Treat Spinner

The inspiration came after seeing this YouTube video! I couldn’t help but be impressed with the simplicity and entertainment value of it. So, I just needed to get Hubby to make one for me! I would have done it myself but I’m not allowed to play with the saw and drill press 😦

Step 1) Get the Materials
For this toy we used a 2×4, a 3/8 wood dowel, 2 2 liter soda bottles, and some screws.

Step 2) Measure Height!
You don’t want the bottles to be to high and hard for them to spin or to low for them to get stuck on the ground. The easy way to do this is to take a ruler/measuring tape and place it next to your standing dog and eye the correct height for it. It also depends on if your dog is paw player, like the video, or a nose player like mine. My two would rather push toys around with their noses than paw at them; even the outdoor bell the nose instead of pawing.

Step 3a) Put Baby down for nap!
Unless your saw is one that is on the ground or your saw horse is high enough, you might need two people like we did. So put your Baby down for a nap for their safety and your sanity.

All the pieces cut

All the pieces cut

Step 3) Cut Pieces!
Oh the fun part! You can do this two ways:
Way 1- You cut flat pieces and cut a base to attach them to. Simpler way but also makes for a slightly bulkier toy.
Way 2- You cut one end of each piece at an angle. With this you need to make sure you have a wide-angle that will withstand your dogs loving attention and weight when they spin the bottles around. Also don’t forget to add-on an extra inch or so to make up for the lost height from the angle cut.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Step 4) Assemble Side Pieces!Once you have the pieces cut, time to assemble them. We started with nails but at the end realized we needed screws because of the final assembly steps. This step also works well with two people because the pieces at an angle don’t sit flat together unless you have some holding them or a wall to push them against.

Step 5) Drill Whole and Indent!
Now that you have your side pieces assembled you need to drill a whole through one side and an indent on the other side. This is so you can shove the dowel through one side and have it sit securely into the other.

The easy way to get holes into a bottle!

The easy way to get holes into a bottle!

Step 6) The Bottles!
You need to place wholes in the bottles. Sure, the smaller the dowel the easier this is. But also the smaller the dowel the easier it brakes. Hubby started out but just trying to free hand it with a utility knife and after some frustration he went back to the drill press to get the job done.

 

Step 7) Final Assemble!
Now that all the pieces are done its time to whack them together. Make sure you place the bottles on the dowel before you place the end pieces on it. We used a hammer to slide the end piece down the dowel so we could fiddle with the length of the dowel first before cutting it off.

Once it was all said and done

Once it was all said and done

Now just have to get the Pups to play with it! They are interested in, but not over the moon yet but the Baby likes to spin the bottles when she can.

Enjoy!

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About Tara B.
Hi, I am Tara B. and its great to meet you!! I am an outgoing person with introvert tendencies. I have two amazing dogs that I love and adore! You will hear about them and their adventures a lot :D I also have the most amazing husband! Together he and I have Miss Go Go (you'll also see her referred to as Baby B) that was born in the spring of 2015. She is smart, quick learner, and loves to mimic everything she sees. I love to cook, bake, try to stay healthy, and read. I love to explore my area (and the world when life allows), and seek out fun things to do. You want more information just ask! I am horrible at writing "About You" sections...:) If you have any questions, comments, ect I can be reached at CraftsByTaraB@gmail.com.

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