Like children, dogs love to have fun with toys. Dog toys save your furniture and shoes from being pulled and chewed into pieces. It is important that your dog has several toys of his own for play and other benefits. recommends that dogs get at least 30-60 minutes of exercise each day. They can get plenty of exercise with fetching toys.

Dog toys can be expensive; however, many dog owners give their pets homemade dog toys. Most of them are simply made. Here are the top 9 DIY dog toys, from the easiest to the more time-consuming to make.

The Best DIY Dog Toys to Consider

1. Tasty Chewy Knot

a chewy knot for dogs

Supplies you need:

  • A long strip of clean fabric (try using cotton).


  • Tie a tight knot in the middle of the fabric.
  • Keep tying knots until you have a big knotted ball.
  • Dip the knot in a little beef or chicken stock and put it in your freezer.

A dog will have a blast chasing and chewing on these frozen dog toys—especially teething puppies. When the toys get frazzled, just pitch them and make new ones.

2. Cardboard Roll

Supplies you need:

  • Cardboard from a roll of paper towels or bathroom tissue.
  • Duct tape.
  • A handful of treats.


  • Fold down one end of the cardboard tube and tape it securely with duct tape.
  • Put a small handful of your dog’s favorite treats in the tube.
  • Duct tape the other end closed.
  • Completely wrap the tube with duct tape.

Your four-legged friend can spend hours chewing on this toy to get the hidden treats. The roll has a tempting rattle and can be used for fetching practice.

3. Crackle Sock

Supplies you need:

  • One clean tube sock.
  • One empty plastic water bottle (cap removed).


  • Remove the bottle’s cap, because it can cause your dog to choke.
  • Squeeze the bottle flat and put it inside of the tube sock.
  • Tie a tight knot at the end of the

Watch your dog go nuts over the crackling sound of this simple toy! Just crunch the toy, and he will come running. It may become one of his favorites in your dog toy box DIY.

4. Yummy Sock Treats

a dog chewing a dog toy

Supplies you need:

  • A handful of your dog’s favorite treats.
  • Two clean tube socks.


  • Put some of the dog treats in each sock.
  • Tie a knot at the end of the socks.

These treat-filled socks will provide hours of chewy, crunchy pleasure. Eventually, your dog will chew the sock open and devour the treats. Then, you can make some new ones.

5. Ball-In-Sock Fetching Toy

Supplies you need:

  • A large, clean tube sock.
  • A tennis ball.


  • Push the ball in the sock until it fits snugly in the toe.
  • Tie a knot just above the tennis ball.

This is probably one of the easiest fetch toys to make. Take Rover outside and play fetch. You may also use the ball-in-sock toy as a regular chewing item.

 6. Chewy Braids

Supplies you need:

  • An old kitchen towel or a piece of heavy-duty material (denim or cotton).


Take a pair of scissors and cut cloth lengthwise into two strips. Stop the cut about an inch from the top. Braid the strips and tie them on the end. If your dog is a larger breed, use two or three pieces of material braided together. You can either tie the ends or sew them. Chewy braids are great tug-of-war toys.

7. Pop Goes the Pup Treats

Supplies you need:

  • One clean 2-liter pop If you do not have one, try a clean milk jug.
  • Lids are choking hazards, so ditch the lid.


  • Wash the pop bottle out well, and let it dry.
  • Using a funnel, pour some of your dog’s favorite treats in the bottle.

The whole family will be delighted to watch Spot chew and roll the pop bottle around the house. Your pup might pitch the bottle in the air to release some of his scrumptious treats. If your dog is a pup or smaller breed, you might want to use a 16oz. pop bottle instead.

8. Stuffing-Free Cuddly Bear

a cute stuffed teddy bear

Supplies you need:

  • A clean stuffed toy.
  • Scissors or a seam ripper.
  • Sewing needle and coordinating thread.


  • Split a 2-3-inch hole in the stuffed toy with scissors or a seam ripper.
  • Take out the stuffing and repurpose it for another project.
  • Remove any ribbons, strings, eyes, or any choking hazards.
  • Stitch up the hole with needle and thread.

Those pricey stuffed dog toys are actually dangerous for your pet. They can easily be chewed open, and your dog can get choked on the stuffing, warns the American Humane Society. These stuffing-free toys are great for Rover to toss, chew, and have tug-of-war games with you.

9. DIY Pitching Hoops

Supplies you need:

  • A piece of old garden hose.
  • A 3-inch piece of dowel rod or a small stick.


  • Put one end of the stick at the end of the piece of hose.
  • Connect it to the other end to form a hoop.
  • Use duct tape if the ends are loose.

Use this hoop for fetching exercise and for a chewy dog toys DIY crafting project. Put the hoop in a nylon bag, and you will have a custom-made flying disc for playing in the park or on the beach.

Summing It Up

The prices on dog toys can be ridiculous. Be kind to your dog and the environment by upcycling ordinary things around your house. With a little ingenuity, you can create dog toys that will engage your dog’s curiosity and promote exercise.

The entire family can get involved making unique dog toys. Try some of these hints and see how much the dog will enjoy them. If you have any comments or know of other great DIY dog toy projects, let us know!

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