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My dogs are always tearing through their toys, so I wanted to see if I could make some for them after seeing the free pattern on the Lion Brand Site.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/craft-wec-dogToy.html?noImage

I made a dog toy following these instructions and thought I could alter it and make one better suited for my dogs. I have several dachshunds that like to play tug of war. The yarn quickly shredded and my dogs had trouble gripping the loose yarn and knot on the end with their small mouths. 

So I added loops on both ends, switched out some of the yarn for more sturdier twine, and made it a bit thinner.

This will take about a half an hour to an hour to finish.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Materials:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn (any color you like)
Cotton/Polyester Twine

Tools:
Scissors
Measuring tape or Yard stick

All of this can be bought at most craft stores.

Step 2: Cutting the yarn

First you cut the yarn and twine into 50 inch segments. You'll need 10 yarn segments and 24 twine segments. I cut one segment using the measuring tape, and then just used that as the basis for all the others. 

Tip: When laying out the yarn it will stretch so be careful when cutting it because it will snap back and be shorter than you want. Also, longer is better.

Separate the segments into a pile of ten yarn and two piles and twelve twine and tie them together at one end with an over hand knot. 
http://www.realknots.com/knots/stoppers.htm

Changing the number of yarn and twine segments will change the thickness of the dog toy. I chose 10 yarn and 24 twine because it came out to a good size for their small mouths. You can also augment the length of the segments if you want a longer or shorter toy.
Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Torpe3 years ago
This is great! My dogs love it! Nice design.
mommyof44 years ago
I have these supplies on hand and am going to give this a try. Will let you know how it turns out. I have a dachshund also.