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Your dogs will love this great toy.

Check out these other great pet toys at
http://www.instructables.com/id/Y-SHAPED-DOG-TUG-TOSS-TOY/
and
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dog-Toys-for-Heavy-Chewers/
and
http://www.instructables.com/id/Knotty-Mouse-for-Good-Cats/

Having trouble with the knot see my video instructable at http://www.instructables.com/id/BASIC-CROWN-KNOT-VIDEO/
and
http://www.instructables.com/id/ADDING-A-ROPE-TO-BASIC-CROWN-KNOT/

WARNING

Please discard if toy becomes damaged or torn. Not intended for children. Should be used for chewing & playing only. Supervision is recommended when dogs are playing with toys.
 
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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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  1. 3/8” Nylon Rope
  2. Tennis Ball
  3. Wire
  4. Needle Nose Pliers
  5. Tape Measure
  6. Marker
  7. Craft Knife
  8. Scissors
  9. Lighter

Step 2: Cut Ropes & Mark Tennis Ball

  1. Cut 2 ropes 5.5' or 66" long
     
  2. Cut 2 ropes 9.5' or 114" long
     
  3. Cut 4 ropes 6.5' or 78" long
     
  4. Make 2 marks equal distance on tennis ball
     
  5. Use craft knife to cut out circles on tennis ball

Step 3: Feed rope thru tennis ball

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  1. Feed the two 66" ropes thru tennis ball and center the ball on the ropes

Step 4: Use wire to feed additional ropes thru tennis ball

  1. Take short piece of wire and fold in half, pinch together
     
  2. Feed wire thru both holes on tennis ball
     
  3. Insert one 114" rope thru “U” shaped end of wire and gently pull wire back thru holes centering ball on rope

Step 5: Feed wire back thru holes on tennis ball

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  1. Feed wire back thru both holes on tennis ball
     
  2. Insert one 114" rope thru “U” shaped end of wire and gently pull wire back thru holes centering ball on rope

Step 6: Split 4 ropes into 2 groups of 2

  1. Split 4 ropes on each side of tennis ball into 2 groups of 2 ropes each
     
  2. Add two of the 78" ropes to the 2 groups just created allowing the additional ropes to span both groups
     
  3. This should create 2 groups of 4 ropes each, wind up and rubber band upper group of 4 ropes (these later become the arms)
     
  4. Repeat on opposite side using last two 78" ropes leaving 8 ropes (4 on each side) loose from tennis ball

Step 7: Begin Knot

  1. Begin knot with 8 ropes, starting with 1 rope from opposite side, loop around thumb and over next 2nd rope
     
  2. Next use 2nd rope to go over 1st rope and over 3rd rope
     
  3. Then use 3rd rope to go over 2nd rope and over 4th rope
     
  4. Next use 4th rope to go over 3rd rope and over 5th rope
     
  5. Then use 5th rope to go over 4th rope and over 6th rope
     
  6. Next use 6th rope to go over 5th rope and over 7th rope
     
  7. Then use 7th rope to go over 6th rope and over 8th rope
     
  8. Next use 8th rope to go over 7th rope and thru loop created on 1st rope
     
  9. Evenly tighten all ropes

Step 8: Repeat Step 7

  1. Repeat step 7 until approximately 5” of finished knot is reached

Step 9: Divide 8 ropes

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  1. Divide 8 ropes into 2 groups of 4 ropes each (tese become legs)
     
  2. Bundle and rubber band one of the 2 groups leaving 4 ropes loose on one side (this becomes one leg)

Step 10: Start Knot with 4 ropes

  1. Begin knot with 4 ropes by looping 1st rope around thumb and over 2nd rope
     
  2. Take 2nd rope and go over 1st rope and over 3rd rope
     
  3. Next take 3rd rope and go over 2nd rope and over 4th rope
     
  4. Then take 4th rope and go over 3rd rope and thru loop created on 1st rope
     
  5. Evenly tighten all ropes

Step 11: Repeat Step 10

  1. Repeat step 10 until approximately 6” of finished knot is reached

Step 12: Repeat on other 4 ropes

  1. Undo opposite 4 ropes and repeat step 10 until 6” of finished knot is reached

Step 13: Finished Legs

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  1. You should now have 2 finished lengths of knots approximately 6” long creating legs

Step 14: Undo upper bundled group of 4

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  1. Undo one group of 4 ropes at tennis ball (this will become an arm)
     
  2. Begin knot by looping 1st rope around thumb and over 2nd rope
     
  3. Next using 2nd rope go over 1st rope and over 3rd rope
     
  4. Then using 3rd rope go over 2nd rope and over 4th rope
     
  5. Take 4th rope over 3rd rope and thru loop on 1st rope
     
  6. Evenly tighten all ropes

Step 15: Repeat Step 14

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  1. Repeat step 14 until approximately 6” of finished knot is reached creating arm

Step 16: Undo remaining bundled 4 ropes

  1. Repeat step 14 until approximately 6” of finished knot is reached creating second arm

Step 17: Trim and melt ends

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  1. Trim back all ends of rope and then remove center core of rope
     
  2. Use a lighter to melt nylon rope and press back into place
     
  3. Continue to trim and melt all ropes until no free rope tails remain

Step 18: Toss to your pet and let them enjoy!

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Toss to your pet and let them enjoy!