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In this instructable, I'll show you how to make a simple rope dog toy using two Matthew Walker knots. Many rope toys you can get at the pet store consist of a rope with two overhand knots in it. The Matthew Walker knot is much more symmetrical and less likely to come untied. With three strand rope, the Matthew Walker knot makes a great stopper knot which prevents the rope from unraveling. I'll be using this knot in other dog toy instructables, so follow me to see more!
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Step 1: Get some rope

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I always use cotton rope for my dog toys. It's all natural and isn't a big deal if your dog swallows pieces of it. I get my rope from both Knot and Rope Supply and Amazon. Knot and Rope Supply sells cotton rope by the foot in a number of different sizes: http://knotandrope.com/store/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=6

I also have ordered spools of rope from Koch on Amazon: http://amzn.to/15MFPY3

You'll want to get the right size rope for your dog. A 1/2"-3/4" rope would be suitable for a little dog, while 1.5" rope works for very large dogs.

Step 2: Preparing your rope

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I'll be demonstrating with 3/4" rope. Begin to unravel the three strands of your rope. Now tape the ends to prevent each strand from fraying. Taping the ends isn't absolutely necessary, but I recommend doing it if this is your first time tying a Matthew Walker knot. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to tie the knot before fraying becomes too much of an issue. Now unravel about 8"-9" of rope. With bigger diameter ropes, you'll need to unravel more to be able to tie the knot, while smaller diameter ropes will take less.
AlexandraB24 months ago

How many ft. of rope is needed to make this toy? Thanks!

cheddarevan2 years ago
Wow this is awesome. Is it a good idea to spray paint mine?
jallwine (author)  cheddarevan2 years ago
If you're giving it to a dog then I'd say no. I wouldn't want my dog eating paint!