Puppies, especially larger dog breeds, need many toys to become a socialized animal. Even though they are necessary for a dog’s growth and development, their owners struggle to keep up with their destruction. Owners often spend tons money every month on toys that will be shredded within a few days.
From our interviews, tests, and prototype we found that dogs prefer rope-like toys and rubber balls as opposed to other toys. So at first, we though to create a rope made from thinly tied strings; however, we realized that they can shred them in no time. We decided that we want to work with a stronger and healthier material, leather. Leather is very good for dog toys since it is organic, safe, chemical-free, and odorless. This is very beneficial not only to the dog, but it is also the easiest and cheapest to manufacture when compared to other types of molded toys. Then in the middle of the leather toy, we will have a ball made from rubber granulate that is tied with knots on either side in the leather to keep it in place. Our idea with the ball, is that it will add another dimension to the toy. The owners can now throw the ball for the dog and have the option to play fetch with a ball that bounces, which dogs love.
Our solution is to use the scraps from the full grain leather in shoes. We will cut it into strips, braid it together to make rope, then make holes in the ball and slide it to the middle. Once the ball is in place, we will tie the knots in the rope to keep the ball in place. This idea will make a fun and long lasting dog toy.