Making Your Own Eco-Friendly Dog Toy

Does the weather have you–and a restless dog–stuck inside? Entertaining your dog doesn’t have to mean rushing out to buy a new dog toy; you can also come up with eco-friendly solutions.

Green guru Kari Whitman, founder of Kari Whitman’s Greener Pup, a line of stylish, eco-friendly dog beds that use recycled plastic bottles as filler — has a an environmentally friendly toy option in today’s tip:

Stuck inside on a snow day? Too cold to go out and play fetch? Make a quick and easy toy for your home bound pup using a couple of items everyone has on hand. Take a colorful old sock that’s lost its mate and slip a small (empty!) plastic water bottle inside. Tie a knot at the top of the sock and you have the perfect toy to play fetch! Not too noisy, not too heavy and it won’t damage any precious heirlooms if it hits something! Best of all it will keep your pup happy and occupied for hours. (Please note that if your pup loves to chew everything in sight, plastic water bottles may be harmful if ingested.)

Whitman, who also serves as a special correspondent on Extra, truly is a friend to dogs; her non-profit Ace of Hearts Foundation receives 100 percent of the profits from the sale of her dog beds. The foundation works to save shelter dogs on the day they are to be euthanized and place them in loving homes!

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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is the founder and co-publisher of LT Media Group LLC. Along with her husband, John Bigley, she edits,, and has authored over 30 books on pets and travel.