Easy & Cheap Dog Toy

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Introduction: Easy & Cheap Dog Toy

This Instructable describes how to quickly turn a tennis ball into a puzzle toy for your dog.

Step 1: Ingredients

Tennis balls work well since the felt keeps the rubber from splitting.

Take a walk around any public tennis court and you're bound to find some used balls under trees, behind buildings etc.

Treats - smelly and crunchy.

Your favorite cutting tool for working with rubber.

Step 2: Make the Cuts

There are numerous ways to make this toy harder or easier depending on your dogs determination, it's likelihood of destroying the ball, and the size of your treats.

Making a cut along the seam leaves a flap that can be tucked in for added difficulty.

Making a straight cut can lead to more crushed treats instead of "released" treats.

Cross cuts required only one or two chews before the treats fell out, but have an advantage in that they can release the treat when battled around.

Cutting only the felt and creating a deep pocket creates a good space for kibble to fit. Our dog tends to just rip the felt off.

We use the Cross Cut and the Seam cut most often.

Step 3: Load and Go

Load 'em up and watch 'em go!


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Please note the glue in some tennis ball brands may be toxic when swallowed. Purchase pet-safe balls from your local pet store.

Tennis balls made for sport can wear down the dog's enamel just FYI

Love it!! But my dog didn't take to it. She kinda sniffed it and she knew that there was treats inside but I guess she didn't get the concept :D could you please make an instructable on how to introduce a dog to this toy?! Thank you :D

Amazing!!!!!! THX U For this Video!!!

Tennis balls are highly abrasive, and thus very bad for a dog's teeth. There's nothing wrong with using them for playing fetch, but it's not a good idea to let them sit and chew on them for hours. I think you could do the same with a racquetball.

I've seen dogs chew golf balls to pieces... L

Obviously, he misunderstood the golf term "birdy"  :)


Dogs in the wild are made to chew on bones. Invalid argument.