So what I have done to keep my dogs supplied with tug toys (that are safe!) is to make them out of fleece. You've all seen them for sale at various animal fundraisers and whatnot. I've always thought they were too flimsy for my dogs and in reality they are, but the nice thing is that if they come unbraided, you can just rebraid them :). Plus they are cheap to make (a $7 yard of fabric makes 4 toys) so I don't feel so bad when I throw them away after they finally wear out.
I got these directions on making a tug toy from Teoti Anderson. This is just one variation on ways to make them. You can also just braid three strands together and know them at both ends (so sans handle), we have several of that kind at home too!
|Nothing says fun like tie-dyed butterflies :).|
|My three strips...Monday was quite curious.|
3. Begin braiding from the center toward on end. Braid for five inches.
4. Turn over and braid toward the other end for five inches.
5. Fold in half. This will form the handle.
|Here's my handle :)|
7. Braid tightly to the end.
8. Tie a knot in the end and pull tight.
Beautiful isn't it? It takes like 10 minutes to make one of these, not a huge time commitment at all!