Easy DIY Dog Toys

DIY dog toys

This is the time of year for buying gifts and many of us don’t want to leave our dogs out of the gift receiving loop. But buying dog toys can get expensive. At Albuquerque Vetco we are always trying to save you money which is why we offer the lowest cost vaccines and spay’s and neuters in New Mexico. We thought we would share some of our staff pics for great easy to make DIY dog toys.

Old Shirt Rope

Tug of war is one of a dogs favorite games. Save your money on that expensive tug, and try using some of your old shirts. All you need to do is cut your old shirt into three strips. Tie the strips together at the top, then braid it all the way down, then tie it again at the bottom. If you want it thicker, make your strips wider. If your dog really loves to chew, try trying an extra knot in the middle of the braid. This is a great toy for your dog and a great thing to do with those old shirts.

Rope and Tennis Ball

This is a variation off of the Old Shirt Rope. Once you have your braid, use a knife to cut a hole in a tennis ball, then pull your braided rope through the ball and tie a knot on the other side. This makes the rope easy to throw, and lets face it, dogs just love balls.

Tennis Ball Food Puzzle

Food puzzles are a fun way to give your dog treats and gets them thinking, which is always a good thing. Making your own food puzzle is super easy. Take a tennis ball and cut it halfway. Pinch the ball to open up the mouth you just made by cutting and put your treats inside. Throw it for your dog and let her go to town trying to get the treats.

4th of July Microchip!

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microchip albuquerqueThe 4th of July is coming up and it is time to get your pet their microchip.  You may be wondering what the 4th of July has to do with microchips. Did you know that more dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? The reason behind that is the noise. Fireworks can be really scary for dogs. When they hear them go off, they often try to hide for safety. Sometimes hiding means running from the noise, which can mean running out of your house, your yard or your bbq.  It is really easy for them to get lost in all the confusion of the holiday.

One of the best ways to ensure that your pup make it back to you is to have them microchipped. That way if they do get lost, they are easily returned to you when they are found.

Microchips are easy and quick to get. Bring your pet into our daily walk-in shot clinic and they can implant the chip in a matter of minutes. It is an easy procedure that does not require any overnight stays or anesthesia.

Remember, microchips are not just for dogs. You should make sure your cat has their chip as well.

Upcycle Gifts For Dogs: 5 DIY Dog Gifts

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DIY dog toys

Upcycling is a great way to make fantastic gifts for your pets that they will love, that will save your money, and that will keep our landfills free of trash. It is a win, win, win!

Are you tired of spending money on everything? Our pets, our kids, our life, can all be a big drain on our bank account. Spend your money on your pets on what is important, such as vaccinations, microchips, spay and neuter, and your pets overall health. You don’t need to spend your hard earned money on toys when you can make great ones that your pets will love!

Here are some great DIY gift ideas for your pets that won’t break the bank and are fun and easy to make that we found on some great sites.

  1. Crinkle Shirt – wrap an empty water bottle in an old t-shirt. When your pup chews on it, it makes a great crinkly sound. Read the DIY instructions.
  2. Dishtowel Braid – take your old dish towels and make a braided chew toy. Great recycling and makes a great chew. Read the DIY Instructions.
  3. A milk jug! – Yup, that’s it. Take an old milk jug, wash it out and let them play. It is fun to run around with because they can grab the handle with their mouth. If your dog is a chewer, then don’t give this as the pieces can break off.
  4. Frozen sock balls – Yummy, feet! Take a sock, tie it in a ball. Dip it in water then freeze. Give the frozen sock to your dog. They will chew it for hours.
  5. Tennis ball puzzle treat – Take a tennis ball and cut a slit in it so when you pinch it it opens like Pacman. Put some dog treats in it. This will keep your dog busy for hours as they try to get the treats out. You can also cut an X which can make it easier to get the treats out.


Dig through your closets to find great potential toys that your pets will love. All it takes is a little creativity and some fun upcycling. Don’t let your pet savings stop there, Vetco offers the lowest cost vaccinations, spay and neuters, and microchipping in any Albuquerque veterinary clinics. You can also save a little more by visiting our promotions page before you bring your pet in. Come by to our daily walk-in shot clinic at the Albuquerque Vetco on Menaul, or make an appointment for a low cost spay or neuter.