Your dog doesn’t need to be a super-smart Border Collie to mean he won’t get bored. Dogs of all breeds need a little distraction from time to time.
We scoured Pinterest for the five best boredom-busting DIY dog toys you can easily make for your pooch:
Five DIY Dog Toys You Should Be Making
1. Rope Ball Surprise Dog Toy
This impressive looking rope ball will have your pup puzzled for hours if you hide treats inside it.
Using two twist ties, secure the ends of your rope from unravelling.
Then, follow the easy to follow steps in the images below for tying it into a monkey’s fist knot.
The monkey’s fist knot to be challenging, so it might take a couple of tries to get the knot just right.
Pop a dog treat in the middle (see step 5).
2. DIY Dog Boredom Buster
Grab some toilet roll cardboard tubes and a container (this can be a box, tupperware or anything that will hold the rolls).
Place the toilet rolls on their sides inside the container and pop your pup’s favourite treats inside them.
Let your pup discover how to get the treats out of the toilet rolls.
3. DIY Treat Dispenser
Don’t be turned away from this complex-looking contraption – it’s surprisingly easy to make. Read on…
Mark a wooden box and drill holes on equal sides using a drill bit large enough to fit the circumference of your pipe.
Pierce holes in each side of the empty plastic bottle large enough to fit your pipe.
Thread the pipe through the bottle and box edge holes.
Place caps on the end of the pipes to stop it from sliding out.
Drop dog treats into the empty bottles and watch your pooch have fun swinging the bottles round to get to them!
4. Tennis Ball Treat Puzzle
This cheap kong alternative is a great puzzle for uber-smart or food-driven pups.
Cut a slit or cross into a tennis ball.
Fill with your dog’s favourite treats and watch him spin and flip the ball for hours trying to get to the nibbles inside!
5. Dog enrichment toy
This intricate toy is deceptively simple to make.
Cut a PVC pipe to length (about 20cm).
Drill random holes around the pipe using different sized drill-bits.
Pop a cap on one end, fill with treats small enough to fit through the holes and secure the cap on the other side of the pipe.
Have any DIY toy ideas of your own? Share them with us in the comments section below!