Nowadays, it seems like man’s best friend is an even better friend to the retail outlets. If you can think of a dog accessory or toy, it’s out there, and often at a whopping price tag. I sometimes scratch my head in the aisles of such stores,thinking “Really, Rs 500 for a tennis ball and a white cord? Wow, you really can get money for an old rope!”
So I looked around for ideas that I could make at home quickly, easily, and without spending more than a couple of bucks on any one toy. Ideally I was looking for toys I could make without having to buy anything. And as my big pooch doesn’t know the difference between brand new and homemade, all I really had to do was make sure he liked playing with them.
1. Milk Bottle Mania
-Empty milk bottle (choose a size appropriate for your dog and throw away the cap)
-Small-ish treats or your dog’s food
What to do:
1. Fill with treats and shake to get your dog interested
2. Enjoy the madness that ensues as your dog bats the milk bottle around to get the treats.
Your pooch will bite and scratch and throw around that bottle until the last treat has fallen out, which could take hours.
2. The Snack Sock
You will need
-2 sturdy socks
-Small dog treats
Place the snacks inside one sock and then ball it up (the usual way you do when you put socks in a drawer). Then, put it inside another sock and tie a knot in the sock to seal it inside. Your pup will smell the snacks inside and love the challenge of getting them out
3. Toilet Roll Treat toys
You will need:
-Empty toilet roll or paper towel roll
-Dog treats or chew
What to do:
1 At one end, fold two sides of the toilet roll in to seal it
2 Fill with treats or a dog chew for a longer lasting treat
3 Fold in the other end and present to your dog to destroy
4.T-Shirt Tug and Treat-dog -tugga-toy
Cut up old t-shirts or tea towels into strips to make a tug-toy with a twist. As you braid or twist your strips into a tug-toy, work in treats along the way. Your dog will have to chew and tear at the toy to get the treats out, which is great fun and will help clean its teeth. This is also great for introducing reluctant dogs to games of tug.
5.Box of Doggy Delights
If you get a delivery which comes in a large box, let your dog enjoy it before you recycle it. Fill the box with treats, toys and scrunched up newspaper and help your dog rummage around to dig out its favourite treats and toys.