favorite dog toys forum: The Monkey Fist knot rope toy

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ImageLance
Jan 11, 2011 8:47 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Recently I was visiting my parents, for Christmas, and of course I took my 2 companions for a walk to a local park. Unfortunately, since there were many of us that went for the walk, one of the retrieving toys got lost amongst all the possible people that Storm (the dark one above) was giving the toy to. The next morning, I went back to the park to look for the retrieving toy I had just gotten them for Christmas, but did not find it. This was fortuitous, however, as I found a rope with a large knot on the end of it, instead, obviously used for a dog toy.
I typed into Google "rope end knot", and found out it is called a Monkey Fist knot, used to make the end of a line heavy for throwing, or for decoration. Now all I need is about 10 feet of 1/2 to 3/4 inch rope, and I can make a new dog toy anytime I want. I am going to experiment with putting a tennis or racquet ball in the middle of it, as well, but the first one I have made is from some 3/4 inch cotton rope I had lying around with just the knot on the end. The length needed is different depending on what type and how thick the rope is, but it will take more than you think.
Here are 2 links with instructions:
http://www.igkt.net/beginners/monkeys-fist.php
http://www.realknots.com/knots/faqknot.htm
I took the inside end of the rope and tucked it inside the knot, so only one length of rope sticks out to hold for throwing. I have had this toy get stuck several times in trees already, and you also need to be careful that you do not swing it around and bonk your dog, someone else, or anything else with the heavy knot end.
I like this toy because of my current dog personalities: I have 2 Labrador Retrievers (mostly, not registered), and Storm is a retrieving maniac. Turk, the tan one, gets bored more easily with single tasks, and prefers to play tug or chase games. With this toy, I can toss it somewhat far, and they can both grab and run with it without concerns about a hard toy or stick harming them as they tear around with it between them. They can tug it, chase each other, steal it from each other, I really don't care as long as they get exercised. I can also place this toy in branches or other areas as a challenge for Turk, who almost always figures out how to work around something first. If I was trying to teach fully trained retrieving, this may not work as well, but I am only having fun with it.
I may also experiment with tying tennis or other soft balls on the end of a rope, but those may end up being pulled off.
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