For many dogs, chewing household items is their favorite hobby. They will chew shoes, furniture and their owner's personal possessions if they don't have chew toys available. It is possible to avoid this nightmare by making some custom chew toys for your special dog. Homemade dog toys are less expensive than store bought varieties. You can create a varied collection so that your furry friend can have a toy for every room in the house.
Things You'll Need
- Knee Sock
- Tennis ball
- Washing machine
Slip an old tennis ball into a very long knee sock. Use the longest sock made from knitted material that you can find. Do not use nylon hose.
Tie a knot in the sock very close to the tennis ball, to encase the ball in the sock toe. Tie another knot close to the first one. Continue making a series of knots all along the sock until you reach the sock opening. Tie this opening closed with a final knot.
Soak the knotted sock and ball with water. Remove the sock from the water and wring out as much water as possible. Put the sock in the freezer for at least one hour or until it is frozen solid. Your dog will chew the frozen sock, and will be used to playing with it by the time it thaws.
Cut a piece of very thick rope 12 inches long. Choose rope that is at least 3/4 inches thick. Use cotton rope only: do not use nylon rope.
Tie a very thick knot at each end of the rope. Tie the same knot over and overuntil it is a big and bulbous mass with a short end of rope sticking out of it.
Place the rope through a load of laundry and into the dryer. You can wait until you have a load of laundry ready to go, as the rope with knots won't hurt your clothes if they are washed with it. Put the knotted rope into the dryer and allow it to completely dry. The knots will fray at the ends of the rope, making the chew toy even more attractive to your dog.