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Our dog Dodger will rip apart normal dog toys in about 15 minutes. "Indestructable toys" take a little longer ;)

I learned how to make a monkey fist knot at a juggling festival a few years ago -- just for fun I made Dodger a toy out of rope that managed to keep him busy for at least a few days...

Step 1: Materials

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Rope: At least 10.5 feet of 3/8" diamond braid rope -- about 4.5' for the monkey fist knot and 3 feet (X2) for the braid on each end. It's better to start with a much longer piece of rope, tie/position the monkey fist knot, and then trim off the long side. Also, forming the monkey first takes more rope (~6'), which is then tightened down to 4.5'.

Scissors or a sharp knife to cut the rope (Be carefull!)

Lighter to melt the rope ends, to prevent fraying.
cameron l21 days ago

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cameron l21 days ago

how do you make rope in to a mega twist rope 2 balls? :)

Bobey1 year ago
Cool Aussie
LabKeeper Bobey3 months ago

Came across this site......not sure if it's still up and running as the posts are somewhat dated. My question is: when making a rope chew toy, is there a recommended rope material that will not harm the dog if ingested?

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Mauigerbil4 years ago
now i feel stupid :( I bought one of these for my beagle and basset hound 6 months ago. I will try this once I get the rope. They love it when I put just a dab of peanut butter on it XD
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mattrush4 years ago
A really good idea, came up with this one a few weeks back, although similar slightly different, but credit goes to you for the idea. Thanks very much

hjjusa4 years ago
My Blue Heeler tears toys apart in minutes. I took one of those squeaker thingamajigs from one of the toys she tore apart and slit a smal tennis ball, put it in a monkey fist and she loves it.
You might not know this, but the surface on tennis balls is similar to sand-paper. Even the ones sold in pet stores as a pet toy. This sand paper like surface can quickly wear away the enamel on your dog's teeth. I'd recommend something like a hockey ball instead.

Also, the technical term for a squeaky toy is....get ready for it...an OOEY :P
Is your puppy a Australain Sheperd? I have a mini version of those. xD I was just wondering. Love the toy, I'm sure it'll be great for my dog. ^ ^
mik3 (author)  liamchappell974 years ago
He's a mini Australian Shepherd too. Very playful, and sometimes a little too smart for his own good!
djlewis7255 years ago
does anyone have an instructable for and indestructable dog toy?! my MALTESE can take a kong apart in like 10 minutes!
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bobert6105 years ago
 Thanks for the site mate!  the second one was easier.  i've been looking everywhere for a simple set of instructions!
Naz_235 years ago
 i made this for my dog and she loves it! she is really destructive and it can withstand her so it really is a good toy for big dogs, but if you have a smaller dog ( i have a smaller dog also) maybe try using less rope because it is quite big. overall an awsum toy  good job
andyboy5 years ago
I just finished one.  Tightening the monkey fist was the worst part.  I'll test it tomorrow at our dog park.
Mirror Mage5 years ago
Nice Dog
mwolfgang6 years ago
Cool beans!
I had some of the same rope left over from making some long lines for dog training. (I'll have to post that as an instructable. ~$20 for 4 vs $20-$40 each from a pet supply store or online.)
I think this toy would be good to train tracking or retrieving. You could either put something soaked in a scent inside the monkey fist (You'd have to leave the knot a little loose.) or soak it with scent. I also think the braided parts are a pretty good analogue for wings. If you wanted to train water retrieving you could possibly tighten the monkey fist around something buoyant enough to make it float.

Here's my effort:
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tie a small perforated container inside the monkey fist, just leave the cap sticking out so you can put your scented cloth or tissues inside.
I've made similar things with a tennis ball in the monkeys fist, which should keep it from sinking (although I would test it since the braids may make this toy hevier and could make it sink).
awang86 years ago
Cool! I'm so making one of these when I get my puppy soon.
my dogs are uberdestructive- we gave them a stuffed dog toy and it was in shreds in minutes! this looks like a great idea.
dooncy6 years ago
would you mind help me on my new Instructable tips on dog toys that really work I already posted it but I still need some ideas on homemade toys could anyone here go to my Instructable and add a comment on it thank you
no its not photoshoped the dog just is only using 1 side of its mouth its just the way the dog grabbed it. have you seen my Instructable on dogs?
Nice job, and great photos! That last picture somehow looks photoshoped or something at the mouth of the dog...