Homemade Brain Games For Dogs

– Hey YouTube. It is an absolutely
beautiful day outside today, so I ventured out to
make a toy for Reggie, when he had his hernia surgery
a couple of months ago, I started thinking about different toys that could keep dogs occupied when they couldn’t exercise
for whatever reason. So, today we’re gonna make a great toy for distributing food
using this one by four by eight piece of cedar, and we’ll walk you right through it. I’m Shannon, this is Reggie,
and welcome to McCann Dogs. So materials for today’s project. You’re going to need one board, and I have gone with a one by
four by eight piece of cedar. You can use pine if you want to, it’ll definitely keep things cheaper. I really like cedar, and I like things to be pretty, so I’m going with cedar for today’s project because
I only need one piece, it’s still keeping the cost
for my project under $10. You’ll need a piece of doweling, and I’ve got with a half
inch piece of dowel, because my dog is a
little bit of a ruffian. If you have a very gentle
dog, you can probably go with something a little bit thinner. I’ve gone with half inch. You will need, three of
four plastic bottles. And you go with bigger
bottles if you’d like. This is what I happened to have
available and ready for me. So I’m just going with a 591
milliliter size of bottles. You’ll need a few of those. You’ll need some wood glue
to keep things sturdy, some screws. And I’ve also bought,
buttons to cover the holes that my dowel is going to create. So all in all this project
is gonna cost less than $10. If you go with pine over
cedar, it’s probably gonna cost you less than $5. Alright, I’m ready to get started with, chopping down my large piece of wood here, and for this project, I’m going to make, two 24 inch pieces, so
two two foot pieces, and I’m gonna make two 22
and a half inch pieces, so that I’ll have a perfect
square when I’m done. (upbeat music) There we go. I’ve got my four pieces
of wood for my box, and a little piece left over
for that wonderful smell that cedar gives off. Okay, so, when I’m actually
working on projects like this, I like to use pocket holes
and actually sink the screws so that there’s no screws sticking up, there’s no sharp edges
sticking up anywhere. Especially when I’m working with my dogs. I don’t want to take a
chance that they might snag a paw on something like this. I’ve got this really great little Kreg Jig that’s very portable,
very very easy to use, and very small to store. For those of you that
may have noticed as well, I’m actually working on a grooming table as my work table. It’s a great dual purpose
tool for those of us that like to do multiple things, and maybe don’t like to
store a lot of things. So, I’ve got my, I’ve got
my, my, jig set up here to make my screw holes. And I’ve already done
a little bit of a test just to make sure that I’ve
got it on the right settings. So I’m gonna drill my holes. I’m just gonna do one on each side. I don’t really need to overdo it, this is a very small box that I’m making. (upbeat music) Alrighty. So now I’ve got my juice
mauler board set up with two pocket hole screws, or two pocket holes in each side. And I’m just about ready
to screw it all together. Okay, so one last thing that I need to do with my two shorter boards before I start to actually screw all this together, is drill the two holes
that I’m going to need for my doweling to sit in. So I’m gonna measure to
the 12 inch point on this. Now I know this board
isn’t completely 24 inches, and that’s okay, cause
I’m using smaller bottles. I just want it to sit
up a little bit higher, so that it’s easier for my
dog to play around with that. So you’re gonna measure
to the 12 inch mark there. I’m just gonna put a little X, and that’s where I’m gonna drill my hole. I’m using a half inch bit, so that my half inch dowel
piece will fit in there nicely in a perfect world. Gonna clamp my board to the table, just to secure it. There we go. Make sure I’m well passed the edge here. (upbeat music) Alright, I’m just gonna test to make sure that fits well with my doweling. Perfect. Excellent. Ready to put it all together. Alright, now just before I, do attach everything together, it’s an easier time right
now for me to sand through things a little bit, so that there’s not all these splinters. And I can make it a little bit, little bit nicer for my dog. And I don’t risk my dogs getting splinters while they’re playing with this. And I’m just using a coarse,
a coarse sandpaper right now, it’s actually an 80. Really doesn’t need to beautiful, so I just want to take those
edges off with a coarser grit. (upbeat music) Alrighty and before I move on, I just like to make sure that
there aren’t any splinters in there, everything’s nice and smooth. There’s nothing that’s
gonna catch my dogs foot. (upbeat music) Okay, I’m happy with that. You can certainly go over
yours with finer and finer sandpaper if you wanted to. I’m quite happy with what I’ve got here considering it’s just a,
a dog toy that’s gonna be thrown around by my dogs anyways. Okay, now all that is left is
to assemble my pieces here. So I’ve got my wood glue. I’m going to make a little bit of a strip on each side of my vase. And that’s just gonna add
some extra strength over time. Alright. I’ll line up my, boards
here and I’m gonna pre-sink my screws, just to make
my life a little easier. Okay. And I’m ready to put it together. Line it up, make sure I’m
happy with where it is. I’d like it to be as square as possible. (upbeat music) Alright, now I’ve got my box. Okay, so now I’m ready
to put in my doweling. And I’ve cut my dowels
just a tiny bit shorter than the box itself. That way I can slide
these buttons, whoops. I can slide the buttons in on the end. And I can keep that nice
and secure but I have the option of taking it out. If I didn’t want to take it
out, I would probably glue it in place to make sure that it was nice and secure in there. But I want to be able to
replace these bottles. Because I have a feeling
they’re gonna take a bit of a beating with my dogs. Now, I’ve cut holes in those bottles, nice and close to the top. So that when they swing,
they come right back in to position. And that will help to keep the kibbles that I’m gonna put inside
those bottles in them. So I’m gonna slide my dowel in. Not quite all the way,
because I need to put my bottles on. Alright. And that fits as perfectly
as I was hoping it would. I’ll just put my buttons on the ends here. Okay, so I’m all set here with my toy. I just put some kibble in, just to take it for the first test run. And that is exactly how I
was hoping it would work. So it’s not super easy
for them to come out, but, with enough of a swing, and enough technique, they will do just that. Alright, and we come
inside to take our toy for a little bit of a test run. It’s just a bit too muddy out
there to put it on the ground. Reggie is eager to see
what this is all about. If you liked today’s video,
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6 thoughts on “Homemade Brain Games For Dogs

  1. Was kind of hoping to see the toy in action. Great idea but I was wondering about the stability. While I would only allow the use under supervision, I'm thinking I would have to hold it for the entire time used. My dog is 75lb.

  2. They are are a bunch of games that actually make you think and work out your brain. This brain training game “nonu amazing only” (Google it) is my personal favorite. You can spend your leisure time enjoying this fast game and you won`t be sorry.

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