Bottle In A Sock: Cheap Fun Games With Pet Dogs


Every pet owner will agree that keeping our dogs entertained can be difficult at times. Many of my customers come into the pet store seeking for a toy that their dog won’t chew through but will still provide hours of entertainment. And, let’s face it, dog toys may be a significant financial outlay. There are various high-quality toys on the market, such as Kong toys, which are really functional and fun to use.

However, it is heartbreaking if you have recently spent a lot of money on a high-quality toy that only lasts a few hours until it is entirely destroyed and your dog returns to you looking for anything to do. Unfortunately, no toy can be said to be indestructible. All of the approved materials for use in toys are soft and will eventually break. Because stealing is not a safe alternative, hunting for a toy that doesn’t break is like to looking for water that isn’t wet. So, what are your options?

I have the perfect brilliant solution! Take an empty plastic bottle.  Make sure to take the cap off and remove any other small plastic pieces such as the seal that came with the cap.  Next, do a search through your drawers for old socks.  Place the empty bottle inside the sock, give it a good knot, and bobs your uncle! Your canine companion will have hours of pleasure.  The soft sock will protect their mouth whilst the bottle inside will make a nice squishy sound and is soft enough to be chewed and thrown and you could also use it for fetch or tug of war. 

If you have a big dog you can use an empty two-liter bottle and if you have a small dog who will struggle to get its jaws around such a big bottle you can always use a smaller bottle.  Have a feel at the bottles, some are harder and some are softer.  So if you have a dog like a Staffordshire terrier with a strong jaw lock you want to go for a little bit stronger bottle whilst a toy poodle will be fine with a very flimsy not-so-strong bottle.  You can give yourself a pat on the shoulder for helping to protect the environment by creating toys with recycling.

Once your dog gets tired of playing with your bottle in a sock, you can up the stakes by placing some food inside the bottle before tying the sock back again.  If you want to create more sound, use some hard kibble, treats, or biscuits.  If you have a dog that does well searching and finding and was bred for its sense of smell, you can put something in that has a high smell and hide it to be found. Your dog will have hours of cheap fun.

One thing to watch out for is to make sure that playing with the socks does not teach your dog that it is okay to go through the laundry basket and start stealing socks.  Then again, very few things in life come without their risks. Happy playing!

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