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How to Make a Tennis Ball Dog Toy

Your dog doesn't care how much you spend on their toys – they just want to play! Here's how to provide some homemade fun.


  • Step 1: Stuff a tennis ball inside a sweat sock and knot the sock's open end. Now you have a toy you can play tug of war with or throw.
  • TIP: Use a clean sock so your dog doesn't associate your scent with your clothes and chew them indiscriminately.
  • Step 2: Cut two slits in a tennis ball, one on either side. Thread rope through the ball and knot it to make a handle.
  • Step 3: Use the rope handle to throw the ball or to play tug of war.
  • Step 4: Make a small hole in another tennis ball, and insert a jingle bell. Sew the opening with a sturdy needle and thread.
  • Step 5: Enjoy your dog toys and play with your dog often. You'll both get exercise!
  • FACT: Did you know? Dog breeds considered highly intelligent include the border collie, poodle, and German shepherd.

You Will Need

  • Tennis balls
  • A clean sock
  • Rope
  • A knife
  • A jingle bell
  • A strong needle and thread

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