Most of us have the experienced the expansive ups — and downs — of having a puppy. Much like having children, you bring them home and suddenly discover there are a lot of things you didn’t think about, consider, or even know — like the fact that while everyone says pets are easier than kids, you will be having your sleep routine disturbed, perhaps more than once or twice in the night, while you are raising (and housetraining) a spunky puppy, who might be more interested in biting your toes than sleeping. And, if you’ve had to be out of the house or at work all day, your dog has been sleeping, saving up all that energy and playtime for guess who: you!
We’ve all spent way, way too much money on toys the dog won’t even look at. And the pet supply chains aren’t thriving for nuthin’ – housing every treat, toy, and overpriced, fluffy dog bed under the sun, giving you many an opportunity to blow your paycheck on stuff your dog to which your dog doesn’t even give the time of day.
In the name of having peace in the house for all, HW-Arts has created the first 3D printed toy for hyperactive dogs. While their experience is with Huskies and they also highly recommend it for that breed, it’s certainly an awesome idea for any dog — not to mention very amusing to watch. What’s the secret? The 3D printed sphere opens up so you can turn into what would be sort of like the dog’s version of the catnip toy. You can fill it with items that rattle and have scintillating canine-friendly smells — like their favorite bone or other little doggie treats.
The creators of the toy also put tape around the holes of the contraption so that the dog spent double time on the 3D printed toy, scratching at it and trying even harder to get to the treat. I’m not sure what a dog trainer would think of these measures, but if tiring the dog out is your goal, this looks like a successful way to do it. HW-Arts recommends not giving this to your dog every day, but only when you really need to give them something extra special to take them from zero to sixty in no time, and then zonked out — and out of your hair for a while.
For experimentation purposes, they printed this at the lowest quality possible and had a great outcome, but it is recommended that for your best pet’s care, that you 3D print this at the highest quality possible with ABS. It’s also imperative, obviously, that your canine buddy can’t choke on this toy, so make sure that it’s larger than his mouth, and extremely solid.
Going crazy over the scent and hope for an impending snack, they’ll chase this toy until they’ve run out of steam, and you might be exhausted just watching them! If you are interested in 3D printing your own, you can download the files from Thingiverse.
Is this 3D printed toy right up your dog’s alley? Have you 3D printed anything for your pet previously? Tell us about it in the 3D Printed Dog Toy forum over at 3DPB.com. Check out the video below, from HW-Arts, with Alex the dog playing with the first 3D printed dog toy of this design.
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