5 Awesome DIY Dog Toys You Can Make at Home

DIY Dog Toys

We all know our pups deserve the best, but those fancy store-bought toys can really add up. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to keep your canine companion entertained. In fact, some of the most fun and engaging toys can be made right in your own home with items you probably already have. So, grab your crafting supplies (or your recycling bin!) and let’s get started on these five pawsome DIY dog toys:

1. The Classic Knotted T-Shirt Tug Toy:

  • What you need: An old t-shirt you don’t mind sacrificing.
  • How to make it: Cut the t-shirt into strips, braid them tightly, and knot the ends.
  • Cost: Free! (And a great way to upcycle those old tees!)
  • Why your dog will love it: This toy is perfect for tug-of-war, fetch, or just plain chewing. The knotted design satisfies their natural instinct to gnaw.

2. The Brainy Treat Puzzle:

  • What you need: An empty plastic bottle, some kibble or small treats.
  • How to make it: Poke a few holes in the bottle just big enough for the treats to fall out. Fill the bottle and let your dog figure out how to get the goodies.
  • Cost: Essentially free! Just some treats.
  • Why your dog will love it: This puzzle toy stimulates their minds and provides a rewarding challenge. It’s a great way to keep them occupied when you’re busy.

3. The Sock-tastic Squeaky Toy:

  • What you need: An old sock, an empty water bottle.
  • How to make it: Remove the bottle cap, stuff the bottle into the sock, and tie a knot at the end.
  • Cost: Practically nothing!
  • Why your dog will love it: The crinkly sound of the bottle and the squeaky surprise will keep your pup engaged for hours. Just be sure to supervise them to prevent any accidental sock-swallowing!

4. The Muffin Tin Treasure Hunt:

  • What you need: A muffin tin, some tennis balls or other dog-safe toys.
  • How to make it: Place treats or kibble in a few of the muffin cups, then cover all the cups with the tennis balls. Let your dog sniff out the hidden treasures!
  • Cost: Minimal, if you already have a muffin tin and some balls.
  • Why your dog will love it: This game appeals to their sense of smell and foraging instincts. It’s a fun way to make mealtime more interesting.

5. The Fleece Frenzy Tug:

  • What you need: Strips of fleece fabric (old blankets or clothing work great).
  • How to make it: Braid or knot the fleece strips together to create a sturdy rope toy. You can even add some squeakers if you have them.
  • Cost: Likely free if you have fleece scraps around the house.
  • Why your dog will love it: Fleece is soft and satisfying to chew on. The braided or knotted texture makes it a great toy for tugging and shaking.

Important Note on Toy Safety:

  • Supervision is key: Always supervise your dog with any new toy, especially DIY ones. Watch for signs of wear and tear, and remove any small pieces that could become choking hazards.
  • Choose durable materials: Opt for sturdy fabrics like fleece or denim, and avoid anything with loose buttons, beads, or other small parts that could be ingested.
  • Know your dog’s chewing style: If your dog is a power chewer, stick to tougher toys like knotted rope or rubber toys. Avoid thin fabrics or materials that can be easily shredded.
  • Inspect regularly: Check your DIY toys frequently for damage and discard any that are showing signs of wear and tear.


With a little creativity and a few household items, you can craft a whole collection of fun and engaging toys for your furry friend. Not only will these DIY projects save you money, but they’ll also provide hours of entertainment for your pup – and give them some much needed exercise. So, get crafting and enjoy the endless tail wags and happy barks!

For more information about this subject or general questions you can contact:

Courie Dennis with Posh Paws Pet Care, LLC
Visit our website at PoshPawsPetCareSC.com
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