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4 Super Easy DIY Dog Toys

While not exactly ‘training’, it is important to keep your dog mentally stimulated to ensure that it does not get bored and gets into trouble. Get creative and have fun with these easy DIY dog toy projects that will keep your pup entertained and mentally stimulated. These simple crafts are perfect for providing your dog with new and exciting ways to play, using materials you likely already have at home.

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1. T-Shirt Tug Toy

Materials Needed:

  • Old t-shirts or fabric scraps
  • Scissors


  1. Gather three or four old t-shirts or fabric scraps in different colors.
  2. Cut the t-shirts into long strips, about 2-3 inches wide.
  3. Tie a knot at one end of the strips to secure them together.
  4. Braid the strips tightly, creating a sturdy rope.
  5. Tie another knot at the opposite end to finish the toy.
  6. Trim any excess fabric, and your tug toy is ready for some playful tug-of-war with your pup!

2. Tennis Ball Treat Dispenser

Materials Needed:

  • Tennis ball
  • Sharp knife or scissors
  • Dog treats


  1. Using a sharp knife or scissors, carefully cut a small slit in the side of the tennis ball. Make sure the slit is big enough to insert treats but not too large that they easily fall out.
  2. Insert your dog’s favorite treats into the tennis ball through the slit.
  3. Give the treat-filled tennis ball to your dog and watch them have fun figuring out how to get the treats out. This toy is great for mental stimulation and keeps your pup engaged.

3. Sock Ball Toy

Materials Needed:

  • Old socks
  • Tennis ball


  1. Take one of the old socks and insert a tennis ball into the toe.
  2. Tie a knot in the sock just above the tennis ball to secure it in place.
  3. You can add more socks around the tennis ball for extra thickness, tying knots between each layer to keep it secure.
  4. Once finished, give the sock ball toy to your dog and let them enjoy a fun and bouncy play session.  Be sure to supervise your dog to ensure that they do not ingest the sock.

4. Water Bottle Crunch Toy

Materials Needed:

  • Empty plastic water bottle
  • Old sock


  1. Remove the cap and label from the plastic water bottle.
  2. Insert the water bottle into an old sock, pushing it all the way to the toe.
  3. Tie a knot at the open end of the sock to secure the bottle inside.
  4. Your dog will love the crunchy sound and texture of this toy as they chew and play.  Again, be sure to supervise your dog to ensure that they do not ingest the sock.

A Fun Way to Upcycle and Play

These DIY dog toy projects are not only cost-effective but also a great way to upcycle old household items. Plus, they offer a fantastic opportunity to bond with your dog through play. Give these crafts a try and watch your pup enjoy hours of fun and stimulation!


Alana Holst
Australian Labradoodle Breeder  at 

Since 2011, I've dedicated myself to breeding Standard Sized Australian Labradoodles, fueled by a passion for holistic practices and exceptional quality. My focus lies in fostering strong bonds between humans and dogs, crafting loyal companions for therapy, service, and family — spreading love, one precious puppy at a time.

Alana Holst

Alana Holst

Australian Labradoodle Breeder

We make a heartfelt promise to our cherished puppies and their new families, dedicating ourselves to the health, happiness, and lifelong well-being of every Labradoodle we raise and to fostering a supportive community among our adoptive families. Learn more about us.

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At Big Rock Labradoodles, we champion a comprehensive, science-based, and holistic approach in breeding and nurturing exceptional standard-sized genuine Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles. Our commitment to atypical rearing strategies ensures that we never settle for the ordinary — we strive for extraordinary dogs destined for prolonged and fulfilling lives. Learn more about our code of ethics and our adoption process. When you feel ready to welcome a new family member, we invite you to fill out our adoption application — the first step towards finding your new furry family member.