DIY Snuffle Ball Dog Enrichment Toy

This enrichment toy is for dogs that like to shred or rip things apart. It mimics the dog’s instinct to defeather a bird, rip out fur, or tear apart prey all without the killing and eating of actual prey.

Ways to play:

Use this toy for fetch or as a teaser then let your dog prepare their catch, and it will automatically reward them by fulfilling their instincts mentioned earlier and by feeding them if you stuffed yours with edible treats  

Or just give them the ball! Your dog may make their own game or get right to work.

Caution about materials:

Make sure the materials you choose are safe for your dog and that you monitor them while playing with this toy. Fleece is a good material because it doesn’t fray and break apart. Paper is also a good material because even though it may break or rip apart it is semi-digestible. Cotton with unfinished edges is not a good material because it can start to fray and unravel and is not digestible. Make sure the pieces are big enough so your dog doesn’t inhale the pieces and are easy to take away. Inspect after each use and fix or remove parts that aren’t safe anymore. Dry treats or kibble  is recommended as it won’t embed into the material  make sure the treats don’t stick to the non-edible pieces so your dog doesn’t accidentally eat something that may cause choking or require surgery to remove.


Materials:

  • Material to make into strips: Fleece, paper, leather, fur, or ropes would work too
  • Holee Roller Ball
  • Scissors
  • Treat
Uncut fleece material, cut strip of fleece, scissors, green holee roller, and black and white cat sit on a ledge

Cut your fleece into strips. My strips are about 20 inches long and 2 inches wide. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Stack of cut fleece strips next to green holee roller

All done cutting! My fleece was about a yard long.

Fleece strip is weaved into one hole and out another hole of holee roller

Option one: Weave fleece into one hole and out another hole with some material hanging out of each hole.

Fleece strip is entirely inside a green holee roller, this one is just crumpled but it can be rolled or folded instead

Option two: crumple, fold, or roll the fleece strip and put the entire strip into the holee roller. These pieces can help hold onto treats, or other pieces of material.

Black and white cat grabs a holee roller filled with fleece strips going into one hole and out another

This is a holee roller filled with only weaved fleece. Miss really liked this one. The strips fell out pretty easily with just carrying it around.

Holee roller filled with crumbled fleece strips none coming out of the holes

This holee roller ball is only filled with crumbled up fleece strips. You can put more to make the ball tighter and harder to unpack or less to make the ball loose and easier to unpack.

A holee roller filled with fleece strips entirely inside the ball. One fleece strip is weaved into one hole and comes out the other

This holee roller is filled with crumbled fleece and shows how I weaved one strip piece in one hole and out another.

Holee roller is filled with strips of crumbled fleece, and the rest of the fleece strips are weaved into one hole and out another to create a hybrid filled holee roller

This holee roller is filled with crumbled fleece and the rest of the strips weaved through. This gives some easy to take out strips with some harder crumbled pieces in the middle. The filled ball helps keep the weaved pieces from falling out.

A golden retriever holds a green holee roller ball stuffed with fleece strips while looking at the camera

A happy dog playing with his new toy.

DIY Snuffle Ball Dog Enrichment Toy
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