DIY Activities for Dogs


This post is sponsored by A Dog’s Way Home on Blu-ray and Digital!

Hi, my name is Kaylee.  I want to tell you a little about my home.  I like how A DOG’S WAY HOME (just released on Blu-ray and DVD) describes home:

Home is the only place you know and everyone there is your family.” – Bella

I am a lot like Bella.  I have a great family. I have a lot of friends.  And we play the best games.

Dogs Activities Blog

My mom makes clicking noises every day and talks about a game called “Kids Activities Blog.”  She takes pictures with my brother kid, Andrew.

They play things like “don’t eat slime,” “Kaylee no smell,” and “stop chewing bricks.”  I try to play along, but many of the games don’t make any sense to me.

Until today!  In celebration of A Dog’s Way Home being released on Blu-ray and DVD, Kids Activities Blog is being renamed “Dogs Activities Blog.”

I think that has a better ring to it.

The clicking noises are still happening, but the games we are playing make WAY more sense!

Let me tell you about some of the new (and improved) games…

DIY Braided Dog Toy

DIY Braided Dog Toy From Old Leggings

That’s my mom’s fancy name for this game.  I just call it “Puuuuuuull!”

My mom says it is good to upcycle things like old leggings into a dog toy (that’s for me!).  She likes to use leggings because they have good stretch and perfect texture. It makes sense to me since she seems to have stacks and stacks of these in her closet.  If only they were a little closer to the floor…

I will let her explain things so if you have a dog like me, you can play Puuuuuull too:

Here’s what you need to make a DIY Braided Dog Toy From Old Leggings:

  • 1 pair of leggings
  • Scissors

Start by cutting the leggings at the top of each leg, just under the pants’ crotch. Run your scissors down the seam of each leg, opening it up and creating two large pieces of fabric, each about 5 inches wide.

Now, cut the remaining waist of the leggings down the backside to create a third large piece of fabric, about 5 inches wide.

Gather the three pieces of fabric and tie a knot into the end. Start braiding the fabric — the width of the fabric will allow you to create a thick braid. Once you get to the bottom, knot it and trim the excess fabric from the ends.

We’ve made several of these toys and they last for a good while.

Kaylee here again…Puuuuuull is a great game, but the game I play afterward is fun too.  It is called, “Don’t trip over Kaylee!” I don’t always get to play because I am asleep.

I told you about my brother kid, Andrew.  He is the best.

I also have a sister dog, Petra.

Petra and I like to play too.  You would think because she is a dog too we would like all the same games, but sometimes she likes things that I don’t “get”.  But I wag my tail because it makes her wag her tail.

Petra really likes her pink collar and when mom and Andrew make her a new tag.

I am going to let mom take over again now since I really don’t understand how or why they play this game, but I always get a new tag too when this happens and everyone seems really excited about it so I jump around a lot!

Personalized Shrinky Dink Dog Tags

These personalized dog tags are a fun way to give your dog’s collar a little pizzazz. Even kids can get involved in the decorating for this one!

Here’s what you need to make Personalized Shrinky Dink Dog Tags:

  • Dog Tag Template
  • Tape
  • Alcohol-based permanent markers
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Shrinky Dink plastic sheets

Print our Dog Tag Template on plain paper and tape it onto the plastic sheet. Use permanent markers to trace the outline of the dog tags, then color and decorate the tags. Be sure to add your pet’s name! We made a dog tag for Bella, the main character in A Dog’s Way Home, along with tags for our dogs Kaylee and Petra.

Cut around each dog tag and use the hole punch to add a hole to the top middle of the tags. Follow the package directions for baking the Shrinky Dinks so that they will come to size.

Allow to cool completely and attach to your dog’s collar.

I am back.  Petra tells me that she loves the bright colors and that people can find out where our home is when they add contact information.  I guess she can read.

I just know that they make a nice clickity-clickity sound by my ears.

One game that Petra and I always agree on is what I call, “Go on”.  When I put my foot up to the bottle, Andrew always yells, “Go on! Go on!”  He is telling me with his cheering what to do next. My mom is going to share with you how to make this game so dogs all over the world can have fun.

“Spin the Bottle” Dog Enrichment Game

Our dogs love a good treat, so when I saw this project on What Rose Knows, I knew it would be perfect for our family. You can use special treats in this game, or make mealtime extra fun by just adding their regular dog food to the bottles and making them “work” a little to get the food out.

Here’s what you need for this “Spin the Bottle” Dog Enrichment Game:

  • 1×4 that is 8’ long
  • 1/4-inch dowel rod
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • 2 plastic bottles
  • Nails or screws
  • Wood glue
  • Saw

Cut the 1×4 into three pieces that are 16 inches long and two pieces that are 10 inches long.

Cut the dowel to 17 3/4 inches long.

Drill a 1/4-inch hole through two of the 16 inch pieces about 4 inches from the top. You want to make sure they are aligned so that you can fit the dowel rod through the holes.

Drill holes through the sides of each bottle.

Create the frame of the game by attaching the three 16 inch pieces into a “U” shape. The drilled holes should be at the top of the “U.” Attach the 10 inch pieces to the sides of the frame to create stabilizing legs.

Run the dowel rod through the plastic bottles and through the top of the frame.

Fill the bottles with treats or food. As the dogs spin the bottle, the treats will fall out!

It took a bit for Kaylee and Petra to figure it out. Petra actually was trying to convince me that I should just spin the bottle for her!

There’s that distinctive beagle howl!

Kaylee here, and it is crazy how Petra will whine about such a fun game.  She tries to get me to do it for her too.

Time For School Game

Since this is now “Dogs Activities Blog”, I think it is time to share my very, very, very favorite game of all time.  

I am lucky because it happens all the time.

I can always tell when it is about to happen because my mom and brother kid are rushing around the kitchen and getting things pushed and picked up and set down.  Their feet move very quickly.

And then I hear “time for school” and all three of us go out to the car.

I sit in the front seat and look out the window just in case they need me for anything.  Andrew sits behind me and I will look back to make him giggle.

Then we get in a line of other cars.  I am sure every single car has a dog just like me.

At the front of the line, brother kid gets out with his backpack.

I used to be sad when this happened, but now I know it is just part of this game because I go home and take a nap.

But when I wake up…

Mom and I pick up Andrew!

And I dance in the front seat and Andrew hugs me before he sits down and on the way home I think about all the games we will play…

I hope you had fun playing today.  I highly recommend curling up on the couch with your family and watching your own copy of A Dog’s Way Home on Digital, Blu-ray, or DVD.


  1. LOVE the legging toy idea! I have plenty of leggings to spare!

  2. Oh, these are great dog DIY activities! I especially like the dog tags. I never thought about doing a shrinky dink dog tag. That could be done for special occasions, such as birthdays or holidays even. I LOVE IT!!! ??

    I’m sharing these great ideas with my dog friends. ???

  3. Kristen Yard says:

    So glad that you are enjoying them, Terri! Let us know how the dog tags come out!

  4. I love this and no hate intended…. But I noticed how long your doggos nails are…. That isn’t healthy for them…. Why do you keep your dogs nails that long? ??

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