North Liberty, Iowa


Durable, unique handmade fleece dog toys & accessories

North Liberty, Iowa | On Etsy since 2014

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Last updated on Nov 9, 2020

Thank you for your interest in my shop! I am taking a break from Etsy. If you are in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and would like to make a purchase, please contact me and we can arrange a meeting since most events have been cancelled due to COVID.


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About JavasDogToys

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On Etsy since 2014

Fun, durable, handmade fleece dog toys; dog tested and approved!

Like many dog owners, I was tired of buying every "durable", "tough" and "rugged" rope and fabric toy only to have it shredded in minutes. With inspiration from a braided fleece rope that a friend gave me for Christmas, I decided to try making a more durable rope. The first toy I made was from a few fleece scraps leftover from a bed I made for my dog, Java. I wanted something soft and fuzzy that Java would actually want to play with, but strong enough to withstand many games of tug-o-war and her shredding, and I'm happy to say I succeeded!

Java loved the first toy I made, but the knots at the ends pulled away from the weave after a while, giving her a place to start ripping it apart. I then found a self-tightening knot that was just what these toys needed. I make all my toys as tough and durable as possible: every knot is pulled tight and I use only high-quality fleece (washed before use). If I wouldn't give them to my spoiled pup, I will not sell them to you.

I had so much fun making Java's first few toys that I kept making them to give away as gifts or donate to the local shelter. On the recommendation of many friends and family members whose pups loved their toys I decided to open this shop. But mostly just to have an excuse to keep making more toys...

Shop members

  • Jenny


  • Java

    Product Tester

Shop policies

Last updated on May 19, 2018
Thank you for considering my products in your search. My philosophy is simple: I make all of my products as if they were for my own dog. If they're not good enough for her, I will never sell them to you.

I have tried to cover all FAQs in these policies, but please contact me if you have any questions.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I am happy to refund or resend an item if you received something different than what you ordered. Please contact me if you received an incorrect item. Please note, however, that dog toys may be a slightly different size than in the item description due to natural variation in the fleece.

Returns will be accepted if the item is still in new condition. No returns, exchanges, or refunds will be issued for custom orders. Items can be exchanged, but the new item(s) will not be sent until I have received the original(s) back in new condition.

Except in the case of an error on my part, shipping charges are not refundable and you will be responsible for return shipping charges and the shipping charge to send the new item in an exchange. Please contact me to discuss your situation if you need to make a return or exchange.
Orders can be changed or cancelled until I have cut the material for your toy or leash, which is usually within 24 hours. Please contact me as soon as possible if you think you may need to cancel or change your order. All orders must be paid in full before I will make or ship them.
SHIPPING: I generally ship orders within 1-3 business days. However, because I make most toys to order, it may take up to two weeks before your order is ready to ship. Orders for specific colors/patterns or for three or more items may take additional time to prepare. Please contact me prior to placing your order if you need it by a specific date. I ship via USPS Priority or First Class mail and orders usually arrive within 2-5 business days once shipped. I always provide a tracking number and insure the package.

RATES: Because several of my listings include a wide range of sizes, I charge shipping for the largest item in the listing. If your order is for a smaller toy or if the shipping charge is $1 or more over the actual cost for any reason, I will refund you the difference once I ship your order.

PACKAGING: In order to be as eco- and cost-friendly as possible, I ship orders in a simple polymailer bag or USPS-provided Priority Mail packaging and do not include a packing slip. Please contact me if prior to ordering if you want a paper receipt or any special packaging (gift wrap, USPS holiday boxes, gift note, etc).
Additional policies and FAQs
Please include a note with your order or contact me prior to placing the order to let me know your preference of fabric color (for toys) or nylon color/pattern (for collars/leashes). If you do not, I reserve the right to make your item with whatever I have available. Please note that due to my busy holiday schedule, I will not be accepting custom order requests and may not be able to fill orders for specific colors/patterns after November 1st, 2018, unless I already have the material on hand.

For fleece toys, you can pick a pattern shown in any of my listing photos, 1, 2, or 4 solid colors, or give me a general idea of what colors you want (bright, dark, warm, cold, neon, boy/girl, etc). If the pattern you request is no longer available, I will use one as close as possible to the one you like. The listings for leashes and collars include a link to my supplier's page where you can find available webbing patterns.

More information

Last updated on Nov 1, 2016
Frequently asked questions
What is inside the toys to make them so hard?

My toys are all 100% fleece, not counting if they are woven through a ball, tire, or other rubber toy. There is nothing in the middle of the rope, they are that hard because of how tightly I weave them. They will soften up with time, and most can be put in the washer if you want to speed up the process (just not squeaky toys, those will fill with water).

Will my toy be exactly the same size or color as the listing photo?

The nature of handmade products is that no two will ever be exactly the same. I do my best to make my listings as detailed as possible so you know what to expect, but your toy may be a little longer, shorter, thicker, or thinner than those shown or described in the listing, simply because no two pieces of fleece (sometimes even in the same pattern) are ever the same.

To request a specific color or pattern, enter your request in the "Add an optional note to seller" field of your cart or checkout page, or send me a convo by clicking the "Ask a question" button in the upper right of any item listing.

Care instructions

Except for the ropes with squeaky toys, all of my fleece ropes can be put through a washing machine when they get dirty and air dried. However, use your own discretion for the heavier toys like XL Bionic Ball, Play Strong Ball, Orka Tire, etc. Depending on your washer, you may want to set it to not spin, tie the toy in a garment bag, wash with bulky items like towels, or take other preventative measures so it does not damage the drum of your washer.

Squeaky toys can be washed, but they will most likely fill with water and may not work quite right afterwards.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Do you need a toy for a holiday, birthday, or other occasion? Are you ordering a gift to ship directly to the recipient? Please contact me before placing your order to arrange gift wrap or other packaging. Special packaging such as decorative USPS holiday boxes may incur an extra charge and will need to be ordered as a custom request, but I am happy to gift wrap your items for no additional charge.

Custom and personalized orders

While I welcome custom orders, they are not required unless you are looking for something completely different than the items I have listed. If you want to request an existing item in a specific color or pattern, simply include a note in your order or contact me to let me know.

How do I request a specific color?

To request that I make your toy or leash/collar in a specific color, please include a note in the "Note to seller" field at checkout, or send me a convo before or immediately after placing your order.

How can I find out what fabric patterns are available?

Unfortunately, I am not able to keep a list of available fleece patterns. The store selection changes far too often and it would be impossible to keep up.

You can browse through my other listing photos to see if something catches your eye, or pick something from the fleece selection at However, if the pattern you select has to be ordered in to my store (Iowa City, IA), it may add up to an additional 2-3 weeks to the processing time before your order ships.

I also usually have a wide variety of fabric and nylon on hand and am happy to send you a picture of my current selection.