Free & Cheap Dog Toys: How To Make A Dog Tug Toy

tenor-dog-with-rope-toy.jpg Our dogs have always enjoyed rope-style tug toys — especially if they have things attached to them and incorporate different textures.

If your dog loves to tug and you have a little free time on your hands, then you can make your dog a tug toy for free using things you already have around the house. Basically, all you need to do is braid together pieces of rope or fabric, and add a tennis ball or other dog toy (like a Kong) for added challenge and bounciness.

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Making your own dog tug toys sure beats paying $15 for a tug toy at the pet store! Granted, they probably won’t last as long, but I’ve had dogs destroy expensive tug toys in less than a day before. So, if you’ve got the materials lying around the house anyway, then why not make some fun and interesting tug toys for your dog?

Here are some easy ways to make tug toys for your dog…


First, A Warning:

I do want to make one thing clear…

I strongly recommend that you watch your dog closely anytime he is playing with a tug toy that he can easily tear to shreds or otherwise destroy.

The reason? Because you don’t want your dog to swallow any long strings, scraps of fabric, or rope. Long stringy items can wreak havoc on your dog’s tummy and can get caught up in the intestines or even cut off circulation in some cases.

So, be sure to cut off and remove any long & loose parts that your dog may have shredded, as you notice them.

In our house, tug toys are not long-lived. They only survive a few play sessions anyway — depending on your dog’s level of chewing and hard play. That’s why it’s usually better to make tug toys than to buy ’em!


Tug Toy Instructions

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What you need:

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  • 1 tennis ball

  • piece of rope


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What you need:

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What you need:

  • old jeans

  • sewing needle

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What you need:

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Make Your Own Dog Kong Tug Toy

What you need:

  • 2 Kong toys

  • synthetic sheepskin fleece material

How To Make A Rope Tug Toy

What you need:

  • 1 tennis ball

  • rope

Make A Braided Fabric Dog Tug Toy

What you need:

  • 3 long strips of fabric



Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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