Toys are expensive, and if your dogs are anything like mine, they don’t last long. We always have a toy being stitched back together.
Making toys yourself is easy, cheap, and often your dog will love them more.
This tug toy is made of old clothes that are usually around the house. It is perfect for a game of tug-of-war.
New toys are great for enriching your dogs’ life. New smells and games are great for stimulation. There are many benefits of enrichment for dogs. Including:
- Tires your dog out – A tired dog tends to be easier to train and better behaved.
- Increase brain capacity – Playing games keeps your dog’s brain sharp.
- Rewarding for your dog – Being rewarded with treats or toys is great for dogs. It keeps them happy and mentally healthy.
- Lowers stress and anxiety – Increasing physical and mental exercise is excellent for decreasing mental stress for your dog.
- Increases the bond between you and your dog – Introducing new and fun games is exciting for your dog. By helping and playing these games, you will improve and build your relationship.
Physical exercise is incredibly important. But mental stimulation is arguably just as important, if not more so. It is thought that 1 hour of physical activity is equivalent to 10 minutes of mental training. It is a great way to tire out your furry friend and leave them feeling fulfilled and happy.
There are plenty of ways to mentally challenge your pooch, from a sniffy walk in a new park to some of the more fancy toys explicitly designed for brain games.
Busy? Get Your
Hands Paws On The Answers Quickly…
- 3 t-shirts
- 1 sock
|1. Cut the end from the sock and roll the sock to form a donut.|
|2. Remove the sleeves from all 3 t-shirts.|
|3. Cut each t-shirt from the base to the shoulder and cut along the seam to create 6 long fabric pieces.|
|4. Take 3 of the strips and plait together.|
|5. Add the donut sock to the end of the plait and secure it with a knot.|
|6. Take the remaining 3 strips and cut them in half. Discard half..|
|7. Plait the 3 shorter strips together. This will be the handle of the toy.|
|8. Attach the ends of the handle together. Tie onto the end of the long plait (the side without the donut) and cut off any excess material.|
Disclaimer: Always supervise your dog when using enrichment toys.
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Disclaimer: Each dog is different, and every circumstance is different. All efforts have been made to provide accurate information. However, it is not provided by a qualified Veterinarian, Veterinarian Surgeon, or Behaviorist. The information provided is purely educational. The information should not be used as an alternative or substitute for medical care. If you have any health or medical concerns, contact a qualified Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinarian immediately.