Fun Friday- DIY Squeaky Water Bottle Toy

A few months back I was at my local Dollar Tree when I ran across this water bottle toy, but instead of just crinkling like most, this one squeaked as well! Intrigued, I bought the toy, and after removing the bottle from it’s cover, I found that they had simply placed a squeaker reed into the cap, ingenious! The toy died pretty quickly after my last foster litter got a hold of it, but I found it to be one of their favorite toys, so with that in mind I started making my own. I hope you enjoy the tutorial below. The things one can find at the dollar store!

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You will need; Water bottle, old sock or whatever you wish to use as a cover, craft knife, and a squeaker reed. The squeaker reeds can be gotten from lots of different places, I got mine off of Amazon.

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Make sure you remove the label and the ring if there is one on the bottle. Take the cap off and with your knife cut a small X in the center, cut it slowly, you may have to cut several times to get it just right so the reed fits, but be careful that you don’t cut it too much! If there is a small hole on the sides after placing the reed into the cap, that is fine as it won’t affect the way it works.

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Make sure you cut downward into the inside of the lid so any sharp edges won’t stick out. As soon as you have the hole big enough, place your reed into the cap. It should come out looking like this when you are done.

After you are all done, place the cap back onto the bottle, and put it into your cover. I always make sure to place the cap end into the toe of the sock as this helps protect it from getting chewed up since my pups always go after the area where I have tied the sock. And there you have it, a crinkly, squeaky water bottle! This toy is always a hit at my house due to the fact that my pups absolutely love both crinkle and squeak, so putting it into one toy really drives them crazy! As with any new toy, make sure you supervise your pet!

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Fun Friday- New Plan

Photos of Bree taken 11 days apart, yep, puppies grow fast! Since I have had more than one person ask about my puppy raising methods, I will give something new a try with this litter; I have decided that whenever I post their weekly photos, I will share what I have planned for that week as far as training and socialization, then at the end of that week, I will likely do a recap of how everything went. Since I didn’t layout their first week on here, here is a recap of what has been done.

Week 1:

1. As they are born whelping collars are placed on them, this is done not so much for identification, as it is done to get them used to collars, most dogs wear collars as adults, so when one of my puppies goes to it’s new home, it is already used to wearing a collar and won’t have the irritation of having to learn how to wear one, it is a simple thing that I have found very useful for the puppies later in life.

2. The first day is simply rest time for both mom and pups, I keep handling of the pups to a minimum, this allows the mom to settle, and the pups to rest. Since I am there for each whelping and handle them the moment they arrive, it doesn’t affect anything to limit contact that first day.

3. After the first day is over, handling resumes. For the first week I focus mainly on teaching them that people mean warmth and comfort, meaning lots of gentle handling and snuggles, petting while they nurse, etc. From day one I gently handle them all over, feet, tail, ears. By the end of the first week, as my current litter has done, the puppies will often react to human scent in the same way they react to their mother’s, meaning they associate people with the same comfort their mom gives them.

4. Most interactions are kept gentle and non stressful, however I make sure that they all get stressed a little each day, as odd as it may seem, it is very important that puppies get stressed a bit. It has been proven that puppies that don’t get that stress grow up with more fearful temperaments, and are easily stressed by things later in life. I accomplish their daily stress through placing them all in a bucket for daily bedding changes, and letting them struggle a bit and figure things out on their own, such as, letting them find their way to mom instead of picking them up and moving them to her, and if one flips over on it’s back, I allow it to struggle a bit to get back up, this creates a healthy amount of stress and helps build strong muscles. Of course, should one truly need my help, I am right there.

5. After the first day they get texture introduction, done with different textured blankets/towels, it is good for them to experience this as the input helps their minds develop, along with this I also often leave small wrinkles in the bedding, this builds their leg muscles and helps prevent swimmer puppy syndrome.

6. Around day three, and one week of age they get their first nail trims, done after they have nursed and gone to sleep, I always do my best to keep nail trimming a positive thing for them as this helps greatly after they are full-grown.

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Fun Friday- New Style Update

A while back I posted about a new style of braided T-Shirt toy and after being used daily by my latest litter for two months, the report on which is better is in!

By far, the four strand held up a hundred times better than the normal three strand, and I also found the puppies favored the four over the three, my guess would be the thickness of the four was better on their teeth. Without a doubt the four strand is the winner and from now on I will continue making all my rope toys this way, it takes a bit longer to braid, but it is well worth the time put in.

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Fun Friday- Training Has Begun!

A lot is happening! The puppies are now 5 weeks, 3 days old and full training has begun, I say full training simply because from day one puppies are learning and I teach them so much even before their eyes open, but the most common things for a puppy to need to know as an adult are being taught now. Such as, crate and leash training. The first faze of their crate training begin at three weeks old, they got a crate put into their area, with the door removed, and whenever they were out to play they would fall asleep in Mystic’s crate, starting the early, “crates mean comfort” association is key.

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They continued with this for about two more weeks. After they started eating well, their meals were fed in crates. Once comfortable with the doors closed, they moved to, and where they are currently, taking naps in the crates with the doors closed. They took their first nap crated this morning, and I was so proud of them for how they did, everyone settled immediately and slept for a good hour before waking for a potty break. They absolutely love crates and spend a lot of time napping and playing in them, they are also very patient when waiting for me to let them out, so all is going very well.

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Yesterday they got harnesses put on for the first time, I feel since many people do put them on their dogs, it is important for the pups to be comfortable with both collar and harness, they were a bit unsure of the harnesses at first, but in no time at all were running and playing like normal. Their leash training begin at the same time as their harness work, and they are doing well, Kirby seems to be having the most trouble at the moment, but all are learning to give to the pressure on the lead from both collar and harness.

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Along with all their other training, they are also doing barrier work, learning how to wait before walking through a gate or door, they are doing well and learning the process quickly, they are such smart little pups.

2017 May, 18 - Denver, Wesley, Kirby, April - w5d2.JPGAnd one more little brag; They were out to play in the kitchen and I ran the vacuum cleaner right outside the gate that leads into the living room, not even a flinch out of them! They ran up to my hands when I leaned over the gate and continued playing like nothing had happened, so proud of them, early introduction to noises makes a world of difference down the road!

I cannot express how much I love raising puppies, watching them mold into amazing dogs is an experience like no other. ❤