DIY Treat Dispenser #PAW2014

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Tractor Supply Company is celebrating Pet Appreciation Week (PAW)  September 17-21 with a main event on September 20.  As part of the celebration, they asked me to come up with a DIY project that can be used to help rescues.  After lots of brainstorming, I went with my first instinct:  an interactive toy to help enrich the lives of pets.  I thought this would be perfect for a dog in a shelter!  Alice G Patterson helped me build and photograph this easy and inexpensive DIY treat dispenser in her lovely home.  If you are looking for a simpler project, check out the easiest treat jars ever.

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I was inspired by this video.  My shopping list for this project is very simple: chicken nesting box, pvc pipe and end caps.  My total was under $14  for one, but I bought an extra box and end caps to make one to keep and one to give to a rescue.

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Supplies

  •      Chicken Nesting Box
  •      1/2 ” pvc pipe
  •      2 pvc 1/2″ end caps
  •      Drill
  •      saw (to cut pipe)
  •      plastic bottle (we used 2 liter bottles)
  •      ruler/tape measure
  •      pen
  •      hammer
  •      scissors or utility knife
  •      optional supplies:
  •      spray paint, painter’s tape, clamp, scrap wood

Cut a length of pipe to 12 inches (it should extend past the box on both sides).

Mark nest box for drilling.  We marked our center for the drill bit at 1.5 inches from the side of the box and 2 inches from the top.  (To prevent the box from splitting, clamp a scrap piece of wood underneath the part you are drilling.)   IMPORTANT NOTE:  IF YOU ARE GOING TO PAINT THE PIPE, USE A 3/4 ” DRILL BIT.  If you are going to leave it unpainted, we recommend a 5/8 ” drill bit to keep the pipe snug.

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After drilling holes, determine if you need to remove any crosspieces that would prevent the bottles from spinning.  Remove any stray nails with vice grips.

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Using scissors I poked a hole in the bottle approximately 4 inches from the top.  I then cut a hole slightly larger than 5/8 inch in diameter.  

I wanted to make this project something that I would also feel comfortable having in my own home, so I took  inspiration from these DIY  painted frames and decided to glam it up a bit.

© Alice G Patterson Photography | Daily Dog Tag | Instructions-for-dog-friendly-interactive-toyI had spray paint at home but Tractor Supply Company sells it too.   We spray painted the pvc pipes and end caps.

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 We used painters tape and spray paint to add a decorative touch.  

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Assembly is easy:   thread the bottles on the pipe, put the pipe in, and snap the end caps in place.  You can glue one or  use a small screw to secure the cap onto the pipe. However, they stay snug without gluing.

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Lulu was excited when she first saw the feeder, but at 14 years old she couldn’t figure it out right away.

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She was a sad pug and probably hates “new technology.”   We didn’t have time to teach an old dog a new trick, so I brought in Theo.

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I considered painting the inside of the box, but decided that it would get a lot  of wear and tear and would quickly become more of an eyesore. 

A dog that really likes to chew should not be left unsupervised with this toy.  PVC pipe is not good for digestive systems.  If using this with a stronger dog,  you should screw it onto a larger piece of plywood or some wood blocks to add weight and stability to it.   For smaller dogs  we found that adjusting the bar height to 7 inches from the bottom and using a water bottle worked well. I also discovered that my cat can use the treat dispenser with 2 liter bottles!

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In addition to having tractor supplies, Tractor Supply Company has a large assortment of pet products: premium brand food, toys, collars, tick and flea preventative, crates, beds, collars, leashes, etc.  The employees are friendly  and seemed to care about animals and their community.  If you don’t live near a Tractor Supply Company, you can also order from them online.  Check  out Tractor Supply Co. on Pinterest for all kinds of inspiration!

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41 Comments

That really is very clever!

    Beth says:

    I’d love to know if other cats besides mine like it.

This is a great fun idea! I might make one for Bentley and Pierre to play with too. ☺

    Beth says:

    It was so easy.

I love how this turned out… great idea Beth!

Nanci says:

Wow! Great idea. Will have to make one for My 9 year Holli Berri

    Beth says:

    She will love it!

Diane says:

What a great job you and your sister did. I would have never guessed that came from a tractor supply company.

    Beth says:

    Thanks!

Jan K says:

What a clever idea!! I’ve seen this type of toy other places, but never would have wanted to take the time to figure out how to make one myself. This is a cool campaign, and we love our local Tractor Supply store!

    Beth says:

    Tractor Supply Company carries so many different things!

Sarah says:

That puggle sure looks happy. Cool DIY.

Abby says:

I absolutely love this idea of making interactive toys! I’m sure my pup would love this and I can’t wait to try it!

Ann Staub says:

This is such an amazing idea! I had several ideas when I went to Tractor Supply and it was tough to decide on what to make.

What a great idea!

woah! How cool is that!!!!
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LOVE this idea 🙂 one of our FB friends shared a video link of the same toy idea. Unfortunately, there’s no Tractor Supply by us 🙁 Golden Thanks for sharing this. Golden Woofs

I would never have thought to use a nesting box for this. What a fab idea!

This is a wonderful idea! I am going to have to attempt one of these for my dogs. When they are stuck inside, they get bored so I just know they would love it!

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  • tj says:

    If you have a crazy chewer pup, conduit will work well instead of pvc Pipe. As a bonus, conduit Is silver so no need to perdy it up.

      Beth says:

      That is a great suggestion. Thanks!

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  • Jay says:

    This would be perfect for my very fast eating chihuahua, I have bought the slow down mat but somehow she has susses that out and is still gulping. TY for the idea. well done on good how to as well. 🙂

    Sarah says:

    This is an awesome idea! Except my Boxer puppy would probably just chew through the plastic bottles to get the treats out lol

      Beth says:

      You definitely need to supervise it with a strong chewer!

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