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9 DIY Dog Enrichment Toys You Can Make From Things Around The House

Written by: Jake Wells

December 7, 2021

Does your dog chew through toys like a starving velociraptor? Are you and your pup tired of the usual squeaky toy? Here are a few of the best dog puzzle toys you can easily make at home. DIY dog toys are a resourceful way to make use of old items around the house. They’re fun and engaging to make, and a joy for your pup to behold once you’re finished! Check out these ingenious DIY dog toys that will perk up their ears and get those tails wagging! 

**As is the case with any toy, think of your pup’s safety first. Supervise your dog when they’re playing with all toys and regularly inspect them for damage. Be sure to get rid of any toys that are falling apart–—you don’t want your four-legged love to swallow anything harmful!

What’s below:

  1. Hide and Seek Muffin Tin
  2. Rope Ball Surprise
  3. T-Shirt Wrapped Water Bottle
  4. Tennis Ball Puzzle Toy
  5. Cereal Box Dog Puzzle
  6. T-Shirt Tuggable Toy
  7. Tennis Ball and T-Shirt Fetch Toy
  8. Dog Toy Fishing Pole
  9. Tennis Ball Foxtail

1. Hide & Seek Muffin Tin Treat Game

Stimulate your dog’s mind and their whiskers with this easy to set-up muffin tin game. Hide treats underneath tennis balls and let your pup sniff them out! Similar to a snuffle mat, this DIY enrichment toy will stimulate your furry friend while encouraging natural foraging skills.

Here’s How:

  • Find muffin tin
  • Find tennis balls
  • Hide treats underneath
  • Voila

2. Stuff Treats Inside This Rope Ball Surprise Toy

Hiding treats can be fun and enriching for both you and your furry friend. Tie some spare rope into a monkey’s fist, but before you finish, slip in some dry food or a dog treat! This pooch-puzzle is like an elevated brain game toy.

Here’s How:

  • Tie a monkey’s fist (this might take some practice)
  • Slip a treat inside
  • Let ’em go to town

3. DIY T-Shirt-Wrapped Water Bottle

It’s the perfect chew toy for a pup that likes crinkle-crinkle sounds. (Let’s hope you like them too!)

Here’s How:

  • Find empty water bottle
  • Find old t-shirt
  • Cut strips of fabric
  • Wrap the bottle in the t-shirt and tie with strips

4. Test Their Wits with this Tennis Ball Treat Puzzle

Make a cut along the seam, stuff with your dog’s favorite treats or dry kibble, and voila! (Best part? The felt on the tennis ball keeps the rubber from tearing.) The tennis ball food puzzle is a highly interactive toy, perfect for developing smart dogs and great for your dogs teeth. As a bonus for any dog owner, this is one of our dog enrichment ideas that is fairly quiet.

Here’s How:

  • Find tennis ball
  • Make incision along the seam
  • Stuff with kibble

5. Hide Treats Inside A Cereal Box, Then Tape It Shut

(Destruction intended.) Toss some dog food or peanut butter dog treats inside an empty box, tape it shut, and watch your pup tear it to shreds. Have a Pit Bull? He’ll love this one – place some food for Pit Bull’s inside and watch him go!

Here’s How:

  • Find empty cereal box
  • Add treats inside
  • Tape it shut

 6. Turn Old T-Shirts Into A Tuggable Toy

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Just grab two t-shirts and some scissors, and you can quickly fashion this t-shirt dog toy! Great for aggressive chewers!

Here’s How:

  • Cut strips
  • Braid together
  • Start the tug-o-war

7. DIY Tennis Ball & T-Shirt

Fashion this swingable, tuggable, tossable t-shirt and tennis ball combo for the pup who loves to fetch, with the old shirt on its last legs.

Here’s How:

  • Cut fabric into wide strips
  • Wrap tennis ball inside
  • Tie with t-shirt strips

8. Dog Toy Fishing Pole

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Tie one of your dog’s favorite toys to the end of a PVC pipe and go fishin’! This interactive dog toy keeps everyone entertained!

Here’s How:

  • Drill hole in PVC pipe
  • Attach dog toy to the rope
  • Tie rope to the pipe

9. DIY Tennis Ball Foxtail

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Stitch the foxtail to the seam of a tennis ball and go wild! For even more fun, drop a tennis ball in one leg of and old tube sock and tie a knot!

Here’s How:

  • Cut a 30 x 9 piece of fabric that tapers down to 2 inches
  • Fold and sew a cone
  • Stitch tennis ball inside with needle and thread
  • Toss that baby across the yard
Written by: Jake Wells

December 7, 2021

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