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, but it is not digestible so watch your dog to ensure they don't eat the pieces!
- 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.
- Material to make into strips: Fleece, paper, leather, fur, or ropes would work too
- Holee Roller Ball
|Cut your fleece into strips. My strips are about 20 inches long and 2 inches wide. It doesn’t have to be perfect.|
|All done cutting! My fleece was about a yard long.|
Fill the ball!
Option one: Weave through!
Weave fleece into one hole and out another hole with some material hanging out of each hole.
This is what it looks like if only weave through each piece of fleece!
Miss really liked this one. The strips fell out pretty easily with just carrying it around. This is great for dogs who get frustrated easily or are just starting out with enrichment toys! You can place treats inside so that they fall out easily!
Fill the ball!
Option two: put entire piece into the ball
Crumple, fold, or roll the fleece strip and put the entire strip into the holee roller. To reward your dog put a few pieces of food before your fold or roll up the strip!
|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. This is a little hard for dogs to get their noses in to pull out the fleece. So do this if your dog is a bit more skilled or has mastered the weave through only version!|
Fill the ball!
Option three do a combination of crumbled pieces and weaved pieces!
This holee roller is filled with crumbled fleece. Now I am starting to weave some pieces through. This shows how I weaved one strip piece in one hole and out another.
This is what it looks like finished with combination fill!
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.
You can use this as a medium level game for your dog!
A happy dog playing with his new toy.