I have spent a small fortune in the past on dog toys. My dogs have a few favorite toys around here but they don’t need to chew so much now that they are older.
I have a cover on my chaise lounge / settee / whatever-you-call-it to cover a big chewed hole from a dog a few years ago! :)
Back in the chewing stage, I learned what they loved…the squeaker toys, yes…but those can be killed and dismantled in an afternoon! Nylabone, yes…Kong, not so much. And so it went on.
Now that my youngest son has a puppy, it all started coming back to me. Here is Koopa, a blue nose pit, who won my heart on the first day that I met him.
Koopa loves to run with the kids. He loves to fetch a ball. He loves a few of the dog toys that I have here, but he’s going through basic chew toys like crazy at my son’s house. And that’s only going to get worse.
Koopa needed to start crate training. I had a crate here ( for a large dog ) and it went to my son’s house. Knowing how puppies and young dogs can go through soft toys in a day or two, I thought to just make some up for him myself. I used an old cotton denim shirt that was literally falling apart. I thought that my home made new toys could go into the new crate, as long as my son supervised.
( Just be careful that you don’t include any portions of old shirts or clothing that contain buttons ) I also put a tennis ball in to a sock to play with here, and he really liked that one. As long as it’s my sock here, and not my son’s socks there, it should be okay…as in we don’t want him to start chewing my son’s :)
I found some more DIY dog toys that a person could make themself over at BarkPost HERE. I like the idea of making a braided toy from old tee shirts. denims, etc. That was one of the toys that I made from my old denim shirt.
And then in between ….here my older dogs have finally gotten used to this crazy youngster when he visits and they are all playing enthusiastically, to say the least :)
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