China, poisons and dogs toys

So one of the forums that I am on pointed me to this article.   It’s about how many dog toys are made in China and how many of them contain toxic ingredients.

Anyways, that article pointed my way to a couple of make your own dog toy sites.

Fleece tug ropes and dishtowel tugs.

This of course led me to search the web for other dog toys one can make at home.   Ideas include these:

  •  paper towel roll and peanut butter — I’d have to wonder about the safety of this for a dog, but for rats and mice…..what a lovely idea.  🙂
  • Tennis ball tug and toss.
  • Sock toys
  • variety of ideas here.  The whipwhir sounds like something my dog Sassy would like

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How to Make your Own Tug-toy (for your dog that is)

NOTE: not my own instructions, Kept off a list that I used to be on a while back.

First, the warnings:

1. Never leave the dog unattended with any toy if it is a heavy chewer. Even Kongs can splinter and shred and cause illness or injury.

2. The industrial Kongs (black tire material) are much better for heavy chewers/tuggers.

*To make your own toy:

Buy 2 small-medium Kong toys, I’m talking the black heavy duty medium size.
With a hacksaw, carefully cut off some of the top to create a larger hole.

Buy 2 yards of fake fleece material, the synthetic sheepskin. It will be 40-60″ wide. Cut it the long way, into 72″ long strips, about 3″ wide each.

Take the 3 strips,hold them together and tie a knot in one end. Then braid. About 8″ down, tie a knot. Feed the ends (the unbraided, unknotted ends) through the KONG you modified, then tie another knot to hold it all snug.
Continue braiding.

About a foot from the end, tie another knot. Slide the ends through the second modified KONG, knot. Finish braiding to the end, and knot.

Now you have a tug the dog can really sink his teeth into. The synthetic sheepskin is very durable, the kongs add weight and a better grip for a large mouthed dog.

Okay: check out this blog for making your own tennis ball tug and toss and this one for making a sock ball sock for your dog.  That last one made me think of one of my Sassy’s favourite toys when she was little.  Two or three old socks NOT WASHED, and knotted together in a row.  FUN FUN!  🙂

Brake-fast bowl

have to admit, never even thought of this solution to dogs that bolt their food.

Shows the creativity that God imbibed mankind with.

Check out the brake-fast bowl.

Other methods for dogs that bolt their food.

  1. If feeding raw, give pieces larger than their heads
  2. If feeding raw, feed it frozen.
  3. If feeding raw, hand feed.  Not generally recommended as it can make a gulper worse since the dog might think you’ll take his food away.
  4. If feeding kibble, smaller portions more frequently
  5. If feeding kibble, use their breakfast or dinner portion as training treats.
  6. If feeding kibble, place dogs’ meal in one of those puzzle games for dogs, the ones where they have to work at the toy to get the kibble to come out of it.

Places to find recipes for dog cookies

If you are looking for dog cookie recipes (as in to make your own) here are some places to check out.

Anyways, those will get you started.

Easy enough to make dog cookies, and if you want to avoid using wheat products, just substitute out the flour for something else… rice flour, mashed potato mix (from a box) and so forth.

I found I could make good recipes using day old bread from restaurants too.  Worked a charm and was inexpensive too.

I like making my own because then I know what is in them.  Dogs tend to like them better too.   And health-wise….less preservatives, fresher, less chemicals and so forth.

Sunshine Liver Cookies

Sunshine liver Cookies

1 lb. of beef or chicken liver (chicken doesn’t smell as bad and liquifies better)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 table spoons of garlic powder (NOT SALT)

Puree all the ingredients in the food processor. Include any liquid from the liver. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or oil it. Scoop about a tablespoon of the mixture and place onto the cookie sheet. leave about an inch in between each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until all the pink is gone. Do not overbake or they will crumble.