I’m a sucker for useless bike inner tubes, and so does my canine Sprout.
This particular toy is made of rubber- that feels nice on his teeth any time he bites it.
It has raggy bits at either end, which the web tells me pet dogs like as it reminds them (in an ancestral memory or genetic urge kind of way) of hunting as well as killing prey. (My dog is a tiny Jack Russell/ Chihuahua- rat/rabbit hunter, but has never seen a rat and also rabbit in his life, so maybe this rubber toy is the next best thing. )
It's stretchy like a tug toy, which is fantastic for human against dog tug-o-war games.
For making this toy you will require:
One dead bicycle inner tube. Simply wait until the one you have has died from your bicycle, or perhaps ask your closest bike retail outlet - or more desirable - find your nearest community bike project and ask them for a few old inner tubes.
The first step: Collect your Materials as well as Cut Into Short Tubes.
Get one used inner tube.
Cut the valve out, you don't need it to make the toy.
Cut the tube into short similar lengths.
The white items inside the tubes is talc, it is non-toxic, however you can easily wash it out with water whenever you prefer. Actually, you can sterilize the rubber with hot water and tea tree oil or a branded sterilizer of your choice, in case your dog is very sensitive for some reason. These are used inner tubes after all, so will have road dirt and possibly bicycle grease on them. (My pet dog is used to being around piles of dead bikes and dirty old tires and tubes and also does not have any problem playing with these! )
Step two: Get Your Short Tubes Round the Middle and also Bind with Inner Tube Thread.
Try to make a bow shape by simply grabbing the bunch of tubes with your hand.
Towel wrap the middle area using inner tube thread.
Wrap the middle piece round and round and round by using the thread. Picture you are a tiny jack- Chihuahua hungry to sink your tiny teeth into your fake rat thingy, as well as that should give you a concept on how big to make the wrapped piece.
Step three: Tie Off the Rubber Thread and Tuck in the Strands from the Knot.
This is your own rubber dog toy!
You are now able to play the amazing game of human vs dog tug-o-war with your pet chum...
... and you will have saved one more piece of shitty rubber from going in the land fill, and made something yourself for your furry friend which usually costs about ix quid at a pet store!