Intelligent Dog Toy

How to create an intelligent dog toy

Clever dogs enjoy the inspiration of intelligent dog toys. A creative idea you can make yourself by using Dremel® tools is a toy with a drawer and pull cord. Fill the drawer with a home-baked dog biscuit and you have the perfect, interactive dog toy for your four-legged darling. Simply pull the cord, find the treat, devour it and if you're a really clever dog close the drawer again. Woof woof!

You need
Utilities
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
Materials
  • 1 piece of birch plywood (25 x 18 cm x 12 mm) (drawer bottom)
  • 2 pieces of birch plywood (25 x 10 cm x 12 mm) (drawer sides)
  • 2 pieces of birch plywood (18 x 11,2 cm x 12 mm) (drawer front and back)
  • 2 pieces of birch plywood (26.5 x 21 cm x 12 mm) (bottom and top of outer box)
  • 2 pieces of birch plywood (26.5 x 12 cm x 12 mm) (outer box sides)
  • 1 piece of birch plywood (21 x 13,2 cm x 12 mm) (outer box back)
  • 2 wood screws (c. 40 mm)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Rope (25 cm long, diameter c. 2 cm)
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 6
Glue together plywood sheets with Dremel Glue Gun to make a drawer

Have ten birch plywood sheets for the drawer and box cut to the correct size at the DIY store (see below for dimensions). A handy Dremel® Glue Gun 930 is used to stick the parts together to make a drawer open at the top and a fitting box that is open at the front.

Step 2 6
Use a Dremel 3000 to sand the edges cleanly and carefully

As soon as the boxes are dry, the Dremel® 3000 comes into play. It is used to sand the edges cleanly and carefully.

Step 3 6
Use a ruler to mark two spots in the middle for the pull handle

Now it is the drawer's turn. Use a ruler to mark two spots in the middle, 10 cm apart. That is where the cord pull handle will be fitted.

Step 4 6
Using a rope, knot each end and screw to the marked spots

To make the drawer handle, knot both ends of a piece of rope about 25 cm long. Then screw each knot to one of the marked spots, ideally so that the ends of the screws peek out on the other side of the plywood.

Step 5 6
Using a Dremel 3000 cut the screw ends with cutting wheel SC456

The Dremel® 3000 can be used to cut off the protruding screw ends on the inside of the drawer easily and cleanly by means of the EZ SpeedClic metal cutting wheel SC456.

Step 6 6
Paint the outer box in your own design

Nearly done now: just paint the outer box in your own design, for example with environmentally friendly acrylic paint, and your dog can start playing with this enticing box.