Rotating bottles is an easy Dog Puzzle to make and most dogs love to play and solve helping with mental stimulation instead of a dog walk
A small amount of DIY skills is needed along with some basic equipment as follows:
- 4 screws
- 3 lengths of wood including a thicker bit that can be used for the base – the wider the base the more stable it will be
- 4wood saw
- 3 plastic bottles
- craft knife
- A wooden pole or rod that is longer than the base plate so you have an overhang
- Rubber Bands
- Marker pen
High Value treats such as cheese (remember to take this into account and reduce the meals to ensure our dog doesn’t get fat)
How to make the puzzle toy
Pre-drill two holes at the bottom although you could use a bradawl. Ideally these holes should be near the corners on the side pieces of wood. As with any DIY project make sure the hole is slightly smaller than the size of the screws you are using to ensure the screw has something to bite on to.
Now line up the base to one of the pre-drilled side pieces to create an L, place the screws in the holes and then screw them through the side piece into the base. Make sure it is nice and secure.
Next simply repeat with the other side.
Once you have the stand the next stage is to take the pole and place it on top of the two side pieces of wood, mark out where it sits in the middle and with a pen or pencil draw a U. This is what ou are going to cut out using te saw so the poll can sit on top of the base
Place the pole into this slot and use the rubber bands on either end of the pole outside of the wood to ensure it doesn’t slide out of either end. You may need to keep twisting the rubber band over the pole until you have created a plug.
Preparing the Bottles
With a craft knife and taking care the next stage us to cut a hole out of both sides of your plastic bottles that is just big enough for the pole to fit through.
Place your plastic bottles upon your pole and fill them with some treats.
Now watch your dog try to figure out how to get them out.