Just as humans need physical and mental exercise, your dog as well needs this type of stimulation to prevent boredom and behavior problems. New toys will give your dog a challenge as well as expend energy and potentially prevent issues. Creating new toys while stuck at home can be good for us humans too!
While there are a lot of options to purchase toys – some of them can be expensive or just not right for your dog. Making toys for your dog can save you money, occupy your time too, and ensure the correct size for your dog. Below are easy toys to make for your dog that will surely help fight the boredom!
Treat dispensers made from toilet paper tubes:
Be careful that your dog does not eat the pieces of cardboard from the toy. All toys should be given to your dog under supervision.
Cardboard rolls can be used for many different dog toys. You can spread your dog’s favorite treat inside the roll. It will provide lots of entertainment while your friend works to lick the treat out. If you would like to make it more difficult, you can fold the ends down.
Another variation of this toy is to use a small box with holes in it that are slightly larger than the treat inside. Your dog will have to work at getting the surprises out of the box.
What’s under the ball?
You will need a muffin tin and ball for each opening for this toy. Be sure to pick a ball that is appropriately sized for your pet. Using a ball too small could be a choking hazard.
You can begin with the openings uncovered. Fill some of the spots with a treat and let your dog work at getting it out of the opening. Then, put a treat in some of the openings and cover with a ball. The fun comes in when your dog must work at removing the ball to get to the treat.
Swimming pool find the food game:
Stuck inside for too long? This is a great way to keep your dog occupied for a long period of time. Fill a kiddie pool with balls and treats. As your dog searches through the balls for treats, the surprise will keep moving around. If you happen to have a dog that is shy or nervous, only put in a few balls to begin with.
Homemade toys and games can make for an enjoying time for both you and your pet!