Last Updated on October 18, 2020 by ellen
This snuffle ball for dogs is an easy afternoon dog toy you can make with a few basic materials. Make a dog snuffle ball to reward your pup.
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DIY Snuffle Ball for Dogs
So, what’s a snuffle ball? Basically, it is a fleece ball that you can hide little treats inside.
Your dog will smell the treats and will engage with the ball in hopes that they find them. It’s a great way to provide mental stimulation for your pet.
If your dog is home during the day while you work. Or, you hope that a new puppy can learn to entertain themselves a bit, this is a simple project to make.
Snuffle Ball Materials
- Medium ball: 2 pieces of fleece: 3 feet long by 8” wide
- Large Ball: 2 pieces of fleece: 5 feet long by 12” wide
- Large zip tie
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Fabric marker
- Pins or fabric clips (optional)
Fleece dog ball toy instructions
This creates a toy that is the right size for medium dogs. If you have a larger or smaller breed, you can customize it to what you need.
Fold your fleece in half lengthwise. This is your middle line. Using your ruler or measuring tape, measure 1.5” on either side of the line and draw a line. This 3” area is your “no-cut zone.
Place both pieces of your fleece on top of each other. Make about a 3” “fringe” cuts lengthwise down one side of your fleece, making sure to stop short of your middle line. Repeat down along the other side of your fleece.
Placing the fabric vertically in front of you, start rolling it as tightly as you can.
Using a zip tie, secure the snuffle ball in place. Cut the end as close as you can and then tie two of the fleece pieces in front of it to protect your pup from being scratched by it.
How to use a snuffle ball
Once the ball is complete, you can simply tie in your pup’s favorite treats. Remember not to make it too tight. The goal is to get them to engage not to frustrate them.
Or, alternately, you can simply toss the ball to your dog and let them play with it if you would prefer not to give them added snacks.
How can I wash this toy?
You can hand wash this in lukewarm water and a very mild detergent. Gently wring it to dry and then clip it from a hanger to dry completely. Do not place it in the dryer or the plastic tie may melt or wear out.
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