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No-Sew T-Shirt Rope Dog Tug Toy

No-Sew T-Shirt Rope Dog Tug Toy

A T-Shirt Rope Dog Tug Toy? Dog toys can be a really fun and important part of your dog’s playtime. Dogs love to tug! And when this is combined with the sense of touch, it helps in strengthening their teeth and gums as they chew on the toy. It also encourages healthy eating habits because dogs need an outlet for chewing that doesn’t include furniture or shoe.

DIY dog tug toy No-Sew T-Shirt Rope Dog Toy

Dogs love tug of war. It’s a dog classic! One theory is that it’s because tugging games have been played with humans since the dawn of time and wolves would be drawn to imitate this game.

No-Sew Dog Toy: T-Shirt Rope

If you have ever been on the human side of this game, and are using an actual rope toy, you know the pain of getting hit when your pup whips that sucker around.

My shins were bruised for 5 weeks straight!

ouch!

That is why making a tug toy out of an old cotton T-shirt is so nice – it is a lot softer than that rope.

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Why do dogs love rope toys?

This type of tug toy is a great training activity and can be used in a tugging game. It’s also just plain fun to play with! Some people save it as a reward for good training sessions – letting their pup have a “break”.

Some benefits of tug toys for dogs

A tug toy can provide your pup with plenty of benefits, such as helping them get a full and satisfying workout. Just watch which muscles they use when they tug against you! In fact, some people call these a tug exercise toy.

A tug toy can keep your pup entertained and mentally stimulated, which may help them avoid boredom that could lead to destructive behaviors like chewing on furniture or shoes.

Tug toys are interactive and great for playtime, keeping your pup entertained as you get to bond with your dog.

Tug toy games and Training

This is a great video that covers tips and tricks to work with the tug toy – I LOVE how he talks about rewarding the dog who brings the toy back to you – and what it teaches them.

Do rope toys clean a dog’s teeth?

We love when a toy can do more than one thing – and with a tug toy, you have the added benefit of cleaning your pup’s gums and polishing their teeth as they play.

What size tug toy should I buy for my dog?

Typically, the appropriate size of a tug toy is determined by your dog’s weight and how large their mouth can open. This tug toy made from a T-shirt will be great for small to larger medium-sized dogs.

Tug toy handle

It seriously makes it easier for you to play with your pooch if your tug toy has a handle on it. We built one into our toy!

This is a great project for kids as well – they’ll enjoy helping out by cutting the t-shirts into strips and tying them together at the end. No need for sewing skills or expensive toys when you’ve got this easy DIY!

It only takes 3 simple things to make this dog tug DIY project – and is so easy that you can whip it up in about 20 minutes. This could also be made using fabric. You need pieces of fabric that are 1/4 wide by at least 50 inches long. We picked a T-shirt as it is not only soft, but you can find one at a garage sale for roughly fifty cents! Compare that to the cost of a rope dog tug toy and you have a huge bargain!

Supplies:

What you need to make a dog rope tug toy
  • 1 old T-shirt (XL or larger works best)
  • Scissors
  • String

How to Make your Dog Toy Tug of War Rope:

dog tug toy

Step 1: Cut the t-shirt into about 1/2 or 1/4 wide strips.

No-Sew Dog Tug Toy

Step 2: Cut the strips at one end so that they are a long piece and not a loop.

 T-Shirt Rope dog toy

Step 3: Tie string around 3 pieces at one end. Then braid those 3 pieces together.

To braid, simply cross the outer pieces over the middle and alternate from the left to the right side.

braided T-Shirt Rope

Then do another 3 and another 3. You should have 3 finished braids when done.

No-Sew Dog Tug Toy

Step 4: Now tie a string around one end of all 3 braids so they are all tied together.

T-Shirt Rope

Step 5: Braid all 3 braids together to make one large braid.

Step 6: When you get to the end tie the two ends together. Then carefully cut the strings off.

DIY rope toy

Step 7: Trim off ends to they are even.

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