This week the Pet Blogger Challenge Group is making pet toys! The challenge is to make a toy using items found in the house. My toy is super simple, but also super effective. The dogs love it, and it is much cheaper than similar manufactured items. My dogs adore treat dispensing toys. I love them too because they make the dogs think and work for their treats. The tricky treat ball (affiliate link) is one example of a brain game or treat dispensing type toy that my dogs love. So, I decide to make a homemade version. I began with a small cardboard box with a tight fitting top that closes.
I cut a hole in the side that was large enough for treats to fall out of but too small for a paw or full snout. Cutting only one hole, makes the game pretty challenging for the dog. I ended up later adding a second hole to make it a bit easier.
Next, I added treats to the box. I use various brands of dehydrated raw meal toppers as treats. They tend to be fairly healthy, store well, and are the right size for training treats.
Just a handful will do.
Then I closed the box up and let the dogs go to work figuring out how to roll the box around or shake it in order to get the treats to fall out. For Ty it was a bit of a challenge, which is why I added a second hole. He kept trying to just lick the box.
Eve got it right away. She flipped the box around all over the place and quickly got treats to fall out.
She also would pick it up and carry it when it got lodged in a corner or against a piece of furniture.
Overall, the homemade dog toy was a big hit!
So, this DIY dog toy was essentially free since I used a box that would have otherwise gone into the recycling. It also took a whole of maybe 2 minutes to make. Want to see more DIY pet toys? Check out the rest of the posts from the Pet Blogger Challenge Group to see more!