Unusual Dog Toys You Can Make

We have some unusual dog toys to share with you!

A padded stick with rags. Combine two or more sticks into intriguing shapes.

Not only are these toys unique, you can also learn to make them yourself.

Most do not require complicated materials.

A simple but unique home made dog toy we developed that is also great for exercising your dog is known as The Whipwhir.

All you need to make one is a length of cord or rope and some rags. (You could also add a pole to the end to make it longer, which is how we originally devised it, but that's optional.)

Visitor Contributions

The remaining unique, easy-to-make dog toys on this page have been contributed by visitors to our site. We thank them all!

Below are a few of their innovative projects (to see how they made them and view additional entries, scroll down to the bottom past the form to access the links).

Monte with the ball that became part of his unusual dog toy

At left is Monte who inspired the Human Maypole toy created by Robin from Indiana.

Some folks choosing to remain  anonymous came up with the following:

  • Baseball Tug Toy
  • Cat Fetch Toy
  • Hand Toy

And here are a few more intriguing write ups we received:

  • Revamped dog ball by Emily from New Mexico
  • Frozen Tennis Ball Dog Teething Toy by "I" from Pennsylvania
  • Plush Golf Club Covers for Dog Toys by Dale from New York
  • Bouncy Scented String Looper by Laura from Connecticut
  • Dog Runner by Skyler from California
  • Recycled Paper Towel Tubes by Jessica from Wisconsin
  • The Slippery Go Around Dog Toy by Sarah from Victoria
  • The Maracas by Viki from Florida
  • Vibrating Tennis Ball Dog Toy by Lisa from Idaho
  • Weirdest Dog Toy Alive: Captain Underpants by Allison from North Carolina

Submit Your Ideas

If you'd like to submit your own unusual dog toy ideas, go ahead and try your hand!

Use the following questions as a guide for what to write:
* What made you think of making this dog toy?
* Did you use materials from around the house or did you buy some or all of them?
* What materials were they?
* Could other materials be substituted?
* What are all the steps for making this toy.
* How long did it take you to make it?
* How did your dog like it?
* Did any other dogs get to play with it?
* How well did the toy last?
* Have you made anything else for a dog?
* Did you have help making this toy?
* Why do you like dogs or dog stuff?

Other Unusual Dog Toy Ideas

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Revamped Dog Ball! 
Materials: - 5 inch by 20 inch cut up fabric - An old tennis or similarly sized ball - Scissors Material notes: Use a durable and flexible fabric. …

Super Ball Swing Dog Toy 
Materials: * Any toy, old sock, etc that can be tied to a rope. (We prefer the JW Tic Tac Toe Ball and shove other toys/treats inside it.) * 8 ft …

The Snowman Chew Toy 
Hi. My name is Katherine and I'm 11 years old. My dog, Marshie, a Schnoodle, is a tough chewer. He will bite through anything; stuffed animals, beds, etc. …

Frozen Tennis Ball" Dog teething toy 
One day I was bored and wanted to make my 7 month old puppy a toy that she could not rip up. So I thought of an idea for her. I think it would also be …

Duct tape doggy bone! 
Ok, duct tape and socks seem to be the hot favourite for DIY doggy chew toys so... Here's my combination (using some ideas from other people's doggy …

Water Bottle Socks Combo: Unusual Dog Chew Toy 
I have a one and a half year old German Shepherd, and it has been a challenge to find good durable chew toys. So one day a found a website all on how to …

Unusual Dog Toy Idea: Hand Toy 
It is a dog toy that is shaped like a hand and has a squeaker in the middle. These squeakers are connected to little wires that run through the fingers. …

Plush golf club covers for dog toys 
I board Labrador retrievers in my home. They have free run of the house and 1/4 yard. To encourage sharing, there are bones and toys all over the place …

Peanut Butter Sock Balls 
Roll unsweetened natural peanut butter into balls inside socks and freeze them! My dogs love them and it's simple and easy. Your dogs will love it... …

Toys for Dogs - Homemade 
You probably have a bunch of boring old tennis balls lying around the house. At some point, your dog will tear open the ball. Well, why not put some treats …

Weirdest dog toy alive: Captin Underpants! 
First, you need a small pillow, a pair of NEW underpants , and a needle and thread (do not use a sewing machine - it might jam the machine!), non-toxic …

Chase a treat dog toy 
All you need is cardboard, tape, yarn, and a treat! First you take the cardboard and tape a treat on it. Then tape a piece of yarn to the box, and there …

Dr. Hangy Stretch 
All you need is yarn, a long piece of elastic, and a lot of time! First you wrap the yarn around the elastic till it is covered. P.S. This is the long …

Kitty Sock Puppet 
I am planning a new dog toy for Shakespear! It is called a Kitty Sock. How to make it: 1 sock; black or purple felt; needle and threadoptional

Plastic Yarn Bubble 
To make the Plastic Yarn Bubble dog toy you will need: . any type of colored yarn . clear plastic wrap . 1 rubber band . a pair of scissors …

puppy chuch 
First you will need your dogs favorite treat. Then you will need a sock and rope. Put the treat in the sock (crush up treat if needed). Tie the sock …

Flavored frozen sock for dogs 
Take a couple of strongly flavored treats. Soak them in water for a few days. Soak an old sock with the flavored water and freeze it over night. Give …

Puppy Freezer Chews
(Can be used for older dogs too)
This is best for puppies who are teething, but you can also use it for older dogs who chew a lot. Materials - water (just running water like a faucet), …

Bouncy scented string looper 
My dog LOVES this; it is her favorite toy. Take a sock, fill it with tissues and 2 tennis balls, and attach a shirt so it has your scent and you can …

Unusual dog toy:
Double bottle excitement
What you need: 2 empty bottles (soft drink bottles) masking tape rope newspaper beads, pasta or anything that rattles What to do: Fill one bottle …

Unusual Dog Chew Toy:
Dinosaur Bone
I didn't make this one but you go to certain pet shops and they have massive bones that look rather disgusting but they last soo long. I have a Boxer-Pitbull …

Heavy duty dog toys:
The Paper Crinkle Pouch
Hello! My name is Alexia (Lexi) and I'm 13 years old. This homemade dog toy comes under the category of heavy duty dog toys. To make it you are going to …

Unusual dog toy: Dog Runner 
You and your dog will both get exercise with this toy. Supplies: 1 empty washed out milk carton with a handle 1 whatever length you want rope 5 small …

Indesctructible Dog Toy: PVC Pipe - large round corners 
A large PVC pipe corner (about 8-10 inches long) with peanut butter dog treat spread inside(or not). Lab loves it! Can grab it by the ends and can fit …

Ice Bottle Dog toy 
You take a plastic bottle, rip off the paper label then fill the bottle with crushed ice. It's simple and makes a nice rattle. Make sure the cap is closed …

Interesting Water Bottle 
If you take one of those golf club covers that are fake fur on one end, knit like a sock on the other end, and put an empty water bottle with the cap removed …

The Moving Beam 
This is by far one of the easiest toys. Simply grab a cheap torch, some AA batteries (or whatever the selected torch takes) turn the lights off and the …

Sock Spider and Sock Bone 
Sock Spider You'll only need 5 socks. First tie two socks together. Then tie the other socks onto that. And if you have a big or small pet, either …

Baseball Tug Toy 
I drilled a hole through two baseballs and tied them to a tree branch so that they are just too far out of reach for my dogs to bit onto. They can get …

Unusual dog toy:
Cat Fetch Toy
Some dogs get a bit tired with plain sticks for fetch. But this cat fetch toy will keep them chasing it like no tomorrow! It's really easy, actually, …

Unusual dog toys:
Pull the treat out of da sock
Looking for unusual dog toys? Here is my idea: First step: Get an old sock stuff it with anything (newspaper, cotton balls.....) Second: Get some …

How to make dog toys:
Tennis Ball Slingshot
Find two sticks about 24-30 inches long. Take a strong rubber band and band them together at one end. Tie each end of a long sock to one of the …

Unusual dog toys
Human Maypole
This toy was my way of recycling the store bought ones that didn't live up to their "super chewer" claims. I bought my dog, Monte, a ball with a handle …

WANTED: Durable dog toy
for very energetic Boxer
My three year old Boxer, Tyson is very picky about his toys. Not only is he picky, but he can tear most toys up in literally seconds, and he's not interested …

How to recycle paper towel tubes! 
Hi! It's me Jessica again and guess what? After my daughter invented the Swing-a-shirt, she made a new toy! {Cheers) So, you will need the following: …

Unusual dog toy:
the squirm-ball
First, you will want 4-5 old socks, a pretty small balloon, and some string. 1st blow up the balloon, and then cover with sock. take the string and …

unusaul dog toy:
yarn-ball toy
hi,i'm hannah. i'm 8 yrs old. what you do is you get 2 or 3 colors of yarn tie them on to each other. and just make the yarn into a ball.

Unusual dog toy:
Pull a bottle
Get a bottle and put a couple of treats in it. Put a cork in the opening and attach a string to the cork. Your dog will have fun trying to pull the cork …

Unusual dog toy:
This is a pretty simple dog toy that you can make with an old t-shirt(any color-your dog doesn't care) and some scissors. My 12 year old daughter came …

The slippery go around dog toy 
Well I love dogs more than any other thing in the world. My dog and i were bored so i decided to make a toy for him. I grabbed a sock and put a …

fleece rope dog toy 
just a long piece of fleece. Tie a knot in it every 10-12". the finished piece can be anywhere from 1 foot to 4 foot long. My Basset Hound loves running …

Unusual dog toys:
Curtain tunnels/maze
My puppy Bruno, a 7 month old golden lab, loves to hide, and then sneak up on us and bark. So we made our loungeroom and kitchen into a curtain maze. …

Make a dog toy:
Bottle toy
Make a dog toy that is so simple! First you need a regular plastic bottle (can be a 2 liter one too it doesnt matter.) If it still has water, you can …

How to Make a Dog Toy:
Shake a bottle
Start with a Plastic soda Bottle any size. Insert a few pieces of dog food. Screw the lid on tight. Give it a few shakes and make sure it has a good rattle. …

dog bone toy:
the gizzz
i made it out of felt and rubber every time my puppy sees it he gets really excited and starts jumping around. HE LOVES IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! …

how to make dog toys:
sling bird
I made it out of a tennis ball and a feather and this might be gross but i put a little bird urine on it to give it that smell that triggers the hunting …

The Maracas -
a fun dog toy!
This homemade dog toy is also known as the Rowdy Noise Maker! Take a soda or water bottle that has been emptied by the human and recycle it into a toy …

Vibrating Tennis Ball Dog Toy 
This toy is not for every dog and our dog doesn't play with it unsupervised as she can be "Hard on the Equipment". I found one of those vibrating cat …