) wide and as long as possible from the T-shirt ([If you tear horizontally you'll get the longest pieces]
Take a strip of rag and lay the stick on it.
Wrap lengthwise a couple of times, covering the ends of the stick.
Tightly wind the rest of your strip around the stick and previous wrapping.
When that strip ends, start with another, overlapping the ends.
Keep on with another strip or two, remembering to wrap tightly.
Tuck the last end under previous wraps, using a knife to help.
For a decorative touch, apply plastic tape or a different colored strip around the ends.
For the Paddio Crossie:
Take two sticks and wrap per above.
- Lay them crosswise and use
another strip of rag to bind them firmly together in the middle.
Instructions: Paddio Triangle
The following Triangle toy is similar, only you'll need three sticks.
Comet really enjoyed chewing on this one because he could hold onto it so
well with his paws.
|A DIY chew and fetch toy Comet could hold onto, the Paddio Triangle
- Take three sticks and wrap each of them per the Crossie above
Lay the sticks in a triangle, leaving about 2 inches (5 cm) sticking out at the ends
Wrap each corner firmly, going around and between each stick
To finish off, tie a knot and tuck the ends under a wrap
When you have all three angles done, add tape as desired
Uses: Play fetch by throwing or rolling along the ground or give to your puppy to chew on (under supervision only)
Thanks for being willing to learn how to make dog toys! [The first
time I typed that it came out as "hog" toys - maybe they'll work for a
pet pig too! :-) Jo]