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Why Do Dogs Like Toys that Squeak?

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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Dogs just love toys that squeak. I've heard this from dog owners over and over again. For example, some dogs will go crazy for their squeaky toys until they actually chew them up and pull out the squeaker. After the toy no longer squeaks - they no longer want to play with it. This is common.

So why do dogs like toys that squeak?

Our theory goes back to nature. When dogs hunted for prey, they would hunt and kill. Their prey would squeak or make noises, which allowed the dogs to find their prey. This was part of their natural hunting instinct. Once caught, the prey makes noises as they proceed with the kill, which can be very satisfying to a hungry dog.

A squeaky toy can give a dog the same type of satisfaction.

In addition, toys gives dogs interaction that stimulates their mind, keeps them busy and satisfies their chewing instinct.

If you give your dogs squeaky toys, it is important that the toys are durable. Ingestion of toy parts, including the squeaker, can cause life-threatening situations if dogs ingest them.

One of my favorite squeak toys is made by Tuff called the Tuffy Ultimate Ring. It is soft but fun and very durable. I even even did some extreme product testing on it and it held up really well.
The Tuffy Ultimate Ring toy caught my attention because it claimed to be "one of the world's toughest dog toys", which is quite a BIG claim. The toy's product description sounded very good ... "Three layers of industrial grade luggage material, three layers of PVC and finally one layer of soft fleece. All seven layers are rolled together and then sewn together in a one-inch cross pattern to prevent layer separation. Each toy's seven layers of material are sewn together with two rows of linear stitching AND two rows of cross-stitching.

Remember, nothing is "indestructible" but this is a VERY well built toy.

I hope your dog enjoys many hours of fun with it.


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