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« on: July 26, 2012 11:07:09 AM »

My 13 week old lab puppy has a thing for empty water bottles. He LOVES them.  Because it is a relatively safe thing for him to destroy, I let him play with them occasionally under supervision to make sure he doesn't eat any of the plastic pieces.  Mostly he just crunches on it and enjoys the noise.  A lady at our puppy class was describing how she buys cheap stuffed animals and then removes the stuffing and stuffs them with bottles for her puppy and it gave me an idea.

I took an empty water bottle, threw some kibble in there, and wrapped a piece of fleece fabric around it and knotted the ends.  Voila, super simple, easy peasy dog toy that kept my pup enthralled for a while.

I didn't take pictures of the steps but I think they are pretty self-explanatory.  If not, I can make another with pics.
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2012 11:13:31 AM »

Totally clever destructive doggy toy!  I bet the crunch is excellent.  I'm going to have to remember this for when my husband agrees to us getting a dog!  (And slightly off topic; I totally want to see a picture of the actual puppy too!)
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2012 11:19:56 AM »

Here is he at Starbucks. 



And here is one of him kissing my boyfriend.
 

He is a little terror but we love him!
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2012 12:10:06 PM »

What a clever toy!

I also go to flea markets and find cheap stuffed animals ( some go for a dime!)...definitely take out the stuffing or you will find it all over the house!  I am going to stuff one with a bottle and see if my boy will like it.

What a happy puppy!  He looks like what my big boy looked like when he was a baby!  ha ha he still likes to play with his handmade fleece toys but now he is 80 pounds of love! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2012 12:13:42 PM »

OMG!!! TOOO CUUUUTTTTEEEE!!!!

Another idea for the fleece is to cut long strips of it and tightly braid them together. Very cheap, washable and if you have to throw it out, you're not out much cash. Also they're excellent for tug o war ropes!

I created a bunch of them for my parents chocolate lab and he loves them. I got creative doubling/tripling/quadrupling up the strands to make them heavier as he grew. Now at 2 years old and 85 pounds his favorite one is made up of 12 lengths of fleece, herringbone braided with a loop in the middle, he loves it!
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2012 12:19:40 PM »

OMG!!! TOOO CUUUUTTTTEEEE!!!!

Another idea for the fleece is to cut long strips of it and tightly braid them together. Very cheap, washable and if you have to throw it out, you're not out much cash. Also they're excellent for tug o war ropes!

I created a bunch of them for my parents chocolate lab and he loves them. I got creative doubling/tripling/quadrupling up the strands to make them heavier as he grew. Now at 2 years old and 85 pounds his favorite one is made up of 12 lengths of fleece, herringbone braided with a loop in the middle, he loves it!
Yes! I love braided fleece!  Chip has several of these that we play tug with.  I have also made about 20 of these for donating to the humane society. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2012 01:39:23 PM »

Do you have a pattern or link on how to do the herringbone?

I have made a lot using just the three strips, but my dog is too strong for them and they rip easily!

I need to check with our rescue shelters to see if they could use some of these...
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2012 01:57:05 PM »

Do you have a pattern or link on how to do the herringbone?

I have made a lot using just the three strips, but my dog is too strong for them and they rip easily!

I need to check with our rescue shelters to see if they could use some of these...

If it's ripping that easily then I say definitely start using more strands and braid as tightly as possible. My parents also have 2 Gordon Setter Pups and they can get quite destructive, but they haven't destroyed my ropes yet!

Here's a link to the herringbone aka fishtail, it's typically used for hair, as shown in the link, but it applies as well to fleece. It requires more strands, the more you use, the tighter the braid, the more durable it'll be!

I'll have to get a pic this weekend of the jumbo one I made for the lab. It's strong enough that he can pull me across the floor with it playing tug o war and I ain't tiny!! Cheesy
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