Thursday, March 28, 2013

The DIY Baby Pickin' and Treat Lickin' Lovers Game

As many of you know, Athena is a baby picker.  She LOVES to unstuff her stuffed animals by picking at their weak spots.  We have noticed that Athena would rather pick at her toys than chew on them.  For example, Athena has actually never chewed on a Kong.  She simply holds it between her two front paws and licks out all of the deliciousness.  When looking for new fun and exciting activities for Athena, we usually rule out anything that involves chewing.  We look for toys that Athena can either pick (like stuffed animals), lick (like Kongs), or nose bop (like weighted food dispensers).

So when I recently found this genius at-home game for dogs who like to "disembowel" their stuffed animals, I knew that we had to give it a try.  Not only is this an awesome game for metal stimulation, but we happened to have all of the necessary materials at home making it FREE!


This game, which we've named The DIY Baby Pickin' & Treat Lickin' Lovers Game, is a game that can be played over and over again with quite a bit less mess than a destuffed baby.  Here's what you need for the game:


We own the Hol-ee Roller X Extreme and will often stuff Athena's dental bone inside.  Although you can use the original Hol-ee Roller for this game, we like the Extreme version because of its small openings and durability.  For the fleece, we used strips of fleece scraps that we had at home and cut them into all different sizes (you can usually find super cheap fleece in the remnants bucket at the fabric store).


This brain workin' game takes only minutes to put together.  Start by gathering all of the supplies listed above, then roll up a few pieces of kibble or small treats inside of strips of the fleece (I only put treats in some of the fleece pieces).  Stuff the fleece pieces tightly in the Hol-ee Roller.



Athena spends a good amount of time working to get all of the fleece pieces out of the Hol-ee Roller.  We love that this game provides her with mental stimulation that is a bit different than her usual breakfast and dinner food dispensing toy.  This game really involves quite a few of her favorite things in life: pickin', treats, and a ball.  It's also nice that we don't have to go around the house picking up tufts of baby stuffing that just gets thrown in the garbage.  This game is truly reusable because we can use the fleece pieces over and over again (and they are washable!).


What are your dog's favorite DIY games?

14 comments:

  1. That's pretty darn clever! I might have to try that, but Ray might eat those fabric scraps. We'll have to test it out.

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    1. Yes, this game probably isn't for those who might eat the fleece! So sorry, Ray!

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  2. Genius! I just got my Emma the original Hol-ee Roller and it's her favorite toy, but only to play fetch with at the dog park (when other dogs are not there to prevent resource guarding). This is an excellent way to use it at home and I have all the supplies too! Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. WOW! Such a good idea! Tess sounds alot like Athena in the "i-like-to-pick-but-am-not-a-chewer" bucket. This would be a great game for her! As for Ed, I'm with Debra - we'd have to supervise as he might try to eat them - but he might surprise us, too!

    Thanks for the great idea. Just a question - how big did you make your fleece pieces? How many treats did you put inside the fleece?

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    1. I cut the fleece pieces all different sizes. In inches, here are my guesstimates: 12x1, 6x2, 5x5, 3x2, etc.. I didn't roll up treats and kibble in all of the fleece pieces, but I did in probably about 1/2 that I put in. I used about 5-6 pieces of kibble in each roll and about 2-3 special treats in a few of the rolls. You could definitely put more or less though, we just have been using the game as an "afternoon snack" rather than a full meal =)

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  4. This is seriously brilliant! My foster does exactly what Athena does so I know she will love this. Searching the net as we speak for the Hol-ee Roller. Thank you!

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  5. SMART! I'd love to try that with the kids for when we are gone.

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  6. Great idea! I'm wondering if this would keep Dottie busy for a while so she doesn't destroy all of her kongs.

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  7. This. Is. AWESOME! I'm gathering these supplies this weekend, love it!

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  8. What an awesome idea guys! Shiner would probably love this game.

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  9. You are brilliant! We got the Holl-ee Roller Xtreme for Titan but he gets everything out too quickly. I have been trying to figure out something to put inside that will take some time and I think this is the perfect idea. He loves to pull the stuffing out of toys but never eats it. I can't wait to try it, thanks so much for sharing.

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