favorite dog toys forum: DIY dog toy

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Jan 18, 2012 7:12 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I cut strips of denim from discarded jeans and braided them to make a dog "tug of war" toy. That is Winston the pug's favorite game. He doesn't "do" plastic. Neither did my late Westie, Tiffany. I prefer natural fibers. I guess it is rubbing off on my pampered pooches.

He is finally learning that we only play "tuggies" with the toy. Not, for example, when folding laundry.

For Bella the cat, I knit wool mice with a couple of drops of Valerian extract or dried catnip with the stuffing. She likes her mice almost as much as she likes plastic soda bottle tops. She loves when I play with the laser pointer from my corporate days. Hartz is selling a laser pointer like toy now.
Jan 20, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks for the thoughts, the denim sounds like a wonderful idea. My two like to tug, chew and generally destroy their toys, so this is a good way to let them have at it with little cost. Like you said, though, need to make sure they do not use the other clothes for the same game.
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Jan 23, 2012 3:09 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Winston the pug isn't a chewer unless he gets a real bone - then he chews so much I am afraid he will damage his teeth. I got him a couple of rawhides, but he didn't like them. He has food allergies, so I have to be careful with foods and treats. I finally found a dry food that agrees with him. I cook special food for him, but also give him some dry food to clean his teeth and gums.

I also brush his teeth. He has a couple of broken teeth that I have to keep an eye on. He broke a couple of toenails and teeth trying to get out of the cage when the rescue people were transporting him. Poor fellow. He must have had a difficult early life, but he is doing much better now. I have had him for a year this month.

He plays with his braided tuggy toy, but doesn't chew it. I don't have to worry about him ripping and swallowing threads and fabric. If your dogs are likely to rip and swallow toys, it may not be the best idea.

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