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What are the best homemade toys you have given your GS puppy? I am an expat living in Uganda, East Africa and toys for pets are rare and generally either super expensive (due to them being imported) or non-existent, so I'm trying to make my own. I'd love to hear some ideas for toys and keeping Riley thinking and playing. Toys-imageuploadedbypg-free1412831710.189948.jpg
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Empty water bottle. Fiona loves to chomp them and chase rope.

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My pup plays with pine cones and sweetgum ball seed pods, pine sticks that don't seem to splinter when he chews on them. When we get empty plastic bottles I rinse them out and he gets to chase and chew them up. If we get something shipped in a large box he loves to tear them apart. Yes, I have to later pick up lots of little pieces of cardboard but it is worth it.
I also have worn out but clean work gloves that I tied to the end of a cotton string. He loves chasing that around and playing tug with it.
I don't let him play with old shoes and he still went after one of my new ones. grrrrrrrr.

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+1 on the water bottles and cardboard boxes. we like to put treats inside boxes and close them and let the dogs rip the boxes apart to get the treats. also empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls. if you can get peanut butter there try smearing some of it inside the empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls.
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I love these ideas!!! Thank you!! I just want to double check, do they not cut themselves when biting plastic bottles? Or is it safe?
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They don't last long, but I braid strips of old blankets or jeans into tugs for mine, and also use cardboard boxes and bottles as above. I will put a water bottle in an old sock so they aren't gnawing directly on the plastic, maybe toss some kibble in the bottle for them to work for. They have come to expect that when I come home from the grocery store, they get to play with the paper bags. They also get secondhand soccer balls. None of this is unsupervised, though.
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One of our pup's favorite things is a plastic jar (with an opening large enough that he doesn't get his nose stuck in it, but small enough that he can't reach into and get to the bottom) that we toss a piece of carrot of other treat into. We use a Costco mixed nut jar. It used to keep him busy for a while, but he has now figured out to kick it around until the treat falls out.
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Ice cubes. Mine can't get enough of them.

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I love these ideas!!! Thank you!! I just want to double check, do they not cut themselves when biting plastic bottles? Or is it safe?

Yes. Just watch so that when it starts to come apart you take it away. Fiona and her sister would attack aluminum cans too. That was a bad idea.

We would also take an empty milk jug fill 1/2 way with water and freeze. The ensuing fun enjoyment is great to watch.

Agree on ice cubes too

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Braided long toys work out GREAT! Add knots and balls too.

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Using t-shirts DIY: How to Make a T-Shirt Dog Toy




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