Garden Hose Hoopla

Supplies:

  • 1 piece of old garden hose
  • 1 small stick or branch

Instructions:

This one is easy-peasy. Take a section of garden hose and put a 3-inch long piece of branch in one end. It must fit very snugly. Curve the hose around and put the open end over the exposed piece of branch. You now have a great throwing hoop. Other garden hose options include tying a sheet of nylon around the hoop to create a flying disc and simply knotting a piece of hose.

By Donna Hill

Garden Hose Hoopla

Rag Knot Chew Toy

Supplies:

  • 3 adult large washed T-shirts
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
Instruction: 
  1. Take 1 large adult t-shirt, the more colours the better, but no grease or paint stains. Cut off at the armpits, use the bottom of the shirt. Without cutting the seams, cut 9 strips across.
  2. Snip the seam now. If you do a couple of these at the same time, you can mix and match the colours.
  3. Take 3 strips of choice by colour, pin at the top so that you have 3 sets of these, run a double stitch across the end.
  4. Tie a tight knot at the top, then start braiding it to the end.
  5. Double stitch the end on all sets.
  6. Take the 3 braided sets and find the centre of all, stitch them, then start to braid together.
  7. Knot the ends again, and then knot the centre. It is bulky, but this is what the dog wants. With the human scent all over it, the dog will find it is a favourite family toy.
By Joyce from Benson, MN 

Egg Carton Conundrum

Supplies:
  • Egg carton with no holes on top
  • 2 Large elastics
Instructions: 

1. Place your dog's food in the egg carton
2. Close lid and place elastics between the egg slots
If the dog has difficulty removing the elastics, remove them and show your dog the content of the egg carton. 

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr

Muffin Tray Madness

Supplies: 

  • 12 Tennis balls (choose various sizes and colours)
  • Muffin tray

Instructions:

1. Place various quantities of dog food at the bottom of each muffin hole.
2. Place 1 tennis ball on top of each hole in order to cover the food.

Let the dog play with the game a few times and then start asking him to remove the tennis ball you point to first. This will make the game a little harder, plus, it will develop your dog's attention and focus skills. Metal trays can be scary for certain dogs this is why we decided to use a microwavable tray. Plus, the round tray makes it a bit easier to go around and pick balls out. 

This game is extremely challenging for ball obsessed dogs. 

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr

Fleece Ball Rollout

Supplies:
  • Ball with holes like the picture
  • 15-20 Pieces of cut up fleece
  • 15-20 Treats
Instructions: 
 
1. Roll up one treat in each piece of fleece.
2. Place the rolled up fleece into the ball and voila!
 
My dog already mastered this one in no time. Empty peanut butter containers can be cool too.
 
Have a good one!

By Kristina Lesco

Braided Tug Rope

Supplies:

  • 6 pieces of fabric
  • toy with hole or bone
  • scissors

Instruction: 

  1. Cut fabric into 6 pieces and tie off in a knot at one end.
  2. Tie a tight knot at the top, then start braiding it to the end.
  3. Start to braid the pieces of fabric according to plan.
  4. Half way through slip the toy or bone through 3 pieces of fabric and continue to braid.
  5. Tie a knot at the end and give to your dog.

By Unknown

Supplies:

  • 2 to 3 Kleenex boxes (facial towels)
  • Treats of food

Instructions:

1. Place treats or food in the ox and give to your dog.
2. For a variation, make a hole through the box along the sides and pass a rope through the boxes. 
3. Tie the rope off on furniture that will not more.
For cats and rats, to not place the boxes on a rope this will be too hard for them. 

By Bed Lewis

Tennis Ball Sandwich

- 2 Elastics
- 2 Cardboard coffee holders
- 4 Tennis balls

Place the tennis balls in one the coffee holders Place the second coffee holder on top and close with elastics. You can use a rope or ribbon as an alternative. 

This Brain Game does not use treats as it's made for ball enthusiasts. You can make the game a little harder by using different sized balls. You can look at the photo gallery from the drop-down menu in this section for a bigger photo.

By Gaby Dufresne-Cyr