Animals

This DIY Dog Toy Will Keep Your Pet Busy For Hours

Cheap to make and fun to watch your dog figure it out.

Being a loving dog owner, I’m always on the search for new toys to keep Stanley busy while we are away. We’ve tried everything from deer antlers to Benebones (which are great, BTW), but I was intrigued when I came across this DIY dog toy.

This definitely shows some great promise, plus it’s pretty cheap to make.

What you need:

  1. Three plastic bottles
  2. Metal pole
  3. Wood pole
  4. Scrap wood
  5. Four screws
  6. Wood glue
  7. Drill

Steps:

  1. Create a stand using two pieces of wood on the side and one on the bottom.
  2. Attach the wood pole at the top to serve as the carrier.
  3. Drill holes through the bottles and insert the metal pole through them and then secure the pole to the stand.
  4. Put some dog food into the bottles and you are good to go.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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Other Activities For Dogs

If you are seeking other fun ways to keep your pooch busy that are a bit less DIY, then you might want to consider a trip to your local pet store. After all, dogs require a certain level of mental stimulation throughout the day and having fun toys on hand is one way to ensure they get their daily dose. This is especially important if they will be at home without human interaction for several hours at a time.

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Store bought tools to keep your dog entertained include the popular KONG toys, which can be filled with treats or peanut butter, as well as safe chews, like the Nylabone. Some dogs even love puzzles — yes, you read that correctly! — like the Nina Ottosson puzzle toys.

Your furry family member might also love a classic ball, more specifically one that also does a little good like the Project Play Wunderball. Made from 100 percent natural rubber, the super-durable ball is not only safe for your dog, but also the environment.

Plus, the ball’s irregular surface helps to massage your dog’s teeth and gums, and then there is, perhaps, the best part yet — for every ball purchased, the company iHeartDogs donates the a ball to a shelter dog in need of a little love (and play).

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And, really, does it get any better than that?

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