So I made some. This one is the very easiest one to make. You could have it done in two minutes, you may have the materials lying around the house, and there's absolutely no sewing. The cost in time and money is close to zero.
You will need:
- At least one pair of old jeans, preferably two
- A pair of scissors
This is how to make the dog toy:
Cut three seams from your jeans, leaving a little fabric at the sides of the seams. It doesn't need to be neat - nobody will care (the dog certainly won't!). You could do this from one pair of jeans, but if you have two pairs you can select the double-stitched seams (which are stronger).
Tie one big central knot with the three seams.
Tie a couple more smaller knots either side of the large central knot, this time using two of the seams for each knot. This just secures the toy a bit more and gives the dog a bigger chewing area.
Add a dog. This is great fun for chewing, tugging and throwing games.
*puppy walkers in the UK have a puppy to live with them from it being about 8 weeks until it's about 14 months, when it's ready to move on to further training. You socialise the puppy, take it for walks (and in shops) and do some basic training (things like sit, down, wait - and they soon learnt the word no!). I'm sure there are similar schemes in other countries too. There's more info on the UK Guide Dogs website.
I'm rather in love with "my" puppy Quentin and we have lots of fun together. I don't know quite how I will give him back, but it's probably a good thing they got me to sign a contract!
A note about safety:
Puppies should be supervised as much as possible with chew toys, and if the toy starts falling apart it should be discarded. To remove loose fibres before giving to a puppy, you could throw this in a washing machine first (although the puppy is unlikely to care).