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Homemade dog toys for aggressive chewers

Homemade dog toys for aggressive chewers

Does your pup go through toys like his life depends on it? If yes, then you need to learn how to make homemade dog toys for your beloved chewer.

My boy Delta Bunny cannot allow his new toys to even last a day in that velociraptor mouth of his. Within five minutes of getting a new toy, I will be provided with its carcass and a very innocent face telling me, “momma get something stronger. This one did not last…hehe”

So if you have a pup like mine, then you need to master the art of making homemade dog toys. The techniques I will show you here are super simple, easy and can be made with items available around your home. Also, you don’t have to worry about dealing with the DIY dog toy’s carcass as you can re-fix these in no time. Thus, here are some of the best homemade dog toys to keep your pup busy.

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Before you embark on the journey of making DIY dog toys for your pup. You need to understand why are toys important for dogs?

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Dog toys importance:

Toys play a huge role in shaping a dog’s mind during its formative years. The following are the ways toys benefit dogs:

Provide an apt amount of mental stimulation

If your dog is not provided with enough mental stimulation, he or she is likely to indulge themselves in chewing your shoes, tearing the couch, stealing and tearing your socks, etc. Toys like puzzle toys provide mental engagement to your dog and also enhance their problem-solving skills.


How do you expect to make your dog exercise if you don’t have a ball?  Treats work well when the guardian is around. However, when the dog is playing by himself or herself, toys play a huge role in keeping him or her busy and providing some indoor exercise like fetching, tugging, wrestling etc.


A lot of dogs are known to associate comfort with soft fluffy toys. This comfort is especially important when you are not in the house and tour dog is alone. This may also help if your dog suffers from separation anxiety. However, you may want to rethink buying a stuffed toy if your dog is a heavy chewer like my Delta.


This is a point meant for both you and your dog. Playtime is fun time as well as a great bonding opportunity. You can also add in some training during playtime. This, I suggest you don’t miss out on the same.
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How to make homemade dog toys for chewers:

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Items needed:

  • An old sock or stocking
  • A plastic bottle at least half the size of the sock

How to make:

  • Remove the cap of the bottle
  • Put the bottle in the sock and push it right till the end of the sock
  • Tie a simple knot at the end of the bottle
  • Your sock bottle DIY dog toy is ready

Bonus tip: You can put a couple of treats in the bottle before putting it in the sock. The noises made by the treats hitting the bottle will keep your pup from getting bored for a long time

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This is a personal favorite of mine. This one keeps Delta busy for a good amount of time.

Items needed:

  • Dog treats/ biscuits
  • Old denim or thick cloth strips
  • A pair of scissors

How to make:

  • Cut the denim or the thick cloth into 3 inch wide strips. You can keep the length as long as you wish.
  • Put the treat in the center and roll the cloth width-wise.
  • Tie a knot securing the treat inside the knot.
  • You can make as many treat knots as you want.

Bonus tip: For this DIY dog toy, use your pup’s favorite treats. More enticing the treat, more time he/she is likely to spend trying to get the treat out.

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How to make dog rope toys: THE KNITTED ROPE TOY

Items needed:

  • Old denim or thick cloth strips
  • A pair of scissors

How to make:

  • Cut the denim/cloth into 2 inches wide strips
  • Make simple knots in the denim/cloth keeping the knots one inch apart from each other.
  • You can make as many knots as you want.

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How to make dog chew toys: THE BRAIDED ROPE TOY

Items needed:

  • Cloth strips
  • A pair of scissors

How to make:

  • Cut the strips as wide as you want.
  • Make sure you have 3 strips of equal width.
  • Make a knot at one end with the 3 strips
  • Braid the strips like a simple 3 strand braid
  • Tie a knot at the end securing the braid.

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Homemade dog toy 5: THE TOSSABLE BALL TUGGY

Items needed:

  • A tennis ball
  • An old T-shirt or cloth
  • A pair of scissors

How to make:

  • Cut the cloth so that you have a big square.
  • Put the ball in the middle
  • Wrap the cloth around the ball, covering the ball completely.
  • Cut the remaining cloth into strips
  • Use a couple of strips to make a knot and secure the ball in its place.
  • Use the remaining strips to make 3 strand braids.
  • Your DIY dog toy with a extra rope is ready.

You can use this one to keep exhaust your pup in small spaces. Just move the toy by the rope from one side to another and watch your dog chase it.

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How much do you spend on buying toys for your dog annually? What type of chew is your pup? How long do commercial dog toys last in your house?

Hope you have fun making these quick and super easy homemade dog toys for your babies. Let me know in the comment section which of the DIY dog toys you tried and how much did your pup like it. If you have some toy ideas in mine feel free to share them in the connect section as well.

If you have any further questions or want me to write about a specific topic, put it in the comment section and I will be sure to address it in my upcoming blog posts.

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need homemade dog toys?
In case your dog is a heavy chewer, then it is very likely that your dog tears up commercial toys very soon. Hence, it is advisable to make DIY dog toys so that they can be patched up very easily and will also save you a ton of money while keeping your dog happy.
What will I need to make homemade dog toys?
You can use the following to make a variety of homemade dog toys for your pup:
  • Empty water bottles
  • Old t shirts or cloth
  • Treats
  • Balls
Why are toys important for dogs?
Toys help in shaping your dog’s brain during the formative years. They increase your dog’s problem solving capability, provide exercise and mental stimulation, keeps your pup buys when you cannot play with him or her. Toys are also a way for you to bond with your pup.

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